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Kathryn H. O'Brien

Kathryn H. O'Brien


Washington, DC, USA

Kathryn Horton O’Brien, JD, LLM (Taxation)
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Kathryn joined PwC as a Principal in the Transfer Pricing practice of the Washington National Tax Services office in July 2013.

Prior to PwC, Kathryn was the Global Transfer Pricing Leader for GE. At GE, Kathryn managed transfer pricing risks and opportunities, oversaw documentation and controversies, coordinated global strategy, and teamed with the transfer pricing professionals and global tax professionals to manage most of GE’s intercompany transactions internally (financial and industrial), despite the complexity of the organization. Kathryn worked specifically with a number of the Capital businesses, Treasury, Oil & Gas, Power & Water, Healthcare, Appliances and Transportation.

Kathryn spent several years at E&Y, before joining GE. There, she was the US National Office Leader for Financial Services Transfer Pricing and Transfer Pricing Controversy Matters, engaged in all aspects of transfer pricing. She was responsible for coordinating APAs and MAPs for E&Y clients at the National Office and coordinated financial services transfer pricing globally. In the non-financial services sector, her clients were major fashion brands, high tech, consumer products, healthcare, utilities, entertainment and more.

Toward the beginning of her 26 year career, thus far, Kathryn helped launch the Advance Pricing Agreement Program at the IRS. She acted in a management capacity within the program, including Acting Director and team leader, and was awarded IRS’s Attorney of the Year in 1994, for her efforts in regard to the program.

Kathryn is a frequent speaker at international conferences. She has worked closely with the OECD on all aspects of transfer pricing, particularly, documentation simplification, financial services, intangibles, PEs and most recently, BEPS and risk assessment.

She has an undergraduate degree in Business Finance, a JD and an LLM (Taxation). She is admitted to the DC and Pennsylvania Bars.

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