From large publicly traded companies to start-up companies, Don Stuart brings a creative approach to solving complex tax and business issues for clients. Business owners, general counsel, in-house tax officers and others rely on Don for his keen ability to not only navigate the tax laws and find practical and understandable solutions but to also follow through and implement them.
In healthcare transactions, Don provides a vital perspective on the nuance and complexity of the tax laws and their impact on how a transaction is structured for both investor-owned and tax-exempt healthcare organizations. Clients benefit from Don's business, legal and tax advice in transactional matters as well as ongoing operations.
Clients particularly admire his ability to follow through and implement a plan that works best for them.
Don's extensive experience with for-profit companies includes transactions involving mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs, liquidations and dispositions, spin-offs and tax-free reorganizations.
Nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations call on Don for assistance in a variety of matters, including board governance, conflicts of interest, joint ventures, intermediate sanctions, tax-exemption applications and Form 990 issues. In the nonprofit healthcare arena, Don has broad experience with the Section 501(r) requirements for tax-exempt hospitals. From community health needs assessments to financial assistance policies to billing and collection limitations, Don counsels hospital organizations on navigating and complying with these 501(r) requirements.
Don also advises clients on limited liability companies, partnerships, private equity and venture capital financings, REITs and "S" corporations. He represents clients before the IRS and state tax authorities in tax audits and appeals, and in obtaining letter rulings.
Businesses look to Don as the best tax person for the deal and look to him as part of their team.
Don previously served as the Chair of the Tax and Finance Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association.
Don has also spoken to various organizations and professional groups on tax-related topics and written for numerous publications.
Provided the University of Kentucky transaction structure guidance, contract and deal negotiation, and anti-trust and healthcare analysis in forming its joint venture with KD Health.
Represented LifePoint Health and its affiliate as lead transaction counsel in the sale of its majority ownership interest in community hospital Capital Medical Center to MultiCare Health System.
Assisted Tri Star Energy with the acquisition of Hollingsworth Oil and its “Sudden Service” chain of convenience stores.
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