Ben Sparks, JD, LLM, has more than 20 years of industry experience as a tax attorney. He has extensive experience with federal and international tax matters, including cross-border transactions; tax planning; and tax structuring for investment funds, public and private clients. Ben has assisted many investment partnerships, such as hedge funds, private equity funds and venture capital partnerships, in addressing the economic and tax implications related to the investments and allocations relevant to their particular situations. With these various clients, Ben has driven the tax analysis for clients across many different industries, such as health care (including physician-owned practices, home health, urgent care, dental, and implementation of the MSO structure and SPAC acquisitions), financial services (including mortgage servicing, title insurance, broker-dealers), manufacturing and distribution, construction and telecom. Ben has assisted private equity clients assess the tax risks on such deals, and work through the structuring considerations. He has also assisted founder-owned businesses complete the sale process by minimizing the tax risk and the potential tax costs on a transaction.
Prior to joining Weaver as a partner, Ben worked at a major accounting firm, law firms, and a Fortune 500 company. In these positions, he advised on inbound and outbound transactions and global tax planning, structuring and optimization. His clients during this time ranged from Fortune 50 financial institutions to startup investment partnerships, as well as numerous companies across multiple industries due to investment company structures. He has reviewed and given opinions on issues such as substantial economic effect and debt-versus-equity opinions.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Juris Doctor (JD) from the Fordham University School of Law, and a Master of Laws (LLM) from the New York University School of Law. He is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP).