Brian A. Silikovitz Chair, Tax Group

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Brian guides his clients through mergers and acquisitions, fund formation, debt and equity investments, and the myriad other tax matters that arise during the life of a business.

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

In the complex area of mergers and acquisitions, Brian helps businesses structure for goals such as tax-free receipt of buyer equity, step-up in asset basis, and efficient use of net operating losses. He drafts and negotiates tax indemnity and related provisions of transaction documents, and he regularly prepares the economic and tax provisions of complex partnership and limited liability company operating agreements.

Brian’s experience includes:

  • Cross-border structuring and other tax issues arising from international operations or investments
  • The initial choice of business entity and structuring of early-stage investments for startups
  • Structuring hedge funds and private equity funds and their management entities
  • State and local tax issues including those arising from software-as-a-service businesses and e-commerce in general
  • The tax consequences of incentive compensation arrangements, including matters such as stock options, restricted stock units, and phantom equity
  • Operational and other requirements for tax-exempt organizations

A member of Lowenstein Sandler’s recruiting committee, Brian also 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.

In addition to his practice at Lowenstein Sandler, Brian is an adjunct professor at the Rutgers School of Law.


Publications

Gimme Shelter: VC-Backed M&A Tax Strategies For QSBS/1202
Forbes Tech, July 18, 2016
Brian Silikovitz, Ed Zimmerman
Year-End Developments and Compliance Checklist
Investment Management Client Alert, January 2016
Scott Moss, Matthew Magidson, Andrew Graw, Brian Silikovitz, Karen R. Abraham, George Danenhauer, Darren Goodman, Lesley Adamo
Year-End Developments and Compliance Checklists
Investment Management Client Alert, January 22, 2015
Scott Moss, George Danenhauer, Andrew Graw, Matthew Magidson, Brian Silikovitz, Jonathan Wishnia, Lesley Adamo
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Press Mentions

Lowenstein Sandler represented TRANZACT in its sale to private equity fund, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. TRANZACT, the leading provider of direct-to-consumer sales and marketing solutions for insurance carriers in the United States, is a longtime firm client. This transaction represents the fourth time Lowenstein has been involved in the sale of a stake of this company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The deal team included Steven Siesser, Traci Tomaselli, Anita Chapdelaine, Jonathan Goodman, Katie Cobb, Bryan Seelig, Jim Gregory, Darren Goodman, Megan Monson, Brian Silikovitz, Lesley Adamo, Lowell Citron, Chad Pearlman, Maureen MontagueVanessa Ignacio and John Wintermute. , June 9, 2016
Lowenstein Sandler represented 160over90, a national branding and creative services agency, in the sale of a majority stake to Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P., a private equity firm. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Lowenstein deal team included Ethan Skerry, Alex Brooks, Bryan Seelig, Brian Silikovitz, Christina Iafe, Lesley Adamo, Andrew Graw, Darren Goodman, Ted Sica, Dan Suckerman, and John Wintermute. , March 1, 2016
Lowenstein Sandler is representing long-time client, Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, in the proposed acquisition of a Decatur, Alabama manufacturing facility from BP Amoco Chemical Company. The definitive purchase agreement for the 1,000-acre, 450-employee facility was signed on January 6, 2016. The acquisition of the Decatur facility is the sixth investment in North America in which Lowenstein represented Indorama and the second in the past year. In 2007, Lowenstein represented Indorama in acquiring the land rights and raw material supply agreement from BP to build its AlphaPet plant, which is co-located at the Decatur site. The Lowenstein team was led by partner Nicholas San Filippo IV, and included Nicholas Mehler, Christine Osvald-Mruz, Brian Silikovitz, Norman Spindel, Stuart Yusem, Samiul Khan, Ethan Skerry, Lesley Pruzansky Adamo, Eugene Cheval, Robert Bee, and Meredith Jewitt. , January 6, 2016
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Related Areas

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

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