Nick Kato

Founder, Partner

Nick is the Founder and Managing Partner at Leo Berwick. Nick's practice is focused on domestic and international transactions for private equity, infrastructure funds, and strategic clients. Participation in these transactions has also included a focus on cross border transactions, inversion transactions, IPO’s, as well as cross-border financing arrangements.

Greg Falk


Greg has over 40 years of experience in M&A tax and advises private equity funds as well as domestic and foreign corporations on the tax implications of acquisitions, debt offerings, spin-offs, redemptions, and recapitalizations. Prior to becoming a Partner at Leo Berwick, Greg was the National Leader of M&A Tax at KPMG and BDO.

David Toler

Chief Operating Officer, Partner

David served as a partner in KPMG’s tax practice for 15 years, including being the tax managing partner of a major metropolitan region, and has more than 35 years of tax and business experience. He has extensive experience working with global companies on cross-border tax issues as well as mergers and acquisitions.

Teron DeShaw

VP of Operations

Teron has a Masters in Business Administration and 12 years of experience working in business operations. As the VP of Operations, she is responsible for planning, coordinating, and overseeing business operations to support the team's goals and objectives.

Monte Jackel

Of Counsel

Monte A. Jackel is nationally known for his expertise in the area of partnership taxation, where he has advised taxpayers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely-held businesses and their owners. Monte has practiced federal tax law for over 40 years in both the private sector and the Federal government.

Jason Kleiss

Managing Director

Jason specializes in advising private equity, infrastructure funds, and corporate clients on numerous business, financial, and tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions. His areas of practice include acquisition and disposition planning, cross border investments, repatriation and tax modelling.

Michael Caramico

Managing Director

Mike recently led the global tax function at Nasdaq, Inc. for 16 years, and has over 35 years of corporate tax experience in public accounting and major US corporations. His areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, strategic tax planning, accounting for income taxes and tax compliance. During his tenure at Nasdaq, Inc., Mike was the tax lead for numerous domestic and cross-border acquisitions and divestitures.

Toni Lewis

Managing Director - State and Local Tax, M&A

Toni has over 35 years of state and local tax experience, starting her career as a state tax auditor and spending the last 30+ years consulting on state tax issues with two Big 4 professional services firms where she held various leadership roles.

Akash Patel

Vice President

Akash specializes in advising private equity, infrastructure funds, and corporate clients on numerous business, financial, and tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions. His areas of practice include complex tax modeling, acquisition and disposition planning, cross border investments, and repatriation.

David Downie

Senior Advisor - Canadian Tax Matters

Prior to joining Leo Berwick, David was a partner at KPMG LLP in their financial services group specializing in international corporate tax. His clients included many of Canada’s largest financial institutions.

David Elbaz-Deckel

Senior Advisor

David has over 30 years of business and tax experience with a focus on the state and local tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions.  David provides buy-side and sell side pre-transaction tax due diligence services, acquisition structuring services, tax model review services, and post-transaction integration services for Leo Berwick's clients.

Connie Lee

Senior Advisor

Connie was a US tax partner at a Big Four accounting firm where she specialized in U.S. and cross-border M&A tax structuring as well as tax information reporting such as FATCA and withholding tax compliance. She has significant experience in designing and executing financing structures, providing buyer-side tax due diligence assistance and managing complex tax compliance projects.

Bob Buckley

Senior Advisor

Bob is a tax attorney practicing in all areas of state & local tax for over 35 years.  He has led due diligence and structuring efforts both for the Big Four and in-house at Fortune 50 companies, spanning manufacturing, finance, telecommunications, transportation, retail and e-commerce.

Scott Schapiro

Senior Advisor

Scott has 36 years of payroll tax experience, prior to becoming a Senior Advisor at Leo Berwick, he spent the last 25 spent at a Big Four accounting firm with him being the National Partner in Charge of their Employment Tax practice for the last 12 years.

Anthony DaSilva, Jr

Senior Advisor

Tony has over two decades of experience counseling clients on the tax and regulatory issues impacting compensation and benefits arrangements. For clients involved in complex mergers and acquisitions, corporate joint ventures, private equity transactions and spin-offs, Tony counsels on the compensation, benefit and executive issues that arise pre- and post-transaction.

Serena Lefort

Senior Advisor

Serena specializes in investment performance, asset valuations, transaction structuring, data/software applications management, and strategic/operating planning. Before becoming a Senior Advisor to Leo Berwick she held numerous executive level roles in a large pension plan with over $100 Billion in assets under management. Prior to those roles, she was an M&A tax partner with a Big Four accounting firm.

Kara Hargadon

Chief Financial Officer

Kara specializes in advising Fortune 500 corporations and government entities in financial and investment-related matters and has over a decade of consulting experience. Kara has been a CFA charterholder since 2012 and received her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2016. As CFO, Kara oversees the firm’s overall financial planning and performance, including evaluating co-investment opportunities and transactions.

Nicholas Palance

Director of Operations

Nicholas Palance is a seasoned executive whose reputation for integrity, creative deal structuring, and carefully listening to his clients is the cornerstone of his success. As Leo Berwick’s DOO, Nicholas leads global expansion, financial forecasting, and investment strategy.

Peggy Gu


Peggy specializes in advising private equity, infrastructure funds, and corporate clients on numerous business, financial, and tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions. Her areas of practice include international mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, cross-border investment, tax modeling, and complex financial structures.