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New IRS Guidance Offers Insight Regarding Covered Transactions Under the Transaction Cost Regulations

When the IRS released the transaction cost regulations of Treas. Reg. 1.263(a)-5, a new term was created: “covered transaction.” Unlike the treatment of a covered transaction in a tax shelter context, which is generally...more

New Urgency for Corporate Inversion Transactions (Quorum, March 2014)

Corporate inversions have constituted an active and successful part of the M&A market in 2013 and early 2014, as acquirors have typically traded up on the date of announcement. However, there is now a new urgency for U.S....more

New Temporary Regulations Introduce a Welcome De Minimis Rollover-Shareholder Exception to US Anti Inversion Rules

On January 16, 2014, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service released new temporary regulations on one aspect of corporate inversions under Section 7874 (the “Regulations”) that altered and clarified the...more

New York Sales Tax Implications of an Asset Purchase

The buyer of an existing business must determine whether to purchase the stock of the business entity or to purchase the assets of the business. The factors to consider include both non-tax and tax-related advantages of each...more

Doing Business in Japan

I am pleased to present to you DLA Piper’s “Doing Business in Japan” Guide. Japan is the world’s third largest economy and remains cutting-edge in business. In 2012, 68 Global 500 Companies were headquartered in...more

The 336(e) Election: Possible Deemed Asset Sale Treatment When a 338(h)(10) Election is Unavailable

For U.S. federal income tax purposes, a purchaser in a corporate acquisition typically prefers to acquire assets of a target corporation (“Target”) rather than stock because a purchaser that acquires assets is able to “step...more

Proposed Regulations On Imported Built-In Losses Include Some Controversial Aspects

Proposed Regulations (REG-161948-05, 9/6/13) dealing with the importation of built-in loss properties under Sections 334(b)(1)(B) and Section 362(e)(1) are designed "to prevent erosion of the corporate tax base through the...more

Selling Privately Held Businesses – Interview with Stephen Gulotta, Managing Member, Mintz Levin's New York Office [Video]

Attorney Stephen Gulotta, Managing Member of Mintz Levin's New York office, discusses the importance of advance planning in the sale of privately held companies. ...more

Hospital Acquisitions of Physician Practices: Practical Tips for Both Parties

Introduction - Throughout the United States, hospitals and physicians are engaging in various affiliation models in order to adapt to the changes resulting from health care reform. While these affiliations take many...more

Use of Formula Clauses for Income Tax Advantage

In early 1985, Nestlé Holdings Inc. (Nestlé US), a first-tier wholly owned subsidiary of Nestlé S.A. (Nestlé Switzerland), acquired Carnation Co. and made an election under section 338 for that acquisition. Under section 338,...more

FTB to Clean Up Deferred Intercompany Stock Account Regulation

On July 25, the FTB held a public hearing on its proposed revisions to its regulation on intercompany transactions. The changes attempt to fix issues with the current rules governing Deferred Intercompany Stock Accounts...more

New Regulations Provide Advantageous Acquisition Structures

New regulations issued by Treasury under Section 336(e) permit certain stock acquisitions to be treated as asset purchases, allowing buyers access to stepped-up asset basis and corresponding depreciation and amortization...more

Exchangeable Share Structures Revisited

Exchangeable share structures have been a fixture in structuring cross-border share exchange mergers and acquisitions involving Canadian corporations for decades. Although the Canadian government previously announced plans to...more

New Legislation on RETT Blocker Structures

For some time now legislative bodies have been discussing the implementation of rules according to which the acquisition of “economic” (wirtschaftliche) participating interests of more than 95 % on a consolidated basis in a...more

Middle-Market Will Benefit Florida, The Nation’s Most Innovative State

Middle-market M&A had a great fourth quarter in 2012. Dealmakers were busy closing deals ahead of the then-anticipated increase in taxes. While the first quarter of 2013 has been relatively less active as compared to the end...more

Insights - Spring 2013: Developing Federal Common Law of Successor Liability

When a purchaser acquires substantially all the assets of a seller, the purchase agreement typically provides that the purchaser does not assume seller’s liabilities except to the limited extent specifically set forth...more

IRS Approves New Rules To Minimize Taxes Related to M&A Transactions

The Internal Revenue Service recently adopted long-awaited regulations intended to provide a new means of minimizing taxes in M&A transactions. The newly adopted regulations take effect on May 15, 2013, under Section 336(e)...more

New Directive Correctly Resolves Use Of Transaction Cost Safe Harbor For Milestone Payments – Questions Nonetheless Linger

A new directive specifies that Large Business & International (LB&I) examiners should not challenge a taxpayer’s treatment of eligible milestone payments when success-based fees are incurred, provided a safe harbor election...more

Integrating Foreign Currency Hedges With Respect To Stock Purchase And Sale Agreements

Investment funds that invest globally must deal with volatility in the currency in which they agree to invest. Investment funds entering into obligations to purchase stock in a currency other than the primary currency of the...more

Private Equity - Winter/Spring 2013

In This Issue: - ILPA Guidelines Have Noticeable Impact - Extracting Tax Value in Debt Refinancings and Modifications - Private Equity and Venture Capital Investing in China: Exit Strategy and Circular 698 -...more

Maximizing The Value Of Your Business For Your Heirs

One of the most difficult issues facing the owner of any successful business is how the business, or the personal wealth that it represents, can be preserved for the benefit of his or her family after death. While it is...more

Buyer Beware: Reduced Indemnity On Account Of Supposed (Mythical?) Tax Benefits.

Originally published in Deal Points: The Newsletter of the Mergers and Acquisitions Committee - American Bar Association - Winter 2013. When the seller of a business or the assets of a business is negotiating the scope...more

Federal Court of Appeal to hear argument tomorrow in “break fee” case (Morguard)

Tomorrow morning (November 20, 2012), the Federal Court of Appeal is scheduled to hear an appeal by Morguard Corporation (“Morguard”, formerly operating as Acktion Corporation), regarding the taxation of a “break fee”...more

Commentary on October 24, 2012: Technical Bill

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012 the Canadian Federal Department of Finance tabled in the House of Commons a large detailed Notice of Ways and Means Motion (“NWMM”) to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada) and a variety of other...more

Commentary on October 24, 2012: Notice of Ways and Means Motion Relating to Tax Matters - Acquisition of Control (subsection...

The Income Tax Act (the “Act”) contains rules that limit the ability of corporations to utilize losses and other tax attributes following an acquisition of control. Subsection 256(7) of the Act provides rules for determining...more

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