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John D. McDonald

John D. McDonald

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Domestic and international acquisitions and reorganizations, foreign currency issues, subpart F and foreign tax credit provisions. Mr. McDonald has also been involved in a number of federal tax controversies, including AMP, Inc. v. United States, Laidlaw v. Commissioner, and Square D v. Commissioner. Mr. McDonald has also been involved in a number of Illinois state tax controversies.

Publications, presentations and articles

Mr. McDonald has written/co-authored a number of publications, including but not limited to:

  • International Aspects of Section 304 Transactions, Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations and Restructurings published by Public Law Institute (2004);
  • James M. O’Brien, et. al., U.S. Corporations Doing Business Abroad (ed. 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 & 2013);
  • Mr. McDonald co-authors a bi-monthly column entitled, “International Tax Watch” for TAXES magazine.

Awards and rankings

Mr. McDonald has been named one of the top tax advisors by Chambers USA (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014), and as one of the top ten international tax advisers in the Midwest region by Euromoney’s International Tax Review (2003). He was also mentioned in World Tax 2007 as an attorney in Chicago known for cross border M&A transactions.

Government service

Mr. McDonald served from September 1, 2005 to September 31, 2006, as the legal advisor to Dr. Anwar ul-haq Ahady, Minister of Finance for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. During this time, Mr. McDonald: assisted in the development of the income tax regulations and insurance regulations for Afghanistan; assisted with negotiations at the “Paris Club” and the drafting and execution of bilateral agreements between the United States, Germany and Russia confirming debt relief for Afghanistan; and participated in a number of other projects on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Education and admission


  • Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Marquette University, (B.A., Accounting, summa cum laude)


  • Illinois
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Tax Court
John D. McDonald is associated with the following items:
Treatise Chapters  Treatise Chapters Foreign Tax Law: Its Relevance in Resolving U.S. Tax Law Issues - The Corporate Tax Practice Series (2018 Edition), Thursday, February 15, 2018
“All or Nothing Rule” Leaves Taxpayers Empty-Handed - The Corporate Tax Practice Series (2018 Edition), Thursday, February 15, 2018

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