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William Skinner

William Skinner

Fenwick & West LLP

Mountain View, CA, USA


Will Skinner focuses his practice on U.S. corporate and international taxation. His practice encompasses international tax planning, tax controversy and M&A tax matters.

In his tax planning practice, he develops and stress-tests customized tax planning to meet client objectives. He has significant experience representing both outbound and inbound taxpayers, and regularly deals with international tax issues such as subpart F, foreign tax credits, transfer pricing and international M&A/restructurings. He regularly represents corporations in IRS audits, appeals and other tax controversies (including litigation).

In his transactional tax practice, Will has experience advising on a wide range of sophisticated corporate transactions, such as M&A, tax-free reorganizations, financings and restructurings.

With intense client focus a hallmark of his practice, Will has been recognized by California Super Lawyers and in Euromoney’s expert guide as one of the World’s Leading Tax Advisors. He is sought out for the clarity and thoroughness of his writing and speaking, and regularly presents at industry educational programs, such as Bloomberg BNA, Strafford, TEI and IFA events. He has taught international tax at San Jose State University and at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law for several years. A prolific writer, Will has published numerous articles, including in the Journal of TaxationJournal of Corporate TaxationInternational Tax Journal and Practicing Law Institute's Corporate Tax Practice Series. He is the author of a treatise on cross-border spin-offs for RIA's Checkpoint Catalyst.

Will served as a law clerk for the Honorable Carlos T. Bea on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Will graduated with a J.D., with distinction, from Stanford Law School in 2005, where he was a member of the Stanford Law Review. He received a B.A. in history in 2001 from the University of California, Berkeley.

Will is a member of the State Bar of California.

William Skinner is associated with the following items:
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters Taxation of Earn-Outs in Public Company Acquisitions: New CVRs Raise Unsettled Tax Issues - The Corporate Tax Practice Series (2018 Edition), Thursday, February 15, 2018
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