Cooling & Herbers, PC
Currently leads Tax Department at law firm, working nationwide. Expert at determining the optimum way to proceed when conflicting regulatory agency policies affect strategic transactions. Known for immediate response to issues.
Uniquely combined knowledge of Accounting/Tax/Legal was a critical component of 56% of all engagements in 2011-2012 with current firm. Works with companies and individuals with contracts up to $180M, with daily contractual planning in the $20M-$50M range, and projects from 30 days to 4 years in length.
Built reputation of quick turnaround of bottom line-focused solutions, meeting deadlines 100% of the time. Examples include: closing an international transaction with a buyer in China in 1/4th the time of a more senior Attorney to close similar deal; closed another complicated exchange within a week - half the normal turnaround time. Assisted in an important piece of the ConocoPhillips spinoff of Phillips 66 when other counsel said that transaction element couldn’t be done. Solving enormous issues for current clients has afforded multiple expanded engagements.
Personally consulted frequently by leaders of top companies in a multitude of industries because of the ability to give immediate answers and quick solutions. Consulted on tax issues for PepsiCo, Inc., and crafted a key piece of the departure package for the CEO of IBM.
Minimized tax implications during the split of Post Foods from Ralston Purina and crafted SEC disclosures for Post. Also handled a critical piece of the acquisition of the U.S. division of the Royal Bank of Canada by PNC Bank.
Involved with state/federal regulatory agencies, such as the IRS/ SEC/ FAA; assisted with U.S. Legislature to draft statutory language to permit joint operations between Conoco Phillips and BP in Alaska.