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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Iowa, 1986
    • M.A., University of Iowa, 1986
    • B.B.A., University of Iowa, 1981
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
    • United States Court of Federal Claims
    • U.S. Tax Court

Wade Leathers likes to solve puzzles — whether he is designing the best tax structure for a client’s domestic and international merger or determining how to best respond to the latest IRS inquiry. Wade has more than 20 years of experience in dealing with an array of tax and business issues, which allows him to provide clients with practical solutions to their tax issues that correspond with their business needs rather than merely reciting tax law. Clients appreciate his practical business advice along with his legal counsel.

  • Acted as tax counsel to University HealthSystem Consortium, a cooperative serving the nations’ leading academic medical centers and their affiliated hospitals, in a $395 million transaction with VHA wherein both entities combined to form the largest privately owned healthcare service provider in the country.
  • Acted as international tax counsel to a United States purchaser in the acquisition of subsidiaries of a United Kingdom holding company with operations in England, Australia, the Netherlands and the United States.
  • Represented numerous private equity funds in structuring the purchase and sale of various portfolio companies.
  • Created a tax-efficient structure to acquire multiple companies from a multibillion dollar holding company and to allow the separated companies to pursue additional acquisitions in a tax-efficient manner.
  • Served as tax counsel to a foreign parent company in the tax-free spin-off of its United States subsidiary.
  • Acted as trial counsel to Kraft, Inc., in a multimillion dollar tax refund suit regarding the abandonment of intangibles.
  • Represented the seller in $130 million transaction using an UPREIT structure.
  • Obtained an IRS private-letter ruling regarding the tax-free conversion of a mutual property and casualty insurance company into the stock property and casualty insurance company and a ruling regarding the tax treatment of a series limited liability company.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement with the IRS National Office with respect to an excess benefit transaction.