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Judith M. Blissard

Judith M. Blissard Partner, Tax

An accomplished lawyer with 30 years of experience, Judy has a broad-based income tax practice in which she advises clients with respect to tax planning, and various types of M&A and financing transactions. Her principal areas of practice are business transactions, and domestic and international tax planning. She represents both public and privately held companies, including private equity funds, in a number of significant business transactions, corporate spin-offs and other divestitures, and purchases and sales of assets and entities.

Judy serves as tax counsel to numerous U.S. and foreign issuers and underwriters on debt, equity offerings, and securities offerings, including issues of convertible debt, contingent payment debt instruments, preferred and common stock offerings, and production payment financings.

Experience Highlights

  • EZCORP, Inc. in its $144 million offering of convertible senior notes
  • The Shaw Group in the $300 million sale of substantially all of its Energy & Chemicals Group to Technip S.A.
  • QEP Resources in the $1.38 billion acquisition from multiple sellers of oil and gas assets in the Williston Basin
  • Devon Energy Corporation in the $7 billion sale of all of its Brazilian, deep Gulf of Mexico, and Azerbaijan assets to BP, as well as its purchase of a 50 percent interest in an oil sands project in Alberta, Canada
  • Transelec S.A. in the development and project financing of a 188 km electric transmission line that delivers energy to the Caserones copper mine in Chile
  • AES Gener S.A. in connection with the development and $1.05 billion project financing of the Cochrane power plant in Chile, a 472 MW (net) pulverized coal-fired generating facility in Chile, with financing provided by JBIC, NEXI, K-Sure, and various commercial banks

Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.2374
F +1.713.615.5807
jblissard@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Judy's Practices

  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D. cum laude, 1987 (Order of the Barons; Order of the Coif)
  • University of Houston, B.B.A. summa cum laude, 1984 (Beta Alpha Psi)
  • Admitted to practice: Texas; United States Tax Court 
  • Chambers USA, Tax (Texas), 2006, 2008–2009, 2011–2014, 2016 and 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Tax Law, 2003−2006, 2008−2017
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Tax, 2003−2004, 2006−2014
  • International Tax Review, “World Tax Review” lead lawyer, 2005
  • Member: American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Committee on U.S. Activities of Foreigners and Tax Treaties
  • Member: The State Bar of Texas; Houston Bar Association; International Fiscal Association; Houston Tax Roundtable