Sean Clancy

Sean Clancy is the team leader of Nixon Peabody’s Tax practice, and a member of the firm’s Public Company Transactions team. He assists clients with a broad range of tax and business planning matters and related tax policy matters.

What do you focus on?

Tax Planning

I advise clients on federal tax planning, including assistance in structuring mergers and acquisitions and other transactions. In addition, I counsel private equity funds on domestic and cross-border taxation and corporate finance matters, including mezzanine debt, minority stock and control positions. I also draft and analyze domestic partnership, joint venture, LLC, disregarded entity and other pass-through arrangements.

Executive Compensation/Employment

I assist compensation committees of boards of directors and internal human resources departments with respect to drafting, implementing and administering executive compensation, employment/change of control arrangements and incentive/bonus plans, including state and federal employment tax withholding/reporting obligations and deductibility of compensation, perquisites/fringe benefits and nonqualified deferred compensation.

Corporate Governance/Disclosure

I work with both for-profit and nonprofit clients on corporate formation and governance. In addition, I help analyze and counsel on compliance with the recommended and model pay practices of institutional investors, public interest groups and other stakeholders. I counsel clients regarding compliance with various regulatory (SEC ’33/’34, Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank, TARP, Federal Reserve, etc.) and stock exchange (NYSE/NASDAQ) requirements.

What do you see on the horizon?

A continued increase in transactions/deal flow, notwithstanding expected legislative change in the federal tax code. Monitoring of federal tax reform proposals is key to advising clients seeking to structure strategic and capital transactions.


  • “Emerging Issues and Key Trends in M&A for 2018,” LexisNexis Webinar, January 30, 2018

Tegna recruits sports podcaster-Locked On

The Deal | January 27, 2021

This article on Tegna’s expansion into the fast-growing podcast market through its acquisition of Locked On Podcast Network mentions Washington, D.C. partners John Partigan and Sean Clancy and Rochester partner Brian Kopp, all of the Corporate group, for representing Tegna. The deal team also included Rochester Labor & Employment counsel Todd Shinaman; and Washington, D.C. associate Pierce Han and Boston associate Bohao Zhou, both in the Corporate group.

Don’t Miss It: Vinson, Nixon Peabody Lead Week’s Hot Deals

Law360 | June 14, 2019

Nixon Peabody is mentioned as counsel to Tegna in its $535 million deal to acquire two television stations and one radio station in the Midwest from Dispatch Broadcast Group.

Dispatch exits broadcasting with Tegna deal

The Deal | June 12, 2019

The following stories mention Nixon Peabody as counsel to Tegna in its $535 million deal to acquire two television stations and one radio station in the Midwest from Dispatch Broadcast Group. NP’s deal team included partners John Partigan, Brian Kopp, Sean Clancy, counsels Todd Shinaman and Al Floro, and department attorney Dana Campbell.


Sean Clancy

Co-leader, Tax

Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8332

Fax: 855-689-9184

Georgetown University Law Center, M.L., Taxation

Widener University School of Law, J.D., cum laude

Lehigh University, B.A., with honors

District of Columbia

U.S. Tax Court

  • Adjunct Professor of Law (2000–2008), Taxation, Georgetown University Law Center and the Master of Laws in Taxation Program
  • American Bar Association, Tax Section
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Tax Section
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