Bernie J. Pistillo

Partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP

Bernie J. Pistillo

Bernie J. Pistillo

Partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP

Biography

Mr. Pistillo is a partner in the San Francisco office of the firm’s Federal Tax Group. He regularly advises on the U.S. federal income tax aspects of international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and spin-offs, matters relating to the development and exploitation of technology and intellectual property and transactions designed to change the place of incorporation of an operating company or corporate group. He is regularly involved in the structuring of strategic joint ventures and partnerships, including the acquisition, financing and development of real estate. His practice also involves structuring private equity funds and investments, the formation and operation of investment funds, a wide variety of capital markets transactions, and the coordination of tax laws in multiple jurisdictions to develop and implement cross-jurisdictional tax planning, operational synergies and tax minimization strategies. Mr. Pistillo also advises on the tax planning required for financial product development, renewable energy investments and financial institution and insurance company operations.

Mr. Pistillo is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Tulane University School of Law, the Planning Committee for the USC Gould School of Law Tax Institute and both the Tax Review and The Tax Club in New York City. He is admitted to practice in California, New York, Arizona and Nebraska.

Mr. Pistillo is recommended by Legal 500 US 2016 for International Tax.

Recent Client Transactions include:

* Boyd Gaming Corporation in the sale of its 50% equity interest, valued at $900 million, in Marina District Development Holding Company, LLC, the parent company of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to MGM Resorts International.
* SoftBank Corp. in connection with its acquisition of a 78% interest in Sprint Nextel for an enterprise value of $44.8 billion.
* MicroPort Scientific Corp. in connection with its acquisition of the worldwide OrthoRecon operating segment of Wright Medical Group Inc.
* Toshiba Tec Corp. on its $874 million acquisition of the worldwide retail store solutions business of IBM Corp.
* Textainer Group Holdings Ltd. in connection with a review of its worldwide operating structure to improve financial and legal efficiencies.
* Novellus Inc. in its tax-free stock-for-stock acquisition by Lam Research Corp valued at $3.3 billion.
* Carlyle Group in its acquisition of Walbro Engine Management from Sun Capital Partners and related LBO financing.
* Nokia Corp. in a restructuring of its executive reporting and corporate structure.
* British Telecom in connection with a proposed worldwide joint venture requiring a review of its global operating structure to ensure minimum operating costs and tax exposures.
* EDF Renewable Energy (formerly enXco Development Corp.) in its acquisition of a windpowered electric generating project, including negotiations for a joint venture to develop, construct and operate a neighboring project.

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Co-Chair, Global Corporate Department at Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer at SoftBank Group Corp.

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Co-Chair, Finance Department at Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Managing Partner, Singapore, Singapore at Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Bernie J. Pistillo
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Education
JD
Class of 1981
BA
Class of 1978

Creighton University, founded in 1878, is one of 28 Jesuit, Catholic universities in the U.S. Through its 9 colleges and schools, Creighton provides more than 4,200 undergraduate and almost 4,400 professional and graduate students an atmosphere that challenges them academically and professionally, and supports and inspires them individually. Community service is a hallmark of Creighton's Jesuit, Catholic tradition and foundational to its mission.

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Morrison & Foerster is a firm of exceptional credentials. Their name is synonymous with a commitment to client service that informs everything that they do. They are recognized throughout the world as a leader in providing cutting-edge legal advice on matters that are redefining practices and industries.

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Shearman & Sterling LLP provides legal services. It is engaged in the mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, project development and finance, complex business litigation & international arbitration, asset management, and taxation areas. The company was founded by Thomas Shearman and John Sterling in 1873 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Visa, Inc. purchases InterSwitch Ltd. from TA Associates Management, L.P., Helios Investment Partners LLP, Adlevo Capital Managers LLC, IFC Asset Management Co. LLC

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China Evergrande Group, National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB purchase Protean Electric, Inc. from Oak Investment Partners, GSR Ventures

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Deutsche Telekom AG, T-Mobile US, Inc. purchase Sprint Corp. from SoftBank Group Corp.

Awards & Honors
2017
The Legal 500 United States, US: International Tax
Admitted to the California Bar
Admitted to the New York Bar
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Bernie J. Pistillo is affiliated with Morrison & Foerster LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP

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