Paul W. Oosterhuis

Of Counsel

Of Counsel

International and Corporate Tax Law

Washington, D.C.

T: +1.202.371.7130

F: 1.202.661.8232


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Paul Oosterhuis is an international tax attorney representing clients on a wide range of international and U.S. tax matters. Mr. Oosterhuis has extensive experience in international mergers and acquisitions, post-acquisition integration transactions, spin-offs, internal restructurings and joint venture transactions. He also represents multinational companies in nontransactional international tax planning and IRS controversy matters.

In recent transactions, Mr. Oosterhuis has represented:

  • Pfizer, Inc. in its proposed combination with Allergan, Plc.;
  • Hewlett Packard Inc. in its split-up into two companies, HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprises;
  • General Electric in the restructuring of General Electric Credit Corporation; and
  • Visa Inc. in its acquisition of Visa Europe.

In addition to specific transactions, Mr. Oosterhuis regularly advises clients on international tax planning matters generally, including transfer pricing matters. He also represents clients in audits and appeals before the IRS and has negotiated, on behalf of clients, various advance pricing agreements, prefiling agreements and competent authority agreements.

Mr. Oosterhuis has recently represented clients in litigation matters, including Ingersoll Rand in its Tax Court dispute with the IRS involving intercompany debt issues and Hess Corporation in various disputes with the Bureau of Internal Revenue of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mr. Oosterhuis frequently testifies on international tax policy matters before congressional committees, including the House Ways and Means Committee at its June 2013 hearing on “Tax Reform: Tax Havens, Base Erosions and Profit Shifting.”

Mr. Oosterhuis regularly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Tax Directors Handbook, The Legal 500 U.S., Who’s Who Legal: Corporate Tax, IFLR1000 and The Best Lawyers in America. He also was named Best Lawyers’ “2013 Washington, D.C. Litigation & Controversy — Tax Lawyer of the Year” and was included in Washingtonian Magazine’s 2013 “Best Lawyers” list.

Bar Admissions

U.S. Tax Court
District of Columbia


J.D., Harvard University, 1973 (cum laude)

B.A., Brown University, 1969 (magna cum laude)


Legislation Attorney, Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. Congress (1973-1976)

Legislation Counsel, Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. Congress (1977-1978)

Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center (1977-1983)