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Brian A. Smith

Brian A. Smith

Freeborn & Peters LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Brian A. Smith is a corporate-transactional lawyer with extensive experience advising clients with respect to Joint Venture, Fund Formation, Private Equity, and Mergers & Acquisition transactions. With his substantial background in the tax and business issues involved in joint ventures, partnerships and investment transactions, he offers a breadth of experience to his clients regarding the financial, management control, tax, procedural and other issues involved in structuring and negotiating joint venture arrangements, fund agreements, operating agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and other business relationships. Mr. Smith regularly acts as outside general counsel for a variety of entrepreneurial businesses, including technology companies.

He has acted as counsel to private equity funds and other investor groups in connection with their joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures in the following industries: food; healthcare; manufacturing; technology; restaurant chains; business services; real estate; chemicals; transportation; branded consumer products; hospitality; and publishing. He frequently advises clients on the tax, financial and management control issues involved in structuring and negotiating real estate joint venture transactions.

Mr. Smith is an adjunct professor at DePaul University and serves as an officer of the Federal Taxation section Council of the Illinois Bar Association. He frequently writes and speaks on matters relating to business and tax issues faced by joint venture parties.

Prior to joining Freeborn & Peters LLP in 2004, Mr. Smith was with a large Midwestern law firm. Before entering private practice, he was an attorney with the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, where he tried cases on behalf of the federal government in the United States Tax Court.



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