Christine E. Bromberg

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Christine Bromberg is a member of the firm's Tax Group, where she represents clients in connection with a broad range of federal income tax matters.

    Tax

    Ms. Bromberg provides clients with practical advice and strategy regarding U.S. federal income taxes. Her practice has a particular emphasis on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, workouts (in and out of bankruptcy), recapitalizations, divestitures, and spin-offs, as well as all forms of capital-raising activities. Her clients include domestic and foreign corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies, across a variety of industries and ranging in size from start-up businesses to multinational public corporations.

    Ms. Bromberg has significant experience structuring and negotiating complex joint ventures and other pooled investment vehicles on behalf of investors, investment funds, and real estate developers. She has advised on the tax aspects of syndicated loan transactions, derivative investments, and other financings on behalf of both lenders and borrowers. Ms. Bromberg also represents clients before taxing agencies in audits and administrative litigation at the federal, state, and local tax levels.

    Ms. Bromberg has extensive experience guiding clients through their tax-related issues. She assisted a Singapore-based software developer with U.S. federal income tax matters involving U.S.-based internet and distribution activities, and she represented a multinational manufacturer and distributor of perfumes and beauty products in connection with its U.S. federal income tax planning. She represented The Nielsen Company LLC, a global information and measurement company, with several investment, merger and acquisition, and tax restructuring matters.

    Exempt Organizations

    Ms. Bromberg is co-chair of the firm's Exempt Organizations Group. She has experience with the federal and state tax laws that apply to tax-exempt organizations. She has counseled a variety of exempt organizations, both private foundations and public charities, with respect to structure and formation, charitable gift planning, transactional matters, and unrelated business taxable income strategy and planning. She has represented exempt organization clients in connection with audits before the Internal Revenue Service and the tax aspects of joint ventures with for-profit entities.

    Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Ms. Bromberg was associated with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York City. She is a certified public accountant and an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she teaches a course on corporate taxation.

    Ms. Bromberg has been listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Tax Law from 2009 to 2011. (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

        Mergers and Acquisitions

      • Represented a large privately held electrical supply distribution business in its sale to a private equity-sponsored buyer. The representation involved resolution of complicated 280G considerations and "applicable high-yield debt obligation" concerns with respect to debt financing.

      • Represented a NYSE- and NASDAQ-listed company providing integrated financial information and analytical applications to the global investment community concerning its acquisition of a market research firm focused on advisor-sold investment and insurance products. Robinson & Cole advised the client on the tax risks and benefits of various transaction structures, designed and analyzed the tax and general corporate aspects of the pre-sale restructuring, and assisted in negotiating corresponding provisions in the purchase agreement relating to indemnities and purchase price adjustments. Robinson & Cole’s benefits group provided analysis on various 409A and 280G issues and developed various corrective actions, and advised on the design of the incentives and agreements for key employees.

      • Represented an investment advisor’s cross-border sale of its broker dealer business to a French bank, which was structured as a tax-free stock-for-stock exchange under section 368(a)(1)(B).*

      • Represented Farrell Corp., a manufacturer of processing equipment for primarily the rubber and plastics industries, in its sale to a German buyer.

      • Representation of Symphony Marketing Solutions, Inc., a company providing analytics and data management services in the retail, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods industries, concerning acquisition by Genpact International, Inc., a business processes management company.

      • Represented a leading industrial packaged gas company in the sale of its business through a bid auction process. Our representation involved drafting the shareholder proxy materials (including tax disclosure). The transaction was structured as a taxable reverse triangular merger.

      • Representation of VCS Group, an affiliate of Camuto Group, a women's designer and shoe retailer, in multiple joint venture and acquisition transactions.

      • Representation of The Nielsen Company (U.S.) LLC, a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, media measurement, online intelligence, mobile measurement, and trade shows, in more than 10 investment, merger and acquisition, and tax restructuring matters.

      • Private Equity

      • Represented a real estate fund in connection with its formation, private offering, and acquisition of real estate properties, which included preparation of offering memorandum (including tax disclosure) and operating agreements for the limited liability companies involving complicated capital structure and distribution provisions.

      • Representation of Alta Communications, a Boston-based private equity fund, in acquisition of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based advanced sourcing technology company.

      • Representation of First New England Capital, a private equity fund, concerning acquisition of controlling interest in Los Angeles, California-based Internet security company.

      • Representation of Revelry Brands, a Colorado-based venture group, in multiple transactions, including its acquired interests in a New York City-based food company, Siggi's yogurt; in New York City-based Data Garden, a data analytics company serving the natural foods industry; and in Colorado-based Only Natural Pet Store, a manufacturer and retailer of natural pet products, and related to Revelry's private placements of securities to finance a portion of such acquisitions.

      • International

      • Represented a Singapore-based software developer in connection with U.S. federal income tax matters involving U.S.-based internet and distribution activities.

      • Represented a multinational manufacturer and distributor of perfumes and beauty products in connection with U.S. federal income tax planning involving European operations.*

      • Representation of borrowers and lenders with respect to tax aspects of cross-border financings, including withholding and subpart F issues.

      • Venture Capital and Equity Financings

      • Representation of Tudor Ventures II LP, a private equity and venture capital fund, in multiple transactions, including the sale of its portfolio company, Verrillon, a manufacturer of specialty optical fibers, and Tudor's Series C preferred stock investment in ArcSoft, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based software company. Negotiated all principal transaction documents and quarterbacked interaction with company counsel and Fortune 500 strategic co-investor. Structured transaction to account for client's numerous and significant foreign subsidiaries.

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      *Atty. Bromberg was counsel in these representative transactions before joining Robinson+Cole.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association

      New York State Bar Association

      Connecticut Bar Association

      Law360
      2017 Tax Editorial Advisory Board

      University of Connecticut School of Law
      Adjunct Professor, Corporate Taxation

      Connecticut Bar Foundation
      James W. Cooper Fellow
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Robinson+Cole Community Service Award Recipient, 2013

      Listed as a Rising Star in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Tax Law from 2009 to 2011 (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)

      Connecticut Law Tribune, 2010, recognized in Women in the Law: High Achievers yearbook

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Junior Achievement, Southwest New England Chapter
      Board of Directors, Executive Committee, former Chair

      Legislative Affairs Counsel, MetroHartford Alliance
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "2007 Connecticut Tax Law Developments," published in Connecticut Bar Journal (3/2008)

      "2006 Connecticut Tax Law Developments," published in Connecticut Bar Journal (3/2007)

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Recent Federal Income Tax Developments Involving Cancellation of the Indebtedness Income," at the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants' Tax 360 Conference (11/27/2012)

      "Thinking Outside the Corporate Box," at UCONN Law School's Corporate Raw, Hartford, Connecticut (11/10/2010)

      "Recent Developments in Taxable and Tax-Free Mergers and Acquisitions," at the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants' Tax 360 Conference (12/2009)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • March 7, 2017

        Five Robinson+Cole Lawyers Selected as James W. Cooper Fellows of the Connecticut Bar Foundation

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      • February 23, 2017

        Christine Bromberg Named to Law360's Tax Editorial Advisory Board

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      • October 26, 2016

        Christine Bromberg Quoted in Law 360 Article on Recently Issued IRS Regulations

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      • February 23, 2016

        Christine Bromberg Named to Law360's Tax Editorial Advisory Board

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      • November 6, 2015

        Christine Bromberg Elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

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      • December 3, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Volunteers Teach JA Curriculum in Hartford School

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      • April 30, 2013

        Hartford Tax Lawyer Participates in UConn School of Law Panel

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      • December 24, 2012

        Christine E. Bromberg Speaks at Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Annual Tax 360 Conference

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      • May 6, 2011

        Attorneys Teach Parkville Community School Students About the Economics of Success

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      • December 14, 2010

        Parkville Elementary Students Learn Financial Literacy with Robinson & Cole Attorneys

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      • November 19, 2010

        Tax Attorney Speaks to UCONN Law Students about Opportunities in Corporate Law

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      • September 10, 2010

        Women in the Law and in the News

      • December 30, 2009

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Volunteer through Junior Achievement at Parkville Community School

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      R+C News Releases

      • June 5, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Participates in Junior Achievement Career Walk

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      • November 28, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Staff Volunteer with Junior Achievement

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      • December 9, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers and Staff Volunteer with Junior Achievement

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      • August 14, 2014

        Christine Bromberg to Chair Junior Achievement of Southwest New England’s Board of Directors

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      • July 2, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Wins ACG New York Champion’s Award

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      • June 5, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Finalist for the 4th Annual ACG New York Champion’s Award

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      • July 24, 2013

        Christine Bromberg Elected Vice-Chair of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England’s Board of Directors

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      • May 23, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Expands Rapidly Growing Private Equity/M&A Practice

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