Rafael Kariyev

Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Rafael Kariyev

Rafael Kariyev

Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Biography

Rafael Kariyev is a member of the firm’s Tax Department who focuses his practice on tax planning in connection with private equity fund formation, M&A transactions and securities offerings. Mr. Kariyev was part of the Debevoise team representing Domtar in its combination with Weyerhaeuser's fine paper business and NBCU (a division of GE) in its acquisition of Vivendi Universal Entertainment for $14 billion. In addition, he played a major role in the formation of private equity funds Providence Equity Partners VI, Metalmark Capital Partners, AIG Highstar Capital III, Odyssey Investment Partners III and Freidman Fleisher and Lowe II. He also participated in the first SEC registered funding agreement backed notes issued by Protective Life.

Mr. Kariyev joined Debevoise and was admitted to the bar in New York in 2000. He received his B.A. from Queens College magna cum laude in 1995 in Accounting and his J.D. from Columbia University in 1999, where he was a Kent Scholar and a member of the Journal of Environmental Law. Mr. Kariyev received his LLM in Taxation from NYU in 2002.

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Education
LLM in Taxation
Class of 2002

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.

JD, James KENT Scholar
Class of 1999

Columbia Law School is a professional graduate school of Columbia University, a member of the Ivy League. Columbia is regarded as one of the most prestigious law schools in the nation and has always been ranked in the top five by U.S. News and World Report.Founded in 1858, Columbia has produced a large number of distinguished alumni including two Presidents of the United States (Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt); nine Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States;numerous U.S. Cabinet members and Presidential advisers; U.S. Senators, Representatives, and Governors; and more members of the Forbes 400 than any other law school.

BA in Accounting, magna cum laude
Class of 1995

Queens College is a part of the City University of New York, the third largest university system in the United States, in terms of enrollment. CUNY graduates include 12 Nobel laureates, a U.S. Secretary of State, a Supreme Court Justice, several mayors, members of Congress, state legislators, scientists and artists. Queens College, located in Kew Gardens Hills in the borough of Queens in New York City, is one of the senior colleges of the City University of New York. It is also the fifth oldest of the City University's twenty-three institutions of higher learning. The college's seventy seven acre campus is located in the heart of the borough, along Kissena Boulevard. Queens College opened in 1937 and has become one of CUNY's largest senior colleges.

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Columbia Journal of Environmental Law was founded in 1972 with a grant from the Ford Foundation. The Journal is one of the oldest environmental law journals in the nation and is widely regarded as one of the preeminent environmental journals in the country. Among our subscribers are law libraries, law firms, and federal, local, and state courts, as well as a significant international readership.

Career History
Partner
2000 - Current

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provides legal services. Practice areas include: complex acquisition, financing transactions, litigation & arbitration, tax, employee benefits, and trusts & estates. The company was founded in 1931 by Eli Whitney Debevoise and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Canopius AG, Centerbridge Partners LP, Gallatin Point Capital LLC purchase AmTrust Syndicates Ltd. from AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. - New York

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Aquiline Capital Partners LLC purchases CoAdvantage Corp. from Morgan Stanley Capital Partners (Private Equity), Constitution Capital Partners LLC, NB Alternatives Advisers LLC

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Manna Pro Products LLC, Morgan Stanley Capital Partners (Private Equity) purchase Hero Pet Brands LLC from NCH Corp.

Awards & Honors
2000
Admitted to the New York Bar
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