Jon Golub has more than 12 years of experience as a tax attorney, advising all types of companies and founders with respect to the tax consequences of business transactions. Prior to joining Paradigm Counsel, Jon practiced at the Royse Law Firm, PC in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, and Orange County, as a tax attorney to corporations, LLCs, limited partnerships, investment funds, S corporations, foreign entities, investors, founders and other individuals. Jon also regularly acts as co-counsel to non-tax attorneys, at more than 20 California law firms, helping them better serve the needs of their clients as their de facto outsourced tax department.
Jon’s advice often starts with the formation of a new business, where he helps founders with entity selection and determination of an optimal corporate structure. Decisions regarding the initial capitalization and equity compensation have lasting impact on the company and founders, and Jon advises as to the proper structuring and drafting of stock grants, option plans, incentive plans, profits interests and other equity-linked compensation arrangements. As a business grows, equity vests and often trades hands, creating additional tax planning opportunities and pitfalls. Jon has advised as to the tax consequences and drafting of the legal documentation for more than 150 M&A transactions, including, typical exits, joint ventures and other business combinations.
Jon performs a similar function for investment funds by recommending a structure for the fund, which is often driven by tax concerns, and preparing the legal agreements to create and capitalize the fund. He has represented typical venture capital funds, specialized funds that purchase equity in secondary markets, real estate funds, funds that target particular industries (ranging from health/biosciences to agriculture) and the organizers of special purpose vehicle (SPV) investments.
Jon earned his B.S. in astrophysics from UCLA, his J.D. from Washington and Lee University, and his L.L.M. in tax from NYU.
When Jon isn’t at work, he is typically either traveling, gardening, woodworking or carting his two sons between school and sports.