February 1, 2018 – Will Becker has joined Locke Lord’s Dallas office as a Partner in the Firm’s Tax Department. Becker is well versed in federal income, Texas franchise and sales and use tax matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, REITs, real estate joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions, corporate reorganizations, spin-offs and restructurings.
“Will’s arrival marks the latest noteworthy hire for our Dallas office and is indicative of our consistently strong commitment to this city and to growing this office with talented lawyers who will provide the highest-quality service to our clients,” said Vicky Gunning, Managing Partner of Locke Lord’s Dallas office.
“Will is a welcome addition to our strong national Tax Practice with his deep experience in handling M&A transactions, in particular, private equity deals, and other capital market, corporate restructuring and sophisticated real estate transactions. We are very excited to add his skillset to our Tax Department,” added Mitch Tiras, Co-Chair of Locke Lord’s Tax Department.
Becker, who joins the Firm from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP where he was a Partner, assists clients in analyzing a variety of tax matters and their impact on corporations, S corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, real estate investment trusts, hedging transactions and other derivative transactions. Additionally, he has assisted nonprofit clients in forming public charities and private foundations, including filing for federal income tax exemption status for such entities. He has been named a Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers since 2016 and recognized as a Best Lawyer in Dallas by D Magazine since 2015. He was also profiled as one of the leading tax lawyers in the United States by The Legal 500.
“I have long respected and admired the tremendous team in Locke Lord’s Dallas office as well as the Firm’s stellar reputation and deep roots in the state. I am looking forward to leveraging my experience and knowledge to help expand Locke Lord’s already robust tax offerings not only in Dallas but across all of the Firm’s offices,” said Becker.
Locke Lord has played an integral role in Dallas’ corporate and civic life for more than 125 years, with more than 250 lawyers and staff in the office. Its lawyers remain dedicated to providing the transactional, governance, trial and administrative legal services of the increasingly broad range of leading business interests that characterize Dallas. In addition, the Firm’s Dallas office has long been a participant in local business organizations and a supporter of numerous civic and charitable groups dedicated to community affairs, education, arts and culture throughout the state.
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