curriculum vitae

Summary

I am an attorney, specializing in international corporate tax. I attended Santa Clara University School of Law where I received my J.D. in 2000. I worked for several of the Big-4 accounting firms for nine years specializing in international corporate tax. In 2009, I became International Tax Counsel for Google.

Contact

+1.408.940.5598
twisesq@gmail.com

Professional Licenses & Bar Admissions

State Bar of California. Admitted, 2000 (active member)

United States District Court, Northern District of California. Admitted, 2003

Notary Public. Commissioned, 2003 & 2012

Professional Background

I assist multinational corporations integrate international tax planning into their overall business strategy and comply with U.S. and international regulatory requirements. I advise multinational companies on the U.S. and foreign tax implications of their international operations. I develop and implement effective global tax strategies and multinational corporate structures to minimize worldwide tax liabilities while managing business operations.

Google Inc., Mountain View, California. International Tax Counsel, 2009 - Present

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, San Jose, California. Director, International Tax Services, 2005 - 2009
  • Member of the International Tax Services practice
  • Assist multinational corporations integrate tax planning into their overall business strategy and comply with U.S. and international regulatory requirements
  • Advise multinational companies on the U.S. and foreign tax implications of their international operations
  • Develop and implement effective global tax strategies and multinational corporate structures to minimize worldwide tax liabilities while managing business operations
  • Develop client relationships 
  • Manage and develop staff
Sagent Management, Milpitas, California. Manager, 2004 - 2005
  • Advise multinational companies on U.S. and foreign tax implications of international operations. 
  • Manage and coordinate inbound and outbound international tax planning, restructuring, IP migration, valuations, audit defense, transfer pricing, tax research, SOX 404, tax compliance and income tax provision projects for clients. 
  • Develop and implement effective global tax strategies and multinational corporate structures to minimize worldwide tax liabilities while managing business operations. 
  • Develop client relationships and market services to new clients. 
  • Clients include U.S. and foreign-based multinational companies, public and private companies, high tech start-ups, venture capital firms, closely held enterprises, and high-wealth individuals. 
  • Manage, develop, and retain staff of tax professionals in U.S. and Israel. 
  • Major projects include plan and execution of SOX 404 and IP migration for multinational semiconductor company.
KPMG LLP, Mountain View, California. Senior Associate, 2002 - 2004
  • Member of the International Corporate Services practice. 
  • Assist multinational corporations integrate tax planning into their overall business strategy and comply with U.S. and international regulatory requirements. 
  • Advise multinational companies on the U.S. and foreign tax implications of their international operations. 
  • Develop and implement effective global tax strategies and multinational corporate structures to minimize worldwide tax liabilities while managing business operations. 
  • Develop client relationships by being primary client contact person on key accounts. 
  • Research and draft technical memoranda and formal opinions. 
  • Major projects include E&P analysis, FSC/EIE studies, 956 analysis, SOX 404 compliance, IRS Advance Pricing Agreements, earnings repatriations, corporate reorganizations, transaction structuring, and cross-border cost-sharing agreements for technology transfer.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, San Jose, California. Senior Associate, 2002
  • Coordinate and supervise staff associate work on corporate tax consulting, tax provision, tax research, and tax compliance projects for multinational corporations and start-up companies. 
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, San Jose, California. Associate, 2000 - 2002
  • Member of the Integrated Tax Group in the Tax Services practice
  • Federal, state, and international tax consulting, research, and tax compliance services for multinational corporations, privately held venture capital funds, start-up companies, and high-wealth individuals
  • Acting engagement manager responsible for coordination of tax consulting services for corporate clients, including implementation of intangible property structures for multinational corporations and set-up and tax planning for domestic branches and subsidiaries of foreign corporations
  • Assist with preparation of Amicus Brief filed in U.S. Tax Court (Xilinx Inc. v. IRS) regarding cost sharing regulations
  • Experience in technical tax compliance, tax provisions, tax consulting, international tax planning, state tax consulting, consolidated returns, and Section 382 limitations
Bay Area Legal Aid, San Jose, California. Law Clerk, Economic Security and Health Unit, 1999; Law Clerk, Housing Unit, 1999 - 2000 
  • Advise clients regarding landlord-tenant law, Section 8 public housing, evictions, habitability and fair housing
  • Negotiate with landlords and Code Enforcement
  • Maintain affordable housing for several hundred clients; recover over $10,000 in damages for clients
  • Assist staff attorneys with discovery, depositions, and litigation
  • Training in the areas of fair housing and fair lending
  • Advise clients regarding public benefits law (CalWORKs, SSI, Food Stamps & MediCal)
  • Draft briefs and prepare cases for administrative and federal court hearings
  • Represent clients at administrative hearings (100% won), and recover over $40,000 in benefits for clients
  • Perform legal research, analysis, community education and outreach
  • Author of People's Guide to Health, Welfare & Other Services in Santa Clara County
  • Lecturer at the San Jose College of Legal Rights (1999)
  • Training in the area of public benefits
Professor Peter Kwan, Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California. Research Assistant, 1998 - 2000
  • Research in American Depository Receipts and critical race theory
  • Assist with Hong Kong/Beijing study abroad program and the Asian Pacific American Legal Scholarship Workshop
  • Develop web sites for delivering educational materials
Deacons Graham & James, Hong Kong SAR, China. Summer Associate, 1998 
Interview clients and expert witnesses; prepare declarations; research Hong Kong Ordinances, Common Law, and structure of multi-national corporations
Summarize application of law to specific client facts
Work closely with partner in charge of the litigation department
Education 

Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California. Juris Doctor (J.D.), 1997 - 2000
  • Graduated in the top third of the class, with certificate in Public Interest Law
  • Courses included Internet Law, E-Commerce, Taxation (personal and high-tech), and International Law. Extension courses through DeAnza College included Business Law, Financial Accounting I & II, Introduction to Business, and Managerial Accounting
  • Visiting scholar in Hong Kong, China, at Hong Kong University. Courses included Chinese and Hong Kong Constitutional Law, Common Law, Governmental and Legal Structure, Legal ProcessesInternship at Deacons Graham & James in Hong Kong (see above)
  • Emery Law Scholarship, awarded on the basis of academic achievement and professional promise (1997 - 2000) 
  • Pro Bono Award (1998 - 2000) 
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Commercial Transactions (2000) 
  • Public Interest Endowment Fellowship (1999) 
  • Asian Pacific Law Students' Association webmaster 
  • BGLAd (President 1997-2000) 
  • Design of web-based electronic casebooks for Professor Gary Neustadter 
  • Hong Kong Study Abroad Program webmaster 
  • Institute of International and Comparative Law webmaster 
  • Intellectual Property Association (1997-2000) 
  • International Law Society (1997-2000) 
  • Public Interest Law Program (1997-2000) 
  • Student Bar Association Legislative Committee (1998-1999)
San Jose State University, San Jose, California. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science conferred cum laude, 1994 - 1997
  • Major in Political Science with a minor in Administration of Justice
  • Studied abroad in Europe and Mexico. 
  • Graduated Cum Laude (3.50/4.00 GPA) 
  • Associated Students Club Fellowship (1997) 
  • Dean's Scholar (1997) 
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Graduate (1997) 
  • Academic Fairness Committee (1994-1997) 
  • Alumni Association (life member) 
  • Associated Students Finance Committee (1994-1997) 
  • Golden Key National Honor Society (1994-1997) 
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society (1994-1997) 
  • Student Grievance Committee (1994-1997) 
Del Mar High School, Campbell, California
High School Diploma, August 1990 - June 1994
  • Adanced courses in government, politics, economics and English; study abroad in Mexico 
  • California Scholarship Federation (CSF) 
  • Editor of the yearbook and newspaper 
  • Junior State of America chapter co-founder 
  • Symposium on California Politics and Government 
  • Peer counseling
  • Student government 
Community Service & Pro Bono Activities




Publications


  • Travis & Whitney On The Road (2005).  DVD lecture about preparing for the bar exam, made available to California bar applicants
  • California Bar Exam Primer (2000)
  • Material licensed to national bar exam preparation programs
  • Quoted in New Lawyer's Survival Guide: Passing The Bar Exam, Ohio Lawyers Weekly (2003)
  • Quoted in Bar Exam Diary, law.com (2001)
  • American Depository Receipts (1999)
  • The People's Guide to Welfare, Health, & Other Services In Santa Clara County (1999) (used as a reference by numerous public service agencies in Santa Clara County


Speaking Engagements


  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California. June, 2006 - "What You Need To Know About Preparing For The California Bar Exam"
  • San Francisco Law School, San Francisco, California. April, 2006 - "What You Need To Know About Preparing For The California Bar Exam"
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Expert Access Seminar, San Jose, California. October, 2005 - "Section 199: Income Attributable to Domestic Production Activities"
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, California. June, 2005 - "What You Need To Know About Preparing For The California Bar Exam"
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California. April 2005 - "What You Need To Know About Preparing For The California Bar Exam"
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California. May 2004 - "What You Need To Know About Preparing For The California Bar Exam"
  • U.C. Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, California. May 2004 - "What You Need To Know About Preparing For The California Bar Exam"
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California. April 2003 - "What You Need To Know About Preparing For The California Bar Exam"
  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California. May 2002 - "Preparing For The California Bar Exam"
  • Billy DeFrank Community Center, San Jose, California. September 2001 - "Discrimination in Housing and Employment"
  • San Jose College of Legal Rights, San Jose, California. May 1999 - "Public Benefits Law"


Awards & Recognitions

Santa Clara County Bar Association, San Jose, California Recognition for Pro Bono Legal Services in Santa Clara County (2001)

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