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James P Fuller
Office:
Silicon Valley Center
801 California Street
94041
City:
Mountain View
State:
California
Country:
USA
Tel:
+1 650 335 7205
Fax:
+1 650 919 0942

Questions and Answers:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders: Corporate Tax

Jim’s practice consists of international tax planning, US federal tax dispute resolution (including at the IRS Exam and Appeals levels and in court) and large-corporate domestic and international transactions including inversions. His clients are all large US and foreign-based corporations. Jim and his firm have represented six of the Fortune 500’s top ten and over 50 of its top 100 largest corporations in US federal tax matters.

What first motivated you to become a corporate tax lawyer?

Early on, I found tax most rewarding. It’s needed up front and early in transactions and other matters to structure and to properly guide the planning or transaction.

What is the most memorable matter that you have worked on?

There have been so many. Three notable ones are Chrysler’s sale of its European operations to Peugeot (at 35 years old I was in Paris and Madrid to implement a structure that I’d designed for client Chrysler); Apple’s transferpricing arbitration in the US Tax Court, the first ever such arbitration and it was highly successful; and Eaton’s acquisition inversion of Cooper.

What would you say are the greatest challenge currently facing the sector?

Dealing with the damage wrought by BEPS as those rules are implemented in various forms in many different countries; and also with EU countries and their activist European Commission.

How does Fenwick & West LLP distinguish itself in the market?

We’re always current; always working on cutting-edge tax planning and transactions; always creative; and always practical. These might sound like platitudes but the size of our corporate client base proves the point.

What skills make a successful corporate tax lawyer?

The willingness to work very hard, to stay current, to be creative, and to be practical.

Have certain jurisdictions become more active over the past twelve months? If so, how is your firm attempting to attract clients there?

China and India always seem to present developing challenges. Working with eminent counsel in those countries has been very helpful. The EU, with its activist Commission, could be added to the list.

How important is it to be able to provide a coordinated service across offices and countries, and how does your firm achieve this?

It is very important. We work with top tax advisers in all developed countries on a regular basis. When foreign counsel is good, it’s easy.

What advice would you share with other practitioners who hope to one day be in your position?

Work hard, and always always work on those skills.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Corporate Tax: Controversy

Jim Fuller is a partner in the tax group at Fenwick & West LLP in Mountain View, California. He is one of the world’s top 25 tax advisers, according to Euromoney. 

Fuller is described as one of the three “most highly regarded” US tax practitioners in Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal (2015), and is the only US tax adviser to receive a coveted Chambers “star performer” rating (higher than first tier) in Chambers USA (2016).

Ten Fenwick tax partners have appeared in Euromoney’s World’s Leading Tax Advisors, seven appear in ITR’s World’s Tax Controversy Leaders and five have appeared in Euromoney’s World’s Leading Transfer Pricing Advisors.

Fenwick & West LLP has represented six of the Fortune Top 10 companies, over 50 of the Fortune 100 companies, and over 100 of the Fortune 500 companies in federal tax matters. Fenwick is first tier in tax planning, tax transactional, and transfer pricing, according to International Tax Review.

Fuller and his firm have served as counsel in over 150 large corporate IRS appeals proceedings and over 70 federal tax court cases.

In the past few years, Fenwick & West was named San Francisco Tax Firm of the Year eight times by International Tax Review. Fenwick also was named ITR’s US Tax Litigation Firm of the Year three times and has received multiple ITR M&A tax awards including Americas M&A Tax Firm of the Year and Western US Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year. These awards were given at ITR’s annual and well-attended Americas Awards Dinners in New York City.

WWL says: According to clients, Fuller is “truly first rate” and “has the innate ability to always be one step ahead."

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Corporate Tax which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Corporate Tax: Advisory

Jim Fuller is a partner in the tax group at Fenwick & West LLP in Mountain View, California. He is one of the world’s top 25 tax advisers, according to Euromoney. 

Fuller is described as one of the three “most highly regarded” US tax practitioners in Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal (2015), and is the only US tax adviser to receive a coveted Chambers “star performer” rating (higher than first tier) in Chambers USA (2016).

Ten Fenwick tax partners have appeared in Euromoney’s World’s Leading Tax Advisors, seven appear in ITR’s World’s Tax Controversy Leaders and five have appeared in Euromoney’s World’s Leading Transfer Pricing Advisors.

Fenwick & West LLP has represented six of the Fortune Top 10 companies, over 50 of the Fortune 100 companies, and over 100 of the Fortune 500 companies in federal tax matters. Fenwick is first tier in tax planning, tax transactional, and transfer pricing, according to International Tax Review.

Fuller and his firm have served as counsel in over 150 large corporate IRS appeals proceedings and over 70 federal tax court cases.

In the past few years, Fenwick & West was named San Francisco Tax Firm of the Year eight times by International Tax Review. Fenwick also was named ITR’s US Tax Litigation Firm of the Year three times and has received multiple ITR M&A tax awards including Americas M&A Tax Firm of the Year and Western US Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year. These awards were given at ITR’s annual and well-attended Americas Awards Dinners in New York City.

WWL says: The “internationally renowned” James Fuller is recognised for his “profound expertise” in tax planning and transfer pricing issues.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Corporate Tax which can be purchased from our Shop.

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