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Bruce Zagaris is a renowned international lawyer. He is a partner at the law firm of Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP and the founder and editor of the International Enforcement Law Reporter and author of International White Collar Crime: Cases and Materials. Zagaris also serves as the Immigration and Human Rights Committee Chair of the International Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar Association.
Specialization Areas: International Private and Public Law, International Arbitration, Social Responsibility, Developmental Work, International White Collar Criminal Defense, Money Movement, Corporate International Tax, and International Enforcement.
Zagaris has advised individuals and entities on the application of US tax laws to various investments in bank deposit and other instruments (e.g., money market funds, bonds, and insurance accounts). Additionally, he was a negotiator for the government of Barbados in its 1983 tax treaty with the United States, which provided for an exemption on excise tax for certain insurance transactions. This led to work for US companies wanting to establish captive companies in Barbados. Much of the Barbados work has included advising and negotiating on tax treaties and strategy and legislation related to the offshore sector.
Since 1981, Zagaris has regularly represented the government of Barbados; from 1985 through 1987, he represented the government of Belize; and he has served as a registered agent for both countries. For several developing governments, Zagaris has advised on obtaining tax administration assistance.
In 1991, he also organized and moderated a program on tax administration assistance sponsored by the International Law Institute in Washington, DC. Zagaris was co-chair of International Exchange of Tax Information Recent Developments (Practising Law Institute, 1985).
From 1979 through 1986, Zagaris served as US editor for Taxes International, a monthly publication. He helped found and has regularly spoken at programs of the Barbados branch of the International Fiscal Association.
From 1979 through the present Mr. Zagaris has a been a correspondent for Tax Notes International. International White Collar Crime (2015, 2d edit.) Assoc. of Certified Financial Crime Specialists, advisory board. Texas A&M LLM Program on Welath Management, adjunct professor.
In 1993, he consulted for and prepared a paper for the Caribbean Law Institute on tax treaty options for the Commonwealth Caribbean. Zagaris has also participated in programs on the international tax and business aspects of transnational philanthropy.
Since 1986 he has spoken at each of the International Tax Conferences of the Florida Bar and the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a frequent speaker at programs of the Practising Law Institute, American Law Institute-American Bar Association, World Trade Center, and showcase programs at the American Bar Association’s annual conventions on international taxation.
Recent Speaking Engagements
Earlier Speaking Engagements
He spoke at the first two Caribbean conferences of the International Tax Academy (in Aruba, 1993, and Cancun, 1994) and at the Caribbean Conference of the Offshore Investment Journal in San Juan. He has spoken on how to gather evidence under tax information exchange agreements in connection with transfer pricing programs. These have included the Program on Section 6038A, held by the Institute for International Research on September 26-27, 1993; and Transfer Pricing programs held by the American Conference Institute (ACI) in New York City on November 8, 1993, and by the Canadian Institute in Toronto on February 21-22, 1994, and Chicago on March 3-4, 1994.
On November 15, 1994, he spoke on the US Model Income Tax Treaty at the ACI program on Income Tax Treaties in New York City.
On January 29, 1994, at the ABA Tax Section winter meeting in Houston, he organized and moderated a program on the long arm of the taxman and international tax enforcement issues.
Zagaris was an AMPART speaker for the US Information Agency during a visit to four cities in Mexico March 23-28, 1992, speaking in Spanish to business groups on the international tax aspects of free trade with the United States.
He received his B.A., J.D., and LL.M. (tax) from the National Law Center of the George Washington University, an LL.M. in comparative law from Stockholm University in Sweden, and a third LL.M. in international law from the Free University in Brussels.
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