International Tax

Venable attorneys recognize the challenges faced by businesses and individuals whose activities take them across international borders. Our experience in a diverse array of international tax matters means that our clients receive creative, valued advice that helps them achieve their goals—both within the U.S. and abroad.
U.S. companies operating overseas, as well as foreign companies doing business within the U.S., face unique and complex legal issues. Venable attorneys assist organizations, both foreign and domestic, as well as international investors, in the broad range of tax and corporate matters that arise when conducting business across borders.

Broad Experience That Spans Continents and Industries

Organizations and investors operating in the global economy rely on our counsel to help navigate the myriad and often conflicting international tax laws and identify and implement creative solutions to ensure that goals are met. Our decades of experience in the international tax realm—as both attorneys and as senior executives at international corporations—reach across borders, span a multitude of industries, and include inbound and outbound investments and transactions, international tax controversies, and sophisticated tax planning for individuals working and living abroad.

Advising on the Nuances of Cross-border Deals

When your transaction crosses international boundaries, you need counsel that is well versed in the intricacies of international tax law to ensure that the deal gets done. Venable attorneys have built their practices on working with their clients' accountants and domestic and foreign advisors on the tax ramifications of a wide range of international deals, including foreign investments in U.S. ventures, U.S. investments in foreign ventures, cross-border mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, asset financing strategies, and private debt and equity placement. 

Tax Counsel for the Entertainment Industry

We have developed particular experience in the tax issues affecting the global entertainment industry. We advise producers making films, TV shows, and commercials in the U.S. and around the world, with a particular focus on international film financing transactions, worldwide concert tours, and concerts. We advise actors, directors, producers, writers, musicians, and athletes on the individual income, gift, and estate tax implications of working and living in multiple jurisdictions.

Creative Strategies for Individual International Tax Planning

Over the years, our individual clients have come to rely on us to provide creative, workable individual tax planning strategies. We provide counsel on an array of issues, including:

  • Offshore compensation
  • The impact of U.S. income tax treaties
  • Income and estate tax planning for U.S. investments
  • Comprehensive income, trust and estate tax and pre-immigration planning

Tax Controversies and Offshore Accounts

When tax controversy matters arise, we have extensive experience handling international tax audits involving both the IRS and foreign tax authorities, including competent authority proceedings, as well as domestic tax audits involving foreign assets and income. We also advise U.S. clients on the filing of the information forms reporting their offshore bank and other accounts.

Government Experience

More than 70 attorneys focused on tax issues, including:

  • former staff of the IRS Office of Chief Counsel
  • former staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2007 – 2022 (Venable attorneys selected for inclusion)