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Mountain View, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai

David Forst

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Fenwick & West LLP

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Tax, Practice Group Chair


Mr. Forst is the Practice Group Leader of the Tax Group of Fenwick & West LLP. His practice focuses on international corporate and partnership taxation.


Mr. Forst is included in Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Tax Advisers. He is also included in Law and Business Research’s International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012). Mr. Forst was named one of the top tax advisers in the western U.S. by the International Tax Review, is listed in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2011-2012), and has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer in Tax by San Francisco Magazine. Mr. Forst is a lecturer at Stanford Law School on international taxation. He is an editor of and regular contributor to the Journal of Taxation, where his publications have included articles on international joint ventures, international tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, the dual consolidated loss regulations, and foreign currency issues. He is a regular contributor to the Journal of Passthrough Entities, where he writes a column on international issues. Mr. Forst is a frequent chair and speaker at tax conferences, including the NYU Tax Institute, the Tax Executives Institute, and the International Fiscal Association.




Mr. Forst is admitted to practice in California, the United States Tax Court, the 1st Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, and the District of Columbia Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals.


AB - Public and International Affairs, Princeton University (Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1989); JD - Stanford University (Grad with Distinction, 1992);

United States: Tax

International tax

Within: International tax

The 'solution-oriented and knowledgeable' James Fuller is a key name in Fenwick & West LLP's international tax team. He and Andrew Kim have been advising on a complex US and European tax litigation matter. The team also handles transfer pricing, international inversion transactions, cross-border M&A and joint ventures. Other notable names are the 'technically strong' Larissa Neumann, who advised Gigya Inc. on its acquisition by SAP Hybris, and the 'experienced' David Forst, who advised Delphi Automotive on its acquisition of nuTonomy for an upfront purchase price of $400m and earn-outs totaling approximately $50m. Practice head Adam Halpern is a key name. In team changes, Jennifer Fuller and Ron Schrotenboer have retired.

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US taxes: contentious

Within: US taxes: contentious

The team at Fenwick & West LLP is praised for its 'excellent insight, exceptional knowledge and practical advice'. In Seattle, Michael Solomon defends his clients in state, local and federal controversies. He is currently defending national restaurant brand The Cheesecake Factory. In Mountain View, Larissa Neumann has a similar focus, acting for corporate clients in a variety of controversy matters. The 'excellent' James Fuller and David Forst are recommended. Fuller is representing VF, a large public company, in a tax court case involving international structuring in the context of VF’s $2.3bn acquisition of another NYSE-listed company. In team changes, Jennifer Fuller and Ronald Schrotenboer retired.

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US taxes: non-contentious

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

The ‘responsive’ team at Fenwick & West LLP’s Mountain View office ‘provides excellent support in transactions and have a good knowledge of the latest tax developments’. The group is especially active in the technology and life sciences sectors, where it advises on tax implications of M&A transactions. Of late, Will Skinner and Julia Ushakova-Stein are advising GitHub on its pending $7.5bn acquisition by Microsoft. Elsewhere, Andrew Kim and Ora Grinberg acted for Cisco Systems in its acquisition of Duo Security for $2.5bn, and Larissa Neumann assisted Callidus Software with its acquisition by SAP SE, a software company based in Germany. David Forst and James Fuller are involved in ongoing discussions and developments with the US Treasury Department and the Joint Committee on Taxation on various issues following the highly publicised 2017 US tax legislation. Jennifer Fuller and Ron Schrotenboer retired in late 2017.

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