Gibson Dunn Adds Former Deloitte Tax Principal Eric Sloan in New York

September 17, 2015

​Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is pleased to announce that Eric Sloan has joined the New York office as a partner.  Previously a principal at Deloitte Tax LLP, Sloan will continue to provide tax planning advice with an emphasis on federal income taxation, partnership taxation, and the taxation of private equity firms and funds in their mergers and acquisitions.

"We welcome Eric to Gibson Dunn," said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn.  "A vital tax practice is a necessary and important part of the firm’s transactional practice, and Eric is nationally recognized as one of the few leading tax lawyers who combine this high level of technical expertise in partnership taxation with the depth and breadth of his M&A experience.  His addition will enhance not only our tax practice, but also our M&A and investment funds capabilities."

"Having worked at a Big Four accounting firm at the highest level for 18 years, Eric is widely regarded as one of the nation’s foremost partnership tax experts and has close ties at the highest level with the IRS and industry groups," said Art Pasternak, Co-Chair of the firm’s Tax Practice Group.

Steven Shoemate, Co-Partner in Charge of the New York office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Private Equity Practice Group, added that "The New York office has successfully built a broad-based corporate transactional practice, and we believe that Eric’s practice complements and enhances the platform we have been building."

"As a partnership tax lawyer, joining Gibson Dunn is a unique opportunity to be part of one of the premier law firms in the world," Sloan said.  "I look forward to integrating my practice with Gibson Dunn’s international platform."

About Eric Sloan

With 25 years of broad transactional and structuring experience, Sloan focuses his tax practice on the use of partnerships and limited liability companies in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, and restructurings.  He also has developed substantial expertise in initial public offerings, including advising on many "UP-C" IPOs in a range of industries.

Sloan has represented four of the largest private equity firms and the two largest privately held companies in the United States, as well as many publicly traded companies.  He advised on the first publicly traded "permanent capital fund" launched by a major U.S.-based private equity firm and the first pass through portfolio company investments made by four of the largest U.S.-based private equity firms. 

He has substantial experience in the formation of domestic and cross-border joint ventures and acquisitions and dispositions of businesses and interests in joint ventures, including the largest joint venture in the United States and a complex multi-billion dollar cross-border commodities joint venture.  He has also handled restructurings of partnerships, as well as private equity fund structuring and leveraged recapitalizations of private equity portfolio companies.

Sloan started his legal career as an associate with Irell & Manella in Los Angeles and practiced law in Washington, D.C. before joining Deloitte as a principal, where he was asked to establish and lead Deloitte’s National Office Partnership Taxation group in 1997.

Sloan currently serves as Co-Chair of the Committee on Partnerships and as an Executive Committee Member of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section.  He also is Conference Co-Chair of Practising Law Institute’s Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances conference.  He has also been active with the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association, having served as a Chair of its Committee on Partnerships and as a Council Director.  In addition, Sloan is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and a frequent guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Sloan received his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1990.  He also earned an LL.M. with distinction in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994.