Kat Saunders Gregor
Kat Gregor is a tax partner who advises on a wide range of partnership and international tax issues, with a focus on the asset management industry. Kat advises private investment fund managers on structuring and launching funds, and has worked extensively on fund investment and secondary transactions. She also advises institutional investors on investments into private funds, international joint ventures and strategic investments across industries, including health care, natural resources, real estate and emerging technologies. As part of her asset management-related work, Kat advises family offices on their structure, ongoing operations and investments.
In addition to her work for asset management clients, Kat regularly assists life sciences, FinTech and growth companies in evaluating ongoing tax issues arising from international operations, new technology and products, and the formation and management of joint ventures. Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, she also helped clients navigate key tax-related provisions of the CARES Act and other emergency legislation.
A co-founder of the tax controversy group at Ropes & Gray, Kat is known for handling disputes for clients with the IRS, DOL and other administrative bodies, and in particular, represents asset management firms, including their principals and portfolio companies. She also assists clients in managing disputes with non-U.S. tax authorities, bringing the critical ability to explain complex cross-border investment structures. Clients commend her for her “expertise in the nooks and crannies of controversy work,” as noted in Chambers USA, where she is ranked. Kat represents public and private companies, private investment funds, institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals before the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and other federal and state courts.
Drawing in part on her prior experience as a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Kat advises clients on the state and local tax impact of their operations and investments. This work includes representing clients before administrative bodies, seeking rulings and other guidance, and resolving historic noncompliance. Kat works closely with clients’ accountants and local advisors to develop strategies for multistate tax issues and to resolve issues and disputes efficiently.
Kat is active in the legal and tax communities in both the United States and globally, and is a frequent writer and commentator on tax issues. She serves as a co-chair of the Tax Working Group of the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance. She also is an executive officer of the International Bar Association Taxes Committee, the Northeast Regional Chair of the Women International Fiscal Association Network (or WIN-IFA), and a co-chair of the annual U.S.-Europe Tax Practice Trends Conference.