Mike has practiced tax law for nearly 40 years in Boston and New York City, most recently as the Chair of the Tax Section at Mintz Levin. He regularly advises public and private companies, private equity and hedge fund sponsors and investors, and highly compensated executives in mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, fund formations and secondary market sales of fund interests, cross-border transactions, and compensation matters. He also assists financially troubled companies and their creditors in navigating the complex tax implications of debt restructurings and workouts, in and out of bankruptcy.
Litigation attorneys, accountants, and their clients frequently engage Mike in tax controversies at the protest, appeals, and Tax Court levels. He also has advanced expertise in maximizing the tax efficiency of litigation settlements and awards arising from private disputes and government investigations.
Mike has a B.S. and J.D. from Harvard University and an LL.M. in Tax from New York University.
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.