Nicholas DeNovio, former Global Chair of Latham & Watkins’ International Tax Practice, is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office and member of the Audit Committee.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. DeNovio served as Deputy Chief Counsel for the IRS (2002 – 2005).

Throughout his career, Mr. DeNovio has represented large US and non-US-based multinational corporations on complex cross-border transactions involving: 

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Spin-offs
  • Financings
  • Group structuring

Mr. DeNovio began his career in private practice in New York City and became a partner at a global law firm. He is a member of the board for the George Washington University/IRS International Tax Program and served as Chair of the University of Chicago’s Federal Tax Conference from 2012 – 2014.

Thought Leadership

Mr. DeNovio is a renowned speaker and writer for organizations such as Tax Executives Institute (TEI), Practicing Law Institute (PLI), International Fiscal Association (IFA), National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), and various bar associations. He has authored and spoke on an array of tax related topics including:

  • Co-author, “Cross-Border Financing: Taxpayer Wins on Characterization of Intercompany Debt Transaction,” Client Alert, Aug. 2018
    Thought Leadership
  • Co-author, “Cross-Border M&A: Putting the Recently Finalized US Inversion Regulations into Context Following US Tax Reform,”  Client Alert, Jul. 2018
  • Co-author, “IRS Launches New Compliance Campaigns on Repatriation of Foreign Earnings and Virtual Currency,” Client Alert, Jul. 2018
  • Co-author, “New Guidance Issued for Transition Tax on Deferred Foreign Earnings,”  Client Alert, Apr. 2018
  • Co-author, “Multinational Financial Groups After the U.S. Tax Reform: Selected Inbound and Outbound Issues,”  Client Alert, Apr. 2018
  • Speaker, “Navigating Tax Reform: A Plain English Discussion of Financing, M&A Transaction, and Disclosure Issues,” Webcast, Jan. 2018
  • Co-author, “US Tax Reform: Key Business Impacts, Illustrated With Charts and Transactional Diagrams,” Client Alert, Jan. 2018
  • Speaker, “US Tax Reform: Understanding the Proposals and Executing Transactions in the Face of Uncertainty,”  Webcast, Feb. 2017
  • Co-author, “Treasury Issues Final and Temporary Regulations on Related-Party Debt Instruments,” Client Alert, Oct. 2016
  • Co-author, “10 Steps to Mitigate EU State Aid Exposure on Tax Arrangements,” Client Alert, Sep. 2016

Mr. DeNovio’s experience includes representation of:

  • Allergan in its US$40.5 billion sale of Global Generic Pharmaceuticals Business to Teva Pharmaceuticals
  • FMC Technologies, Inc. in its US$13 billion merger of equals with Technip, via the EU cross-border merger regime
  • Globe Specialty Metals in its US$3.1 billion merger of equals with Grupo FerroAtlantica to create a leading international silicon and specialty metals producer
  • Sorin in its US$2.7 billion mergers of equals with Cyberonics to create a new medical technology company
  • Actavis in its US$8.5 billion acquisition of Warner-Chilcott, an Ireland-based pharmaceutical company focusing on women’s healthcare
  • Actavis in its US$28 billion acquisition of Forest Laboratories, a specialty pharmaceutical company
  • Major companies in internal restructuring in pre and post transaction efforts, including: Autodesk, Electronic Arts, Owens Illinois, Citibank, General Electric, WR Grace, Omnicom Group, Inc., Jabil Corporation, Diageo plc, and Viasat
  • Numerous companies of similar stature on matters involving the IRS, at all levels of the IRS administrative process

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • New York


  • LLM, New York University School of Law, 1987
  • JD, University of Miami School of Law, 1986
    cum laude
  • BBA, University of Miami, 1983
    cum laude