Rene de Vera is a partner in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins and is a member of the Tax Department. Mr. de Vera’s practice focuses on transactional tax matters, including advising:

  • Domestic and international private and public companies in mergers, acquisitions, and carve-out transactions
  • Issuers and underwriters in private and public securities offerings
  • Multinational companies in domestic and cross-border tax planning
  • Financial institutions and borrowers in bankruptcies and out-of-court restructurings
  • Developers and financial institutions in tax equity financing of renewable energy projects

Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. de Vera cooked professionally in Chicago and worked as a management consultant with Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman).

Mr. de Vera’s recent experience includes advising:

  • Bass Pro Shops in its acquisition of Cabela’s Incorporated
  • Emerson Electric in the sale of its Leroy-Somer and Control Techniques business to Nidec Corporation
  • Sirona Dental in an all-stock tax-free merger of equals with DENSTPLY International Inc.
  • Consonance Capital Partners in its acquisition of Orsini Pharmaceutical Services
  • Various Pritzker Family Business Interests, including the acquisition of KPB Investments, Hargray Communications and TMS International Corp.
  • Hyatt Hotels in the sale of Hyatt Residential Group business 
  • Chaparral Energy in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization
  • Shake Shack in its “Up-C”-structured initial public offering 
  • Illinois Tool Works in the sale of its Industrial Packaging segment to the Carlyle Group and its acquisition of the Engineered Fasteners and Components business of ZF TRW
  • DE Shaw Renewable Investments in its acquisition and development of various renewable energy projects, including Balko and Block Island wind farms
  • ArcLight Capital in the acquisition and sale of its Leeward Renewable Energy wind farm portfolio
  • Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores SA in its acquisition of the Colombian pension business of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA

Bar Qualification

  • Illinois


  • JD, University of Chicago Law School, 2008
    with honors
  • BA, Stanford University, 1997
    Phi Beta Kappa