Suzanne Palms advises Fortune 100 companies and other large corporations on complex state and local tax controversies at the administrative, trial and appellate levels. She also counsels on tax planning and policy matters for all state tax types including sales and use, income, franchise, property and telecommunication taxes.
Harry Pangas represents issuers and investment banking firms in connection with public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, including initial public offerings (IPOs), Rule 144A offerings, shelf offerings, at-the-market offerings (ATMs), registered direct offerings, high-yield bond offerings, convertible debt offerings and rights offerings. Harry also regularly advises public companies on compliance with ongoing SEC reporting obligations and other securities laws, including Section 16(b) compliance, Rule 10b5-1 plans, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Form S-8 and proxy disclosure, as well as the corporate governance listing requirements of the national securities exchanges.
Pete Pappas leads the Eversheds Sutherland (US)'s Intellectual Property group, and counsels clients in a variety of global industries—including energy and chemical companies—on all aspects of new patent development, transactions and protecting existing intellectual property. With a degree in chemical engineering, Pete concentrates in chemical patent prosecution, but also advises clients in mechanical patent prosecution, federal trademark prosecution, licensing, validity and infringement opinions and litigation support.
As a member of Eversheds Sutherland (US)'s Corporate Practice Group, Adam Park advises clients on a broad range of corporate finance matters and transactions. Prior to joining Eversheds Sutherland (US) as an associate, Adam worked as a law clerk with the firm's business development companies (BDCs) practice, which represents many of the nation's largest BDCs. Adam also participated in the firm’s 2012 Summer Associate program.
Erin Park advises clients on complex information technology and business process outsourcing transactions; software licensing; and strategic procurements. She also provides advice on a broad range of corporate finance matters and transactions, as well as maintaining compliance with securities regulations.
After 25-plus years, Henry Parkman continues to resolve difficult construction industry disputes. His practice primarily focuses on the many environmental and construction issues that arise from the planning, design and building of transportation projects. Henry’s extensive experience includes highways, bridges, runways, industrial plants, reservoirs and buildings.
Brooke Parris represents lenders, servicers, developers and pension fund advisers in various aspects of real estate finance and development. She guides and facilitates her clients’ investments in commercial real estate projects, including acquisitions, development, financing and syndication. Brooke devotes significant time advising clients on structured finance and real estate finance (including publicly traded commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) trusts), and resolving non-performing or sub-performing real estate assets. Additionally, her work in the agribusiness space has helped clients acquire large portfolios of farmland across the country. Brooke’s general real estate experience includes joint venture formation, purchase and sales, and development and leasing for retail, multifamily and mixed-use projects.
Hanish Patel counsels clients on state and local tax controversy, planning and policy matters. He advises on multistate tax nexus issues and on all tax types, including income, franchise, property, and sales and use tax.
William Pauls provides innovative solutions to a broad array of complex federal tax issues faced by insurers, reinsurers, and other multinational corporate clients. With more than a decade of transactional planning experience, William regularly advises clients with respect to structuring and implementing corporate reorganizations, stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, cross-border transactions, spin-offs and other corporate separations, internal restructurings, reinsurance transactions, and captive insurance company arrangements. William also offers clients critical analysis concerning the application of the consolidated return regulations and the resolution of multifaceted international tax issues, including the application of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the dual consolidated loss rules, and the insurance provisions of Subpart F.
Aaron Payne represents publicly traded global corporations in the area of federal corporate taxation with respect to domestic and international planning, transactions and compliance. Aaron analyzes global issues and then structures deals accordingly in the context of acquisitions, dispositions and reorganizations. He advises clients regarding repatriation techniques, currency transactions, principal and finance company arrangements and financial instruments with cross-border facets. Aaron works with clients to manage the international taxation implications of their M&A endeavors by crafting deals to create transaction and legal entity structures that optimize the company’s tax outcomes.
Lee Peifer represents clients engaged in commercial, employment, and education litigation. He counsels clients on a variety of matters, including corporate governance, professional liability, ERISA, insurance law, whistleblower retaliation, open-government compliance, and constitutional law. For instance, he successfully defended a Fortune 100 company in a shareholder action seeking to block a half-billion-dollar merger and similarly secured the dismissal of two civil-rights lawsuits against a major metropolitan school district. Lee also maintains an active pro bono practice, having obtained favorable settlements for clients in landlord-tenant and wrongful-termination disputes and handled several appeals in state and federal courts.
Bill Penniman concentrates his practice on energy, including energy-related administrative and appellate law. He counsels clients on a variety of regulatory matters and, when necessary, represents them in administrative and judicial proceedings. Bill provides transactional advice to clients looking to secure business-critical contracts for natural gas and electricity supplies and related services. A member of Eversheds Sutherland (US)'s Energy Practice Group, Bill advises natural gas pipeline owners on complex federal pipeline regulations, as well as large consumers and marketers of natural gas and electricity.
Will Pickens advises clients on a variety of transactional matters, with a focus on energy- and infrastructure-related financings, acquisitions and project development.
Bob Pile focuses on business transactions with an emphasis on acquisition and disposition transactions, restructurings, joint ventures and strategic relationships. Bob works with payments and technology companies, particularly with respect to their acquisition programs, joint venture and alliance arrangements, strategic sourcing agreements, technology transfer and licensing arrangements, and services agreements. He also advises technology and services firms in connection with their most important transactions, relationships, and legal and industry compliance matters.
Combining her legal and business experience, including nine years on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) staff, PC Pitts guides clients on regulatory matters involving investment companies, investment advisers and variable insurance products. She counsels clients regarding registration, reporting, disclosure and compliance issues under the federal securities laws as a member of Eversheds Sutherland (US)'s Financial Services Practice Group. She spent two of her years with the SEC as a member of the general counsel staff, providing advice to the Commissioners on proposed enforcement matters and rulemaking initiatives. PC also worked with the SEC’s Division of Investment Management.
Rob Plowden advises clients on commercial real estate transactions, with an emphasis on data center development, leases and service level agreements; office, industrial and retail development and leasing; and general commercial real estate development. Rob’s clients include Fortune 500 corporations and entrepreneurs. The geographic coverage of his engagements includes most of the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Western Europe and Singapore. His general real estate experience includes joint venture formation, purchase and sales, and development and leasing for office, industrial, retail, multifamily and mixed-use projects.
Larry Polk represents broker-dealers, banks and accountants in securities litigation, securities arbitration, professional liability litigation, commercial litigation and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement actions. He is a sought-after speaker, presenting at numerous seminars on securities and sales practice issues including issues arising from the structured finance and subprime markets.
Adam Pollet represents broker-dealers, investment advisers, financial institutions, and their individual representatives in internal investigations and investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He also represents his clients in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts and counsels them on regulatory and compliance matters.
William counsels clients on private capital investments, corporate reorganizations, and mergers and acquisitions
Brennan Posner represents clients in a wide variety of commercial lending, structured finance and project finance transactions.
John Pruitt guides insurance companies in every aspect of their business—from responding to regulatory inquiries to developing new companies or buying and selling existing ones. In more than 25 years of private practice, John has advised property and casualty and life insurance clients on regulatory compliance, acquisitions, dispositions and restructurings. He counsels clients with governance, licensing, financial and market conduct examination and Insurance Holding Company Act matters. He also drafts, advises and negotiates reinsurance contracts and insurance policies.
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