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Kendra Haley Merchant
Of Counsel, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139


Kendra Haley Merchant focuses her practice in the area of business tax law, offering strategic advice to public and private corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and individuals in a broad array of domestic and international tax matters and federal and state tax planning.

Kendra has significant experience structuring domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and reorganizations, guiding individuals and entities in matters related to achieving short and long term business goals in a tax-efficient manner, and negotiating and drafting contractual terms affecting tax matters in complex business deals.

Kendra also has extensive experience counseling tax-exempt organizations on matters related to obtaining and retaining tax-exempt status, nonprofit governance, and operations. In addition, Kendra provides Opportunity Zone guidance at the fund, operating business, and investor level, and offers advice to international taxpayers on compliance and planning opportunities under U.S. tax law. Prior to her practice in New Orleans, Kendra worked at a national law firm in Washington, D.C.

After Hours

Outside of the office, Kendra is usually outside enjoying the sunshine, live music, and the company of her two dogs. Kendra is also a proud member of the Mardi Gras Krewe of Iris and the Krewe of Red Beans.