Slowinski, Richard L.
Richard L. Slowinski
Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Biography

Richard Slowinski chairs the Firm’s Washington Office Tax Practice, serves on the Firm’s North American Transfer Pricing Steering Committee and is the hiring partner for the Washington Office. His practice focuses on US federal income taxation of corporations, with an emphasis on international tax planning and controversies involving international tax issues. He is ranked as a leading individual in taxation by International Tax Review’s World Tax Survey and worked in the Tokyo office of Baker & McKenzie. Mr. Slowinski is a frequent presenter at seminars sponsored by the Tax Executives Institute, the Japan Tax Association, the Federal Bar Association and other professional organizations.

Practice Focus

Mr. Slowinski advises clients on corporate taxation, including cross-border tax controversy and planning matters involving transfer pricing of tangible products, intellectual property and services, global restructurings, effective tax rate minimization, tax treaties, cross-border tax planning, regulatory lobbying and other matters. His client base includes US and foreign companies in a wide range of industries, including electrical equipment and electronics, automobiles, recreational vehicles, hospitality, financial services, e-commerce, aerospace equipment, pharmaceuticals, industrial products, diversified products, consumer products and telecommunications products and services.

Representative Legal Matters
  • Obtained numerous unilateral and bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements involving the IRS and other tax authorities with regard to companies in the heavy manufacturing and other industries and addressing novel issues such as verification of foreign segment data, foreign currency fluctuations, plant start-up and shut-down situations, US domestic transfer pricing and other issues.
  • Secured favorable competent authority agreements to eliminate double taxation in controversies involving the tax authorities of, for example, the US, Canada, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, etc.
  • Advised numerous multinational companies in the motor vehicle, aerospace, telecommunications, diversified manufacturing and other industries with regard to tax-efficient supply chain restructurings involving Europe, Asia and the Americas.
  • Advised various multinational companies concerning intangible property migration strategies and compliance.
  • Counseled pharmaceutical company regarding strategies to address transfer pricing risks and reduce taxable permanent establishment concerns.
  • Advised multinational companies with respect to tax and customs implications of cross-border transactions.
  • Advised tax-exempt organization on tax issues associated with transactions involving taxable affiliates.
  • Counseled a start-up company in the renewable energy sector with regard to tax-efficient structuring of operations.
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • The Barristers
  • Columbus School of Law, Catholic Univ. of America - Board of Visitors
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • American Bar Association - Transfer Pricing Committee
Admissions
  • District of Columbia~United States (1994)
  • U.S. Tax Court~United States (1994)
  • Maryland~United States (1991)
Education
  • Georgetown University (LL.M.) (1993)
  • Catholic University (J.D.) (1991)
  • Bucknell University (B.A.) (1987)
Languages
  • English
  • French
Previous Offices
  • Tokyo