William R. Skinner

Partner, Fenwick & West LLP

Will Skinner focuses his practice on U.S. corporate tax matters, including representation of multinational corporations in international tax consulting and tax controversy, and providing tax representation in Silicon Valley mergers and acquisitions transactions.

In his international tax practice, he develops and stress-tests customized tax planning to meet client objectives, and has successfully defended several corporations before the IRS. He has experience representing both outbound and inbound taxpayers, and has particular industry experience with software, hardware and other high technology firms and pharmaceutical and life sciences companies. He regularly deals with international tax issues such as subpart F, foreign tax credits, transfer pricing and international M&A / restructurings. He also has specialized expertise in foreign currency and financial products tax issues affecting multinational companies.

In his transactional tax practice, Will has led the tax representation on many successfully completed transactions, including public and private company acquisitions, tax-free reorganizations (including cross-border reorganizations), leveraged buy-outs, formations and spin-outs and S Corp and LLC transactions. He has experience with a range of financial products transactions, including issuances of convertible debt, hedge fund formation and use of derivatives to monetize appreciated stock positions.

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 Taxation, Journal of Corporate Taxation, International 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.

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