Kenneth Tillou has extensive experience in the areas of income taxation, employee benefits and executive compensation. Mr. Tillou advises on the tax and employee benefit aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including tax planning for acquisitive and divisive reorganizations, single entity reorganizations and bankruptcy reorganizations, taxable asset and stock sales, leveraged buy-outs and acquisitions through joint venture entities.
In the area of tax planning, Mr. Tillou also assists with tax planning for the formation of new businesses, redemptions, liquidations, workouts, like-kind exchanges, leveraged leasing transactions, restructuring of partnership capital and debt, and partnership real estate transactions.
He also designs, implements and consults on the administration and termination of stock option plans, employee stock purchase plans, phantom stock and other synthetic equity plans, defined benefit pension plans, 401(k) plans, profit sharing plans, money purchase pension plans, ESOPs, non-qualified deferred compensation plans and SERPs, cafeteria plans, group health plans, disability and life insurance plans and other employee benefit plans and programs. He also provides consultation with respect to executive employment agreements, consulting agreements and change in control agreements.
Mr. Tillou has been awarded an AV rating – the highest awarded by Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been listed in the 2008-2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America and he has also continuously been listed in editions of Utah Business magazine as one of Utah’s Legal Elite.
Kenneth Tillou is a member of the firm’s tax and employee benefits practice groups. Mr. Tillou works primarily in the areas of corporate and partnership income taxation, executive compensation and ERISA, and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Tillou has over 30 years experience in assisting public and privately-held clients with structuring, negotiating and documenting, and performing due diligence with respect to the tax, executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of merger and acquisition transactions. He has worked on merger and acquisition transactions ranging in size from less than one million dollars to several billion dollars in value. Those transactions have included tax-free corporate reorganizations, both purely domestic and cross-border, taxable stock purchases with and without Section 338(h)(10) elections, taxable asset purchases, leveraged buy-outs including leveraged ESOP buyouts, and acquisitions through partnership or other pass-through entity structures.
In addition to assisting clients optimize the tax consequences of merger and acquisition transactions, Mr. Tillou advises clients on the handling of pension, 401(k), health and other employee benefit plans, stock options, other equity-based executive compensation awards, and change in control payments in merger and acquisition transactions.
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