George W. Craven: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

George W. Craven

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone+1 312 701 7231

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Practice Areas

  • Banking & Finance
  • Structured Finance
  • India
  • Insurance
  • Transactions
  • Bermuda & Other Offshore Reinsurance
  • Complex Reinsurance Transactions
  • Insurance Linked Securities
  • Insurance Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Insurance Outsourcing & Information Technology
  • Insurance Regulatory & Compliance
  • Insurance Tax
  • Life Insurance & Reinsurance Transactions
  • Pension De-Risking & Longevity Solutions
  • Reinsurance Run-off and Insolvency
  • Japan
  • Tax
  • Tax Transactions & Consulting
Contact InfoTelephone: +1 312 701 7231
Fax: +1 312 706 9206
University Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, 1970; University of Notre Dame, B.A., summa cum laude, 1973
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1976
Admitted1976, Illinois; 1976, US Tax Court


American Bar Association, Section of Taxation; Financial Transactions Committee

Japan-America Society of Chicago

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

The Economic Club of Chicago

LanguagesEnglish; Japanese

Savvy and hands-on

Chambers USA 2004-2005

George Craven is highly regarded as a leading practitioner of corporate tax law and international tax planning. In the course of his practice, George advises clients across a broad spectrum of domestic and international tax issues and tax-related controversies. His particular focus involves tax issues pertinent to insurance companies (especially offshore companies), tax aspects of financing, and investments in India. Chambers USA 2007 notes that he is thought by commentators to be 'a good incisive tax lawyer, and someone who quietly performs wonders for his clients in structured finance and securitizations transactions. Earlier (2004-2005), Chambers characterized George as savvy and hands-on.

George brings comprehensive, well-informed experience to clients' service. In the area of corporate tax law, he counsels on business acquisitions and dispositions, including structured financing, and securitization transactions. He also addresses tax aspects of new financial products, such as Section 483 Notes, Liquid Yield Option Notes, and others. George's international focus includes Subpart F issues, cross-border tax arbitrage, advising on behalf of captive and offshore insurance companies, and comprehensive tax planning for offshore insurance entities.

George was designated as a leading lawyer for the 2001-present editions of Chambers USA and he is listed in The Best Lawyers Annual Guide to Insurance Law (2011). George was listed in America's Leading Business Lawyers (2003-2004) and named among North America's Top Tax Advisers by the International Tax Review (2000). He is widely sought as a presenter at seminars and symposia on domestic and international tax topics, and he is an active member of several influential professional associations. George is conversant in Japanese.


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Do What I Say, Not What I Do: The US Internal Revenue Service Finalizes Changes to the Mixed Straddle Rules
James R. Barry,George W. Craven,Mark H. Leeds, July 22, 2014
In 1981, when Congress enacted the straddle rules preventing selective loss recognition, it directed the IRS to allow taxpayers to recognize built-in gain and loss on mixed straddles. In response, the IRS wrote regulations that permit such gain and loss recognition. The IRS has changed its view and...

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George W. Craven

71 S. Wacker Drive
ChicagoIL 60606


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