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Mark J. Weinstein

Partner
New York

Mark J. Weinstein

Albert Einstein has described taxes as one of the hardest things in the world to understand. Mark Weinstein's passion for game theory helps him deliver a practicable understanding of taxes when solving his client's most complex multijurisdictional tax problems. For him, tax planning is a game of strategy and not chance. Mark uses his long experience and practice as a tax lawyer to create tax minimization strategies for clients to adopt in their businesses.

As a valued advisor and strategist to the world's largest media and technology conglomerates, Mark regularly conceives operating and financing structures designed to respond to his clients' pressing challenges. Favorably recognized by his peers from both the tax and corporate law bars, Mark has been known for bringing distinctive business acumen to legal problem-solving. As the architect of many widely publicized deals, he is not afraid to issue change orders to mitigate tax risks to the commercial objectives of his clients.

Experienced in structuring multiparty and cross-border joint ventures, Mark acts as a first chair in structuring, negotiating, and concluding complex joint venture arrangements among many of the largest companies in the world. He has represented global clients in the apparel, engineering, exempt entities, financial services, gaming, government, media, and real estate, and technology businesses. Over the years, he has crafted many tax-efficient strategies and structures for these enterprises and the executives and professionals who manage and/or own them.

Mark also develops strategies for fund investments coming into and going out from the U.S. and has assisted in the structuring and restructuring of multiparty lending and financing structures.

Mark contributes articles to many professional publications and is frequently quoted in business and financial journals.

"Mark has the rare gift of translating complex legal issues into concepts that non-specialist clients can readily understand."

Tax Journal

Representative Experience

Devised global organization and operating structures for growth stage technology companies in anticipation of significant strategic transactions.

Structured the launch and finance structure of a new U.S. film and television studio backed by China.

Advised a top-tier European film studio on the establishment of its U.S. based film and television businesses.

Counseled leading global retailer in connection with the structure and operation of its non-U.S. eCommerce businesses.

Structured film financing and real estate investments for both U.S. and non-U.S. capital and debt funds.

Advised publicly owned global engineering group on multinational strategic acquisitions of aerospace and defense companies.

Acted for public law winding-up agency in the disposition of its "toxic asset" investment portfolio.

Acted for buyers and seller of professional sports franchises and venues.

Education and admissions

Education

  • LL.M., New York University School of Law, 1984
  • J.D., cum laude, The State University of New York, University at Buffalo Law School, 1981
  • B.S., magna cum laude, New York University, 1978

Memberships

  • Member, Committee on Foreign Activities of U.S. Taxpayers
  • Member, Tax Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Tax Section, New York State Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York

2014-2015

Specialist Guide to the Global Leaders in Media Law Practice

Media Law International

2015

Tax

New York Super Lawyers

2006-2015

Media and Entertainment: Corporate

Chambers USA

2012

Telecoms and Broadcast: Transactional

Legal 500 US

2007

"Particularly Recommended," Corporate Tax in the Media and Hotel Sector

UK Legal 500

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

What if Her Majesty Weighed In on 'Deflategate'?

Tax Notes

Published Works

One MInute With Mark Weinstein

Tax Journal

Published Works

The Reeducation of Lauryn Hill

Tax Notes

Published Works

Golf Hacker’s Letter to Sergio Garcia

Tax Notes

Published Works

Buyer Beware - United States Tax Consequences More Than Ever May Depend on the Presence or Absence of Economic Substance

Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law
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