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William P Bowers

William P Bowers

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Dallas, TX, USA

William Paul Bowers


Bill Bowers rejoined the Dallas location of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. as a partner in the fall of 2008, following two years as Senior Counsel in the Office of Tax Policy of the Treasury Department. In the Office of Tax Policy, he was responsible for the development of administrative guidance and legislative initiatives for pass-through entities. He played an important role in formulating the Administration's response to proposed legislation regarding the taxation of carried interests and the treatment of publicly traded hedge funds and private equity funds as corporations. Also, in his position with the Treasury, he worked closely with the IRS to develop administrative guidance on a number of matters including non-compensatory options, compensatory options, debt-for-equity exchanges, varying interests rules and the application of mixing bowl rules to partnership mergers.

As a member of Fulbright's tax practice group, he focuses on federal income tax planning for complex business transactions involving corporations, partnerships and real estate investment trusts. Additionally, Bill co-authored a Treatise on Texas LLCs with Patrick O'Daniel and George Coleman and is an active speaker and author on federal tax issues, partnerships and LLCs.

  • Reorganization of a partnership investment in a large real estate portfolio
  • Merger of publicly traded partnerships
  • Investments in real estate for tax-exempt organizations
  • Corporate taxable acquisition of businesses including election under Code Section 338(h)(10)
  • Corporate non-taxable reorganization

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • Georgetown University School of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, Former Adjunct Professor in taxation of property transactions
  • American Bar Association - Committee on Tax Accounting Problems, Past Chair
  • State Bar of Texas - Tax Section, Chair (2005 - 2006)
  • Dallas Bar Association - Tax Section, Past Chair

  • "Best Tax Lawyers In Dallas," D Magazine (2001, 2003 and 2005)
  • Chambers & Partners USA, Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers, Leading Tax Lawyer (2004, 2010)
  • "Super Lawyers," Tax (2003 and 2004)
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Tax

  • 1975 - Juris Doctor, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • 1979 -  Master of Law Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center
  • 1972 - Bachelor of Business Administration, with honors, Accounting, Texas A&M University

While attending law school Bill was a member of the Law Review and on the editorial board of the Journal of Air Law & Commerce. He was admitted to practice law in Texas in 1975. He was certified as a public accountant in Maryland in 1978.
William P Bowers is associated with the following items:
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters Options and Convertible Interests for LLCs Taxed as Partnerships - The Partnership Tax Practice Series (2018 Edition), Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Send Not to Know for Whom the Bell Tolls - The Partnership Tax Practice Series (2018 Edition), Tuesday, August 01, 2017

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