“Choice, Governance & Acquisition of Entities” Course on May 24 Remains Go-To Source for Texas Lawyers and CPAs, Honors Co-Founder Byron Egan


With unprecedented economic activity in Texas, attorneys and CPAs must stay up-to-date with evolving tax laws and myriad other considerations to select the proper entities for business ventures and acquisitions. On May 24, the go-to course on the topic, the 17th Annual “Choice, Governance & Acquisition of Entities” course co-sponsored by TexasBarCLE and the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, will convene at the Park Cities Hilton.

This year, Byron F. Egan, who co-founded the course in 2002, will be honored by the State Bar of Texas as the Chair Emeritus.

“To be recognized by the State Bar at this year’s course is incredibly meaningful to me,” Egan said. “I am proud of the ongoing evolution of the course over the past 17 years, and am glad that so many attorneys and CPAs continue to find it essential to their practices.”

I am proud of the ongoing evolution of the course over the past 17 years, and am glad that so many attorneys and CPAs continue to find it essential to their practices.

“Byron is a lawyer’s lawyer,” said William H. Hornberger, who is a partner with Egan at Jackson Walker in Dallas and serves as Course Director of this year’s course. “He has literally written the book on choice of entity – EGAN ON ENTITIES: Corporations, Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies in Texas. His love of learning and his leadership have inspired generations of lawyers.”

Mike Godfrey, co-founder of the course, said: “The tax code and business entity laws have changed considerably since Byron and I started the course in 2002, but the course continues to evolve to keep up-to-date with all the changes. That’s why the course remains a critical resource for all business lawyers in the state.”

Because the LLC has become the entity of choice for most Texans – with eight new LLCs being formed for every corporation – the course focuses particularly on LLCs and covers them from a variety of perspectives, including taxation, formation and documentation, governance, and mergers and acquisitions.

“Now more than ever, LLCs offer creative opportunities for those forming new entities or acquiring others, so this course is incredibly relevant,” said Evan Young, partner at Baker Botts in Austin and Chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. “We are proud to once again present this cutting-edge course to keep attorneys and CPAs up-to-date on the latest developments.”

F. John Podvin, Jr., partner at Shapiro Bieging Barber Otteson in Dallas and chair-elect of the Texas Business Law Foundation, said: “This course is a must for all lawyers, because it covers so many aspects of the formation and governance of business entities, as well as legislation pending in the current session of the Texas Legislature that will affect these matters.”

“This course is great for CPAs, not just for business lawyers,” said Ken Sibley, Dallas office managing partner at Calvetti Ferguson. “Any CPA or attorney who wants an update on business law issues that will affect your clients should attend this course.”

Any CPA or attorney who wants an update on business law issues that will affect your clients should attend this course.

The course runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 24, and offers 7.5 hours MCLE credit, including 3.75 ethics hours. The State Bar is also registered as a CPE sponsor with the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

The course will cover proposed changes to the Texas Business Organizations Code, the state tax landscape in light of recent court decisions, creative techniques for maximizing bonus depreciation, drafting LLC agreements, structuring and negotiating capital infusions, risks involved in multi-party representation, acquisition and disposition of LLCs, drafting tips and pitfalls related to fiduciary duties, corporate and tax aspects when structuring private equity transactions, and more.

Breakfast and lunch are sponsored by Jackson Walker, and The Texas Lawbook and Dallas Business Journal are media sponsors for the course.

The course will be offered live in Dallas on May 24, and by video replay in Houston on June 21 and in San Antonio on June 28. Register online at TexasBarCLE.com or by calling (800) 204-2222 x1574. Group discounts are available.


Event Information

The 17th Annual “Choice, Governance & Acquisition of Entities” Course
May 24, 2019
Hilton Dallas/Park Cities
5954 Luther Ln, Dallas, TX 75225