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Christopher Ocasal joins Sutherland's Tax Group; Ocasal joins the firm as Partner in its Washington, D.C., office

October 16, 2008

WASHINGTON (October 16, 2008) – Sutherland is pleased to announce that Christopher Ocasal has joined the firm as a Partner in its Tax Group, resident in the Washington, D.C., office.

Mr. Ocasal’s experience enhances Sutherland's prominent international tax practice. His practice focuses on international insurance tax and financial products taxation for U.S. and foreign multinationals in inbound and outbound transactions. He regularly advises clients on structuring joint ventures, domestic and international reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, financial products, foreign currency transactions, anti-deferral regimes, withholding tax issues, foreign tax credit planning and U.S. tax treaties.

Prior to joining Sutherland, Mr. Ocasal was an international tax partner in the Washington, D.C., office of PricewaterhouseCoopers and previously was in private law practice. He is a frequent author of articles focusing on international tax issues.

"Sutherland's 84-year-old tax practice is a central part of our firm's history and a critical part of our vision for the future," said Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman. “We are committed to strategically growing our tax practice to meet the needs of our clients and address the quickly changing tax implications of operating in a global marketplace. Chris Ocasal is an important addition to our practice, and we are very pleased to have him join Sutherland."

Mr. Ocasal is a graduate of George Washington University Law School and Georgetown University.

Sutherland is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving unique legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to approximately 500 lawyers handling matters in every part of the world. Seven major practice areas — corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate and tax — provide the framework that contains an extensive range of specialty areas, allowing its lawyers to serve a diverse client base that includes a significant number of Fortune 500 companies.

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