• Howard J. Rothman advises and represents incorporated and unincorporated business entities in a comprehensive range of planning, including the international, federal, state and local tax aspects of structuring mergers and acquisitions and other complex corporate and real estate transactions. Howard also provides counsel for personal planning and business transactions for high-net-worth individuals, including top-tier personalities in the financial, entertainment and fashion industries.

    Howard’s skill and experience touch on several specific areas of tax law, and his particular strength is his ability to use his in-depth knowledge of tax issues and an acute understanding of clients’ business needs and industries to develop creative and practical solutions. He is known for advising clients on the business side of issues and transactions in addition to the tax side. Howard counsels domestic and foreign clients across a broad spectrum of industries, with particular experience in real estate, entertainment, apparel and fashion.

    Among his most notable recent work, Howard advised Hydra Industries Acquisition Corp., a Nasdaq-listed special-purpose acquisition company, on tax issues in connection with its acquisition of London-based Inspired Gaming Group, a global games technology company; provided tax counsel to pharmaceutical corporation Perosphere on the spinoff of a medical device business; advised the principal shareholder of a U.S. technology company in connection with its sale to another technology company; structured the creation of a London-based financial services company; and counseled leading art galleries in connection with international, federal, state and local tax planning.

    Legal 500 US has repeatedly recognized Howard as a leading practitioner in the tax field. He has also been named to Turnarounds & Workouts magazine’s list of “Bankruptcy Tax Specialists in the Nation’s Major Law Firms” for the past five years.

    Howard is also the co-author of two well-known tax-related treatises for BNA Bloomberg, “Transfers to Controlled Corporations” and “Capital Assets.”

    Howard serves as a member of Kramer Levin’s Executive Committee.

    Experience

    • Advised Hydra Industries Acquisition Corp., a Nasdaq-listed special-purpose acquisition company, on tax issues in connection with its acquisition of London-based Inspired Gaming Group, a global games technology company.

    • Provided tax counsel to pharmaceutical corporation Perosphere on the spinoff of a medical device business.

    • Advised the principal shareholder of a U.S. technology company in connection with its sale to another technology company.

    • Structured the creation of a London-based financial services company.

    • Counseled leading art galleries in connection with international, federal, state and local tax planning.

    • Assisted in the structuring of a redevelopment of a major conference center hotel in the New York metropolitan area.

    • Negotiated with the New York state attorney general on behalf of a major art gallery in connection with a sales tax investigation.

    • Advised Propel Equity Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in leading consumer brands, on tax issues in connection with its acquisition of ALEX®, a leading maker of children’s creative products.

    • Provided advice in connection with the sale of a major New York real estate property to a strategic buyer.

    • Advised a private equity firm in connection with an acquisition of a 30 percent interest in a chain of restaurants.

    • Advised Leading Pharma LLC on tax and structuring issues in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Excellium Pharmaceutical Inc., as well as in connection with a private equity offering by Leading Pharma’s parent company.

    • Advised privately held pharmaceutical company PBM Pharmaceuticals Inc. on tax issues in connection with its sale of Donnatal® to Concordia Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Concordia Healthcare Corp.

    • Advised Del Monte Pacific Limited in its $1.6 billion acquisition of the consumer foods business of Del Monte Corp., which is considered the leading U.S. canned fruit, vegetable and broth business and includes iconic brands Del Monte, Contadina, S&W and College Inn.

    • Advised the owners of Spraylat Corp. – a family-owned paint and coatings business specializing in high-quality industrial liquid and powder coatings applied to metal, glass and plastic substrates – on structuring and tax issues in connection with the sale of Spraylat to PPG Industries Inc.

    • Advised Scientific Games on tax issues in connection with its sale of Scientific Games Racing to Sportech Plc.

    Credentials

    Education

    • LL.M., New York University School of Law, 1972
    • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1971
      • Member, Brooklyn Law Review
    • B.A., City College of the City University of New York, 1967

    Bar Admissions

    • New York, 1972

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S.D.C., Eastern District of New York
    • U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York

    Professional Affiliations

    • New York State Bar Association: Committee on Corporations, Committee on Partnerships, Committee on Real Property
    • American Bar Association: Committee on Corporate Tax Matters
    • International Bar Association: Committee on Taxation
    • Bureau of National Affairs: Tax Management Advisory Board, Member
    • Bureau of National Affairs: Tax Management Advisory Board, Real Estate Tax Journal
    • Board of Directors and Vice Chairman: New York Foundation for the Arts
    • Chairman of the Board of Directors and President: The Taft Foundation
    • Board of Directors: Poetry Society of America