Overview

Vanja Habekovic is a Partner in the Business & Corporate and Tax Departments.

“Vanja is the best tax wiz I know.”

— Jennifer Reuting, Founder of Incorp Services and Author of Limited Liability Companies for Dummies

Vanja’s clients rely on her dynamic counsel to establish, grow, maintain and sell their businesses and to navigate the important tax consequences that arise when making deals. Vanja has a reputation of not only working closely and collaborating with her clients on existing matters, but looks long term to further develop strategies to advance a company’s future endeavors. She digs deep to understand the business concerns to ensure business and tax counseling is seamless and comprehensive. Addressing taxation issues as part of a greater business plan helps clients maintain the tax efficiency of organizations and transactional decision. Vanja advises clients in a variety of industries, including real estate, technology, fashion and restaurant.

She counsels clients on business and tax planning in connection with:

  • Entity formation and choice of entity
  • LLC and partnership agreements
  • Equity and debt financings
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Corporate governance
  • Executive compensation, including equity and deferred compensation agreements
  • Inbound and outbound foreign investment, including real property investments
  • Pre and post immigration business and tax planning

Prior to joining ECJ, Vanja was a tax associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP. 

Vanja hones her decision strategy skills at the poker table and is also a competitive pool player. She is a gourmet chef, classical pianist and dances tango.

Representative Matters

Advised a beauty product company in connection with its initial round of financing

Represented employee in acquisition of stock in cryptocurrency company

Served as outside corporate counsel to major fashion retail company

Negotiated stock deal for sale of an oil refinery maintenance company to a public company

Structured and negotiated a foreign investor’s acquisition of US real property to minimize income and estate taxes

Drafted phantom equity plan for restaurant group

Represented a closely held company in the sale of its assets to a large waste management company

Negotiated tax and executive compensation issues on behalf of a technology company in a tax-free merger

Honors & Affiliations

Honors & Recognitions

Southern California Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, multiple years

Community & Professional

State Bar of California

Real Estate Broker in California, 01860429

Media & Events

Publications

  • 09.09.2019
  • Equity Compensation in LLCs and Partnerships
    California Business Law Practitioner, Spring 2017
  • Homes Away From Home Author
    Los Angeles Lawyer, 01.2016, 01.2016
  • Limited Liability Companies for Dummies
    Technical Editor, 3rd Edition
  • Structuring Business and Real Estate Opportunities in the U.S.
    ECJ News, 05.2014
  • Look Before You Leap: The IRS Relief Offer on Worker Classification
    Taxing Matters, Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP, 05.2012
  • How to Spice Up Restricted Stock
    Taxing Matters, Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP, 05.2012
  • Successfully Deducting Success-Based Fees
    Taxing Matters, Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP, 01.2012

Speaking Engagements

Successes

Education

J.D., Stanford Law School

B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Tax Court 

Languages

  • Croatian
  • Spanish
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