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Richard E. Andersen

Partner

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.

Practice

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

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December 20, 2013

WilmerHale Advises Yandex in its $600 Million Offering of Convertible Notes

August 15, 2013

Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Recognizes Nearly 100 WilmerHale Partners, Naming Eight “Lawyer of the Year”

Nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry.

July 15, 2013

IRS Extends Timelines Under FATCA and Provides Further Guidance With Regards to Intergovernmental Agreements

May 24, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Final Results Announced

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business today announced its final rankings for the 2013 edition, in which 93 WilmerHale lawyers and 44 firm practice areas have been recognized as leading in their field.

March 21, 2013

WilmerHale Advises Yandex in $607 Million Secondary Offering

WilmerHale has advised Yandex, the leading internet company in Russia, on its secondary public offering of Class A shares, with aggregate proceeds of $607 million.

January 25, 2013

Senior Lawyers Join WilmerHale in 2012

During the past several months, WilmerHale has welcomed a distinguished group of senior lawyers from diverse positions in government, business, the judiciary and private practice.

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 Richard E. Andersen, published by Financier Worldwide.

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.

Practices

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Education

LLM, Taxation, New York University, 1987

JD, Columbia Law School, 1981

BA, magna cum laude, Columbia University, 1978

Bar Admissions

New York

Languages

French

German