Weil, Gotshal & Manges has landed its second lateral partner from KPMG in the last month, with Devon Bodoh joining his former colleague Joe Pari—the firm’s new global tax department co-chair—in Washington, D.C.
Bodoh will be part of the leadership team of Weil’s global tax department and will also helm its international and cross-border tax practice. He had been with the Big Four accounting firm since 2010, when he left Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Bodoh and Pari also worked together at Dewey, as did Paul Wessel—the other new co-chair of the global tax department—and Michael Aiello, chairman of Weil’s global corporate department.
“It was the attraction of going back and practicing again with a group of people that I’ve practiced with in the past,” Bodoh said of his decision to move to Weil. “For me, it was a natural fit.”
At KPMG, Bodoh was a member of the Big Four firm’s Washington national tax group and the leader of of its global complex transactions group. He was also the principal-in-charge of the Washington national tax international M&A group, and a member of KPMG’s global leadership group for international tax and deal advisory (M&A) tax. His practice focuses on the tax aspects of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, specifically concentrating on post-acquisition dispositions, spinoffs and large public company transactions.
“The Big Four have a great global reach and a a sophisticated practice, so in the world of cross border M&A it was a good fit,” he said of his time at KPMG. “It was a great experience being with a large global organization like that that spends its time focused on large cross-border matters, and having access globally was something that I really did enjoy being a part of.”
Bodoh noted that especially with recent tax reform efforts, law firms have had more of a role in the front end of transactions, adding that he was looking forward to refocusing on that area, particularly on legal document work.
“That’s a big distinction between the two platforms,” he said.
Weil executive partner Barry Wolf welcomed Bodoh to the firm, noting in a statement that “his particular expertise in the area of international taxation will further enhance Weil’s capabilities advising clients on their most complex global M&A transactions.”