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Matthew L. Brust concentrates his practice in business formations, operations, and planning. He also focuses on mergers and acquisitions, including federal and state taxation planning while also representing clients before the IRS and Florida Department of Revenue. He enjoys the technical and analytical aspects of tax law. Matthew’s experience in tax consulting includes tax efficient acquisitions, structuring, and succession planning, with a focus on working with entrepreneurs to help them achieve their business goals.

Matthew is a speaker and co-developed the firm’s Startup Bootcamp. He is also a blogger on the Southwest Florida Business and IP Blog. His posts include:

Prior to joining Henderson Franklin, Matthew was a senior tax consultant with an international firm located on the east coast of Florida. While attending Florida Coastal School of Law to obtain his Juris Doctor, he interned as a law clerk, and was a teaching assistant.

Matthew is a Cape Coral native. He met his wife at Mariner High School. In his free time, Matthew enjoys cycling, soccer, boating and reading John Grisham novels.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

Matthew is a member of the Florida Bar, the Lee County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Over the years, he has volunteered his time to United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) and to local “beach sweep” events to help clean up Florida’s beaches.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a seller of three pizza franchises in South Florida;
  • Represented shareholders of a closely held corporation in a stock purchase;
  • Represented a taxpayer before the IRS to reduce and resolve years of penalties and interest;
  • Advised a client on the Bramblett Structure with respect to preserving capital gains on undeveloped real estate; and
  • Formation of a business structure to efficiently and effectively invest in a real estate syndicate.

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