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Stephen J. Legatzke


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  • Provided tax planning and structuring for family office and private equity fund in acquisition in $800 million real estate company and advertising firm. 
  • Negotiated and structured lending syndicates takeover and subsequent sale of debtor corporations. 
  • Acted as tax counsel for private equity firm’s acquisitions of software and tech companies, including through F Reorganizations and tax deferred partnership contribution and sale transactions. 
  • Advised on nonqualified deferred compensation top hat plans for private company.
  • Negotiated tax provisions for multi-jurisdictional structured finance transactions.



  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1992
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., Political Science and Government, 1989

    – with highest honors

    – Phi Beta Kappa


  • Illinois

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Member


  • Co-Author, “Opportunity For Increased Foreign Subsidiary Report: New IRS Proposed Tax Regulation Limiting ‘956 Deemed Dividend’ Tax Impact,” The Secured Lender, Jan./Feb. 2019.


  • “Corporate Transparency Act,” Meritas Conference, Chicago, 2023
  • “Impact of Tax Reform on Secured Lending,” a Secured Finance Network webinar, Feb. 13, 2018.