New York, NY, January 11, 2006 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Dew…

New York, NY, January 11, 2006 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Dewey Ballantine LLP, a leading international law firm, announced today that Abraham “Hap” Shashy, Jr. joined the firm as a Tax partner resident in the Washington, D.C. office beginning January 1, 2006.

“We are honored to have such a highly regarded individual in the federal tax community and one of the leading national experts in a number of areas including tax controversy and partnership taxation, join Dewey Ballantine,” said Felix Laughlin, co-chair of the firms Tax Department. We believe that Hap will be a very strong addition to our global tax practice and will help us expand our premier Washington tax presence.

Mr. Shashy served as Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service from February 1990 to January 1993. As Chief Counsel, a presidential appointment requiring Senate confirmation, he presided over the IRS? involvement in tax regulations, rulings and controversy matters.

Before Mr. Shashys government service as IRS Chief Counsel, he practiced law in New York City and Dallas and served as an adjunct professor in the graduate tax law programs at New York University and at Southern Methodist University. From 1993 until joining KPMG LLP in 2000, he practiced law in Washington D.C. His practice has included tax controversy and transactional tax planning for large multinational corporate clients in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and finance contexts.

Gordon Warnke, co-chair of the firms Tax department added Haps vast experience in both the public and private sector will no doubt strengthen and solidify our position as one of the nation?s premier tax practices today and in the years to come.?

Mr. Shashy received his J.D. from the University of Florida School of Law in 1973 and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1975.

About Dewey Ballantine LLP
Dewey Ballantine, founded in 1909, is an international law firm with more than 550 attorneys and locations in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, East Palo Alto, Houston, Austin, London, Warsaw, Frankfurt, Milan, Rome and Beijing. In 2005, the Dewey Ballantine tax practice was recognized as the Top Law Firm in Europe by International Tax Review magazine. Through our network of offices, the firm handles some of the largest, most complex corporate transactions, litigation and tax matters in areas such as M&A, private equity, project finance, corporate finance, corporate reorganization and bankruptcy, antitrust, intellectual property, sports law, structured finance and international trade. Industry specializations include energy and utilities, life sciences and healthcare, insurance, financial services, media, consumer and industrial goods, consumer electronics, technology, telecommunications and transportation. For more information, please visit

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