Taxation affects us all. Notwithstanding the popular appeal of tax simplification, there is nothing simple about tax regimes around the world. Hunton & Williams LLP provides clear and creative tax advice to clients for their transactions and tax controversies, and with respect to tax legislation and administration.
In transactional matters, our strength is assisting the client in weighing complex and often competing legal, tax and financial accounting considerations so the client can make an informed decision about whether to engage in a particular transaction. Once the client decides to proceed, we advise on structure and review the transactional documents to assure that the agreed-upon structure is in place.
To meet the challenge of double taxation, we are constantly developing new ways to structure transactions in order to minimize entity-level tax, generate tax benefits or defer taxable gains.
Our individual tax lawyers are responsive and cost-effective. They are focused on specific areas of the law, with national preeminence in:
- project finance
- leveraged and cross-border leasing
- structured finance and securitization
- real estate investment trusts
- corporate mergers and acquisitions
- financial products
- tax-advantaged investments
- hospitality industry transactions
- employee benefits
- state and local taxation.
In addition to serving tax clients directly, we work with our firm's corporate, securities and real estate lawyers to provide a tax perspective on their clients' financings, mergers and acquisitions and other transactions. Our lawyers design, draft and monitor employee benefit plans of all types and provide estate planning advice.
Other areas of our experience include:
- spin-offs and other corporate reorganizations
- corporate debt and equity offerings
- international tax planning for multinationals
- partnerships and joint ventures
- venture capital transactions
- development of federal and state tax legislation, regulations and rulings
- tax audits and litigation
- mutual funds
- tax credit transactions
- natural resources
- public utilities
- tax-exempt bond financings
- inbound investments in stock, securities and real estate
- tax-exempt organizations, from family trusts and foundations to public charities and trade associations
- economic development incentives for locating new facilities.