Michael Schler

Of Counsel at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Michael Schler

Michael Schler

Of Counsel at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

Biography

Michael L. Schler is Of Counsel in Cravath’s Tax Department. He retired as a partner in the Firm on December 31, 2014. His practice includes corporate tax, corporate finance (including structured finance and securitizations), mergers and acquisitions and international transactions.

Mr. Schler is a former chair of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section, and he remains an active member of the Tax Section Executive Committee. He is a member of the American College of Tax Counsel, the chair of the New York Tax Forum, a trustee and the former president of the American Tax Policy Institute, a past Consultant in tax programs of The American Law Institute, the author of many published tax articles, and a frequent speaker at tax conferences. He was the co-chair of the annual merger and acquisition tax institute co-sponsored by Penn State Dickinson School of Law and the New York City Bar.

Mr. Schler has been repeatedly cited as one of the preeminent tax lawyers in the country by, among others, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2018; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2017; The Legal 500 from 2007 through 2018; The Best Lawyers in America from 2007 through 2015; Expert Guides: The Best of the Best 2010 (Tax); and Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax from 2007 through 2014. He was the winner of the Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Corporate Tax in 2006 and he was named to The Legal 500 Hall of Fame in the International Tax category in 2017.

Mr. Schler was born in New York, New York. He received a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1970, a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1973 and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University in 1979. After a clerkship with Hon. Max Rosenn of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, he joined Cravath in 1974 and became a partner in 1982.

Mr. Schler may be reached by phone at +1-212-474-1588 or by email at mschler@cravath.com.

Mr. Schler is admitted only in New York.

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Michael Schler
Of Counsel at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Education
LL.M. in Taxation
Class of 1979

Founded in 1835, New York University School of Law has a record of academic excellence and national scholarly influence. One of the first law schools to admit women, it has been long committed to welcoming students of diverse backgrounds, people who had been discriminated against by many other institutions. Located on the University's campus in Greenwich Village, NYU Law has been a leader, and continues to be, in areas such as law and business, clinical education, public service, interdisciplinary colloquia and global studies.

J.D.
Class of 1973

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Law School is one of the world’s premier law schools. It offers an unmatched environment of excellence and educational intimacy in the form of world renowned faculty, small classes, limitless opportunities for clinical training, and strong encouragement of public service. The Law School is small by design; its impact on the world is measured by its accomplished graduates and its ongoing scholarship and outreach through numerous centers and projects. For students, the experience is unparalleled. The faculty-student ratio supports a vast array of courses and opportunities for independent research and student-organized seminars. Students get practical training by representing real clients in clinics starting in their first year. Throughout, a spirit of collaboration reigns. All first-term courses are ungraded, and subsequent classes are graded honors/pass/low pass. Yale Law School is unique among law schools in that it produces leaders in all walks of life: distinguished deans and faculty members at law schools across the country and the world; industry CEOs and corporate counsels; founders of nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit entities; entrepreneurs; government servants in federal, state, and local offices and the judiciary--just a few areas in which our alumni's talent and passion and dedication have made a difference. Among the School’s graduates are U.S. Presidents and Supreme Court Justices; and among its far-reaching projects, the Information Society Project and the China Center.

BA, magna cum laude
Class of 1970

The oldest corporation in the Western Hemisphere is the Harvard Corporation, known formally as the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is the smaller of Harvard’s two governing boards; the other is the Board of Overseers. Following are the members of the Harvard Corporation.

Memberships
Member, Taxation Section
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Member
Current

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.

Member
Current

The American College of Tax Counsel is a professional association of tax attorneys. Formed in 1981, membership in the American College of Tax Counsel is limited to a maximum of 700 tax attorneys across the United States

Career History
Consultant, Tax Programs
Prior

The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. ALI drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and Principles of Law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

Of Counsel
1974 - 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.

Clerk
Prior

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction. The court is composed of 14 active judges and is based at the James A. Byrne Courthouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The court also conducts sittings in other venues, including the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Boards & Committees
Assistant Treasurer, Board of Trustees
Current

American Tax Policy Institute promotes and facilitates non-partisan scholarly research analysis and discussion. The company is headquartered in Rochester, NY.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants

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$10K - $25K
2014

The Urban Institute is dedicated to elevating the debate on social and economic policy. For nearly five decades, Urban scholars have conducted research and offered evidence-based solutions that improve lives and strengthen communities across a rapidly urbanizing world. Their objective research helps expand opportunities for all, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the effectiveness of the public sector.

$10K - $25K
2013

The Urban Institute is dedicated to elevating the debate on social and economic policy. For nearly five decades, Urban scholars have conducted research and offered evidence-based solutions that improve lives and strengthen communities across a rapidly urbanizing world. Their objective research helps expand opportunities for all, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the effectiveness of the public sector.

$1,000 - $2,499
2011

The Urban Institute is dedicated to elevating the debate on social and economic policy. For nearly five decades, Urban scholars have conducted research and offered evidence-based solutions that improve lives and strengthen communities across a rapidly urbanizing world. Their objective research helps expand opportunities for all, reduce hardship among the most vulnerable, and strengthen the effectiveness of the public sector.

Political Donations
$1,000
2009

Former Senator from Nevada

Transactions
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British American Tobacco Plc purchases Reynolds American, Inc.

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Lincare Holdings, Inc., Linde AG purchase American HomePatient, Inc. from Highland Private Equity

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Olin Corp. purchases The Dow Chemical Co. /Chlor-Alkali & Derivatives Businesses from Dow Chemical Company resulting in a new company Blue Cube Spinco LLC

Awards & Honors
2013
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America
2012
Best Lawyers - Best Lawyers in America
2012
Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
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