Andrew Needham

Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Andrew Needham

Andrew Needham

Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Biography

Andrew W. Needham is a partner in Cravath’s Tax Department. His practice concentrates on tax advisory work in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, private equity fund formation and partnership taxation.

Mr. Needham’s clients have included BDT Capital Partners, British American Tobacco, Brookfield Asset Management, Brunswick, Cincinnati Bell, Crown Castle, Florida East Coast Railway, Fortress, FS Investments, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, MarkWest, Martin Marietta, Spectranetics, Unilever, US Foods, Weyerhaeuser and The Williams Companies, as well as numerous investment banking firms.

In 2012, Mr. Needham served as Chair of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section and is currently a member of its Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Bloomberg BNA Corporate Advisory Board, The Harvard Tax Club, the Private Investment Funds Tax Forum and the REIT Tax Club, as well as a frequent speaker at various tax conferences.

Mr. Needham is the author of many published articles, including “Bonus Depreciation: Basis Adjustments under Subchapter K,” 160 Tax Notes 41 (2018); “The Problem with Stuffing Allocations,” 141 Tax Notes 737 (2013); “Do the Market Discount Rules Apply to Distressed Debt?: Probably Not,” Journal of Tax’n of Financial Instruments (2009); “Private Equity Funds,” 735-3rd T.M. Portfolio (2015); and “Hedge Funds,” 736-2nd T.M. Portfolio (2015).

Mr. Needham has been repeatedly recognized as a leading tax practitioner by, among others, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2008 through 2018; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2014 through 2018; The Legal 500 from 2007 through 2018; The Best Lawyers in America from 2011 through 2019; and Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax from 2011 through 2017. In 2017, he was named to The Legal 500 Hall of Fame in the International Tax category.

Mr. Needham received a B.A. from the University of Arizona in 1982, a J.D. and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, in 1986 and 1990, respectively, and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 1992. He joined Cravath in 2005 as a Tax Partner.

Mr. Needham may be reached by phone at +1-212-474-1440 or by email at aneedham@cravath.com.

Mr. Needham is admitted only in New York.

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Education
MBA
Class of 1992

The Wharton School is the business school of the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Wharton was the world’s first collegiate business school and the first business school in the United States. It was established in 1881 through a donation of Joseph Wharton.

BA
Class of 1982

Established in 1885, the University of Arizona, the state's super land-grant university with two medical schools, produces graduates who are real-world ready through its 100% Engagement initiative. Recognized as a global leader, the UA is also a leader in research, bringing more than $606 million in research investment each year, and ranking 20th among all public universities. The UA is advancing the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships, and is a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $8.3 billion annually.

LLM

Georgetown University Law Center is the law school of Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, the Law Center offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law.[5] As the second largest law school in the United States, Georgetown Law often touts the advantages of its wide range of program offerings and proximity to federal agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court

Memberships
Member
Current
Chair, Tax Section
2012

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Career History
Partner
2005 - Current

Cravath, Swaine & Moore provides legal services in various industries such as: broadcasting, media and entertainment, consumer products, energy, financial institutions, healthcare, industrial and chemicals, professional services, real estate, retail, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. The company was founded in 1819 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Attorney
Prior

Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP provides legal services in corporate and securities law matters, litigation, business reorganization and restructuring, real estate, tax, intellectual property, executive compensation & employee benefits, and trusts & estates. It also provides mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, and intellectual property legal services. Willkie Farr & Gallagher was founded in 1888 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Boards & Committees
Member, Executive Committee
Prior

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Political Donations
$1,000
2009

Former Senator from Nevada

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New Media Investment Group, Inc. purchases Gannett Co., Inc.

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Unilever NV purchases Olly Public Benefit Corp. from Base Ventures LLC, Obvious Management Services LLC

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Mr. Cooper Group, Inc. purchases International Business Machines Corp. /Seterus Mortgage Div from International Business Machines Corporation

Awards & Honors
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America
Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
The Legal 500
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