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Nicholas J. Stock II

1700 East Beltline, N.E.
Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-7044
T 616.726.2255
F 616.726.6827


Nick Stock earned his juris doctorate at Wayne State University Law School and LLM in Taxation at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He has knowledge and experience in US federal and international tax, corporate law, and contract drafting. Before joining Foster Swift, he worked at DTE Energy and Amazon.com on global projects involving alternative energy, advertising, and satellite telecom.

Nick provides business and tax planning services related to business transactions and operations, with a focus on green tax incentives, including environmental tax credits and related transfers and certifications. He advises and speaks about corporate and securities laws, mergers and acquisitions, and complex tax issues.

Nick serves on the firm’s Drafting Committee and Corporate Transparency Act Committee. He is also an active member and speaker for the Michigan Business Brokers Association and the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

Nick’s business and tax background includes experience in the following areas:

Federal Tax

  • Advises on applicability of, and developments in, new and existing environmental tax incentives, including investment tax credits, carbon credits earned through use and sequestration, and many others. Advises as to transfer of various federal tax credits under the Internal Revenue Code, as amended by the Inflation Reduction Act.
  • Analyzes and plans transactions involving farm cooperatives exempt under Subchapter T of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Analyzes and advises on complex Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) transactions.
  • Advises clients, and prepares and negotiates agreements related to, tax-free reorganizations and restructurings.
  • Structures and analyzes corporate spin-off transactions and recapitalizations.
  • Advises businesses on appropriate choice of entity in preparation of new entity request forms (NERFs).
  • High value taxable and tax-free mergers & acquisitions and restructuring.
  • Conducts legal research and tax analysis related to public utility clients, including state and federal requirements for biomass coal plants, compressed gas pipelines, and nuclear power plants.
  • Advocates for clients in tax controversy matters with the Internal Revenue Service.

International Tax Planning

  • Presents concrete, country-specific tax and regulatory guidance to stakeholders, including corporate income, withholding, VAT, SALT, e-invoicing, transfer pricing, and licensing requirements.
  • Analyzes cross-border withholding regimes applicable to nonresident service providers.

Business Law

  • Advises on a wide range of business law issues, including:
    • Securities regulation and litigation
    • Questions facing manufacturers and retailers under the Uniform Commercial Code
    • International supply chain
    • Contract analysis, drafting and negotiation
    • Specific performance in the context of a real estate purchase agreement
    • Constructive eviction in the context of a commercial lease agreement

Nick has been invited to speak on tax topics such as purchase price allocation and environmental tax incentives. Nick is a member of the following committees and organizations:

  • Michigan Business Broker’s Association
  • Grand Rapids NexGen Leadership Committee
  • Foster Swift’s Business and Tax Forms Committee

Nick received his B.A. summa cum laude from Wayne State University and his Juris Doctor cum laude from Wayne State University Law School. In 2021, Nick earned his Masters of Law in Taxation degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, with a CALI Book Award in Transfer Pricing.


Memberships & Affiliations

Community Affiliations:

  • Michigan Business Broker’s Association
  • Grand Rapids NexGen Leadership Committee



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University of Florida Levin College of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, 2021

Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2020, Cum Laude

Wayne State University, B.A., 2016, Summa Cum Laude

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