Ben is a business tax lawyer experienced in transactions with values of several hundred thousand to nine billion dollars. While practicing at a large, international law firm (Ropes & Gray), Ben helped advise some of the world’s largest private equity funds and hedge funds, the nation’s preeminent universities, and large U.S. and non-U.S. public companies in mergers and acquisitions, inbound and outbound cross-border transactions, as well as tax-exemption and unrelated business income tax matters.
Ben’s practice at BHL&G focuses on the tax aspects of mergers & acquisitions, venture capital investments, fund formations, and other strategic transactions. He has deep experience drafting and negotiating the technical, high-stakes tax provisions of transaction agreements opposite the country’s largest and best-known law firms. He regularly represents growth companies, along with their founders and investors, in the technology, software, life sciences, financial services, advanced energy, manufacturing, and retail industries, throughout their life cycle from formation to exit. He also assists middle market private equity funds and other investment groups in their portfolio company acquisitions and dispositions. Much of his practice involves cross-border transactions and specialized advice regarding withholding taxes, portfolio interest, real estate investments, blocker corporations, CFC and PFIC considerations, tax treaties, and FATCA.
Ben has a degree in economics and philosophy from the University of Rochester (B.A. 2006 magna cum laude) where he was the recipient of several awards for excellence in economics and graduated with highest honors in philosophy. He has a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law (2009 cum laude) where he was a member of the Law Review. Ben is originally from Connecticut and currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, Laurie.
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Blais, Halpert, Lieberman & Greene LLC is a transactional tax boutique focused on tax-sensitive structuring and implementation of high-value business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, fund formations, and executive compensation arrangements. While much of our work concerns C corporations, we work equally regularly with partnerships, LLCs, S corporations, and other pass-through entities. We often advise on cross-border transactions, including inbound and outbound acquisitions and investments as well as immigration and expatriation issues. We can assist in planning transactions and drafting documents to ensure the fulfillment of the client’s economic objectives most beneficially under tax law.
A cornerstone of our practice is serving as U.S. tax co-counsel to corporate boutiques and small to moderately sized law firms without their own in-house tax staff. We provide assistance as well to immigration, litigation, and non-U.S. law firms. We regard co-counsel as our partners in delivering seamless, practical, efficient, and valuable service to clients. We work regularly with co-counsel located in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Columbus, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other locales where business transactions have a significant U.S. income tax dimension.
We offer a unique value proposition in providing sophisticated transactional tax advice to the middle market, which is underserved by many of the “specialty” law areas. We bring expertise, efficiency, an understanding of how tax advice integrates with non-tax legal and business objectives, and most of all, the ability to communicate tax law to non-tax lawyers and business clients.