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August 30, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC, August 30, 2012 — Michael Caballero, the former international tax counsel at the U.S. Treasury Department, will be joining Covington & Burling and its tax practice. Mr. Caballero will be based in the firm’s Washington office as a partner effective September 10.
At the Treasury Department, Mr. Caballero served as one of the administration’s most senior international tax policy officials, leading legislative, regulatory and treaty projects of key importance to multinational corporations and financial institutions. These projects included the ongoing implementation of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) as well as guidance on the foreign tax credit and anti-deferral regimes. Mr. Caballero also coordinated the representation of the United States in various international forums, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Immediately prior to his tenure at the Treasury Department, Mr. Caballero was a partner at another global law firm where he concentrated on international tax. His other experience includes a previous position in the Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy.
“Michael is an invaluable addition to the firm, further enhancing the strength and the profile of Covington’s tax practice,” said Timothy Hester, chair of the firm’s management committee.
“We are delighted Michael has joined the firm given his extensive tax experience in both the public and private sectors,” said Reeves Westbrook, who co-chairs the firm’s tax practice with Daniel Luchsinger. “Michael adds to our in-depth capability to lead matters in key tax areas for our clients,” Mr. Luchsinger said. “As the tax reform process moves forward in Congress, Michael’s knowledge and expertise will prove to be very important to our clients.”
Mr. Caballero looks forward to returning to private practice and working with Covington’s tax and public policy practices. “I was attracted to the firm by its commitment to excellence in everything it does -- and by the strength of its tax practice, where I hope that my recent Treasury service and prior experience in private practice will both complement an already-strong lineup,” Mr. Caballero said.
Mr. Caballero currently serves as chair of the D.C. Bar’s International Tax Committee. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and his master of laws in taxation from the New York University School of Law.