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Mike is the firmwide leader of Plante Moran's National Tax Office (NTO), a center of high-level, technical knowledge that provides consulting services on challenging tax issues, identifies innovative ideas and strategies to minimize tax, and monitors tax legislation and developing trends to arm our clients with the information they need to make the best tax decisions. He also serves on the firm's leadership teams for the private equity and tax practices and leads the firm’s tax due diligence practice.

Mike has more than 20 years of specialty tax experience working in the transactions area.  He specializes in handling the tax aspects of transactions and frequently plans the purchase, sale, formation, and restructuring of businesses, including liquidations, mergers, and acquisitions. Mike also regularly consults on transactional tax matters, such as analyzing the difference between asset sales and stock sales, purchase price allocations, transaction document issues, and transaction costs. He has worked extensively in the private equity, manufacturing and distribution, and service industries. Mike speaks frequently in the areas of emerging tax issues, mergers and acquisitions, and tax practice issues.

Mike has particular expertise in working with financially troubled companies, including planning related to the preservation of tax attributes, such as net operating losses and minimizing the tax impact of cancellation of indebtedness income.  He also has extensive experience in working with tax incentives, such as the domestic production activities deduction and the research tax credit and in handling tax controversies.

Mike holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

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