Steven P. Eichel

Steven P. Eichel

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (617) 912-0923
Fax: (857) 400-3773

Primary Office

Boston
131 Dartmouth Street
Suite 501
Boston, MA 02116

Steven P. Eichel

Partner

Steve Eichel advises companies and individual entrepreneurs in the United States and internationally on deals that transform their business. He also advises on tax issues that underlie these transactions and affect daily operations. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience as a business and tax lawyer, Steve helps both publicly traded and privately held companies structure and implement domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, complex joint venture formations, and international equity and debt financing. Steve focuses particularly on companies in France, the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe looking to access markets in the United States, as well as U.S. companies working on global expansions.

When tax issues arise in these transactions, Steve provides practical options to address them. He also regularly builds on this work to help companies understand how to structure their entities and operations for tax efficiency. Steve also provides general business advice, including assistance with commercial contracts and other day-to-day operational matters, restructuring, governance, compensation and succession strategies to align with their business objectives.

A fluent French speaker and frequent traveler to France, Steve represents French companies and entrepreneurs in their initial entry into and development and expansion in the United States. He also has deep connections with law firms and accounting firms in other countries where clients are doing business to provide a balanced approach that takes into account both U.S. and non-U.S. legal and tax considerations. In support of this niche, he is an active member of the New England chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, serving as its Vice President and on its Board of Directors.

Experience

Mergers & Acquisitions and Dispositions

Steve advises companies on mergers and acquisitions and dispositions in a wide range of industries, including technology, healthcare and life sciences, and in locations including North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Recent examples of Steve’s transactional experience include:

A publicly traded French company’s acquisition of a privately held U.S. company with operations in the United States, India and the Netherlands
A large privately held French conglomerate’s acquisition of a U.S. engineering firm serving the nuclear power industry
A private equity-backed French musical instrument manufacturer’s acquisition of a U.S. musical instrument manufacturer
The sale of a U.S. boutique management consulting firm with substantial international operations to a U.S. publicly traded consulting firm
The internal restructuring of an international healthcare and biotechnology consulting group with operations in the United States and throughout Europe
Structuring and tax planning for a French private equity fund’s entry into the U.S. market
Business Counseling

Steve provides business counseling to an array of companies, including serving as U.S. counsel to numerous French and U.K. companies establishing and conducting business operations in the United States. He has also served as outside counsel to:

An international management consulting firm focusing on technological innovation
An international management consulting firm
A leading healthcare industry consulting firm
Developers of an eco-tourism resort in Belize
Developers of a $200 million residential community and resort in Montana
Deals for Private Equity Funds

Steve regularly serves as tax counsel to private equity funds in the sales of their portfolios, investments, acquisitions, dispositions, recapitalizations and formations.  Deals he has handled for private equity funds include:

The sale of a private equity fund's portfolio company in the solar and wind energy industry to a publicly traded leading national renewable energy integrator
An investment in a Bulgarian software and technology services company and continuing representation of the portfolio company
Disposition of a private equity-backed hospital administration and management group of companies to a strategic acquirer
Acquisition of medical waste disposal company
Joint Venture Formations

Steve’s work in joint venture formations includes representations of:

A joint venture between a real estate developer and a casino developer and operator to build and operate a casino hotel resort
A joint venture between a real estate developer and a thoroughbred racing operator to develop and operate a race-track and off-track gaming operations
A U.S. technology company in a negotiation of a joint product development venture with a Swiss research and development company
Restructuring, reorganizations and debt financings

Steve’s work in restructurings, reorganization and debt financings includes representations of:

An affiliated group of securities investment funds aggregating over $200 million in investments for a high net worth family office in a conversion from general partnerships to LLCs, and preparation of LLC agreements to govern reorganized fund vehicles
An international securities brokerage and financial advisory services firm with offices in Bermuda, Japan and Luxembourg in a global reorganization, and tax planning and structuring for, and organization of, new operations in China and India
A Japanese financial services firm in the design and implementation of equity-based compensation plan
A supplier of linguists and interpreters to the U.S. Department of Defense in a corporate reorganization and tax planning
Numerous start-up company formations and financings

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Named one of "America's Leading Lawyers in Tax" by Chambers USA, 2013-2018

Named to The Best Lawyers in America list, Tax Law, 2008-2019

Selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2004 to present

Named to the Legal 500 U.S. 2015, 2017

Memberships and Affiliations

Vice-President and Board of Directors Member, French-American Chamber of Commerce of New England

Board of Directors Member and Legal Consultant, Winchester A Better Chance, Inc.

Education

​LL.M. in Taxation, Boston University School of Law, 1991

J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1985

  • Editor, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems

B.A., summa cum laude, University of Tennessee, 1982

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Chancellor’s Citation for Academic Achievement and Excellence

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts
New York

Steve Eichel advises companies and individual entrepreneurs in the United States and internationally on deals that transform their business. He also advises on tax issues that underlie these transactions and affect daily operations. Drawing on more than 30 years of experience as a business and tax lawyer, Steve helps both publicly traded and privately held companies structure and implement domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, complex joint venture formations, and international equity and debt financing. Steve focuses particularly on companies in France, the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe looking to access markets in the United States, as well as U.S. companies working on global expansions.

When tax issues arise in these transactions, Steve provides practical options to address them. He also regularly builds on this work to help companies understand how to structure their entities and operations for tax efficiency. Steve also provides general business advice, including assistance with commercial contracts and other day-to-day operational matters, restructuring, governance, compensation and succession strategies to align with their business objectives.

A fluent French speaker and frequent traveler to France, Steve represents French companies and entrepreneurs in their initial entry into and development and expansion in the United States. He also has deep connections with law firms and accounting firms in other countries where clients are doing business to provide a balanced approach that takes into account both U.S. and non-U.S. legal and tax considerations. In support of this niche, he is an active member of the New England chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce, serving as its Vice President and on its Board of Directors.