William R. Pauls: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

William R. Pauls

William Pauls
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Tax
  • Federal Tax
  • International Tax
  • Tax Controversy & Litigation
  • Financial Services
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Reinsurance
  • Insurance
  • Captives
  • Insurance Finance
  • Insurance Products
  • Insurance M&A and Demutualizations
  • Insurance Taxation
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.383.0264
Fax: 202-637-3593
University University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S., Chemistry
Law SchoolUniversity of Notre Dame Law School, J.D. Symposium Editor, Notre Dame Law Review; Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. in Taxation, with distinction
Admitted2003, Georgia; 2008, District of Columbia

Professional Activities
American Bar Association, Tax Section
Federal Bar Association, Tax Section
District of Columbia Bar, Tax Section
State Bar of Georgia, Tax Section


William Pauls provides innovative solutions to a broad array of complex federal tax issues faced by insurers, reinsurers, and other multinational corporate clients. With more than a decade of transactional planning experience, William regularly advises clients with respect to structuring and implementing corporate reorganizations, stock and asset acquisitions and dispositions, cross-border transactions, spin-offs and other corporate separations, internal restructurings, reinsurance transactions, and captive insurance company arrangements. William also offers clients critical analysis concerning the application of the consolidated return regulations and the resolution of multifaceted international tax issues, including the application of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the dual consolidated loss rules, and the insurance provisions of Subpart F. Before joining Sutherland, William served as a law clerk for the Honorable Mary Ann Cohen of the United States Tax Court. William leverages this experience while representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service and in federal courts. In addition to handling federal tax controversies, William's practice before the Internal Revenue Service includes obtaining letter rulings that address consolidated return issues, corporate transactional matters, and international tax questions.

Selected Experience
Sutherland advises The Hartford in strategic sale of its life insurance business.
Sutherland serves as tax counsel to TE Connectivity Ltd. in $2 billion acquisition of Deutsch Group SAS.
Sutherland represents Manulife in restructuring U.S. operations.


Honorable Mary Ann Cohen, U.S. Tax Court


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Congress Scrutinizes Hedge Funds’ Use of Financial Derivatives
Bruce M. Bettigole,Thomas A. Cullinan,Yasho Lahiri,William R. Pauls,W. Scott Sorrels, July 30, 2014
This week the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (Subcommittee), in conjunction with the Subcommittee’s hearing on July 22, 2014, released a report on hedge funds’ use of financial derivatives considered abusive. In...

Clock Is Ticking...Relief for Late Filed GRAs Expected to Expire Soon
Robert S. Chase,Michael R. Miles,Jennifer B. Molnar,William R. Pauls,Carol P. Tello, May 27, 2014
Time may be running out for taxpayers to correct technically deficient gain recognition agreements (GRAs) under the relief procedure contained in the Directive on Examination Action With Respect to Certain Gain Recognition Agreements, LMSB-4-0510-017 (July 26, 2010) (the Directive). Historically,...

Beta Testing FATCA: IRS Declares 2014 and 2015 as a Transition Period for FATCA Administration and Enforcement and Provides an Additional Six Months of Relief for Certain Preexisting Obligations
Dennis L. Allen,William R. Pauls,Linda A. Sciuto,W. Mark Smith,William J. Walderman, May 13, 2014
Pursuant to Notice 2014-33 (the Notice), the IRS announced that it will treat calendar years 2014 and 2015 as a transition period for the administration and enforcement of the due diligence, reporting, and withholding provisions of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). During this...
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William R. Pauls

700 Sixth Street NW, Suite 700
WashingtonDC 20001-3980


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