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Sharp Sorensen

Sharp Sorensen
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Biography • Corporate Tax - Advisory

Sharp Sorensen, a partner in Sidley’s Chicago office, is co-leader of the firm’s national tax practice and heads the firm’s tax practice in Chicago. Mr Sorensen concentrates in federal tax matters, and focuses on representing domestic and foreign entities involved in a wide variety of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, securitisations and other asset-based financings, joint ventures, foreign and domestic securities offerings, leveraged leasing and regulated investment companies.

Mr Sorensen was the lead outside tax counsel to First Data Corporation in its highly structured $17 billion spin-off of The Western Union Company, and in First Data’s earlier acquisitions of Concord EFS, Inc and First Financial Management Corporation. He also advised SXC Health Solutions, Corp in its cross-border acquisition of Catalyst Health Solutions, Inc and earlier advised eBay Inc in its sale of Skype Luxembourg Holdings Sarl. Mr Sorensen was the lead outside tax counsel to Wallace Computer Services, Inc in its leveraged cross-border acquisition by Moore Corporation Limited and in turn to RR Donnelley in its cross-border acquisition of Moore Wallace, to Saks Incorporated in its $1.1 billion sale of the Northern Department Store Group, and to Massachusetts Mutual Insurance Company in its sale of Antares Capital Corporation. 

He has represented numerous clients, both corporate and non-corporate, in non-public acquisitions and divestitures using a variety of structures, including mergers, taxable and nontaxable transactions, spin-offs, and joint ventures.  

Mr Sorensen received his JD from Northwestern University School of Law (with honours, Order of the Coif). He received his BS from the University of Utah (magna cum laude). He is admitted in Illinois. 

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Corporate Tax which can be purchased from our Shop.

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