Ryan Nichols has joined Lane Powell as Counsel to the Firm on the Transportation and Corporate, Securities and M&A Teams in Seattle.
Nichols represents and advises clients — including many of the world's wealthiest individuals and most successful corporations — in all aspects of the purchase, sale, lease, exchange, financing, and operation of business and commercial aircraft. His practice includes structuring, drafting, and negotiating aircraft purchase and sale transaction documents, including letters of intent and aircraft purchase and sale agreements; devising aircraft ownership and operating structures in compliance with applicable regulations and an eye toward maximizing tax efficiency; federal income tax planning, including advising on depreciation and personal use disallowance issues; state sales and use tax planning; and advising on fractional aircraft programs.
Before beginning private practice, Nichols served as corporate counsel for several public companies, where he oversaw the world’s second-largest domain name registrar, leading SaaS products and top internet properties. This in-house experience allows him to seamlessly partner with C-level executives and business units to execute their objectives across a wide variety of matters.
He is known for being an exceptionally creative, solution-oriented deal maker, embraced by clients as a trusted legal and business advisor.
Nichols received his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law. He received his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, where he completed focus areas in Business Law and Intellectual Property Law, and received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Legal Writing II. He also holds dual B.A.s in Economics and Political Science from the University of Washington.
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