Robert B. Ravenelle


Pierce Atwood LLP
254 Commercial Street
Merrill's Wharf
Portland, ME 04101

Tel: 207.791.1294


As head of Pierce Atwood’s Tax practice, Rob Ravenelle has extensive experience in the planning, negotiation and tax structuring for mergers and acquisitions. He works closely with members of our Business Practice Group to ensure that clients obtain the most economic and tax efficient transaction results possible. Rob’s prior experience practicing as a Certified Public Accountant brings unique skills that enhance the value of our services in deal transactions, from mergers to renewable energy tax equity financing to succession planning of closely held businesses.

In addition to his M&A expertise, Rob is an expert in non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, frequently counseling on and drafting cutting edge plans for both closely held and public clients.

While in law school, Rob was recruited by KPMG (Peat Marwick) to work in their Portland, Maine tax office where he became certified as a public accountant. During his ten years of service in public accounting, he acquired extensive experience in analyzing the tax impacts of deal transactions, tax return preparation, and IRS controversy resolution. In 1997, he brought these skills along to Pierce Atwood, where he has brought them to bear on scores of transactions of all types.

Representative Experience:
  • Provided tax structure and guidance in a unique voluntary supervisory conversion of a mutual savings bank including the issuance of a tax opinion letter
  • Advised on complex partnership tax issues and deal structure for buyout of a partner in food manufacturing industry involving over $100 million transaction value
  • Obtained a Private Letter Ruling from the IRS where the IRS agreed to disregard a corporate financing subsidiary of a corporate client on the basis of substance over form
  • Guided a business incubator to obtaining a favorable tax-exemption letter from the IRS

Pierce Atwood’s Tax Group counsels clients on federal, state, and local tax. Our tax attorneys both advise clients on transactional matters as well as litigate tax disputes in state and federal courts.

On transactional matters, Pierce Atwood’s tax attorneys work closely with the firm’s Business, Energy Infrastructure, and Real Estate Practice Groups to deliver coordinated and seamless advice to address our clients’ overall business and personal objectives.  We assist with transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial financing, and business succession planning, that frequently involve complex federal, state, and international tax issues. We pride ourselves on creating practical, tax-efficient structures to meet our client’s needs.

Our lawyers provide planning, litigation, regulatory and legislative services to business taxpayers, associations and individuals on all state and local tax issues and economic development incentives. Our deep expertise in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island tax allows us to provide practical advice and efficient solutions for both local and multistate clients. We advise clients on complex state and local tax issues, including nexus, apportionment, and planning issues with respect to sales and operations in other states. We regularly represent clients in state and local tax controversies, from audit to litigation and dispute resolution.

Pierce Atwood LLP, a highly-regarded, full-service law firm based in New England, has 150 attorneys who serve regional, national, and international clients from offices in Portland and Augusta, Maine; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Boston, Massachusetts; Providence, Rhode Island; and Washington, DC.

Pierce Atwood LLP provides legal and business counsel to its clients, which range from regional and local enterprises, energy project developers, utilities, financiers, middle-market companies, entrepreneurs, and individuals, to Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, and state and foreign governments

Robert has been listed since 2008 in The Best Lawyers in America® for Tax Law
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