James R. Barry: Lawyer with Mayer Brown LLP

James R. Barry

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone312 701 7169

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Practice Areas

  • Energy
  • Energy Taxation
  • Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement
  • Investment Management
  • Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Financing/Projects
  • Infrastructure Funds
  • Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships
  • Insurance
  • Private Investment Funds
  • Tax
  • Tax Transactions & Consulting
Contact InfoTelephone: 312 701 7169
Fax: 312 706 9205
University DePaul University, B.Sc., Accounting, with high honors, 1982
Law SchoolDePaul University College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1985
Admitted1985, Illinois; 1986, US Tax Court


International Fiscal Association

American Bar Association, Section of Taxation


...advises mammoth companies on the planning of their worldwide structures...'very well versed in this highly technical area'...

Chambers USA 2006

James R. Barry is a partner and one of the firm's practice leaders of the Tax Transactions group at Mayer Brown LLP. He represents US corporations and individuals in tax planning for foreign and domestic operations, as well as foreign corporations and individuals in tax planning for US operations. His work includes tax planning for restructuring of existing foreign and US corporate groups, spin-offs, and acquisitions of foreign and domestic corporations, including obtaining private letter rulings from the Internal Revenue Service. He has been described as someone who is very well versed in this highly technical area (Chambers USA 2006).

Jim also represents sponsors and investors in real estate funds, hedge funds, and other investment entities, as well as offshore insurance companies regarding US taxation of their income and related issues. He represents creditors and debtors in tax planning for workouts of financially troubled companies to minimize tax costs of restructuring and preserve tax attributes (including several detailed matters under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code). In addition, Jim represents corporations and investment bankers regarding tax implications of issuing financial instruments and securitization and other financing, as well as the impact of the alternative minimum tax.

Mr. Barry has been ranked as a leading tax lawyer by various publications, including Chambers USA, Legal 500 and Illinois Superlawyers.

Mr. Barry is a frequent lecturer and writer on tax topics. He has spoken at the University of Chicago Tax Conference, where he is a member of the planning committee, the Practicing Law Institute, the American Bar Association, OFII, TEI, ATLAS, Strategic Research Institute and other groups and has authored papers that have appeared in Taxes Magazine, PLI - Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings and other publications.


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The IRS and Treasury Issue New Anti-Inversion Guidance
James R. Barry,Jason S. Bazar,Lee Morlock, September 26, 2014
Following weeks of anticipation and speculation about administrative guidance on corporate inversions, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the Treasury Department (“Treasury”) released Notice 2014-52 (“Notice”) on September 22, 2014, describing new...

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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James R. Barry

71 S. Wacker Drive
ChicagoIL 60606


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