Tax > Investment Management and Transactional Tax

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s tax lawyers work as an integral part of each fund formation and deal team, focusing on structuring and negotiating transactions to meet clients’ business objectives in a tax-efficient manner.

Our clients benefit from the deep technical expertise, global reach and in-depth local knowledge of our global tax practice. We team with multidisciplinary full-service practices to seamlessly generate solutions to our clients’ domestic and global tax challenges. The services we provide evolve and expand in anticipation of our clients’ needs, changing laws and economic climate.

Our investment funds and transactional tax team advises on a full range of matters, including matters in these disciplines:

Investment Management

We provide tax advice to some of the most prominent sponsors and investors on all aspects of domestic and cross-border investment funds, including private equity funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, distressed funds and funds of funds. We guide our clients at each stage of the fund life cycle from fund formation and management; fund transactions and investments; optimization of fund and portfolio company operations; and exit planning. Our highly skilled global tax attorneys allow us to deliver the comprehensive advice often sought by our sophisticated fund clients, which often have significant non-U.S. investors and are regularly involved in cross-border investments.

Mergers and Acquisitions

We advise companies and investors on tax issues relating to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and majority and minority equity investments. Whether the transaction is a taxable asset or equity sale, a tax-free reorganization or a tax-efficient spin-off or split-up, our tax attorneys have the experience that comes only from years of working on complex, cutting-edge transactions. We collaborate closely with our corporate team throughout the deal process, from the early stages of drafting letters of intent and creating the most tax-efficient structure for a proposed transaction through documentation and negotiation of the investment to execution and post-transaction integration issues. In addition, we have extensive experience advising on transactions involving the restructuring of international groups and tax issues in jurisdictions other than those of the target or parent.

Global Project Finance

Our lawyers have developed effective tax strategies with regard to the development and financing of major energy and infrastructure projects in the United States and abroad. The lawyers in our tax practice work closely with attorneys in our global project finance practice worldwide to advise clients on the tax aspects of their renewable and traditional energy ventures. Clients include leading developers, utilities, commercial and investment banks, private equity funds, manufacturers, technology companies, contractors, tribal governments and sovereign nations. Our global tax team includes an industry-leading renewable energy tax advisor who has substantial experience with solar and wind tax incentives and has developed innovative leasing and partnership structures. In addition, our lawyers frequently advocate for energy clients with respect to proposed legislation, Department of the Treasury initiatives and IRS rulings.

Financial Restructuring

Our tax and financial restructuring teams work closely to analyze immediate and long-term tax consequences in the representation of creditors’ committees, creditors, debtors and trustees in and out of bankruptcy to develop innovative tax solutions to our clients’ financial challenges. We help structure transactions in a manner that is most tax-efficient for all parties involved.

Health Care

The firm has a diversified federal, state and local tax practice for the benefit of health industry clients, with a particular emphasis on representing tax-exempt organizations. The firm provides comprehensive tax planning and administrative and tax controversy services.