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Distilling An Agreement

Sometimes, despite the best intentions, a business venture will fail. In such circumstances, agreements relating to the ownership of business property will be duly scrutinised, and perhaps, challenged in court....more

The Ins And Outs Of Joint Venture Agreements

In this presentation: - What is a joint venture? - Advantages and disadvantages of using a joint venture - Starting a joint venture - Step 1: Find the right partner - Step 2: Ensure the JV...more

Can You Have A Partnership Of One And Why The Answer Matters To Joint Ventures

Companies can come in all different shapes and sizes. They can be traditional C corporations, limited liability companies, general partnerships, limited partnerships, S corporations, joint ventures (“JVs”) or various...more

IRS Announces "Pause" in Issuing New MLP Qualifying Income Rulings

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has temporarily stopped issuing new master limited partnership (MLP) qualifying income private letter rulings The IRS is re-assessing what types of qualifying income private letter...more

Proposed Section 752 Regulations Would Prohibit Bottom Guarantees And Impose Net Worth Requirements In UPREIT Transactions

The IRS has recently proposed regulations under Section 752 of the Code which, if finalized in current form, would radically change the use of guarantees in partnership transactions. Under these regulations, bottom guarantees...more

Taxation of Salaried Members: An Update for Asset Managers

Background - Last summer, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) published proposals for major changes to the UK's rules on the taxation of partnerships. The primary aim of the proposals was to counter arrangements which HMRC...more

Tenth Circuit Looks Past “General Partnership” Labels in Agreements to Determine Whether Certain Investments Constitute...

In SEC v. Shields, No. 12-1438, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 3369 (10th Cir. Feb. 24, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reversed the district court’s order granting defendants’ motion to dismiss, holding...more

Court Hears Oral Argument in New Jersey Partnership Nexus Case: Tough Questions for Division of Taxation

Earlier this week, a New Jersey appellate court heard oral argument in BIS LP, Inc. v. Director, Div. of Taxation, which is the lead case addressing the issue of whether a corporate limited partner is taxable on its...more

“Don’t tell me not to worry, and please don’t call me partner.”

How many websites and marketing materials have you seen that identify a company’s suppliers and other vendors as “partners”? Does this mean that the company actually intends to communicate that it has formed a legal...more

Partnership Verdict in Dallas: You May be Married and Not Know it

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, a Dallas jury found that Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. (Enterprise) had entered into a partnership with Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) to jointly develop a crude oil pipeline from...more

Joint Venturer May Be Partner By Estoppel

Benjamin Disraeli is often credited with saying “With words we rule men”. I haven’t found a source for that particular quotation. Even if he never uttered or wrote those words, I like the quote and the idea that the former...more

Camp Goes All-In with Comprehensive Tax Plan: Highlights, Tax Reform Status and Impact on Taxpayers

On February 26, Representative Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, released his much-awaited comprehensive tax reform plan (the “Camp Proposal”). That proposal seeks to cut marginal tax rates...more

Avoiding multimillion-dollar liability for de facto partnership breach under Texas law: one useful tip

After a lengthy trial, a Dallas jury has found that a de facto partnership existed between Energy Transfers Partners, L.P. (ETP) and Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. “to market and pursue a pipeline project to transport...more

"IRS Introduces Long-Awaited Proposed Regulations Addressing the Allocation of Partnership Liabilities and Partnership Disguised...

On January 29, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) and the Treasury Department (Treasury) introduced a long-awaited package of proposed regulations (the Proposed Regulations) that would significantly change the rules...more

U.K. Partnership Tax Changes

Slightly later than first advertised, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has now issued further guidance regarding the employment status of members of U.K. limited liability partnerships (LLPs)....more

Comparison of Typical MLP and Yieldco Structures

The rise of master limited partnerships (MLPs) as an asset class has coincided with investors’ desire for stable and growing cash flow. In 2013, there were 21 initial public offerings (IPOs) of MLPs and more are on the way in...more

New Proposed Regulations Could Shake Up the Allocation of Partnership Debt

The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released proposed regulations changing the analysis of whether a partner bears the economic risk of loss for a partnership liability under IRC Section 752. Also, the proposed regulations...more

Death of the Salaried Partner? Wide Ranging Changes to LLP Member Taxation To Come Into Force on 6 April 2014

Wide ranging changes to the way in which LLP members are taxed are due to take effect on 6 April 2014. LLPs and their members, particularly those in professional service and private equity/fund management firms, should,...more

New Proposed Partnership Liability Allocation Regulations May Trigger Gains for Partners

On January 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued far-reaching and extremely taxpayer-adverse proposed regulations dealing with the allocation of partnership recourse and...more

Recently Proposed Treasury Regulations Regarding the Allocation of Partnership Recourse and Nonrecourse Liabilities Contain...

On January 29, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) modifying the rules under Section 752 regarding the allocation of recourse and...more

Proposed Partnership Liability Regulations

On January 29, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) proposed Treasury regulations under Section 752 of the Code which would change the way in which both partnership recourse and nonrecourse liabilities are allocated. The...more

IRS Proposes Significant Changes to Rules for Allocating Partnership Liabilities

Proposed Regulations seek to curtail perceived abuses, including the use of “bottom-dollar” guarantees and some indemnity arrangements. On January 29, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) proposed regulations that...more

A New Way to Unwind (Leveraged Partnership Structures): Treasury and IRS Propose Draconian Changes to the Partnership Liability...

On January 29, Treasury and the IRS issued proposed regulations that would dramatically change the manner in which partnership liabilities are allocated among the partnership’s partners under IRC § 752 (the Proposed...more

Proposed Treasury Regulations Could Significantly Impact Tax Deferral in Partnership Transactions

Late last month, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations that address partnership liabilities (section 752) and disguised sales of property (Internal Revenue Code section 707). If enacted, the section 752...more

Can business partner disputes be defused? Can a client avoid expensive litigation?  [Video]

Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk's partner Neal Bookspan discusses how to defuse the tension and emotional nature of a dispute between business partners. He then talks about how expensive and extended litigation can be...more

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