Baker Botts Tax lawyers offer individuals and corporations a wealth of experience in addressing complex tax needs. Our Tax lawyers work closely with other transactional lawyers to develop plans and structures that permit our clients to achieve their business objectives while minimizing the impact of state, federal and international taxes.
We are experienced at providing the requisite tax advice to clients in transactions involving investments in projects, mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and financings, including asset leasing. We have particular experience advising clients in the following industries:
- Global energy, including upstream oil and gas, pipelines, liquefied natural gas, power and petrochemical projects
- Oilfield service
- Alternative Energy
- Real estate
Our innovative work in tax planning cuts across the spectrum of business activities and investments. For example, Baker Botts Tax lawyers have been actively involved with master limited partnerships (MLPs) since the early 1980s, and our experience in this area is nationally renowned. We have represented both issuers and underwriters in MLP initial public offerings, as well as sellers and purchasers in merger and acquisition transactions.
We also have a substantial practice in employee benefits and executive compensation, assisting clients with all aspects of compensation and benefit plans and programs under the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA, and with the myriad legal issues that impact employee benefits under federal labor and securities laws and state laws.
Our lawyers are also experienced in every facet of tax controversy and tax litigation matters. We are nationally recognized for our experience in representing taxpayers in estate and gift tax controversies, especially those involving difficult-to-value assets, such as interests in closely held businesses, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies. We have obtained favorable taxpayer outcomes in some of the most significant estate and gift tax controversies in the last twenty years.
Our Tax lawyers have extensive experience in advising and representing clients on state and local tax matters, including income tax, franchise tax, property tax and sales tax, whether the issues arise in states where our offices are located, or elsewhere in the United States.
In addition, we counsel individuals, families and entrepreneurs on wealth transfer, succession planning and other estate tax issues.