Moira Watson is a banking and finance attorney with Hall Estill in Oklahoma City
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Moira C.G. Watson, DPhil Special Counsel

T 405-553-2831 | F 405-553-2855 | MWatson@HallEstill.com

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Moira Watson joined Hall Estill as Special Counsel in Spring 2016.  Prior to joining Hall Estill, she was a transactional tax associate in the Houston office of Fulbright & Jaworski LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright), and then served in Oxford, UK as corporate and tax counsel to the energy law firm of Gillis, Borchardt & Barthel, LLP based in Hingham, Massachusetts.  Her legal experiences have included the following representations:   

  • Public and investor owned companies in purchases and sales of assets, stock and interests in partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies;
  • Public and investor owned companies in domestic and international joint ventures and restructurings:
  • Public and investor owned entities on spin-offs and divestitures;
  • Corporations on initial public offerings; 
  • Municipal entities on transactions with investor owned entities;
  • U.S. federal tax matters relating to ownership interest in emerging companies;
  • Regulatory and U.S. federal tax matters pertinent to the hydroelectric power industry;
  • Charitable organizations with respect to both obtaining and preserving tax-exempt status; 
  • Immigration matters affecting movement between the United States and the United Kingdom;
  • Issues affecting exports to foreign jurisdictions including compliance with certain U.S. and foreign regulatory obligations;
  • Various state and local tax matters, such as property tax incentives and exemptions, including property tax abatement agreements, payment in lieu of tax agreements, industrial district agreements, property tax exemptions, and agreements relating to the limitation of appraised value for school district property tax purposes; and 
  • General corporate and tax concerns such as choice-of-entity and governance considerations in both a domestic and foreign context.   

While maintaining her active legal practice, in 2015 Moira received her doctorate from the Law Faculty at the University of Oxford (Brasenose College) and joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma College of Law where she currently teaches courses such as Secured Transactions and Corporate Finance as a Professor in Practice.  

Education

  • Rice University (B.A. in History and International Policy Studies, 2002)
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 2005)
  • University of Oxford, Law Faculty, D.Phil (Ph.D., 2015)

Admissions

  • Texas - 2005
  • Oklahoma - 2016