Chris is a business tax lawyer with eight years of experience at large international law firms (Mintz Levin and Proskauer Rose). His practice principally focuses on U.S. and cross-border tax matters relating to taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, and the formation of pooled investment vehicles.
Chris also provides advice regarding equity-based and other incentive compensation plans, deferred compensation arrangements, employment agreements, change-in-control agreements and other types of executive compensation arrangements, including compliance with Code Sections 409A, 162(m), and 280G. He also advises clients on tax issues relating to immigration, foreign employment, and tax residency.
Chris has a B.S. from the University of Maryland (2000), a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School (2004) and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law (2008, valedictorian).
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.