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I enjoy spending time with family and staying active. I bike to work, coach youth baseball, and spend way too much time in parks around the city. You only get to experience your life once — get out there and enjoy it!

Ryan Defer


I consult with clients on a variety of complex tax issues, including new and emerging tax legislation. My clients include private equity funds, portfolio companies, and both privately and publicly held businesses. I regularly work with clients across all service and industry lines.

I specialize in the handling of tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions and other transactions. I’m a leader in the firm’s tax structuring and planning group, transaction reporting group, and transaction cost analysis group.

There’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach to projects, so I work with clients to rightsize my role and approach on everything we do together. I advise them throughout all phases of transactions and any other technical areas to ensure that they’re maximizing opportunities and minimizing risks.

I received my B.A. in finance from Michigan State University and J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. I’m a licensed attorney in the state of Illinois.