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Paul M. Schmidt

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Baker & Hostetler LLP


Paul Schmidt, chair of BakerHostetler’s national Tax group, has extensive experience in corporate and international tax planning. Paul also has significant experience handling issues in connection with examinations by the IRS and frequently advises clients on issues raised by foreign tax authorities. Paul's practice includes representation of multi-national U.S.-based and foreign-based corporate clients, as well as financial institutions in connection with international tax issues. He regularly advises private equity and hedge funds, publicly-traded partnerships and MLPs on tax matters and has unique knowledge of global taxable presence and transfer pricing issues facing firms and funds.

United States: Tax

International tax

Within: International tax

The international tax practice at Baker & Hostetler LLP is based in Washington DC, with Paul Schmidt, John Bates and John Lehrer as the main contacts. Schmidt specializes in cross-border tax controversy matters. The practice has expertise in transfer pricing, tax treaties, inversion regulations and foreign tax credit issues. Other partners practice out of  New York, Philadelphia and Denver. Roger Brown joined in Washington DC in June 2018 from Ernst & Young.

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US taxes: contentious

Within: US taxes: contentious

Michelle Hervey in Cleveland and group leader Paul Schmidt in Washington DC are  key partners in Baker & Hostetler LLP's practice. Hervey is representing the Nautica Phase 2 Limited Partnership, which is renovating a historic riverfront area in Cleveland Ohio; in dispute is the proper methodology for valuing lost development potential associated with a historic structure, where the IRS, valuation experts and Nautica's approaches differ. In Washington DC, Jeffrey Paravano represented Big River Development against the IRS in a case involving legal issues associated with charitable contributions of facade easement; the case settled in June 2018. Elizabeth Smith in New York and Kevin Johnson in Philadelphia are also noted.

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US taxes: non-contentious

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

From its multiple offices throughout the US, Baker & Hostetler LLP provides assistance with employee benefits, private wealth planning and SALT matters. In the transactional space, Paul M. Schmidt and John R. Lehrer II in Washington DC and Edward Ptaszek in Cleveland have experience in cross-border tax entry issues and post-acquisition integration, and have also been advising their corporate client base on the tax consequences and regulatory issues arising from the recent tax reforms. Tax planning for corporations, partnerships and joint ventures are other areas of expertise.

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