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Brian R. Bloom

Brian R. Bloom Partner, Executive Compensation & Benefits

Brian has more than 25 years of experience advising clients on the design, administration, and tax aspects of their executive compensation and general employee benefit programs. This aspect of his practice includes qualified and nonqualified plans, equity-based and other incentive programs, and a variety of other compensatory arrangements. Brian’s practice also encompasses the executive compensation and benefit aspects of business acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, and spin-offs, including transitional matters, parachute arrangements, plan asset and liability transfers, and related issues.

Brian has represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Labor, and has extensive experience handling fiduciary and prohibited transaction matters. His practice also involves resolving matters relating to operational defects in qualified plans. In addition, he has worked on significant investment fund transactions, both to attract funds from ERISA-covered investors and to assist benefit plans desiring to participate in such funds. His clients include publicly traded and privately held companies, and tax-exempt employers who engage in a variety of industries, including energy, manufacturing, airline, and health care.

Brian has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© in Employee Benefits Law since 2006.

Experience Highlights

  • Daseke, the leading consolidator and largest flatbed and specialized transportation company in North America, in the addition of three top-tier flatbed and specialized carriers to Daseke’s corporate family: Tennessee Steel Haulers & Co., The Roadmaster Group, and Moore Freight Service
  • Energy Transfer Partners in the $1.8 billion acquisition of Susser Holdings Corporation, the owner of retail convenience stores and a wholesale fuel distributor, in a unit and cash transaction
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation in the spin-off of its California oil and gas business into an independent and separately traded company, California Resources Corporation
  • TPG Capital in its $1.8 billion acquisition of natural gas properties in Wyoming’s Jonah field from Encana Corporation
  • The Shaw Group in its $3 billion sale to Chicago Bridge & Iron

Representative Experience

  • Continental Airlines in its $3.2 billion all-stock merger with United Airlines
  • Spectra Energy Corp. in its $11+ billion agreement with Spectra Energy Partners to drop down Spectra Energy’s remaining U.S. transmission, storage, and liquids assets to Spectra Energy Partners
  • Valerus Compression Services in its $435 million sale of Valerus Field Solutions to Kentz Corporation
  • TPG Capital and ACON Investments in the $900 million formation of Northern Tier Energy, and acquisition of a Minnesota refinery and related retail assets from Marathon Petroleum
  • SCF Partners in the combination of portfolio companies to form Nine Energy Services, a provider of completion tools and services to support the development of unconventional and conventional oil and gas resources
  • Special Committee of the Board of Directors of The Edelman Financial Group in connection with the $260 million leveraged buyout of the wealth management firm by Lee Equity Partners


Contact Details

Dallas

T +1.214.220.7760
M +1.713.927.3406
F +1.214.999.7760
bbloom@velaw.com
Trammell Crow Center
2001 Ross Avenue
Suite 3900
Dallas, TX 75201
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Brian's Practices

  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1982 (Order of the Coif; Chancellors)
  • New York University, LL.M., Taxation, 1984 
  • The University of Texas, B.B.A., Finance with highest honors, 1980
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), "Lawyer of the Year," Employee Benefits Law (Dallas), 2014−2015 and 2018
    • Legal 500 U.S., Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation and Retirement Plans (Transactional), 2014 and 2018
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Employee Benefits Law, 2006−2018
    • Member: Dallas Bar Association