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International Tax Issues 2011: Planning in an Uncertain World

Author(s): Steven M. Surdell, Paul W. Oosterhuis
Practice Area: International Law, Tax
Published: Feb 2011
ISBN: 9781402415326
PLI Item #: 28381
CHB Spine #: J960

Mr. Oosterhuis is a senior international tax practitioner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where he is Of Counsel.  Mr. Oosterhuis has had over 30 years of experience in international acquisition and disposition transactions and tax planning for U.S. and foreign-based multinational corporations.  He also represents clients on controversy matters with the Internal Revenue Service, including intercompany pricing matters.

He received his B.A. from Brown University and his J.D. Degree from Harvard Law School.  After law school he became a Legislation Attorney for the Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. Congress, and later served as the Committee's Legislation Counsel.  He has served as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he taught International Taxation in the Master of Taxation graduate law program.

He has lectured at various professional seminars and institutes, has written on a variety of tax planning and tax policy matters, and has testified before Congressional tax writing committees on tax policy issues. 


Steven is a leader of the International Mergers and Acquisitions practice, International Tax Services group at Ernst & Young LLP, the US EY member firm. He practices in the area of cross-border mergers, acquisitions and restructurings on US and non-US entities.

Steven is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law, where he teaches an advanced class on cross-border mergers and acquisitions.  Steven consistently has been named one of the world’s leading cross border M&A tax advisors by International Tax Review as well as one of the world’s leading international tax advisors by Euromoney.

He is a member of the Planning Committee of the University of Chicago Law School’s Federal Tax Conference and is a frequent speaker before a variety of tax organizations including the American Bar Association, The Tax Executives Institute, and the Practicing Law Institute.

Steven has authored (or co-authored) tax articles for the Journal of International Taxation, Taxes, the Practicing Law Institute Handbook on Mergers and Acquisitions, the Journal of Taxation of Financial Products, and Tax Notes.

Steven has been a primary tax advisor to numerous US and non-US multinationals in some of the largest cross border transactions executed.