International tax partner Gary Kaplan has left Arnold & Porter to join Sidley Austin in San Francisco.
Kaplan had been with Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin since 1993, and became a partner at Arnold & Porter in San Francisco when the firms merged in January.
Kaplan said he was impressed with Arnold & Porter. "But I believe Sidley has a stronger transactional practice," he said. "And its international platform is superior, which is very important to my practice."
Kaplan's practice focuses on international business transactions, and he represents U.S. and international clients in cross-border mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. He helps multinational companies based in the U.S. develop international expansion plans; set up international holding companies, foreign offices, branches and subsidiaries; create equity compensation plans for non-U.S. employees; and prepare intellectual property agreements.
"We're delighted that Gary is joining us," said Sharon Flanagan, managing partner of Sidley's San Francisco office. "With his international tax practice, we see a lot of synergy between what Gary is doing and what our partners around the firm are handling."
Several other Howard Rice alums have moved to Sidley over the last few years, including Deborah Marshall and Michael Sullivan, who joined in 2009, and Mark Whatley and David Tang, who made the move in 2010.
Born in London, Kaplan graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1978 and worked in New York for firms such as Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle and Kronish, now part of Cooley, before moving to California to join Howard Rice.
Officials from Arnold & Porter declined to comment on Kaplan's departure. Avis Caravello of Avis Caravello Attorney Search Consultants brokered the deal.