Michael J. Donohue


Michael J. Donohue


Mike Donohue is a respected corporate tax attorney and certified public accountant, representing U.S. and multinational companies with complex tax issues, including in the private equity sector. A partner in the firm’s Taxation Practice, clients rely on his experience as a transactional tax attorney to handle income tax planning for complex business transactions involving C corporations, S corporations, and partnerships.

He has significant, first-hand experience analyzing tax issues including with respect to structuring and negotiating large-scale mergers and acquisitions, complex business restructurings and divestures, equity and debt financing, and formation of entities.

Mike is often brought into a transaction to implement a tax efficient structure that accomplishes the business objectives of his clients. He has over 35 years of experience and has worked in the private equity space since the early 2000s.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a purchaser in connection with tax issues relating to the acquisition of a beverage distributor having a value of US$962m.
  • Advised on the structuring and tax issues relating to the securities purchase of all of the equity of an LLC with an enterprise value of US$420m.
  • Structured and analyzed the tax issues with respect to the equity investment of a technology company with a post-investment value of US$320m.
  • Advised a private equity purchaser in connection with tax issues resulting from acquisition of entity having a post-closing value of US$296m.
  • Represented the owners in analyzing the tax issues from the sale and rollover of a company with a post-closing value of US$282m.
  • Advised sellers on tax issues relating to sale of service company having a value of US$272m.
  • Represented a private equity seller regarding tax issues with the US$242m sale of company in the environmental space.
  • Advised a food manufacturer in connection with tax issues regarding a partial equity sale using an UpC structure.
  • Represented a health administration corporation with tax issues relating to divesture of a corporate subsidiary in a US$112.5m stock for stock transaction.
  • Advised a start up company in connection with income tax structuring and planning relating to compliance with special tax incentive.

Awards and Recognition

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Tax Law (2010 – 2024) and Litigation and Controversy – Tax (2012 – 2021)
  • Selected for inclusion to the Texas Super Lawyers® list in the field of Tax Law (2012 – 2014)
  • Recognized, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings


  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Member, Taxation Section
    • Member, Corporate Tax Committee
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
30 November 2023 Deals and Wins

Foley Advises VIVE Collision in Growth Recapitalization

Foley & Lardner LLP served as legal advisor to VIVE Collision, a leading multi-site collision repair operator, as funds managed by middle market private equity firm Greenbriar Equity Group L.P. completed the company’s growth recapitalization.
17 August 2023 Honors and Awards

Foley Attorneys Recognized in 2024 Best Lawyers in America

Foley & Lardner LLP proudly announced today that 236 of the firm’s attorneys across 20 U.S. offices have received recognition in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.
28 July 2023 Deals and Wins

Foley Represents PaceMate in Strategic Investment from Lead Edge Capital

Foley & Lardner LLP served as legal counsel to PaceMate, a market-leading cardiac data management platform, in its strategic growth investment from Lead Edge Capital, a technology-focused investment fund that has invested in leading companies such as Duo Security, Toast, Spotify, Wise, Alibaba Group, and Grafana.
30 June 2023 Deals and Wins

Foley Represents Interstate Transport in Sale to Dupré Logistics

Foley & Lardner LLP represented Interstate Transport, a transportation arrangement provider, in its recent acquisition in a stock transaction by Dupré Logistics, a privately held provider of transportation and logistics services.
06 April 2023 Deals and Wins

Foley Serves as Legal Adviser to HeartPlace in Recapitalization by US Heart and Vascular

Foley & Lardner LLP served as legal adviser to HeartPlace, the largest physician-owned cardiology group in Texas, in the successful closing of its recapitalization by US Heart and Vascular
13 October 2022 Press Releases

Foley Represents Sports Medicine North in its Partnership with Spire Orthopedic Partners

Foley & Lardner LLP represented Massachusetts-based Sports Medicine North (SMN) and its affiliated ambulatory surgery center, Orthopedic Surgical Center of the North Shore, in a partnership with Spire Orthopedic Partners, a management services organization focused on orthopedic and spine care.