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Tax Strategy & Benefits

The tax strategy and benefits practice of Squire Sanders focuses on domestic and international tax structuring and advisory work, enabling clients from all sectors to implement their decisions in the most tax effective manner.

Our team delivers a wide range of tax services including traditional tax planning and the design and implementation of innovative solutions. We address the business and tax objectives of clients based on our lawyers’ collective experience and understanding of the commercial, legal and taxation pressures faced by our clients. Our team has a reputation for technical excellence, quality, pragmatism and innovation and is committed to the prompt delivery of decisive and practical solutions tailored to our clients’ needs.

We advise a wide variety of clients including public and private companies, banks and other financial institutions, not for profit and public sector entities, trade associations and individuals. The range of work our lawyers deal with includes structuring business, real estate and financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, transfer pricing and public finance. We also represent our clients before tax authorities and have extensive experience in tax litigation and the resolution of substantial tax controversies and disputes.

In the United States we advise clients on low-income housing tax credits, historic tax credits, new markets tax credits and renewable energy incentive programs. In particular, we have comprehensive expertise in analyzing and resolving the tax structuring issues involved in all these programs. Our depth of knowledge in the tax exempt bond and tax credit areas allows us to add tremendous value to economic development projects.

Our team includes lawyers who advise on all types of employee benefit plans including stock options, long-term incentive plans and deferred compensation plans. Our clients range from multinational public companies to privately owned startups. We help our clients achieve their business goals, providing practical problem solving, proactive planning and sophisticated analysis to help them make the right choices.

Our private client and estate planning practice serves the needs of high-net-worth individuals, trustees and fiduciaries, charitable and nonprofit entities. We assist our clients in succession and financial planning issues relevant to their families and their businesses, helping them develop and implement long-term tax efficient plans. Our advice often involves an international element including offshore trusts and other vehicles for the transmission of wealth within international families.

The strength of our integrated worldwide network allows us to combine domestic and cross-border tax advice to clients competing in a rapidly changing global tax environment. Our lawyers use their in-depth knowledge of national and international tax regimes and structures to achieve maximum tax and business efficiency for our clients.

Practice Expertise

Case Studies

Representing AmTrust Financial Corporation in Chapter 11 Proceedings

In November 2009, Squire Sanders filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases for AmTrust Financial Corporation (now known as AmFin Financial Corporation) and five subsidiaries in Cleveland. AmTrust Financial was the holding company for AmTrust Bank, which was ...

Teamwork Helps Cedar Fair Beat Heavy Competition to Acquire Five Amusement Parks

Situation:Cedar Fair, L.P., learned that CBS intended to sell its five US and Canadian Paramount amusement parks through an auction process. If Cedar Fair were able to acquire these parks, it could approximately double its holdings.Challenge:Cedar Fa...

Billions in Tax Revenue Stays in State, Thanks to Squire Sanders

Because of provisions in a limited number of its bonds, the state of Connecticut faced having to exempt interest on federal bonds from Connecticut’s corporate franchise tax, resulting in the loss of billions of dollars of state tax revenue. We solved...

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