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Robert D. Starin

Fax +1.206.370.6180
Mr. Starin’s practice emphasizes federal, state and international tax issues and general corporate issues for both foreign and domestic clients. He has worked on numerous transactions involving mergers and acquisitions (U.S. domestic and cross-border), divestitures, complex joint ventures, and inbound and outbound investments. He advises public and private corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships on various tax matters, including choice of entity, structuring of international operations and executive compensation issues.

Mr. Starin’s practice also emphasizes tax issues arising in the public finance area. His experience includes assisting issuers and borrowers in a variety of tax-exempt financing transactions, including capital projects, revenue financings, and tax and revenue anticipation financings for state and local governmental entities, as well as financings and debt restructurings for nonprofit organizations. He also assists clients with post-issuance compliance matters and advises issuers undergoing tax audits.


  • Listed in Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/Commercial Tax
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • Milliman, Inc. -- Sale of Milliman Care Guidelines to the Hearst Corporation
  • Digital Kitchen - Sale to Kyu Investment (Hakuhodo KY Holdings)
  • Blue Point Capital Partners – acquisition of Selmet, Inc.
  • Endeavour Capital - Investment in USNR, LLC.
  • GDF Suez Energie Services S.A. -- Acquisition of Ecova, Inc.
  • Carousel Capital Partners -- Acquisition of Apex Analytix Inc.
  • Apex Learning -- Acquisition by AL Digital Holdings, LLC
  • Endeavour Capital -- Investment in Eye-Fi LLC.
  • Microsoft Corporation – Acquisition of aQuantive, Inc.
  • Speakeasy, Inc. – Sale to Best Buy Co., Inc.
  • The Odom Corporation – Acquisition from Alaska Distributors Co. and joint venture with Southern Wine & Spirits of America
  • Optiva Corporation – Sale to Philips Holdings U.S.A., Inc.
  • T-Mobile USA, Inc. – Acquisition of Cingular Wireless LLC’s network assets in California and Nevada
  • Microsoft Corporation – Acquisition of Great Plains Software, Inc.
  • Grakon International, Inc. – Sale of U.S. and Asian operations
  • Microsoft Corporation – Acquisition of Rare Limited
  • Microsoft Corporation – Acquisition of assets of Global Care Solutions (Thailand) Co. Ltd.