Arthur M. Nathan
Recognized in:Tax Law
Law School:The University of Texas at Austin
Location:Galleria Tower II, 10th Floor5051 Westheimer RoadHouston, TX 77056
- The University of Texas at Austin , JD, graduated 1975
- The University of Texas at Austin, BA, graduated 1972
- Texas, 1975
- United States Tax Court
- Supreme Court of Texas
- 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for work in:
- Tax Law
Board Certified, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Tax Law (1983-present)
Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (2003-2020)
Best Lawyers in America©, U.S. News & World Report (2009-2020)
Ranked in Chambers USA Guide, Corporate/M&A
Selected by Acritas as M&A Lawyer of the Year Texas 2018
- Business and Succession Planning
- Trusts and Estates
Tell us a little bit about your practice and what makes it unique.
- Experienced M&A lawyer who also practices taxation in corporate, partnership, real estate and some employee benefit areas (including ESOPS). My M&A practice involves representing public and private companies that are acquiring other companies and sellers of private companies. How am I unique? I handle the M&A/corporate and tax side of M&A transactions.
What common questions are you asked by clients, and what are your answers?
- How do you handle transactions that is different from other M&A lawyers? Several ways: (1) Although I will communicate with email when needed, I prefer to have open discussions to resolve issues. (2) I do not find negotiating by e-mail to be effective or efficient. (3) I can anticipate issues and assist in developing solutions. (4) I address problems head on and find solutions. (5) Many lawyers have been trained to find as many problems as possible - I find solutions.
Describe one of your most interesting or memorable cases in the past year.
- I represented a company that was being sold in Ohio. The corporate and tax structure was complicated. The Company had used a PPP Loan in 2020.
There were multiple owners. We had to complete the deal before the end of the 2020. The clients were wonderful to work with. The lawyers representing the buyer were good. The documents they drafted were thorough. They were very good at coming up with problems and reasons we could not get the deal done or done by 12/31/2020. Each of the 3 times that this happened I was able to come up with a solution that worked for all parties. We got the deal done by 12/31/2020. If you asked the client and investment banker about this transaction, you would be told we could not have gotten this deal done without Arthur.
What is most challenging about your area(s) of expertise?
- Keeping up with the tax law changes and corporate law changes in a timely manner.
Were there any particular inspirations (people or events) that spurred your interest in your practice area(s)?
- I worked for the laziest human being I've ever met when I got out of law school. I as thrust into transactions and situations that I probably should not have been involved in as a young lawyer but the fact I was involved and not only survived but excelled gave me an opportunity to grow in ways that my contemporaries could not grow. I taught Business Planning as an Adjunct Professor for 6 years and Advanced Corporate Tax for 4 years. Although I did not like grading the final exams, I truly enjoyed having to spend the time getting ready for the classes and the interaction with students who were in their last semester of law school or in the graduate tax program. I think that having to go back to the basics made me a much better substantive lawyer.
What other interests do you have?
- Wife; Children; Grandchildren; my religion; gym, reading; music, friends; staying healthy. I still enjoy working.