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Doug Wright


Partner, Tax
Leader, International Tax


Office: Walnut Creek
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Doug has over 30 years of experience as an international tax and transfer pricing specialist servicing global clients from start-ups to Fortune 50 companies in a wide range of industries, including technology, life sciences, e-commerce, and traditional manufacturing and distribution.

Doug was previously a PWC international tax partner, where he served in various Bay Area and national practice roles. Prior to PWC, Doug was European Tax Director for Levi Strauss in Brussels. He began his career and spent eight years with Exxon Corporation, including three years as European Tax Counsel in London.

Doug's international tax expertise includes: complex outbound and inbound corporate and supplychain structuring; international joint ventures and M&A transactions; international IP exploitation, including outbound U.S. IP migration; earnings repatriation planning; and the U.S. Subpart F, PFIC, and foreign tax credit rules. Doug is also a widely-recognized expert on the IC-DISC U.S. export tax incentive regime.

Doug’s extensive transfer pricing experience includes: development and implementation of global transfer pricing strategies; U.S. and foreign transfer pricing studies and documentation; and negotiation of U.S. and foreign advance pricing agreements. He was principal draftsperson of U.S. oil industry comments to an IRS transfer pricing task force, and of American Electronics Association comments to then-proposed U.S. “cost sharing” regulations. Doug was instrumental in negotiating the first U.S./Belgium bi-lateral APA and a historically-favorable Dutch transfer pricing ruling.

Doug has been adjunct international tax professor at UCSF Hastings Law School and the San Jose State University MST program. He is a frequent speaker at seminars throughout the U.S.

Education



  • B.S. – Santa Clara University
  • J.D. – Boston College Law School
  • L.L.M. in Taxation – New York University

Interesting Tidbit



Doug's international business travels have included meetings in 32 foreign countries, including Uganda, Tanzania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Cyprus, Russia, and Turkey.