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Howard Liebman

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Tax; Intellectual Property; Outsourcing; International Taxation; Mergers & Acquisition Taxation.

Position

Howard Liebman, Partner, leads Jones Day's Tax practice in Brussels. He focuses on international tax and corporate structuring, coordinating both the corporate and tax sides of transnational M&A, joint ventures, and restructurings. Howard recently represented Platinum Equity in both its pan-European (Dutch, Swedish, U.K., Romanian) acquisition of the Geesink Norba Group from Oshkosh Corporation and its subsequent sale to a German private equity fund, as well as the purchase of the 3B-Fibreglass manufacturing business (Belgium, Norway, Tunisia, Luxembourg) from Owens Corning and its subsequent sale to the Binani Group of India. He has advised on many pan-European tax and corporate structuring and M&A projects for IT companies such as IBM, Fujitsu Consulting, and NextiraOne Europe; U.S. tax matters for UCB and Solvay (two major, Belgium-based pharma/chemical groups) and AP Moller-Maersk; and pan-Latin American structuring assignments for various other multinationals.

Career

Member, District of Columbia Bar (1977); Member, Brussels Bar - List B; Partner, Jones Day, Brussels (since 2000); Managing Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Brussels (1994-2000); Partner, Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly, Brussels (1979-2004); Associate, Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C. (1977-1979).

Languages

English, French.

Member

Admitted to the District of Columbia and Brussels French Section-List B Bars. ABA (chairing Subcommittee on European Tax Law, Section of Taxation); D.C. Bar Association; American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium (chairing Legal & Tax Committee); Harvard Club of Belgium (ex-President and Board Member).

Education

Harvard Law School (J.D. cum laude 1977); Colgate University (A.M. in International Relations with honors 1975; A.B. in International Relations and Economics summa cum laude 1974).

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    The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act 2010, enacted on 18 March 2010, imposes a new US withholding tax and reporting regime, known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The FATCA regime applies generally to payments made after 31 December 2012, except on obligations (to be defined in future guidance) outstanding on 18 March 2012. Substantial effort is required by foreign entities to bring their worldwide operations and policies into compliance with the FATCA rules as of the effective date.

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