Martin M. Van Brauma was Appointed as Chief Legal Officer at Vista International

Date of management change: July 15, 2009 

What Happened?

Commerce City, CO-based Vista International has Appointed Martin M. Van Brauma as Chief Legal Officer


About the Company

Vista International, Inc., a privately held organization only of more than 30 years has had the same name, logo and color design for that entire time. We have protected all names, tag lines, design, color scheme and all else with copyrights and trademarks. Others like to claim use of Vista International, Inc.’s name, design, tag lines and color schemes with a slight variation in adding additional names, but keeping everything else the same for they want to benefit from our name which is recognized around the world in a very positive light. This official company statement hopefully clarifies any confusion which has emanated from client feedback in regards to other companies within the industry utilizing our name, design, tag lines and color schemes which are owned by this firm.  


About the Person

Martin M. Van Brauma was appointed the Chief Legal Officer, Interim Chief Financial Officer for Vista International, Inc in July 2009. From July 2007 until June 30, 2009, he held the positions of Chief Legal Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President for Zion Oil & Gas, Inc. (a publicly traded corporation on the NYSE-AMEX, symbol “zn”) and was also on its board directors and was the corporate secretary. Mr. Van Brauman holds a B.E. degree from Vanderbilt University, a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from St. Mary’s University and an M.B.A. (Beta Gamma Sigma) and LL.M. (Tax Law), from Southern Methodist University and has over 22 years of experience in corporate tax and accounting analysis. Mr. Van Brauman is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. From October 2001 until July 2007, Mr. Van Brauman has been in private practice as Lowden Van Brauman LLP, which evolved into Gibson, Wiley, Cho & Van Brauman, PLLC. His areas of practice have involved (i) advising U.S. and foreign corporations on their worldwide tax structures both domestic (federal & state) and foreign and implementing those proposals through corporate and partnership formations, acquisitions, reorganizations, (ii) providing legal and tax consulting on cross-border transactions, (iii) advising on inbound, as well as outbound, U.S. tax issues for foreign corporations, (iv) proposing business models and implementing the execution by the formation, reorganization and conversion of domestic/foreign corporations, partnerships, and other types of business organizations, (v) performing the financial and tax due diligence of U.S. and foreign acquisitions and divestments (reviewing both domestic and foreign tax returns, financial statements and corporate documents and contracts) and (vi) reviewing U.S. tax filings for domestic and foreign corporations. From January 2000 to October 2001, Mr. Van Brauman was a Senior Manager, International Tax Consulting Group, Grant Thornton LLP (National Position), where he advised U.S. and foreign corporations on their worldwide tax structures for global operations, provided legal and tax consulting on cross-border transactions, assisted foreign companies with tax planning and consulting with inbound, as well as outbound, U.S. tax issues, advised on International Tax Controversy work, including Tax Court litigation, and was an Instructor, Grant Thornton International Tax Academy. Previously, he spent 12 years as a Senior Attorney (International Specialist and Petroleum Industry Specialist) with the Office of Chief Counsel, IRS, providing legal support for complex issues arising in the Coordinated Examination Program (concerning major U.S. oil companies) and for the preparation of requests for Field Service Advice and Technical Advice Memoranda for the Petroleum Industry Group.


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