Complex tax issues often arise in structuring strategic, commercial and financial transactions and investment products. To find practical solutions to these challenging issues, clients rely on Goodwin’s tax lawyers to advise on the full range of international, federal and state tax issues. Clients seek us out not only to address their tax issues on a transaction, but also to help them gain a competitive advantage by creating structures designed to solve the tax issues faced by the counterparties.

Corporate Transactions / Mergers & Acquisitions / Life Sciences Representation

Our expert corporate tax lawyers advise on the full range of corporate transactions, including the formation of start-up companies, taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, cross-border transactions, research and development joint ventures, technology transfers, and leveraged buyouts. We work with issuers and investment banking firms in connection with securities offerings.

We work with private equity clients at every stage in the life cycle of an investment, from the structuring of the initial investment, follow-on rounds and the development of tax-efficient exit strategies with respect to the fund’s investments. 

In the life sciences space, our corporate tax lawyers advise start-ups to mature public companies in structuring equity, acquisition and divestiture transactions. We have pioneered innovative structures to minimize corporate tax in strategic transactions for life science companies, including by structuring tax efficient M&A transactions to provide liquidity to life sciences company investors in sale and option transactions with pharmaceutical company buyers.

Private Investment Funds

We are accomplished in all aspects of the formation of investment funds and other collective investment vehicles across asset classes, including venture capital, private equity, real estate, credit, infrastructure, natural resources and public securities. Goodwin’s tax lawyers ensure that the fund is structured and documented to minimize the tax burdens to its investors and sponsors. Our experience includes the tax concerns of tax-exempt and non-U.S. investors. 

Real Estate Capital Markets and REITs

We are at the forefront in representing public and private REITs, real estate private equity funds, real estate developers, pension fund advisors and U.S. and non-U.S. investors on the structuring of real estate acquisitions and dispositions, financings and joint ventures. Our lawyers advised the drafters of the 1960 tax legislation that created REITs, and since then we’ve consistently served as tax counsel to REITs. Our REIT tax practice covers IPOs and rollups, including the largest-ever REIT IPO; equity and debt offerings; M&A, joint ventures, taxable and tax deferred acquisitions and dispositions.