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Wendy Trahan Salinas

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Salinas, Wendy Trahan

Wendy’s practice focuses on tax-exempt finance, taxable finance, and tax litigation. Wendy’s tax-exempt finance practice includes reviewing, structuring, and advising on tax-exempt bond transactions that involve hospital, university, charter school, and solid waste facility borrowers. In her taxable finance practice, Wendy advises borrowers and lenders on the tax implications of domestic and cross-border financing transactions. Her tax controversy practice includes assisting companies in audits, administrative appeals, and litigation involving tax shelters and international tax issues.

Representative Experience
Tax-Exempt Finance Transactions
  • Represented several major hospital systems in borrowings, including synthetic fixed-rate refundings, auction rate financings, and new money financings
  • Represented a major city in working capital and airport system financings
  • Represented universities, community colleges, and charter schools in new money financings and refundings
Taxable Finance Transactions
  • Represented lenders and borrowers in negotiating the tax provisions of credit agreements
  • Represented U.S. issuers and underwriters on debt offerings and convertible preferred stock offerings
Tax Controversies
  • Represented a hedge fund in the defense of trust fund recovery penalties
  • Represented taxpayers in the defense of tax shelter transactions
  • Represented a law firm in malpractice actions regarding tax shelter transactions
Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Education and Professional Background
  • University of Virginia, J.D., 2001 (Virginia Tax Review)
  • Baylor University, B.B.A. Accounting summa cum laude, 1998 (Beta Alpha Psi; Alpha Kappa Psi)
  • Admitted to practice: Texas, 2001
Professional Recognition
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2008
Activities and Affiliations
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  • Member: Tax Section, Houston Bar Association; Tax Section, State Bar of Texas; National Association of Bond Lawyers; Tax Section, American Bar Association
  • Chair: Tax-Exempt Finance Committee of the State Bar of Texas (2008)
  • Vice-Chair: Section 501(c)(3) Financing Subcommittee of the American Bar Association; Chair: “Qualified Tax-Exempt Obligation” Comment Project

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Dallas, TX 75201-2975

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