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Paul M. Barba

Paul M. Barba


WSG Practice Industries


Washington, U.S.A.


Paul M. Barba is a member of the Corporate and Tax, Benefits, & Estate Planning practice groups in the Firm’s Seattle office. Mr. Barba focuses his practice on international tax, cross-border investments and reorganizations, trusts, estate planning, expatriations, and IRS disputes. Mr. Barba advises his clients with evaluating and implementing tax-related structures for U.S. domestic and international mergers and acquisitions for various purposes, including optimizing effective tax rates, protecting against the estate tax, lowering U.S. tax compliance burdens, implementing estate and repatriation plans, and addressing FIRPTA issues.


Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Washington


  • NYU School of Law
  • Boston University School of Law
  • University of Montana
Areas of Practice

Corporate Law | Tax, Benefits and Estate Planning

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Represented a Canadian company in an acquisition by a publicly-traded U.S. corporation.
  • Advised U.S.-based cannabis business on the U.S. tax consequences of using a Canadian corporation to obtain additional capital from Canadian investors and banks, including the applicable reorganization, anti-inversion, and GILTI rules.
  • Advised a foreign-based private equity group on its U.S. real estate investments to lower U.S. tax compliance burdens, effectively address FIRPTA issues, and protect against the estate tax.
  • Advised a Silicon Valley-based company on the applicability of the anti-inversion rules, I.R.C. § 367, and subpart F.
  • Represented a Canadian company in an acquisition by a publicly-traded U.S. corporation.
  • Advised U.S. citizens and green card holders on the exit tax.
  • Represented U.S. citizens and green card holders in IRS voluntary disclosures and tax disputes.
  • Planned and implemented transactions for privately-held foreign corporations and partnerships to reduce the net-effective tax on income earned and distributed to their U.S.-citizen owners.


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