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NickScarfone

Partner

"Being a lawyer allows me to make a difference by rolling up my sleeves and helping clients solve problems that keep them up at night."

Overview

Biography

Nick is an experienced tax lawyer and certified public accountant who primarily concentrates his practice on planning and implementing effective tax-driven structures and transactions. He routinely works with clients to assess their financial positions and assist them in achieving their business objectives in competitive environments. He is the Tax Practice Area co-chair.

Nick has extensive experience handling joint ventures; mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; executive-compensation arrangements; tax-driven real estate transactions; and tax-driven debt restructurings. He manages legal issues for clients and identifies financial concerns by analyzing factors uncovered in reviews of financial statements and business plans. He also works closely with the accounting departments of large organizations, including major universities, to ensure that these organizations are compliant with the complex tax and other legal requirements to which they are subject.

Nick also negotiates favorable tax settlements for individual and business clients and supports firm attorneys with his knowledge of tax laws and his ability to work efficiently within federal, state, and local government agencies.

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Negotiated and drafted complex partnership agreements for entrepreneurs using various funding arrangements.
  • Structured and negotiated complex tax credit deals for institutional and individual clients.
  • Negotiated and drafted deferred compensation arrangements for several high-profile clients.
  • Drafted and reviewed documentation related to complex mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financing transactions, and employment matters.
  • Structured and implemented business ventures and reorganizations for large companies.
  • Advised real estate investors on a variety of complex and cutting-edge tax-free exchanges. Executed those exchanges by drafting tax-safe harbor agreements and navigating clients through relationships with third-parties, including lenders and intermediaries.
  • Structured and implemented highly complex wealth-transfer arrangements, including family partnerships and LLCs and tax-planning trusts.
  • Successfully resolved multiple federal and state tax controversies for individual and business clients, saving significant tax costs.
  • Reviewed player contracts and other due diligence items, ensured antitrust law compliance, and assisted in the planning and execution of a letter of intent for the acquisition of a major league baseball team by the owner of a National Football League team.
  • Navigated the complicated ownership rules of the NFL to devise a tax-friendly estate plan for a team owner and his family.
  • Advising a client on the tax implications of operating an industrial hemp business.

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Of Counsel
  • Atlas Automation, Inc., General Counsel and CFO
  • Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, Senior Associate
  • Hancock & Estabrook, LLP, Associate
  • Price Waterhouse, LLP, Tax Consultant

Selected Community Activities

  • St. John Fisher College, Former International Taxation Master’s Program Adjunct

Selected Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America®: Tax Law, 2021–2022
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Lectures on tax planning to organizations such as the New York State Bar Association

Selected Publications & Media

  • The Digest, “Taxation of Qualified Retirement Plan Benefits: Structuring Trust Arrangements to Mitigate Confiscation”

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Featured Media

Alerts

Third Circuit Ruling Recognizes Due Process Claim in Favor of Drug Distributors Subjected to Quasi-Governmental Credentialing Standards

Alerts

CPLR Article 52 Is Exclusive Vehicle to Challenge Use of Enforcement Procedures

Alerts

HHS OCR Issues Guidance on the Use of Remote Communication Technologies for Audio-Only Telehealth Services

Alerts

ADA Accessibility Lawsuits: Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal of Braille Gift Card Complaints

Alerts

Subchapter Five Debt Limit Update: What Was Down Is Heading Back Up!

Alerts

President Biden Uses Production Defense Act Authority to Suspend Tariffs on Solar Imports From China and Other Countries Amid Ongoing Commerce Probe

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