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International tax attorney Barton W.S. “Bart” Bassett, joined the Morgan Lewis northern California operation, building on the firm’s expansion of its tax practice in recent acquisitions of high-ranking government tax specialists. Bassett will split time between San Francisco and Silicon Valley-based Palo Alto, Calif., office to focus on international tax planning for U.S. and foreign multinational corporations. Bassett’s arrival bolsters Morgan Lewis recent snagging tax specialist like Bill Colgin, who moved from Fenwick & West to Morgan Lewis. The firm’s Washington office added Mark Matthews, former IRS Deputy Commissioner, as well as Dan Hogans and Susan Brown, both of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Tax Policy. Bassett has 12 years experience in international tax planning that includes structuring mergers and acquisitions, internal restructuring, join ventures, internal and external financings, transfer pricing matters and intellectual property. He also represents clients in audits and appeals before the IRS. “Bart will be a strong addition to a national practice that combines attorneys close to government officials and tax policy decisions on the East Coast, with growing consulting and controversy capabilities on the West Coast,” said Miriam Fisher, head of the firm’s tax controversy practice and a former Justice Department official. Morgan Lewis has 1,400 lawyers in 22 offices around the world.

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