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Gregg M. Benson

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Gregg has a multifaceted tax law practice that encompasses advising companies and individuals on a wide range of tax issues related to transactions, estate tax planning, and renewable energy projects.

Gregg has significant experience with tax issues involving US and cross-border taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, cross­border tax structuring, partnerships, and limited liability companies. He regularly represents US and international sponsors of, and investors in, private equity and other investment funds, as well as investors and developers in renewable energy projects.

In addition to his transactional work, Gregg counsels US and international high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and closely held businesses on a variety of US and cross-border income and estate tax planning issues.

Gregg also maintains an active pro bono practice that has included representing nonprofit organizations focused on poverty reduction and arts education.

Prior to joining Mintz, Gregg was a partner at a Canadian- and US-based law firm, where he advised clients on tax matters relating to transactions, estate tax planning, and renewable energy projects. He previously practiced at several international law firms, developing particular capabilities in negotiating and document tax provisions in complex corporate transactions. He has also worked at major accounting firms, as a director and in a transaction advisory role.

Education

  • New York University (LLM)
  • Fordham University (JD)
  • Cornell University (BS)

Experience

  • Represented a Canadian pension investment management company in its acquisition of 49% of the Class B interests held by an affiliate of a US-based renewable energy company in a wind farm project in Texas.
  • Served as special Canadian and US securities law and tax counsel to a saving and investing app in its sale to a digital payments and financial technology company listed on the TSX and Nasdaq. The share-for-share transaction valued the company at approximately $50 million.
  • Advised a private equity firm focused on the metals and mining sector in its sale of a gold-mining site in Nevada to a gold production and exploration company for consideration valued at up to $85 million.
  • Represented an independent asset management company in the formation of a $1.2 billion fund focused on investments in North America, with limited partners from Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia.
  • Advised an electric utility holding company in concurrent offerings of common shares yielding aggregate proceeds of approximately $1.2 billion. The offerings included a $690 million deal in Canada and the United States using the multijurisdictional disclosure system, including the exercise by the underwriters of their over-allotment option and a concurrent $500 million registered direct offering to an institutional investor.
  • Acted as Canadian and US counsel to an investment banking company in an at-the-market equity offering by a cannabis company in Canada and the United States under the multijurisdictional disclosure system.
  • Advised a Canadian multinational investment bank and a syndicate of lenders in the establishment of a $275 million revolving credit facility for a vitamin and natural health product manufacturer and its US subsidiary.
  • Represented a metals distribution company in its $160 million acquisition of a Texas-based supplier of pipe, valves, and fittings to oil and gas companies in the United States.
  • Advised a flexible packaging maker in the $215 million sale of its three health care manufacturing facilities to a globally integrated company that develops and manufactures products for a number of end markets, including medical, pharmaceutical, food, beverage, personal care, household, and industrial.
  • Counseled a Canadian chemical and manufacturing company on the formation of a new defense business. The company’s defense business and other operations in Québec merged with a privately owned, US-based manufacturer of defense products in a transaction valued at approximately US$132.7 million.
  • Represented a minority stockholder of a private company in a buyout of the majority stockholder of that company through a cross-border acquisition of all the company’s assets in a transaction that involved both equity and debt financing from a private equity firm and an institutional lender.
  • Advised a global developer and manufacturer of value-added consumable solutions for industrial and medical applications, including imaging and ink supplies, in its sale to an international private equity investment firm.
  • Represented a manufacturer of pressure-sensitive tapes in connection with its acquisition by a TSX-listed tape manufacturing company.

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House Democrats Weigh Major Tax Changes for Businesses, Funds, and Individuals

October 12, 2021 | Alert | By Gregg M. Benson, Anthony DeMaio

Read about the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee’s proposed tax legislation intended to partially fund the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act to fund Democratic priorities.
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