Michael J. Donohue - Gardere

Michael J. Donohue

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 214-999-4231

Mike Donohue is a respected attorney and certified public accountant who represents U.S. and multinational companies with complex tax issues, including in the private equity and hospitality sectors. He has significant, first-hand experience analyzing international and domestic tax issues, structuring large-scale mergers and acquisitions, and providing advice on partnership and limited liability company taxation, executive compensation and tax controversy matters. In addition, he handles FIN 48 issues and permanent establishment, withholding and Subpart F tax matters.

Clients rely on Mike’s experience and expertise to handle sophisticated acquisitions, complex business restructurings and complex administrative tax controversies. His recent representations include:

  • Advising on a significant U.S. worthless stock deduction for a European-based technology company.
  • Structuring the Honduras business of a U.S. taxpayer.
  • Advising a U.S. partner on an in-kind redemption of significant oil and gas properties.
  • Analyzing the U.S. tax consequences of the sale of U.S.-based multinational entities.
  • Resolving a significant IRS federal income tax matter for a large Japanese technology company.
  • Obtaining a significant tax ruling from the Canadian tax authority for a large Chinese corporate client.

Mike is often brought into a transaction to implement a tax efficient structure that accomplishes the business objectives of his clients.

Mike anticipates an uptick in international tax concerns, as more clients continue expand overseas. He also predicts closer scrutiny of business taxes in the United States as the IRS and states look for more revenue.

Additional Information

Other Court Admissions — Texas State Courts (1983)
  • Represented federally registered, Dallas-based investment adviser in ownership structure, compliance and regulatory matters
  • Bank financings and refinancings in the insurance sector
  • Chapter 11 proceedings
  • Corporate governance agreements
  • Represented an entrepreneur in his effort to acquire a major league baseball team
  • Represented borrower in the refinancing of a medical office building
  • Represented a private equity-backed portfolio company in its acquisition of multiple cancer centers across the U.S.
  • Represented a Honolulu-based health care provider and its pension plan in investments in limited partnership interests of private investment funds
  • Represented a Hawaii health care development corporation in its investments in preferred stock and debt securities in two early-stage companies, one with a pharmaceutical product and one with a medical-device product
  • Manufacturer's merger
  • Oil field services company's sale to a portfolio company
  • Represented a subsidiary of Dallas-headquartered Southcross Energy Partners LP in its acquisition of natural gas pipelines near Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Represented software company in its sale to a private equity-backed portfolio company
  • Represented owners of a privately held medical software business and its affiliated entities in the sale of the controlling ownership interest to a private equity firm, including the entity governance agreements between owners following acquisition
  • Canisius College BS 1976University of Miami School of LawJ.D. 1993
    American Bar Association Dallas Bar Association

    Office Location

    2021 McKinney Avenue, Suite 1600
    Dallas, TX 75201
    United States

    Practice Areas

    Litigation and Controversy - Tax
    Tax Law (Mergers & Acquisitions)