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Taxing the Earnout

Agreements for the sale of privately-held companies often call for part of the purchase price to be paid in the form of an earnout. The earnout provision requires the buyer to pay an additional amount in purchase price after...more

So You Want To Sell Your Business… PART 1 of 4 – Purpose of the Sale

This is the first of a four-part series to assist owners of closely-held businesses who are considering a future sale of their business. Today's installment will consider why you may wish to sell your business. Subsequent...more

Nevada Supreme Court Opines On Scope Of Debtor’s Exemption For Stock

NRS 78.746 provides that, with several qualifications, the exclusive remedy of judgment creditors with respect to the stock in a relatively closely held corporation is to charge a stockholder’s shares.  To the extent so...more

A Cross-Border Finance Lawyer Examines Differences in Canadian and U.S. Corporate Practice

As a U.S. finance lawyer working in Canada on cross-border deals, I have noticed a few differences between U.S. and Canadian corporate practice that impact in minor ways the transaction documents, but that may signal in some...more

BALCA Affirms CO’s Denial Where Beneficiary Has an Ownership Interest in Closely Held Company

The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) upheld a Certifying Officer’s denial of an Employer’s Application for Permanent Certification due to the fact that the beneficiary and her husband each had a 50%...more

Structure, structure, structure

In reading Andrew Keyt’s piece about family businesses (recently published on, “structure” was the one word that continued to resonate for me. Mr. Keyt never used the word “structure” but his advice to family...more

Employee Benefits Developments August 2015

Certain Closely Held For-Profit Employers Need Not Provide Women’s Contraceptive Services. Under the ACA, non-grandfathered group health plans must cover specified preventive services, including certain women’s preventive...more

New Regulations Expected this Fall May Limit Valuation Discounts in Certain Asset Transfers

For high-net worth individuals – particularly those whose assets include closely-held business interests or family investment entities – anticipated changes in the valuation of those assets for estate and gift tax purposes...more

Anticipated IRS Regulations May Impact Discounts On Intra-Family Transfers of Closely Held Business Interests

Action Item: It is anticipated that Treasury will soon issue new regulations that will affect the valuation discounts applicable to intra-family transfers of interests in closely held entities. It may be advisable to review...more

Obama Administration Finalizes Regulations on ACA Coverage of Preventive Services, Including Contraceptive Services

The Obama Administration published final regulations on July 14, 2015 that implement Affordable Care Act requirements regarding coverage without cost sharing of certain preventive services, including contraceptive services....more

Final Rules for Preventive Services

The U.S. Departments of Treasury, Labor (DOL) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have issued interim final regulations and Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the cost-free coverage of preventive services under the...more

New Treasury Regulations May Limit Transfer Tax Savings

Recent comments by Cathy Hughes, an Estate and Gift Tax Attorney Advisor in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, indicated that the department may issue proposed regulations as early as September 2015...more

Amendment to Taiwan’s Company Act Establishes 'Closely-Held Company Limited by Shares' to Provide Flexibility on Fund-Raising for...

On July 1, 2015, an amendment (Amendment) to the Company Act of Taiwan took effect to establish a new category of company under the new Chapter 13, called “closely-held company limited by shares”, hereinafter, a 'close...more

Government Finalizes Religious Accommodation, But What About Health Plans, TPAs and PBMs?

In a set of rules published last week, the government finalized a July 2010 interim final rule (“IFR”) related to coverage of certain preventive services and an August 2014 IFR regarding the definition of an eligible...more

Feds Define Which “Closely Held Corporations” Are Eligible to Opt Out of Contraception Mandate Under ACA

One year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. et al, that for-profit closely held corporations must be permitted to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate on...more

Changes to Non-Domiciled Status Announced in The UK Summer Budget 2015

Following the United Kingdom’s General Election in May, George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, gave the new government’s first budget speech on 8 July 2015. In his speech, Mr Osborne announced some changes to the tax...more

District Court Rules Privately-Held Stock Plan Fiduciary May Have Affirmative Duty To Disclose

A federal district court in Georgia held that plan fiduciaries of a closely-held company’s single stock ERISA fund may have a duty to disclose material, non-public information concerning the value of the company’s shares when...more

Selling the Business to Divide the Assets, Part 2

This is Part 2 of my discussion of a third alternative for answering the question: When a closely-held business is a valuable marital asset, how can its value be turned into cash? Part 1 discussed the main pros and cons of...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds No Duty to Defend Directors Serving in Mixed Capacities

On June 22, 2015, the 11th Circuit affirmed a Georgia federal court decision that there was no coverage under a director’s and officer’s (D&O) insurance policy for claims asserted by beneficiaries of a family trust against a...more

Closely-Held Shareholder Derivative Actions are Alive and Well in Texas

After 30 years of running his family-owned business, Hillbilly Oil Co., Jed Clampett decided to retire in 2013. The board of directors elects Jethro Bodine as Hillbilly’s President and Elly May as Vice President. Both Jethro...more

Tips For Successful Succession Planning

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ? Abraham Lincoln - Your company is built to last. But when you are ready to step back and let go of the reins, will the next...more

Estate tax relief for family businesses

If a substantial portion of a person’s wealth is tied up in a family or closely held business, he or she may be concerned that the estate will lack sufficient liquid assets to pay estate taxes. If that’s the case, heirs may...more

Albany Bill Would Scare Off New Biz

When businesspeople form a corporation or limited-liability company,they often establish it in the state where the principal office will be, or in a state with favorable business laws, such as Delaware. But New York, which is...more

Interpreting The Right To Specific Performance In A Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement

I've never thought very hard about the remedy of specific performance. That means ordering a party to a contract to perform its contractual obligations. But the ability of the Court to order specific performance was...more

Massachusetts Federal Court Holds That LLC Operating Agreement Does Not Shield Defendants from Liability for Breaching Their...

A recent decision by Judge F. Dennis Saylor of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Butler v. Moore, C.A. No. 10-10207-FDS U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39416 (D. Mass. Mar. 26, 2015), offers an example of how...more

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