LBlust

Larry D. Blust

T. 312.604.2672
F. 312.604.2673
lblust@hsplegal.com
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Larry Blust became a Partner of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick Dym, Ltd. in 2014. Mr. Blust has been in private practice since 1968, except for three years during which he served as a Staff Judge Advocate and Military Judge in the U.S. Air Force. Mr. Blust has extensive experience in virtually every area of corporate, tax, wealth, and real estate law. Specifically, Mr. Blust practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions; tax reporting, consulting and controversies; gaming transactions; taxable and tax exempt bonds; infrastructure financing; other types of financing; fund structures; maritime matters; tax credits; entity structuring; wealthy family representation; and real estate law. Mr. Blust has also conducted a tax dispute practice in federal and state courts.

Prior to joining HSPRD, Mr. Blust was a partner at Barnes & Thornburg, where he served as the head of its Chicago Corporate and Business Department. Prior to that, Mr. Blust was a partner at Jenner & Block, where he was the head of the transitional Tax Department for over 20 years and was on the firm’s Management Committee for 15 years.

Prior to receiving his law degree, Mr. Blust received a degree in accounting and an Illinois CPA Certificate and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

EDUCATION

  • University of Illinois College of Law (J.D. 1968)

    • — Valedictorian
    • — University of Illinois Law Review

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.S. Accounting 1965)

    • — Co-valedictorian

ADMISSIONS

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Illinois (1968)

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • Illinois Supreme Court

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the Northwen District of Illinois – Trial Bar

  • Tax Court

  • Court of Federal Claims

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

  • AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®

  • Selected by peers as Super Lawyer® (2005 to Present)

  • Selected by peers as Leading Lawyer in the areas of Closely & Privately Held Business Law, Corporate Finance Law, Gaming and Casino Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, and Tax Law: Business.

  • Law Member of Illinois CPA Board of Examiners (1978 – 1981)

MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS

CIVIC / COMMUNITY

  • Member, Board of Directors, Bailiwick Chicago

  • Founding Director, Wisdom Bridge Theater (a not-for-profit theater)

  • Founding Director, Chicago Moving Company (a not-for-profit dance company)

  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Victory Gardens Theatre

  • Former Chairman of Operations & Finance Committee and Member, Board of Directors, Augustana Hospital

  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Lutheran General Hospital

  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Lincoln Park Conservation Association

  • Former President and Member, Old Town Triangle Association

  • Member, Neighborhood Urban Renewal Advisory Board by appointment of Mayor Byrne and Mayor Daley

  • Mr. Blust has also been active in Chicago neighborhood organizations and in zoning and planning matters.


Mergers and Acquisitions

Mr. Blust represents buyers and sellers in M&A transactions, including complicated tax structuring and cross border transactions. Some of his specialized niche areas are tax-exempt entity acquisitions and LLC acquisition structures minimizing tax on retained minority interests and Hart-Scott-Rodino filings. Recent transactions include:

  • Sale of two consulting practices for large consulting firm

  • Joint venture between state university and a publisher on financial index

  • Acquisition of beer distributorship

  • Sale of manufacturer with Canadian and European operations

Tax Reporting, Consulting, and Controversies

Mr. Blust represents taxpayers at the audit, appellate, administrative hearing, and court levels regarding federal income, estate, and excise taxes and state and local income, sales, use, and franchise taxes. Recent matters include:

  • Settlement of TEFRA audit

  • Settlement of Chicago lease and use tax matter at administrative hearing level

  • Settlement of federal accumulated surplus tax case at appeals

In addition to representing taxpayers in controversies, Mr. Blust counsels on situsing to minimize state and local taxes, handles unclaimed property audits and issues, develops structures for foreign clients for investments in the U.S. and negotiates and drafts tax reimbursement (secondment) agreements and tax allocation agreements regarding U.S. employees and operations located overseas. Mr. Blust also consulted for a former governor regarding Illinois tax legislation, including a possible gross receipts tax and regarding film tax credits.

Gaming Transactions

Mr. Blust represents financial institutions and gaming companies in Indian and non-Indian gaming transactions. Examples of Indian gaming and economic development transactions are:

  • Certification of Tribes and Bands with Bureau of Indian Affairs

  • Acquiring and dedicating trust and reservation land

  • The financing of over 30 Indian casinos in California (3 of 4 Palm Springs casinos), Wyoming (only non-state regulated Indian casino), Minnesota, Oklahoma, New York, New Mexico, and Wisconsin

  • Tax exempt Indian Economic Development Bonds for gaming related hotel and spa

  • Representation of Indian casino management firm

Examples of Non-Indian Gaming Transactions:

  • Transfer and registration of gaming boats

  • Financing and licensing “trip to nowhere” gaming boat operations in Florida and New York

  • Representing owners of two casinos in Blackhawk, Colorado

  • Representing co-lead lender in refinancing of casinos in Las Vegas

  • Consultant to former governor regarding Illinois gaming legislation

Taxable and Tax Exempt Bonds

Mr. Blust has acted as bond counsel, borrower’s counsel, underwriter’s counsel, issuer’s counsel, and credit enhancer’s counsel on virtually every type of tax exempt and taxable bond. He was a pioneer on 501(c)(3) and Indian bonds and various synthetic bond and credit enhancement structures. Recent taxable bond transactions include the financing of a number of failed condominium project loans for several community banks by taxable variable rate demand bonds credit enhanced by Federal Home Loan Bank back to back letters of credit.

Recent tax-exempt bond transactions include:

  • Issuer’s counsel on 2009 and 2010 Central DuPage Hospital bonds of $90 million and $240 million respectively

  • Bond and borrower’s counsel on $50,000,000 re-credit enhancement of housing bonds

  • Several low and moderate income housing financings involving tax credits as well as tax exempt bonds

Infrastructure Financing

Mr. Blust represents developers in structuring and financing infrastructure projects under public/private partnerships such as a tollroad as to which he has represented the owners in over $2 billion in partnership financings and refinancings. In addition, he represented the same owners in $1 billion of mezzanine financing based on excess rated debt service coverage.

Mr. Blust also represents one of the largest developers and financers of federal and state office buildings in federal, state, and local government financings of buildings rented to government agencies in D.C. and other locations.

Mr. Blust is currently representing a client proposing to purchase and finance two partially completed nuclear reactors. This project also involves advanced nuclear facility production tax credits.

Financing

In addition to infrastructure, bond and gaming financings, Mr. Blust represents borrowers and lenders in a variety of securitized and bank financings and workouts, including assignments for benefit of creditors and Section 363 purchasers of distressed businesses.

Mr. Blust has a breadth of experience in regard to REIT, REMIC, and RIC structure and tax issues. A recent transaction was the rollup of single family home portfolios into an initial public securities offering.

Fund Structures

Mr. Blust develops structures for hedge funds, private equity, and venture funds and represents such funds in securitization and portfolio transactions. He was a pioneer in foreign and leveraged feeder funds and foreign and domestic blockers to accommodate certain types of investors and satisfy tax, ERISA, and securities law requirements. He recently represented the portfolio company in a $60 million financing involving foreign trusts and domestic blockers.

In addition, Mr. Blust has reviewed proposed fund investments for not-for-profits and represented investors in ponzi scheme problems.

Maritime Matters

Mr. Blust has represented clients in the construction, acquisition, and foreign and domestic registration of vessels, especially gaming vessels and mega yachts. He represents boat owners in regard to maritime insurance and claims, barebones, and wet chartering and crew contracts and Jones Act issues.

Tax Credits

Mr. Blust has represented developers and syndicators in regard to housing tax credits, new market tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits, and energy tax credits. A recent transaction is the structuring and sale of $30 million in rehab tax credits on a Chicago hotel.

Entity Structuring

Mr. Blust advises clients on the best structures to accomplish their goals and has vast experience in partnerships and LLC taxation and carried interest transactions.

He also advises clients on asset protection aspects of structures and sets up foreign and domestic asset protection and other trusts and counsels client on fraudulent conveyance issues.

Wealthy Family Representation

Mr. Blust sets up virtual family office structures and plans family wealth tax minimization, asset protection, and generational transfers. As part of this practice, he negotiates and drafts pre- and post-nuptial agreements for family members, negotiates divorce settlements, and structures and drafts family partnerships and trusts.

Accounting Issues

Mr. Blust historically has represented small and medium sized CPA firms in compensation structures, practice issues, and claims. As a former accountant, he advises clients on GAAP issues.

Real Estate

Mr. Blust has represented many real estate developers and syndicators regarding structuring, acquiring, and financing commercial and residential properties and Regulation D offerings. He structures and negotiates workouts to minimize income from discharge and structures and documents lease transactions, 1031 and 1033 exchanges, and TIF financing.






  • HSPRD is pleased to announce that Larry Blust has joined the firm

    December 24, 2013

    HSPRD is pleased to announce that Larry Blust has joined the firm. Mr. Blust brings to HSPRD over 45 years of experience in virtually every area of corporate, tax, wealth, and real estate law. Specifically, Mr. Blust practices in the areas of mergers and acquisitions; tax reporting, consulting and controversies; gaming transactions; taxable and tax exempt bonds; infrastructure financing; other types of financing; fund structures; maritime matters; tax credits; entity structuring; wealthy family representation; and real estate law. Mr. Blust has also conducted a tax dispute practice in federal and state courts.