Matthew Sperry and Matthew McKim Bring Global Wealth Planning Practice to McGuireWoods in Chicago

January 29, 2016

Matthew Sperry and Matthew McKim, who have built a global practice providing a broad range of legal services to high-net-worth individuals, private investment funds, and financial institutions, have joined McGuireWoods’ nationally recognized private wealth services group as partners in the firm’s Chicago office.

Sperry and McKim counsel high-net-worth clients around the world, as well as the financial institutions that serve those clients, in a wide variety of corporate and tax planning matters. They assist wealthy families and individuals, both directly and through trusts, in structuring tax-efficient business and personal wealth transactions, as well as planning for the transfer of wealth across generations. Both partners come to McGuireWoods from the Chicago office of McDermott Will & Emery.

Sperry and McKim join a practice ranked among the nation’s best by independent observers. McGuireWoods’ private wealth services group earned a Band 1 ranking, the highest possible, from Chambers and Partners in its 2015 guide, “Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.” In addition, the firm’s lawyers, along with professionals from its public affairs arm, McGuireWoods Consulting, have contributed to the formation of tax policy at the national level by participating in the development of legislation and regulations.

“The private wealth services group is delighted to welcome Matt McKim and Matt Sperry,” said Charles D. “Skip” Fox IV, who chairs the group. “Their strong practice with high-net-worth individuals and corporate fiduciaries, both in the U.S. and abroad, will add significantly to the capabilities of our group and we look forward to helping grow their practices even more.”

Sperry handles global corporate, securities and tax matters for wealthy clients and for the financial services firms that serve them. He has extensive experience advising clients on the legal and business challenges associated with cross-border transactions and he has led transactions in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, hospitality, chemicals, electronics, software, technology, food and beverage, oil and gas, and healthcare. Sperry earned his bachelor’s and law degrees and his LL.M in taxation from the University of Florida.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to grow my practice at McGuireWoods,” Sperry said. “I know that my clients will benefit from the firm’s strong platform and its unwavering commitment to client service excellence.”

McKim counsels clients on structuring complex corporate and business-related deals and the tax implications of cross-border transactions. He has represented public and private companies, private equity funds, hedge funds and emerging companies on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, spinoffs, tax-free reorganizations and fund formations. McKim and Sperry advise clients based in the United States, Europe, Asia, South America and Central America.

“I am impressed by the depth and formidable capabilities of McGuireWoods’ tax and corporate practices and am proud to be joining such an outstanding team of lawyers,” McKim said.

McKim received his bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University, his law degree from Nova Southeastern University and his LL.M in taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Craig D. Bell, chair of McGuireWoods’ Tax and Employee Benefits Department, said Sperry and McKim will complement the work of the firm’s London-based international wealth management and tax team, which provides a full range of services to high-net-worth individuals, including cross-border income and capital gains tax planning, structuring of business interests and holding companies, and other international wealth planning strategies.

“Matt Sperry and Matt McKim are highly regarded for their skill in helping clients navigate complex, multinational tax and business decisions,” Bell said. “Their practices fit in very nicely with the work our tax lawyers are doing for high-net-worth clients around the globe.”

“Matt Sperry and Matt McKim are tremendous additions to our firm,” added Amy Manning, managing partner of the firm’s Chicago office. “Their background handling complex, international tax and corporate matters will enhance the services we provide to our clients in the United States and around the world.”

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