Erez Tucner
Erez Tucner (Larry Lettera/ Camera 1)

Holland & Knight, a large firm with Florida roots, has hired two partners to bolster its tax transactions expertise in New York.

Chadbourne & Parke partner Erez Tucner, who specializes in advising Israeli clients, is headed to Holland & Knight along with Alan Cohen, a tax credit transactions partner at Nixon Peabody.

Tucner’s practice sees him advise international clients on structuring and negotiating complex international transactions, as well as tax compliance and other related matters worldwide. With clients investing and operating in Israel and Latin America, Holland & Knight’s expanding practice in those regions were the impetus behind Tucner’s move to the 1,074-lawyer firm, which saw gross revenue, profits per partner and revenue per lawyer all rise in 2017.

“It actually went very fast with Holland & Knight,” said Tucner in an interview. “[After] a few meetings I was able to feel that I can fit in there and [the firm] fits what I do.”

Tucner joins Holland & Knight after spending more than a decade at Chadbourne, which in late February announced plans to combine with global legal giant Norton Rose Fulbright. Tucner, who first joined Chadbourne & Parke in 2005 and was elected to partner in 2011, said that he had already made the decision to join Holland & Knight before the Norton Rose Fulbright deal was announced.

“The Latin America practice at Holland & Knight is very strong, both in New York and in Miami, and it’s also growing very rapidly,” said the 42-year-old Tucner, explaining the appeal of his new firm. “I found that very appealing to my clients and to what I do.”

Tucner is just the latest addition to Holland & Knight’s New York office within the last week. On March 9, the firm announced its hire of Nixon Peabody’s Cohen (pictured right), who had previously been a partner at Paul Hastings and Proskauer Rose. Cohen’s hire came a few months after Holland & Knight recruited two white-collar defense lawyers in New York from Schulte Roth & Zabel.

Those moves came after Holland & Knight recently saw a pair of partners leave its Big Apple base. Holland & Knight real estate partner Victor Salerno III, who joined the firm from Mayer Brown in 2013, left late last year to become general counsel and chief investment officer at Mayfair Management Group LLC.

Xavier Ruiz, a cross-border transactions expert who joined Holland & Knight in 2014 from K&L Gates, also left the New York office in November to found RC Law, a corporate and finance boutique with offices in New York and Miami that counsels Latin American and Spanish clients. Ruiz also serves as a nonexecutive chairman at Atlantico Capital Partners LLC, an investment banking firm with offices in Madrid, Miami and Panama City.

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