Ron J. Scharnberg



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Ron Scharnberg's practice focuses on advising clients on a wide range of tax matters, with particular emphasis on the federal tax planning and structuring of domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, tax-free reorganizations, spin-offs and divestitures, joint ventures, restructurings, financial instruments, and financing transactions. Mr. Scharnberg is also involved in advising on equity and debt offerings, as well as the formation and operation of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies and certain tax controversy matters. Mr. Scharnberg has significant experience in the energy industry and in connection with energy related acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, and tax partnerships and is a member of the Baker Botts Oil and Gas Mergers and Acquisitions Team. He also has an active tax planning practice, and is a frequent speaker across the country on federal tax issues.

Related Experience

  • Publicly traded and privately held corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships in buy-side and sell-side domestic and cross-border/international asset and equity acquisitions
  • Publicly traded and privately held companies in domestic and cross-border/international restructurings
  • Publicly traded and privately held corporations in taxable and tax-free mergers
  • Publicly traded and privately held corporations in taxable and tax-free spin-offs
  • Publicly traded corporations in tax sharing agreement disputes related to tax-free spin-offs
  • Publicly traded and privately held corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships in credit agreements, debt restructurings, and other financing related transactions
  • Corporations in their IPOs
  • Publicly traded corporations in equity and debt offerings
  • Companies in connection with Subpart F and other international issues
  • Companies in connection with FATCA related issues
  • Private equity funds in connection with structuring and operational issues and acquisitions and dispositions
  • Companies in connection with bankruptcy related issues
  • Upstream oil and gas acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, participations and tax partnerships

Tax Representations

  • Murphy Oil – Approximately $1.6 billion acquisition of deep water Gulf of Mexico assets from LLOG Exploration Offshore, LLC and LLOG Bluewater Holdings, LLC
  • NASCAR – $2 billion acquisition of International Speedway Corporation
  • Artist Capital Management – Series B Funding investment in 100 Thieves, a leading lifestyle brand and esports organization
  • 4M Capital, Ltd., d/b/a Arteriors Homes (“Arteriors”) – Acquisition of Arteriors by Norwest Equity Partners, LP
  • WorleyParsons Ltd. – $3.2 billion acquisition of the energy, chemicals, resource division of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
  • U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. – $750 million acquisition of EP Minerals
  • Pelican Energy Partners – Acquisitions and sales of energy services and manufacturing portfolio companies
  • Era Group Inc. – Sale of its interest in Dart Holding Company Ltd. joint venture
  • EVX Midstream – Acquisition of saltwater disposal assets
  • The Carlyle Group – $2.6 billion upstream oil and gas joint venture with Hilcorp Energy Co.
  • Lime Rock Partners/GEODynamics – $525 million sale of GEODynamics, Inc. to Oil States International, Inc.
  • Oil Search – $400 million acquisition of oil assets in the Alaska North Slope
  • Halliburton – Various upstream oil and gas participations
  • Advising on the Section 45Q Carbon Oxide Sequestration Tax Credit and potential tax equity structures
  • Acquisition of a privately held Canadian business with U.S. operations by a U.S. based private equity fund
  • Business combination of a privately held U.S. bio-pharmaceutical company with a publicly traded German bio-pharmaceutical company
  • Acquisition of two privately held Chilean companies by a privately held U.S. supplier of products and services for process control and flow control
  • Acquisition of subsea controls systems business in the U.S., the U.K., Norway, Singapore, and the U.A.E. by a privately held global oil field products and services provider
  • Chinese joint venture for a privately held U.S. coal technology company
  • Structuring Panamanian pipeline and trading business activity for a publicly traded U.S. transportation fuel supplier
  • Inbound LNG facility joint venture for a publicly traded Japanese company
  • Acquisition of a privately held energy specialty products and services company by a publicly traded water, hygiene, and energy technology and services company
  • Sale of a publicly traded home security company to a publicly traded conglomerate
  • Divestiture of an automotive parts business by a publicly traded company also involved in building products manufacturing
  • Sale of a privately held company in the business of selling and designing solid state storage solutions to a publicly traded information technology company
  • Sale of a refinery by a publicly traded U.S. transportation fuel supplier\
  • Acquisition of a mobile land drilling rig business by a private equity fund
  • Multiple acquisitions by a privately held forged products sub-systems and systems integration manufacturer
  • Credit facilities for an MLP, a publicly traded drilling company, and a publicly traded men's specialty retailer
  • Convertible note offerings by a publicly traded drilling company
  • Australian real estate fund in connection with U.S. real estate investments and U.S. real estate funds
  • Non-U.S. mining company in a U.S. mining exploration joint venture
  • High yield note offering by a Canadian exploration and development company
  • FATCA advice for Australian, Canadian, Chinese, German, and UK financial institutions, insurance companies, and non-financial institutions
  • Restructuring of a portfolio company of a private equity fund
  • Internal spin-off within a U.S. consolidated group
  • Sale of a food product provider portfolio company by a private equity fund to a portfolio company of another private equity fund
  • Bankruptcy for a publicly traded company
  • Debt restructuring transactions for a publicly traded company
  • Structuring advice to a pension fund of a Canadian company in connection with U.S. investments
  • FIRPTA advice and analysis to an Australian company
  • Subpart F planning and advice to a privately held U.S. company
  • Tax sharing agreement disputes between a telecommunications company and a media company

Awards & Community

Named an "LMG Rising Star" in Tax by Euromoney PLC, 2016

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White, Inc.), 2019

Recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer-Rising Star (Thomson Reuters), 2010, 2017-2019





TEI Houston Chapter Tax School

Baker Botts is a sponsor of the 2020 TEI Houston Chapter Tax School taking place February 24, 2020 - February 28, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Houston.