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C. Tyler Ball

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Christopher "Tyler" Ball focuses his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions; general business law; federal, state, and local taxation; and estate planning.

Featured Experience

Represented the owners of a nationwide IT and cloud-based solutions service and infrastructure provider in the sale of their stock to a multi-national strategic acquirer.

Ongoing provision of general counseling to businesses in a variety of industries, including a prominent national automobile dealer network, a regional furniture and mattress retailer, a nationally recognized IT solutions provider, and a medical device manufacturer, among others.

Assisted numerous clients with estate and business succession planning, which in many cases included the development of a strategy to equalize the transfer of wealth among members of successive generations while reserving control of the family enterprise in one or more designated members of the family or a non-familial successor.

Professional Biography

Overview

Tyler is a member of the Firm's Business Department, where he primarily focuses his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, general business law, taxation, and estate planning. 

Tyler routinely advises clients on tax and business matters, including the organization of for-profit entities, the provision of strategic and general counseling to ongoing businesses, and the representation of businesses and their owners in connection with many types of transactions. His representative experience with mergers and acquisitions and general counseling includes the representation of public and private companies engaged in manufacturing, automotive sales and financing, transportation, oil services, financial transactions, large-scale commercial landscaping, commercial and industrial HVAC design, maintenance, and installation, IT and cloud-based solutions service and infrastructure sales, foodservice, and retail sales of various consumer goods, among others.

Tyler also regularly assists clients with income and estate tax planning, including business succession planning for closely-held enterprises. He also has experience representing clients' interests in tax-related disputes at the federal, state, and local levels.

Representative Matters
  • Represented the owners of a large-scale manufacturer in the sale of their stock to a publicly traded company for approximately $400 million, as part of which a §338(h)(10) election (an election to treat the transaction as an asset sale for tax purposes) was made.

  • Represented the owners of a nationwide IT and cloud-based solutions service and infrastructure provider in the sale of their stock to a multi-national strategic acquirer.

  • Represented a client's interest in the acquisition of a large retail food service franchisee.

  • Secured favorable private letter rulings involving complex tax issues at the Federal and state levels.

  • Represented a vertically integrated medical device manufacturer in the sale of its assets to a private equity firm, as part of which the historic owners received rollover equity in the acquiring entity.

  • Ongoing provision of general counseling to businesses in a variety of industries, including a prominent national automobile dealer network, a regional furniture and mattress retailer, a nationally recognized IT solutions provider, and a medical device manufacturer, among others.

  • Assisted numerous clients with estate and business succession planning, which in many cases included the development of a strategy to equalize the transfer of wealth among members of successive generations while reserving control of the family enterprise in one or more designated members of the family or a non-familial successor.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named a Mid-South Rising Star by Mid-South Super Lawyers (2016 – 2019)
  • Member – Mississippi Bar Association;
    • Officer, Estates & Trust Section
    • Member at Large (Executive Committee), Estates & Trust Section
    • Young Lawyers Division 
  • Member – Capital Area Bar Association
  • Member – Estate & Gift Planning Advisory Board, Baptist Health Foundation
  • Graduate – The Mississippi Bar 2017 Leadership Forum
  • Graduate – Next Generation Leadership Institute (2015)
  • Member – The Federalist Society; President – Student Division (2009 – 2010)
  • Past Board Member – His Way, Inc., a state-wide public charity that provides financial support to various organizations benefiting Mississippi's underprivileged children (2013 – 2016)
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • "Investments within Qualified Opportunity Zones," Lunch & Learn (November 2018)
  • "Planning for What Comes Next: Business Succession Planning," Rankin County Chamber of Commerce (February 2016)
  • "Planning for What Comes Next: Business Succession Planning," Madison County Chamber of Commerce (February 2016)
  • "Faith and Ethics in the Workplace," Mississippi College School of Business (February 2016)
  • "Discussion of State Tax Appeals Procedures," Council On State Taxation, Southeast Regional Meeting (March 2015)
  • "S Corporations in Detail," CLE, National Business Institute Conference (June 2014)
  • Co-lecturer – "Tax Issues In Property Transactions," The University of Mississippi School of Law (March 2011)

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. Taxation, 2012, with distinction
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 2011, cum laude
  • Mississippi College, B.S., Accounting, 2008

Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2011
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • Mississippi Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

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