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Wade Leathers

Partner

Chicago
312 580 2203 direct

Tying practical business advice with proactive legal counsel, Wade serves as a corporate adviser to his clients on a myriad of business issues.

While fundamentally a tax lawyer, Wade also acts as outside corporate counsel for a group of medical device companies. In this role, he advises on all of the legal aspects of domestic and international operations, including corporate, tax, intellectual property, trademarks, regulatory and acquisition matters.

In addition to his broad-based corporate practice, Wade focuses on tax planning for U.S. and international corporate, partnership and real estate transactions. Additionally, he advises on tax and business issues associated with the structuring of domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity transactions, corporate reorganizations, liquidations, divestitures, and spin-offs.

Whether designing the best tax structure for a client's international merger or crafting a response to its latest IRS inquiry, Wade provides practical solutions that address business needs, rather than merely reciting tax law.

Additionally, Wade represents creditors, debtors, equity holders and investors in the tax aspects of bankruptcy and restructuring of distressed companies.

Acted as international tax counsel to a U.S. purchaser in the acquisition of subsidiaries of a UK holding company with operations in England, Australia, the Netherlands and the U.S.

Represented numerous private equity funds in structuring the purchase and sale of various portfolio companies.

Created a tax-efficient structure to acquire multiple companies from a multibillion dollar holding company allowing the separated companies to pursue additional acquisitions in a tax-efficient manner.

Served as tax counsel to a foreign parent company in the tax-free spin-off of its U.S. subsidiary.

Acted as trial counsel to global food manufacturer in a multimillion dollar tax refund suit regarding the abandonment of intangibles.

Represented the seller in $130 million transaction using an UPREIT structure.

Obtained an IRS private-letter ruling regarding the tax-free conversion of a mutual property and casualty insurance company into the stock property and casualty insurance company and a ruling regarding the tax treatment of a series limited liability company.

Negotiated a favorable settlement with the IRS National Office with respect to an excess benefit transaction.