Christopher M. Flanagan: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Christopher M. Flanagan

Boston,  MA  U.S.A.

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  • Benefits & Compensation
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Tax
  • Private Equity
  • Venture Capital
University Villanova University, B.S., cum laude
Law SchoolBoston University School of Law, J.D.; New York University School of Law, LL.M., in Taxation
Admitted1986, Massachusetts; 1988, New York; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York


American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
Boston Bar Association, Section of Taxation

BornBaltimore, Maryland, 1960

Christopher M. Flanagan is a partner in the Tax Department of our Boston office. Mr. Flanagan's general corporate and partnership tax practice focuses on tax planning and analysis in the transactional area. He has particular experience in representing public and private companies in taxable and tax-free acquisitions and divestitures of corporate subsidiaries and divisions, and in reorganizations and restructurings. Mr. Flanagan also represents companies in the structuring and formation of major corporate joint ventures, limited liability companies, and large venture capital/private equity funds, as well as advising companies on the tax issues attendant to both public and private debt and equity offerings.

Chris also has extensive experience in the taxation of insurance companies and insurance products, and works extensively with the Insurance and Reinsurance Department on both transactions involving the acquisition and divestiture of insurance companies and the structuring of insurance related investments. Chris also has experience in the creation and taxation of captive insurance arrangements, and has authored articles on the topic.

Chris is also a former chair of the Tax Section of the Boston Bar Association. In addition to his law degree, he has an LL.M in Taxation. Chris has been recognized as a Leader in the field of Tax Law by Chambers USA in each of the years 2007 through 2014. He has also been listed in the Tax Law section of the Best Lawyers in America publication for the past two years.
•Advised both public and private companies in both taxable and tax-free corporate acquisitions and divestitures.

•Assisted numerous venture capital, private equity, and hedge funds in organizing new funds and making investments in portfolio companies.

•Assisted companies and individuals with the formation of and investment in joint ventures conducting both investment activities and business operations, as well as the acquisitions and divestitures of such entities.

•Advised companies on general tax and reporting issues related to their transactions.

Before Edwards Wildman

Chris worked in New York City in the tax groups of both a major public accounting and a law firm. Chris was also a partner in Palmer & Dodge LLP, one of the constituent firms of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP. Most recently, Chris was a partner in the tax department of another Boston law firm.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Chris's active family life keeps him busy outside of the office. He is active in his community, serving on the Board of Directors of his town's youth football organization and also coaching both youth football and baseball. In his free time, Chris also enjoys playing golf.


NCAB Group acquisition of printed circuit board (PCB) operations of M-Wave International, LLC

This was the second such acquisition for which we assisted NCAB. The world's largest outsourced-supplier of PCBs, NCAB is a Swedish technology company having 13 global locations in North America, Europe, and Asia, including China.

Edwards Wildman Team Leads Merger of Vision Insurance Companies

In July 2013, an Edwards Wildman deal team led by Andrew Hughes and Paul Mahoney of our Providence office represented clients Nautic Partners, a private equity firm with than $2.5 billion of capital under management, and Superior Vision, a Nautic Partners portfolio company based in California, in Superior Vision's execution of a merger agreement providing for the acquisition of Block Vision, a Maryland-based national provider of vision insurance coverage.

PTC Inc. Acquisition of Software Developer

A large team of Edwards Wildman lawyers represented longtime client PTC in its acquisition of Enigma Information Systems Ltd., an Israeli software developer.

Sale of HSBC's North American Insurance Company Operations

In 2013, an Edwards Wildman team represented HSBC in its sale of its North American insurance company.

Advised Modified Polymer Components, Inc. in a Strategic Merger with Biomedical Structures, LLC

A team of Edwards Wildman lawyers advised Modified Polymer Components, Inc. in a strategic merger with Biomedical Structures, LLC.

Sale of Recombinant Data Corp. to Deloitte Consulting

Our lawyers represented Newton, Massachusetts - based Recombinant Data Corp. in the sale of its assets to Deloitte Consulting LLP and its post-closing liquidation.

Internal Revenue Service Files Appeal in the Validus Excise Tax Case Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
April 10, 2014
Validus District Court Decision: Retrocessions Not Taxable as Reinsurance Under Section 4371 of the Code Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
March 21, 2014
Potential New York Legislation to Introduce Tax Changes With Respect To Captive Insurers Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
March 10, 2014
Edwards Wildman's 2013 ILS Roundtable: The Convergence of Insurance and the Capital Markets
October 30, 2013 event
Please Join Us - Edwards Wildman's 2013 ILS Roundtable: The Convergence of Insurance and the Capital Markets Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
October 1, 2013
Does NRRA Capture Captives? Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
September 11, 2013
Increased IRS Scrutiny of Captive Insurance Arrangements Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
August 16, 2013
Massachusetts Enacts Sales Tax on Computer and Software Services Digilaw Blog
August 7, 2013
House and Senate Introduce Bills Deferring Tax Deductions for Foreign Insurers Insurance & Reinsurance Blog
May 22, 2013
Chris Flanagan Co-Authors Article on IRS Notice 2012-15 for Tax Notes International
May 2012

Chambers USA 2014 Recognizes 35 Edwards Wildman Lawyers for Excellence
June 4, 2014
Edwards Wildman Advises AmTrust and National General in Acquisition of Renewal Rights to the Commercial Lines and Personal Lines Insurance Business of Tower
January 9, 2014
Best Lawyers Recognizes 54 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
October 16, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Chris Flanagan and Karl Fryzel Comment on the New Mass. Sales Tax in Sales and Use Tax Monitor
September 23, 2013
Chambers USA 2013 Ranks 36 Edwards Wildman Lawyers in 17 Practice Areas
May 28, 2013
Edwards Wildman Represents AmTrust Financial Services in Acquisition of First Nonprofit Companies
January 23, 2013
Edwards Wildman Advises Armour Group in Largest Insurance Runoff Transaction of the Year
October 25, 2012
Best Lawyers Recognizes 56 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
September 27, 2012
Chambers USA 2012 Ranks 33 Edwards Wildman Lawyers in 17 Practice Areas
June 7, 2012
Chris Flanagan Co-Authors Article on IRS Notice 2012-15 for Tax Notes International
May 22, 2012


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Christopher M. Flanagan

111 Huntington Avenue
BostonMA 02199-7613


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