Richard M. Petkun: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Richard M. Petkun

Denver,  CO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Tax
  • Global Trade & Investment
  • Global Energy & Infrastructure
  • American Indian Law
Contact InfoTelephone: 303.572.6518
Fax: 720.904.7618
University Harvard University, A.B., cum laude, 1969
Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., 1972
Admitted1974, New York; 1982, Colorado
Memberships The Colorado, Denver and American (Member, Section of Taxation) Bar Associations.

LanguagesFrench, Conversational
BornCambridge, Massachusetts, October 20, 1947

Richard Petkun focuses his practice on international tax planning, corporate acquisitions and tax controversy resolution.

Richard has wide-ranging experience in tax planning for real estate developers and construction companies. Having practiced as tax counsel for a Houston-based international oil company, he also has transactional experience in the oil industry, including cross-border tax planning for major producing properties and development ventures in Africa, Canada and the UK sector of the North Sea.

A skilled practitioner in the tax controversy area, Richard has dealt with IRS examination teams in various large-case corporate audits and complex partnership cases.

Areas of Concentration

· International tax planning

· Tax controversies

· Real estate taxation

· Oil and gas taxation

· Corporate acquisitions and reorganizations

· Joint ventures

· Debt restructuring and work-outs

· Sovereign wealth investments

Professional & Community Involvement

· Member, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation

· Member, Colorado Bar Association

· Member, Denver Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

· Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law, 2007-2014

· Listed, Marquis Who's Who in the World, 2011

· Listed, Marquis Who's Who in America, 2009-2011

· Listed, Marquis Who's Who in American Law, 2007-2011

· Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

Publications & Presentations

Articles, Lectures & Publications

· Co-author, "Impact of Proposed FATCA Regulations on US Real Estate Ventures with Non-US Investors or Lenders," Washington Update column, "Pension Real Estate Association Quarterly" (Spring 2012) (with Sandy Presant)

· Co-author, "Carried Interest Proposal Resurfaces, With Changes, in the Jobs Bill," Washington Update column, "Pension Real Estate Association Quarterly" (Winter 2012) (with Sandy Presant)


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Proposed IRS Regulations May Trigger Tax on Phantom Gains for Many UPREIT Partners
Richard M. Petkun, March 4, 2014
On January 30th, the IRS issued proposed regulations on bottom-dollar guarantees, igniting a firestorm of negative reaction from real estate investors. If these rules are adopted, many UPREIT partners will incur substantial tax on the paper gain associated with a negative capital account balance....

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Richard M. Petkun

1200 17th Street, Suite 2400
DenverCO 80202


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