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Obtained an appeals reversal of a transfer pricing adjustment involving more than $400 million of proposed adjustments, reversals of $285 million of subpart F income, and reversal of proposed earnings and profits adjustment of almost $300 million in connection with the debt/equity classification of a $2 billion instrument.
Developed a risk-management program for a global commodities merchant based on ISDA swap agreements that enhanced the tax efficiency and reduced the tax risks of legacy intercompany profit-sharing arrangements. Considerations of transfer pricing and taxable presence were essential to the overall planning.
Persuaded IRS to drop examination of certain transfer pricing payments for use of intangibles involving hundreds of millions of dollars of payments.
Represented U.S. multinational corporation in complete restructuring of a significant portion of its operations in Asia. The restructuring included modifying the company’s holding company structure, replacement of the multi-billion dollar internal capital funding structure, preservation of U.S. and foreign tax benefits for a multi-billion dollar operating loss from one segment of the business operations. Covington acted as U.S. tax counsel and the advice addressed foreign tax credit planning and subpart F concerns.
Persuaded the IRS Examination Division to close out with no transfer pricing adjustment an audit involving a novel transfer pricing methodology and intercompany transactions in excess of $1.5 billion and to skip auditing the company for the next two years. The issues under audit were considered by a senior team of three government economists and nearly a dozen agents.
Served as lead U.S. counsel on negotiations for bilateral advance pricing agreement that proposed a transfer pricing methodology that was new to the industry and the two treaty countries; successfully assisted the two treaty countries in reaching agreement and voiding binding arbitration in dispute spanning 14 tax years and involving intercompany transactions of more than $3.3 billion.
January 2015, Corporate Counsel