In today’s tax environment, there are no run-of-the-mill merger and acquisition transactions. From exploring a potential transaction, to obtaining IRS and regulatory approvals, to closing and post-closing transitions, we provide tailored guidance that helps minimize potential tax burdens and maximize the value of the deal.
In all merger and stock purchase transactions, buyers must be concerned about the tax history of the purchased entity and, in the case of an acquisition out of a consolidated group, the tax history of that consolidated group. Our lawyers regularly work with buyers in conducting tax due diligence with respect to a particular acquisition candidate. We help buyers analyze the target’s tax history and, where appropriate, secure additional representations, warranties and indemnities from the sellers.
In taxable asset sales (including many merger transactions), we help buyers formulate a purchase price allocation that results in the fastest write-off for tax purposes. We advise sellers on tools for maximizing the capital gain and minimizing the ordinary income that otherwise results from the transaction. In a taxable stock sale, we help buyers calculate the "tax cost" of purchasing stock, analyze the tax attributes of the purchased entity, and determine which form of entity represents the best vehicle for the acquisition.
We also work with buyers and sellers to ensure compliance with tax rules that apply to transactions that potentially qualify as tax-free under the US Internal Revenue Code, regularly seeking private letter rulings or issuing tax opinions to facilitate transactions. We draft tax representations and tax-sharing agreements, and structure tax-free spin-off and split-off transactions.
When multinational companies seek to form international joint ventures, we guide clients through the complex tax issues related to all stages of the international joint venture, including formation, operation and exit.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Spin-offs & Restructurings