Brian Dethrow focuses his practice on tax and business planning for complex corporate, partnership, family, and inter-generational transactions.
Mr. Dethrow has broad experience with innovative tax and corporate planning with particular focus on the energy industry. Clients include sophisticated businesses (Fortune 500 to very large family–controlled) and families. His expertise includes M&A and partnership work, international tax, private equity funds, bankruptcy and insolvency tax planning, net operating loss preservation, workouts, business succession, asset protection and gift and estate tax reduction strategies. Classic ultra–wealthy family work involving FLPs, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, installment sales to trusts and family foundations.
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- Tax and business planning for energy transactions in exploration, mid–stream and for one of the largest royalty companies in the world, including purchases, dispositions, restructuring and the like.
- Establishment of private equity and family office investment funds (both formal and "friendly") and extensive work with their portfolio companies and investments ranging in industry from oil and gas (billions in total) to psychiatric ($90 million), and challenging but smaller deals ranging from show business to medical devices.
- Transactional and tax representation of large hospital holding company in two separate multi-billion dollar mergers.
- Oil and gas tax acquisition/disposition structuring for Fortune 200 and large privately held clients.
- Represent recipient in aggressive tax treatment of multi-billion dollar litigation proceeds (a "major innovation" according to a national law journal).
- Frontier planning to avoid tax on disposition of large natural resources business to $1 billion public acquirer.
- Represent large ISP in multi–billion dollar public company rollup; counsel founders in follow–on litigation.
- Tax and strategic negotiation of many "corporate divorces," e.g., for a family–controlled financial services company with 117 affiliates (values up to $100 million).
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Mr. Dethrow is a member of the American Bar Association's Tax Section, Corporate Tax Committee and its Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections. He is a member of the Texas State Bar Tax Section, where he is the immediate past Chair of its Energy and Natural Resources Committee and past Chair of the Corporate Tax Committee. Mr. Dethrow has been on the Board and Membership Chair of the U.T. Southwestern President's Research Council, a Board Member and Vice President of the Dallas Bach Society, and the past President and Chair of the Harvard Club of Dallas. He is also a member of the Dallas Estate Planning Council, the Southwestern Medical Foundation Estate Planning Council, and the Dallas Foundation Advisors Board.
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Mr. Dethrow was named a "Best Lawyer in Dallas" by D Magazine (2009, 2011-2012). He is listed in the 2011-2013 editions of The Best Lawyers in America under Tax Law and was named a "Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters (2011-2012).
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Mr. Dethrow has been a panelist and speaker at numerous seminars on tax structuring and corporate finance for the closely held business and high net worth topics. He has spoken on Planning for a Liquidity Event at the Houlihan Lokey Annual Business Forum. Mr. Dethrow has also spoken at the State Bar of Texas' Tax Section on Advanced Institute for Corporate Tax Planning.
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