John G. Busby

Areas of Practice


John Busby is a transaction, tax and estate planning attorney with over 35 years experience. He is a creative problem solver whose legal practice is focused on estate planning and wealth management, corporate, business and real estate transactions, taxation, and estate planning. Mr. Busby’s practice includes sophisticated estate planning, counseling clients regarding wealth management and preservation, and estate and gift taxation minimization strategies as well as probate and trust administration matters.

He has extensive experience in business entity formation and governance, including corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, joint ventures and off-shore entities.

Mr. Busby is experienced in capital transactions involving private equity and venture capital investments, private placement securities offerings, acquisitions, mergers and dispositions of private companies, corporate restructurings, and joint ventures. He has acted as lead counsel in public and private acquisitions, sales, mergers, recapitalizations and venture capital financing transactions ranging in size of up to $100 Million. He is skilled in the structuring, tax analysis and implementation of executive compensation arrangements including equity-based incentive compensation plans.

Mr. Busby has substantial expertise in federal and state income tax aspects of corporate and partnership business transactions, taxation of real estate transactions and non-profits. His experience includes international business transactions and investments including onshore and offshore tax planning for U.S., European and Pacific Rim investors. His tax expertise includes real property taxation, audit and tax dispute resolution with the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board.

Mr. Busby’s transactional expertise includes structuring and negotiating complex business contracts and technology transactions, including intellectual property licensing, and strategies for protecting and exploiting intellectual property and technology, and distribution. He has in depth experience in all aspects of real property transactions; including purchases, sales, financing, leasing, construction and architectural contracts syndications and workouts.

Mr. Busby holds an “AV” rating from Martindale Hubbell, Inc., its highest rating awarded to attorneys.

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