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Stephen Severo

Stephen Severo

Associate

Stephen Severo is an associate in the Tax Department.  Stephen represents corporate, private equity, and investment fund clients in connection with all tax-related aspects of transactional matters, including taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, tax-free spinoffs, taxable divestitures, domestic and cross-border bank financing arrangements, investments, partnerships and joint ventures, debt restructurings, securities issuances, and REIT and other specialized real-estate transactions. He provides tax advice and planning for U.S. inbound and outbound investments, including treatment of U.S. shareholders under PFIC and CFC regimes, foreign tax credit issues, treaty issues, and reporting obligations. Additionally, he provides ongoing federal income tax counsel to clients in connection with tax structuring and strategy to minimize tax liability and effective tax rate, improve tax efficiencies, and ensure proper tax treatment and reporting.

Prior to joining Proskauer, Stephen was an associate in the tax department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.

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IRS Updates Ruling Policy on Corporate Business Purpose and Device Requirements under Section 355

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Revenue Procedure 2016-45 (the “Revenue Procedure”) on August 26, 2016, permitting taxpayers once again to seek private letter rulings on issues of “corporate business purpose” and “device” under Section 355 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (dealing with tax-free spin-offs and related transactions). The corporate … Continue Reading
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