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William C. "Bill"
Lentine

  • Partner

I feel personally invested in the outcome of each matter I handle, so I do whatever it takes to serve my clients well and get them the best results possible. I’m an excellent point person — if I can’t answer your question or resolve your issue, I’ll find you the person who can. Clients say they enjoy working with me, and they know I’ll make their lives easier.

Helping individuals and businesses across the country prepare for today and tomorrow, Bill Lentine guides clients in a broad spectrum of business matters, with a focus on the often-overlapping arenas of tax law and trust and estate work. He values his role as a business advisor who marshals the necessary resources to optimally address any problems or concerns clients may have. Bill also enjoys acting as an outside general counsel for companies in need of his multifaceted expertise.

  • Advises private equity and strategic buyers on acquisitions including structures.
  • Counsels many closely held businesses on the buy and sell side of acquisitions including structuring the deal to handling due diligence, closing and post-closing matters.
  • Assists businesses with tax issues in a variety of transactions, including choice of entity issues, issuance of incentive ownership to employees, capital formation and cross-border transactions.
  • Tax controversy and audit consultations for individuals and businesses.
  • Provides counseling for software as a service contracts (SaaS).
  • Lead attorney in a shareholder redemption transaction leading to a buyout of fellow shareholders for an industrial services company.
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  • Advises private equity and strategic buyers on acquisitions including structures.
  • Counsels many closely held businesses on the buy and sell side of acquisitions including structuring the deal to handling due diligence, closing and post-closing matters.
  • Assists businesses with tax issues in a variety of transactions, including choice of entity issues, issuance of incentive ownership to employees, capital formation and cross-border transactions.
  • Tax controversy and audit consultations for individuals and businesses.
  • Provides counseling for software as a service contracts (SaaS).
  • Lead attorney in a shareholder redemption transaction leading to a buyout of fellow shareholders for an industrial services company.
  • Lead attorney with structuring Michigan corporation acquisition by foreign private equity group.
  • Experience in Tax Incentive real estate transactions including for New Markets, Historic Tax Credit.
  • Experience in advising on tax benefits for Opportunity Zone Funds and investments.
  • Structured pooled investment funds in cannabis related ventures and other industries.
  • Substantial partnership tax experience through LLCs or general and limited partnerships for acquisitions, real estate ventures and industrial joint ventures.
  • Organizing and Capitalizing Your Business,” Cannabis Law Seminar – Industry Insights and Trends From the Legal Perspective, September 30, 2021, Lansing, Michigan
  • COVID-19 One Year Later: Employment Issues,” Warner Webinar, April 27, 2021
  • “IRC 754 Elections for Tax Counsel: Mastering Structuring Considerations of Basis Adjustments,” Strafford Live CLE/CPE Webinar, June 4, 2020
  • “Qualified Opportunity Fund Partnership Investments Under 140
  • Organizing and Capitalizing Your Business,” Cannabis Law Seminar – Industry Insights and Trends From the Legal Perspective, September 30, 2021, Lansing, Michigan
  • COVID-19 One Year Later: Employment Issues,” Warner Webinar, April 27, 2021
  • “IRC 754 Elections for Tax Counsel: Mastering Structuring Considerations of Basis Adjustments,” Strafford Live CLE/CPE Webinar, June 4, 2020
  • “Qualified Opportunity Fund Partnership Investments Under 1400Z: Special Timing and Deferral Opportunities,” Strafford Webinar, August 29, 2019
  • Presenting at Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants monthly meeting group, November 28, 2018
  • “Understanding M&A Deal Documentation,” Tax Section: Annual Fundamentals of Taxation Bootcamp, State Bar of Michigan, Taxation Section Seminar, October 25, 2018, Detroit, Michigan
  • Pre-Sale Planning, MICPA Anti-Fraud Issues, Litigation & Business Valuation, Mergers & Acquisitions Conference, May 30, 2018, Livonia, Michigan
  • Taxation: Section 280E: Planning & Considerations, State Bar of Michigan, Taxation Section Seminar, April 30, 2018, Detroit, Michigan
  • Chair of the Michigan Bar Tax Conference, 30th Anniversary, May 25, 2017
  • Sales and Use Tax Update, Michigan Electric Co-Op, Accounting Association, May 2017
  • “Personal Property Tax Reform” Co-author, Michigan Tax Lawyer, Fall 2013
  • “The IRS’s Voluntary Classification Settlement Program May Help Michigan Businesses,” Co-author, Michigan Tax Lawyer, Spring 2012
  • “Personal Property Tax Reform” Co-author, Michigan Tax Lawyer, Fall 2013
  • “The IRS’s Voluntary Classification Settlement Program May Help Michigan Businesses,” Co-author, Michigan Tax Lawyer, Spring 2012
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William C. "Bill"
Lentine

  • Partner
Bloomfield Hills

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I feel personally invested in the outcome of each matter I handle, so I do whatever it takes to serve my clients well and get them the best results possible. I’m an excellent point person — if I can’t answer your question or resolve your issue, I’ll find you the person who can. Clients say they enjoy working with me, and they know I’ll make their lives easier.

Helping individuals and businesses across the country prepare for today and tomorrow, Bill Lentine guides clients in a broad spectrum of business matters, with a focus on the often-overlapping arenas of tax law and trust and estate work. He values his role as a business advisor who marshals the necessary resources to optimally address any problems or concerns clients may have. Bill also enjoys acting as an outside general counsel for companies in need of his multifaceted expertise.

  • Organizing and Capitalizing Your Business,” Cannabis Law Seminar – Industry Insights and Trends From the Legal Perspective, September 30, 2021, Lansing, Michigan
  • COVID-19 One Year Later: Employment Issues,” Warner Webinar, April 27, 2021
  • “IRC 754 Elections for Tax Counsel: Mastering Structuring Considerations of Basis Adjustments,” Strafford Live CLE/CPE Webinar, June 4, 2020
  • “Qualified Opportunity Fund Partnership Investments Under 140
  • Organizing and Capitalizing Your Business,” Cannabis Law Seminar – Industry Insights and Trends From the Legal Perspective, September 30, 2021, Lansing, Michigan
  • COVID-19 One Year Later: Employment Issues,” Warner Webinar, April 27, 2021
  • “IRC 754 Elections for Tax Counsel: Mastering Structuring Considerations of Basis Adjustments,” Strafford Live CLE/CPE Webinar, June 4, 2020
  • “Qualified Opportunity Fund Partnership Investments Under 1400Z: Special Timing and Deferral Opportunities,” Strafford Webinar, August 29, 2019
  • Presenting at Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants monthly meeting group, November 28, 2018
  • “Understanding M&A Deal Documentation,” Tax Section: Annual Fundamentals of Taxation Bootcamp, State Bar of Michigan, Taxation Section Seminar, October 25, 2018, Detroit, Michigan
  • Pre-Sale Planning, MICPA Anti-Fraud Issues, Litigation & Business Valuation, Mergers & Acquisitions Conference, May 30, 2018, Livonia, Michigan
  • Taxation: Section 280E: Planning & Considerations, State Bar of Michigan, Taxation Section Seminar, April 30, 2018, Detroit, Michigan
  • Chair of the Michigan Bar Tax Conference, 30th Anniversary, May 25, 2017
  • Sales and Use Tax Update, Michigan Electric Co-Op, Accounting Association, May 2017
  • “Personal Property Tax Reform” Co-author, Michigan Tax Lawyer, Fall 2013
  • “The IRS’s Voluntary Classification Settlement Program May Help Michigan Businesses,” Co-author, Michigan Tax Lawyer, Spring 2012
  • “Personal Property Tax Reform” Co-author, Michigan Tax Lawyer, Fall 2013
  • “The IRS’s Voluntary Classification Settlement Program May Help Michigan Businesses,” Co-author, Michigan Tax Lawyer, Spring 2012