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John R. GrumbacherJohn R. Grumbacher

(617) 574-6551
jgrumbacher@goulstonstorrs.com
Fax: (617) 574-7830
Boston
400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston MA
02110-3333
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Overview

Taxation of institutional real estate investments, private equity and M&A transactions, as well as general tax law are at the center of John Grumbacher's practice. John is a Director in the firm's Tax group.

John has extensive experience in the taxation of flow-through entities and in the structuring of complex transactions. Prior to joining Goulston & Storrs, he was New England Director of Merger & Acquisition Tax Services at Ernst & Young LLP.

In addition, John has extensive experience in the taxation of partnerships and LLCs, including special allocations, contributions of appreciated or depreciated property, avoidance of investment company status, allocations of liabilities and avoidance of gain from deemed cash distributions, technical terminations and anti-churning structures.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of a private equity fund in connection with the timing and realization of a $200 million worthless stock deduction after one of the fund's portfolio companies ceased operations.
  • Representation of Sohu.com Inc. in connection with the sale of the game information portal 17173.com to Sohu’s majority-owned subsidiary Changyou.com Limited.
  • Representation of a provider of innovative technology products for the military, homeland security and commercial markets in its acquisition by L-3 Communications, including a spin-out of a medical device business excluded from the transaction. 
  • Analysis of various structuring alternatives for disposition of unwanted assets and step-up in basis for certain wanted assets in connection with sale of stock of private REIT for $300 million.
  • Planning to avoid taxable cancelation of debt income to partners in connection with bankruptcy of New England ski resort and condominium partnership.
  • Development of structural solutions to avoid UBTI to fund partners from partnership investments in operating partnerships.
  • Acquisition of UK business by public, U.S. parent using financing structure permitting tax deduction of interest in both U.S. and U.K..
  • Reorganization of corporation engaged in global management consulting services into a flow-through structure without triggering gain to former shareholders
Professional and Community Involvement
  • AICPA
  • ABA Tax Section 
  • United Way of Massachusetts Bay Chair, Administration & Finance Committee Member, Executive Committee of Board of Directors
  • CBIZ Professional Advisory Group
Awards and Recognition
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent TM
  • Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law, 2007-2017
  • Committee Volunteer of the Year, United Way’s Live United Awards, 2012 Nominee
Speaking Engagements

John Grumbacher is a frequent lecturer on tax matters, including:

  • Federal Tax Institute of New England, Inc.
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
Press Releases
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clientAdvisories: New Housing Bill Includes Many Favorable REIT Provisions.
clientAdvisories: IRS Guidance on Madoff and Other Ponzi Scheme Losses is Taxpayer Friendly
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Attorneys Named in 2010 Best Lawyers®
clientAdvisories: Extension of Foreign Bank Account Reporting Amnesty Deadline
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Attorneys Named to 2011 Edition of Best Lawyers
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Attorneys Named to 2012 Edition of Best Lawyers®
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Represents Sohu.com in Sale of Game Information Portal 17173.com to Sohu’s majority-owned subsidiary Changyou.com
pressReleases: 36 Goulston & Storrs Attorneys Named to 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers ®
clientAdvisories: New Tax Provisions:  Fiscal Cliff Averted – Sequestration Resumes in Two Months
publicationsArticles: "A Three-Part Primer on Using Private REITs for Institutional Co-Investment with Sovereign Wealth Funds in US Real Estate:  Part I — Structuring the REIT," AFIRE News
publicationsArticles: "A Three-Part Primer on Using Private REITs for Institutional Co-Investment with Sovereign Wealth Funds in US Real Estate: Part II — Dealing with Costs Imposed on US Investors," AFIRE News
publicationsArticles: "A Three-Part Primer on Using Private REITs for Institutional Co-Investment with Sovereign Wealth Funds in US Real Estate: Part III — Negotiating the Joint Venture Agreement," AFIRE News
publicationsArticles: "Developing a Tax Strategy to Invest in U.S. Real Estate," AFIRE News
pressReleases: Goulston & Storrs Nabs 34 Lawyers, 2 “Lawyer of the Year” Recognitions in 2014 Best Lawyers® Rankings
publicationsArticles: "A Primer on Using Private Domestically Controlled REITs for International Investors in U.S. Real Estate," Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Real Estate Journal
publicationsArticles: "Why Many International Investors Need to Use LPs instead of LLCs for US Real Estate Investments," AFIRE News
publicationsArticles: "Structuring Asian Investments Into US Real Estate," AFIRE News
blogEntries: Treasury Takes Action Against Corporate Inversions
pressReleases: Boston Land Use and Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year" Matthew J. Kiefer Among 42 Goulston & Storrs Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers for 2016
pressReleases: Washington, DC Litigation- Land Use and Zoning "Lawyer of the Year" Maureen E. Dwyer and Land Use and Zoning "Lawyer of the Year" Phil T. Feola Among 42 Goulston & Storrs Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers for 2017
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August 2015
Washington, DC Litigation- Land Use and Zoning "Lawyer of the Year" Maureen E. Dwyer and Land Use and Zoning "Lawyer of the Year" Phil T. Feola Among 42 Goulston & Storrs Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers for 2017
August 2015
Boston Land Use and Zoning Law "Lawyer of the Year" Matthew J. Kiefer Among 42 Goulston & Storrs Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers for 2016
August 2013
Goulston & Storrs Nabs 34 Lawyers, 2 “Lawyer of the Year” Recognitions in 2014 Best Lawyers® Rankings
September 2012
36 Goulston & Storrs Attorneys Named to 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers ®
December 2011
Goulston & Storrs Represents Sohu.com in Sale of Game Information Portal 17173.com to Sohu’s majority-owned subsidiary Changyou.com
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