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Porter Hedges tax lawyers help businesses, exempt organizations, and individuals plan and achieve their financial objectives while maximizing their tax advantages. We integrate tax planning, transactional assistance, and tax controversy resolution in advising clients on all aspects of federal, state, local, and international taxation. Our tax lawyers regularly assist company owners and executives, chief financial officers, tax directors, bankers, outside accountants, and other advisors in creating sophisticated solutions for complex tax challenges.

Clients call upon our tax attorneys’ skills for a range of services, including:

  • Entity formation
  • Mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and reorganizations
  • Financing transactions
  • Employee and executive compensation plans and equity incentives
  • Initial public offerings (IPOs)
  • Tax-exempt organizations regarding federal and state regulations
  • Estate planning, wills, and trusts
  • Audits and other tax controversies

International Tax

The tax implications of international and cross-border transactions have become increasingly important for U.S. companies doing business internationally and for foreign-based companies operating in the U.S. Clients doing business globally require attorneys who fully understand the tax laws of several countries, as well as bilateral and multilateral tax treaties.

Among the many international tax issues with which Porter Hedges tax attorneys regularly assist clients are:

  • Cross-border and international business and real estate investments
  • Multinational corporate groups and international joint-ventures
  • International mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions
  • International contract manufacturing relationships
  • Planning for transfer pricing, foreign entity classification, foreign tax credits, foreign currency transactions, and profit repatriation

Oil & Gas Tax

Our attorneys assist upstream, midstream, and downstream oil, and natural gas companies develop the most effective tax strategies. We structure partnership and joint venture arrangements, applying sophisticated tax allocation and ownership strategies that offer maximum financial return while conforming to all regulatory requirements. Our lawyers are extremely knowledgeable about the complex laws governing tax treatment of royalties, net profit interests, and other interests generated by domestic and international operations.

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 Tax
  • Entity formation whether a limited partnership, limited liability company, S Corporation, C Corporation, or a creative entity variation.
  • Tax treatment for mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and reorganizations.
  • Financing transactions, including 144A “for life” notes and various public placements of convertible debentures and units consisting of stock and warrants.
  • Advise on the tax implications of employee and executive compensation plans and equity incentives.
  • Advise on the tax implications of initial public offerings (IPOs).
  • Assist private foundations, community organizations, professional and trade associations, and other tax-exempt organizations regarding federal and state regulation, obtaining exempt status from the IRS, and treatment of unrelated business taxable income.
  • Provide counsel and documentation for estate planning, wills, and the many types of trusts.
  • Handle audits and other controversies with the IRS and state and local tax authorities.
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News

05/18/17Porter Hedges Represents Maintenance Supply Headquarters in its $512M Acquisition by Lowe's
03/08/17Thirteen Porter Hedges Attorneys Named Texas Rising Stars
11/30/16Porter Hedges Advises Matrix Oil in its Merger Agreement with Royale Energy
10/13/16Porter Hedges Advises Medic-CE.com LLC in its Sale to Career Step LLC
09/06/16Twenty Porter Hedges Attorneys Selected by Texas Super Lawyers for 2016
08/26/16Porter Hedges Represents Par Pacific Holdings in $50MM Common Stock Rights Offering
08/25/16Porter Hedges Represents PetroQuest Energy in $280MM Exchange Offers and Consent Solicitation
08/03/16Porter Hedges Represents Energy Transfer and Sunoco Logistics in the $2B Sale of a Minority Stake in Bakken Pipeline Project to Enbridge and Marathon Petroleum
06/23/16Porter Hedges Advises Davis Petroleum in its Pending Merger with Yuma Energy
06/21/16Porter Hedges Represents Par Pacific Holdings in Offering of Convertible Senior Notes
06/17/16Porter Hedges Represents Par Pacific Holdings in the $271M Proposed Acquisition of Wyoming Refining Company
04/15/16Porter Hedges Represents EIV Capital in the Sale of Four Landfill Gas-to-Energy Facilities to Cube District Energy
02/17/16Porter Hedges Represents PetroQuest Energy in Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation
01/14/16Porter Hedges Advises Fred Haas Interests on the Sale of Two Infiniti Dealerships to John Eagle Automotive Group
01/14/16Porter Hedges Advises Fred Haas Interests on the Sale of Two Infiniti dealerships to John Eagle Automotive Group
09/08/15Twenty-One Porter Hedges Partners Selected by Texas Super Lawyers for 2015
01/26/15Porter Hedges Elects Six New Partners for 2015
09/11/14Porter Hedges Expands Corporate Practice with New Tax Partner Jim Reardon
09/05/14Nineteen Porter Hedges Partners Selected by Texas Super Lawyers for 2014
03/17/14Porter Hedges Represents the PPI Group in the $145M Sale of its Oil and Gas Engineering Services Business to Cardno Limited
03/07/14Nine Porter Hedges Attorneys Named Rising Stars
12/09/13Porter Hedges Represents Privately Held Company Flowchem Ltd. in its Acquisition by Arsenal Capital Partners
09/20/13Porter Hedges Represents Sequitur Energy Resources in Multiple Transactions
09/09/13Sixteen Porter Hedges Partners Selected by Texas Super Lawyers for 2013
08/16/13Nineteen Porter Hedges Partners Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2014
07/03/13Porter Hedges Represents PetroQuest Energy in the $193 Million Gulf of Mexico Acquisition and a $200 Million Senior Note Offering
06/17/13Porter Hedges Represents Par Petroleum Corporation in the $400 million Acquisition of Tesoro Hawaii, LLC
03/08/13Nine Porter Hedges Attorneys Named Rising Stars
02/15/13Porter Hedges Represents Special Committee of the Gulfport Energy Corporation Board of Directors in the $220 million acquisition of Utica Shale Acreage from Windsor Ohio
09/2012Porter Hedges' Partners selected by Super Lawyers Business Edition and Texas Super Lawyers for 2012
04/04/12Porter Hedges Represents SeqWright Inc. (and its Parent BioWright Holdings, Inc.) in Sale to GE Healthcare
10/03/11Porter Hedges Represents Noble Energy in the Completion of the $3.2 billion Joint Venture with CONSOL Energy in the Marcellus Shale
08/18/11Porter Hedges Represents Noble Energy in a $3.2 billion Joint Venture with CONSOL Energy in the Marcellus Shale

Publications

Articles

06/26/17"Lowe's Completes Acquisition of Maintenance Supply Headquarters," PR Newswire
05/26/17"Deal of the Week: Lowe’s to acquire Houston co. for $512M to boost multifamily business," Houston Business Journal
05/03/17"Porter Hedges Handles Mega Oil Deal, Publishing Deal in Same Week," The Texas Lawbook
08/08/16"Deal Watch: Two Firms Behind Bedding Industry Megamerger," The American Lawyer
08/04/16"Norton Rose Fulbright, Porter Hedges Work on Pipeline Deal," Texas Lawyer
08/03/16"Enbridge, Marathon Pay $2B For Bakken Pipeline Stake," Law360
08/03/16"Enbridge Energy Partners, Marathon Petroleum to buy $2B stake in pipeline system," Houston Business Journal
08/03/16"Porter Hedges, Norton Rose Fulbright and Weil Handle Multibillion-Dollar Deals," The Texas Lawbook
04/14/16"EIV Uses Sidley, Porter Hedges for Sale of Energy Facilities," Texas Lawyer
02/18/16"Norton Rose Fulbright and Porter Hedges Work on $48M Energy Services Deal," The Texas Lawbook
02/11/16"Houston Lawyers Handle $48M Pipe Transaction," Texas Lawyer
04/15/15"Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up the Firm Ranks in Q1," Law360
03/30/15"News Analysis: Tax Trouble in the Oil Patch," Tax Analysis
09/30/14"The Laterals Audit: This Month's Tax Attorney Moves," Law360
09/12/14"Porter Hedges Lands Former Bracewell & Giuliani Tax Partner," Law360
03/18/14"Kirkland Reps Cardno In $145M Deal For Oilfield Service Biz," Law360
09/17/13"Acon, Pritzker take stake in Sequitur for as much as $1B," The Deal Pipeline
08/29/08"October 31st - Be Prepared for this Tax Deadline"

Events

12/14/15"M&A Issues Involving LLCs, Partnerships & Hybrids," Bloomberg BNA Conference on U.S. Taxation of Mergers & Acquisitions
05/19/15"Partnership Divisions - Texas State and Federal Income Tax Law Considerations," Wednesday Tax Forum
01/30/15"Financing Oil and Gas Operations," ABA Midyear Tax Section Meeting, Panelist
11/06/14"Recent Developments in Cross Border Transactions and BEPS Proposals," 17th Annual Texas Bar International Tax Symposium
11/04/14"Production Payments," TexFed: Oil & Gas Tax Conference
09/17/14"Partnerships Taxation - Recent Developments," Houston Bar Association Taxation Section
08/29/14"Current Developments in Partnership Taxation," 32nd Annual Advanced Tax Law Course, State Bar of Texas
07/10/14“Exploring the Flexibility Offered by the TBOC Merger Provisions: The Tax Consequences of Partnership Divisions,” UT LAW CLE – LLCs, LPs and Partnerships Conference
03/25/14"Is the Sun Setting on Private Equity: A Look at the First Circuit's Decision in Sun Capital," Houston Tax Roundtable (01/08/14); Wednesday Tax Forum
08/17/12"Martin Ice Cream and Personal Goodwill," 30th Annual Advanced Tax Law Course,State Bar of Texas
02/28/12"Personal Goodwill: Does it Exist? Can it Be Transferred Without Using a Horcrux?" Wednesday Tax Forum
10/28/11“Restructuring and M&A in the Energy Sector: Tools, Techniques, and Select Domestic and International Issues,” 11th Biennial Parker C. Fielder Oil and Gas Tax Conference
02/09/11“Personal Goodwill: Seller Beware,” Houston Tax Roundtable
11/14/07“Too Much of a Good Thing: Fallout from the Carried Interest Scandal,” Houston Tax Roundtable
01/01/03"Invisibility Cloaks for Corporations (Disregarded Entities in Corporate Transactions)," 26th Annual Tax & Business Planning Seminar, Houston
01/01/02"Current Developments for Passthrough Entities: Partnership Profits Interests and Options," Houston Area Tax Forums
01/01/01"Judicial Highlights," 24th Annual Tax Planning Seminar, Houston
01/01/99"Business and Tax Considerations in Partnership Exit Strategies," 22nd Annual Tax Planning Seminar, Houston
01/01/98"A Birdseye View of the M&A Tax Forest," Tax Executives Institute, Houston Chapter Tax School
01/01/97"Tax Considerations When Structuring Mergers and Acquisitions," 20th Annual Tax Planning Seminar, Houston
01/01/96"IP Tax Traps—What Every IP Lawyers Should Know," State Bar of Texas, Intellectual Property Law Institute, San Antonio
01/01/96"Advances S Corporation Problems," Texas Society of CPAs, CPE Classes, Houston and San Antonio
01/01/95"Intellectual Property: How to Play It Smart," 19th Annual Tax Planning Seminar, Houston