Brian A. Silikovitz Partner

New York Roseland
T 646.414.6888 | F 973.597.2563



Chair, Tax Practice

Brian A. Silikovitz is Chair of the Firm's Tax practice. He provides structuring and other tax advice in mergers and acquisitions, fund formation, debt and equity investments, executive compensation, and other tax issues that arise throughout the life of a business.

Brian works extensively with Lowenstein Sandler’s Tech Group, advising start-ups on initial choice of business entity and structuring of early-stage investments. His counsel takes into account such factors as the likely operational results in early years, incentive compensation issues, and tax issues that likely will arise upon venture capital financings and ultimately in exit transactions. He also works closely with the firm’s Investment Management Group, advising on the structure of hedge funds and private equity funds and their management entities, considering the special needs of tax-exempt and foreign investors and the managers of those funds.

Brian takes particular pride in his practical, results-oriented approach, helping clients not only with the substance of their tax issues but also with the economic impact of those issues on their businesses. He avoids jargon and explains issues in understandable terms so that decision makers can act quickly and knowledgeably.

Brian is a member of the Recruiting Committee and serves as a program coordinator for the firm’s summer associate program. He especially enjoys getting to know the summer associates personally and helping introduce them to life at the firm.

Brian also is an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers School of Law.

Representative Engagements

Regularly provides advice on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions—including structuring for particular goals such as tax-free receipt of buyer equity, step-up in asset basis, and efficient use of net operating losses and other tax attributes—and on drafting and negotiating tax indemnity and related provisions of transaction documents.
Prepares the economic and tax provisions of complex partnership and limited liability company operating agreements.
Represents clients on state and local tax issues, including the often uncertain sales and use tax issues arising from "SaaS" businesses and e-commerce in general.
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Publications

FATCA – Important Implementation Updates
Tax Client Alert, April 9, 2014
Brian Silikovitz, Lesley Pruzansky
Are you ready for FATCA? Reminder: deadlines fast approaching...
Tax Client Alert, March 18, 2014
Brian Silikovitz, Lesley Pruzansky
Year End Developments and Compliance Checklist
Investment Management Client Alert, January 2014
Scott Moss, Cole Beaubouef, Brian Silikovitz, Andrew Graw, Mark Holdsworth, Bettina Elstroth, Lesley Pruzansky, Donald Chu
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Related Areas

Tax
Corporate
Corporate Finance & Securities
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Investment Management
Life Sciences
Mergers & Acquisitions
Mortgage Banking & Finance
The Tech Group
Venture Capital, Angel Investing, and M&A

Education


New York University School of Law (LL.M., 1997) , Taxation
University of Southern California Law Center (J.D., 1992) , Notes Editor, Southern California Law Review
University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1989)

Bar Admissions


New York
New Jersey
California
Massachusetts
Pennsylvania

Affiliations


  • Adjunct Professor, Rutgers School of Law 
  • University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interview Program 
  • New York State Bar Association Tax Section