Chris Bowers advises clients on all aspects of international tax planning and controversy, representing many of the largest U.S. and international financial institutions, as well as large, multinational companies.


Mr. Bowers focuses on issues arising in cross-border financings, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and foreign tax credit planning.

Before joining Skadden in 2014, Mr. Bowers was a partner at another global law firm. Prior to that, he was a partner in the International Corporate Services Group at KPMG LLP’s Washington National Tax Office. Earlier in his career, he clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and the Hon. Pamela Ann Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Named among the top 30 U.S. tax professionals in Euromoney’s 2019 Best of the Best USA Expert Guide, Mr. Bowers also is repeatedly listed as one of the country’s leading tax practitioners in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He also is included in The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 U.S. and The International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers.

Mr. Bowers has co-authored numerous articles on a wide range of international topics that have been published in leading tax journals, including Tax Management International Journal, Tax Notes and Tax Notes International. He also served as adjunct professor for international taxation at Georgetown University Law Center and as an adjunct professor of law for corporate taxation at the George Mason University School of Law.



  • J.D., The University of Chicago Law School, 1997 (High Honors; Order of the Coif; Articles Editor, University of Chicago Law Review)
  • B.A., Fordham University, 1994 (summa cum laude)


  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Law Clerk, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, U.S. Supreme Court (1998)
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Pamela Ann Ryner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1997-98)