Webcast – Unraveling Spin-Offs: How to Successfully Execute Complex IPOs with a Sophisticated Tax Overlay

Latham & Watkins' corporate and tax lawyers outline an approach to spin-offs that can lead to the successful creation of a freestanding business enterprise.


Public companies, investment bankers, and private equity sponsors planning or involved in corporate spin-offs or split-offs will need to consider multiple tax, corporate markets, legal, and governance issues to ensure the transaction remains tax-free and the new company succeeds. While the catalysts and forms of spin-offs may differ, all such transcations are effectively IPOs of the spun company, or SpinCo, with a complicated tax overlay. 

Latham & Watkins' corporate and tax lawyers will outline how a holistic approach to the multi-layered considerations of a spin-off can lead to the successful creation of a freestanding business enterprise. This program will review key considerations, commonly encountered challenges and opportunities to enhance value and mitigate execution inefficiencies. 

Specific topics include:

  • Taking a SpinCo public and marketing "the story"
  • What's in, what's out — defining the SpinCo and creating an optimal structure to ensure a tax-free separation of the business
  • Key governance considerations — board composition, takeover defense readiness
  • Establishing the post-closing parent-SpinCo relationship that sets the SpinCo up for success as an independent public company
  • Key considerations and recent developments regarding tax-free spin-offs
  • Finding the right shareholder base — spin-off vs. split-off

Latham & Watkins Panel

Cathy Birkeland, Partner, Chicago
Mark Gerstein, Partner, Chicago
Ryan Maierson, Partner, Houston
Larry Stein, Partner, Los Angeles
Pardis Zomorodi, Partner, Los Angeles

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For questions, please email Chris Hei.  

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