Christopher T. Bird
“Good client service requires a balance of specialization and versatility. We need focus to advise with confidence in such a complex and technical area. But we need versatility to respond to the client’s actual needs, which don’t always fit neatly into silos within the tax law.”
Chris is a business tax lawyer with over eight years of experience at large law firms (Mintz Levin, Proskauer Rose, Pepper Hamilton). Chris’ practice focuses on U.S. and cross-border tax matters relating to taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, partnership agreements and the formation of private investment funds. He also has experience with various state and local tax matters.
Chris also advises various types of institutional investors with their investments in private investment funds and represents buyers and sellers in secondary transactions. In the course of his practice, Chris regularly advises on U.S. tax issues relevant to U.S. tax-exempt and non-U.S. investors, as well as on U.S. tax considerations related to non-U.S. investments.
Chris also specializes in various executive compensation issues, including equity and cash-based incentive arrangements, Section 409A and Section 280G.
Chris has a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Maryland, a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law (valedictorian). Chris is originally from Maryland and currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with his wife, Dorothy.
About Blais HALPERT TAX PARTNERS LLP:
Blais Halpert Tax Partners LLP is a transactional tax boutique focused on tax-sensitive structuring and implementation of high-value business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, growth company startup and financing, private equity and venture capital investments, fund formations, real estate, and executive compensation arrangements. We help structure, negotiate, and draft to ensure the most tax-efficient achievement of our clients’ objectives.
We are fluent in the most important business entities, from C and S corporations to partnerships and LLCs to investment and grantor trusts. Much of our work is international in nature, advising on cross-border acquisitions, sales, and investments.
A cornerstone of our practice is serving as tax co-counsel to corporate lawyers and non-U.S. law firms who need top-tier U.S. tax support for their clients’ business transactions. We regard our co-counsel as our partners in delivering seamless, practical, efficient, and valuable service to clients. Our practice is nationwide and we work regularly wherever one finds fast-growing and middle market companies, including Boston, New York, Miami, Chicago, Austin, Denver/Boulder, and Silicon Valley. In our international practice, our clients are from, or expanding to, diverse locales, including Toronto, London, Moscow, Mumbai, Hong Kong, and Melbourne.
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.