Amish M. Shah: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Amish M. Shah

Amish Shah
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Tax
  • Energy
  • Environmental & Commodities
  • Federal Tax
  • International Tax
  • Tax Controversy & Litigation
  • Renewable & Alternative Energy
  • Derivatives & Structured Products
  • Data Centers
  • Renewable & Transportation Fuels
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0456
Fax: 202-637-3593
University University of Maryland, B.S., 1993
Law SchoolGeorge Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 1999 Member, George Washington Environmental Lawyer Law Journal
Admitted1999, Maryland; 2000, District of Columbia; U.S. Tax Court

Professional Activities

Chair, Tax Committee of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA).

Vice Chair, Energy Tax Subcommittee, American Bar Association

Member, District of Columbia Bar

Member, Maryland State Bar Association

Former Director and Vice President, South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C. (SABA DC).

BornSilver Spring, Maryland, 1971

Amish Shah counsels and represents clients regarding domestic and international tax planning and tax controversy matters. He advises companies and individuals in Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits and litigation. Amish also helps energy companies and their institutional investors maximize credits and incentives in the tax planning of renewable energy projects. Additionally, Amish counsels U.S. and international clients on the planning and consequences of acquisitions, dispositions and other restructurings involving both domestic and foreign entities.

In the tax controversy area, Amish represents clients under IRS examination in all phases of the controversy process including examination, appeals and litigation. He works on pre-filing agreements, fast-track mediation and post-appeals mediation; negotiates settlements with IRS Appeals offices throughout the country; and litigates cases. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Tax Court.

Amish also advises clients with respect to incentives for renewable and alternative energy investments, and structuring renewable energy investments to maximize the availability of tax credits and other incentives (including the nonconventional fuels tax credit, alcohol fuels and biodiesel credits, section 45 production tax credit and section 48 investment tax credits). Amish also advocates for clients seeking U.S. Department of the Treasury grants for renewable energy projects, IRS rulings on energy tax credit matters and advice on renewable energy IRS controversy matters.

In addition, Amish's practice includes advice on financial products tax, tax accounting and tax reporting matters; cross-border financing debt-equity issues; section 529 qualified tuition plans; bankruptcy tax matters; and numerous other business tax issues.

Amish started his career as a CPA and worked as a senior tax accountant in the tax division of a Big 6 accounting firm.

Selected Experience

Sutherland advises energy distributor on Silver State North acquisition.

Sutherland serves as U.S. tax counsel in PMI's US$2 billion amended and restated revolving credit facility.

Sutherland advises clients on tax incentives for renewable energy facility construction and acquisition.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by The Legal 500 United States in the area of energy: renewable/alternative (2015) and energy: transactions (2015)

Honored with BTI Consulting Group's 2015 Client Service Award for delivering unsurpassed client service (2015)

Recipient of the Client Choice Award USA & Canada in the category of Corporate Tax for Washington, DC (2013)


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Allocating Section 871(m) Withholding Tax Risk: ISDA Publishes New Protocol Addressing Withholding Under Section 871(m)
Robert S. Chase,Mary E. Monahan,William R. Pauls,Amish M. Shah,Carol P. Tello, November 16, 2015
On November 2, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA) published the ISDA 2015 Section 871(m) Protocol (the Protocol) that provides an efficient method to amend existing ISDA Master Agreements to address recently issued final regulations. Under Section 871(m), certain...

Simplified Partnership Audit Procedures Radically Alter the Federal Income Tax Treatment of Partnerships
Thomas A. Cullinan,Sheldon M. "Shelly" Kay,Daniel R. McKeithen,David A. Roby,Amish M. Shah, November 6, 2015
On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Budget Act of 2015 (the “2015 Budget Act”), which makes significant amendments to the procedural rules governing federal income tax audits and judicial proceedings that apply to partnerships and other entities (such as limited liability...

New Temporary and Proposed Regulations Offer Welcome Clarification on Application of the Embedded Loan Rule
Robert S. Chase,Taylor M. Kiessig,Nicole S. Lim,Mary E. Monahan,Amish M. Shah, May 14, 2015
On May 8, 2015, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service published temporary and proposed regulations under IRC §§ 446 and 956 (T.D. 9719; REG-102656-15), clarifying when nonperiodic payments made pursuant to certain notional principal contracts (NPCs), must be bifurcated,...
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Amish M. Shah

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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