Richard E. Andersen


Andersen, Richard E.

Richard Andersen is the firm’s principal international tax lawyer, with more than three decades of experience providing solutions to the global tax challenges faced by international investors and multinational companies. Drawing on his background in the M&A, finance, investment fund and real estate sectors, he assists individual, family, corporate and institutional clients—worldwide and across all industries—with their compliance obligations, and develops effective and practical responses to their cross-border structuring and operational needs and opportunities. As US and overseas businesses and investors “go global” sooner and more often than ever before, his advice helps avoid pitfalls and secure tax planning benefits around the world.


Mr. Andersen advises clients on the legal and tax aspects of international investments and business transactions. He possesses expertise in international and tax law, which enables him to counsel US and international clients on a wide variety of tax, transactional and financing issues. Mr. Andersen has extensive experience representing clients in domestic and international corporate reorganizations, acquisitions and divestitures, and joint ventures and fund formation matters. Additionally, he regularly counsels clients with regard to general corporate, partnership and financial matters.

Mr. Andersen provides advice on the tax aspects of real estate acquisitions and dispositions, corporate mergers and acquisitions and international infrastructure projects, including withholding tax issues relating to cross-border cash flows and tax-efficient investor exit mechanisms. He also advises on international debt offerings and investments by sovereign wealth funds, the formation of global investment structures, and on the growing reporting and disclosure obligations of financial institutions and their individual account holders.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed in multiple editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for his tax practice
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of the Best Lawyers in America for his tax law practice
  • Recognized as a leader in the tax field by Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers
  • Named a “New York Super Lawyer” in the 2006 and 2012 editions of Metro Edition magazine
  • Recognized as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World

Publications & News


March 21, 2013

WilmerHale Advises Yandex in $607 Million Secondary Offering

December 21, 2012

Yandex and Sberbank Announce Joint Venture for Electronic-Money Solutions

December 20, 2012

A Closer Look, Cross-Border Taxation Of International Communications Income: A Framework For Analysis — United States

An article by Partner Richard Andersen, published in the December 20, 2012 edition of Global Tax Weekly.

October 31, 2012

IRS Extends Timeline for Due Diligence and Other Requirements Under FATCA—Implications for Private Investment Funds

On October 24, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued Announcement 2012-42 (the “Announcement”), which further extends the timeline for completion of certain due diligence and other requirements and provides additional guidance concerning gross proceeds withholding and the status of certain instruments as grandfathered obligations under Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Internal Revenue Code (commonly referred to as the “Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act” or “FATCA”).

September 12, 2012

Coming to America: major legal and practical issues for overseas entrepreneurs entering the US market

An article co-authored by Jennifer Berrent and Richard E. Andersen, published by Financier Worldwide.

June 7, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Final Results Announced

June 6, 2012

FBAR Deadline is June 29, 2012; IRS Form 8938 May Also Be Required

March 30, 2012

Chambers USA 2012 Preliminary Results Announced

February 24, 2012

Impact of Proposed FATCA Regulations on Private Investment Funds

January 4, 2012

WilmerHale Continues Growth in New York with Addition of Richard Andersen and Lisa Firenze

Professional Activities

Mr. Andersen has taught international tax law at the NYU Graduate Tax Program. He is a member of the International Bar Association, the International Fiscal Association, the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association and serves on the advisory boards of the Journal of International Taxation (RIA Group/WGL), Tax Management (BNA) and WordTrade Executive Inc.


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LLM, Taxation, New York University, 1987

JD, Columbia Law School, 1981

BA, magna cum laude, Columbia University, 1978

Bar Admissions

New York