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Lesley works closely with clients, as well as her corporate colleagues, to understand clients' business objectives and help ensure that transactions are structured tax-efficiently. She provides counsel on a variety of transactional tax matters, including corporate, partnership, and individual tax issues arising at the federal, state, and international levels, and she advises clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, fund formation, and the various tax issues specific to startup businesses. Lesley also has extensive experience in various other tax matters, such as cross-border transactions, blockchain transactions, private foundation excise tax issues, derivative transactions, and FATCA compliance.
In addition, Lesley prepares economic and tax provisions for complex partnership and limited liability company agreements. She routinely reviews and drafts tax representations and indemnities for stock and asset purchase agreements, as well as disclosures for investment fund offering documents.
Prior to joining the firm, Lesley was an associate at Winston & Strawn, where she focused on tax planning matters for high-net-worth individuals, multinational corporations, and investment funds. During law school, Lesley provided pro bono legal services through Fordham University School of Law's Tax and Consumer Litigation Clinic, where she represented clients in consumer transaction and tax controversy matters.