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
  • Employee benefits and ERISA
  • 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.


  • 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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