Michael J. Alter

Michael J. Alter

  • Partner
  • Tax
  • Washington, DC
  • T:   +1.202.639.7094
  • F:   +1.202.639.7003
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Michael J. Alter is a tax partner resident in Fried Frank's Washington, DC office. He joined the Firm in 2000 and became a partner in 2006.

Mr. Alter's practice focuses on federal income taxation, with particular emphasis on the structuring and negotiation of taxable and tax-free acquisitions and dispositions, reorganizations and spin-offs, as well as tax planning for debt and equity securities offerings and financings.

Mr. Alter's significant representations include Jacobs Engineering in its acquisition of KeyW, the sale of its energy, chemicals and resources business, and its acquisition of CH2M Hill; Catalent in its acquisitions of Paragon Bioservices, Cook Pharmica, and Accucaps Industries; Tradeweb Markets in its up-C IPO and its acquisition of CodeStreet; Becton Dickinson in its acquisition of TVA Medical; Leidos in the sale of its commercial cybersecurity business; Lockheed Martin in its acquisition of Sikorsky Aircraft; Tapestry in its acquisitions of Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman; and Media General in its acquisition of LIN Media, its merger with New Young Broadcasting and its merger with Nexstar. Additionally, Mr. Alter has extensive experience representing private equity sponsors and funds, including Goldman Sachs, Onex, Stella Point Capital and OMERS, and their portfolio companies.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Alter is consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Tax, where he is described as "fantastic" and receives praise for his “strong deal experience and ability to determine what is critical in a transaction,” with one client enthusing: "He is very knowledgeable, proactive, and accurate in identifying issues and finding the right solutions - an excellent professional."  Mr. Alter is also recognized by Legal 500 in Tax: US Taxes: Non-Contentious.

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

District of Columbia; Massachusetts

Practices & Industries


George Washington University Law School, JD – 1997
  • with honors
Union College, BA – 1993
  • magna cum laude


  • Hebrew
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