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Andrius R. Kontrimas

Global Head of Tax

Andrius R. Kontrimas


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Andrius Kontrimas is Global Head of Tax.

Andrius assists clients effectively and efficiently with solving their domestic and foreign business problems – whether they are specific legal problems or just business matters that have legal consequences. At the foundation of his diverse practice is a commitment to cost-effectively solving clients' business challenges.

Andrius, who is administrative partner in the Houston office, currently counsels clients in the following areas:

  • Global Tax Planning: Suggests ways to structure, plan and document business transactions and organizations to optimize worldwide taxation
  • Transfer Pricing: Represents multinationals regarding their intercompany transactions including policies, agreements, cost sharing, bilateral and multilateral APAs
  • Joint Ventures: Advises domestic and international joint ventures and parties about structuring their relationships, exit strategies, ongoing operations and global tax optimization
  • Private Equity Transactions: Represents financial managers, investors and portfolio companies that have been acquired or diversified by private equity funds; provides counsel on corporate and tax matters to domestic and foreign funds and participants
  • International Mergers and Acquisitions: Represents buyers and sellers of public and private organizations in complex cross-border transactions
  • Contested Tax Matters: Represents taxpayers in IRS audits as well as in civil litigation in the United States District Courts, United States Tax Court and United States Court of Federal Claims
  • Corporate Counseling: Serves as an advisor for legal matters both in the United States and abroad for a number of companies, including companies listed on the London Stock Exchange
  • Political Action Committee and Election Law: Works with PACs, candidates and officeholders to facilitate compliance with federal and state requirements for reporting, legal liability, taxes and contribution limits
  • Private Foundations and Other Exempt Organizations: Addresses legal aspects of philanthropy by drawing on years of experience representing a high-profile private foundation
  • Art Law: Represents domestic and foreign clients (including foundations, museums, galleries and dealers) regarding the ownership, sale or charitable disposition of works of art; offers substantial expertise in resolving looted art claims that arise from World War II
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  • Education

    1985 - JD, UCLA School of Law
    1982 - BA, Economics, University of California, Berkeley

    Andrius is admitted to practice law in California and Texas and before the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, US District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas, United States Tax Court and the United States Court of Federal Claims.

  • Professional activities
    • American Bar Association – Section of Taxation
    • State Bar of Texas – Section of Taxation, Immediate Past Chair
    • Houston Bar Association – Tax Section, Former Chair 
    • Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel
    • United States Supreme Court Bar Association
    • California Bar Association
    • International Fiscal Association (IFA)
    • Certified in Tax Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization (1991)
  • Professional honors
    • Chambers USA, Texas: Tax, Chambers & Partners, 2008 - 2015
    • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2012 - 2016
    • Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2003, 2008 - 2015
    • Texas Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2012 - 2014
    • Legal 500 US, recommended lawyer, tax: domestic tax: central, The Legal 500, 2011 - 2012, 2014
  • Speaking engagements
    • "BEPS in Europe and the US," Client Seminar, Norton Rose Fulbright, London, England, November 19, 2015 
    • "EU tax probes and tax leaks-are you exposed?," Web Seminar,  Norton Rose Fulbright, March 24, 2015
    • "Economic Substance: Current Interpretations and Developments from Around the World", Tax Executives Institute, Houston Chapter, Hyatt Regency, Houston, Texas,February 26, 2015
    • U.S. - Hong Kong Private Family Investment Seminar - Norton Rose Fulbright, Hong Kong - October 9, 2014 
    • "Exploring the Implications of IRS Enforcement Efforts in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf", BKD CPAs & Advisors' Inbound International Tax Training, Westin Hotel, Houston, Texas - September 26, 2014
    • US Estate and Tax Issues for Foreign Nationals; SHRM Global HR Conference - September 11, 2014
    • Updates From the Trenches:  Section 199 Deduction and Outer Continental Shelf Initiative; TEI Houston Chapter Annual Tax School - May 9, 2014
    • FATCA:  Current Status and Frequently Asked Questions - Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Web Seminar - April 3, 2013
    • "Exploring the Implications of IRS Enforcement Efforts in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf" - Offshore Support Vessel North America Conference, Houston, Texas - March 28, 2014
    • FATCA Frequently Asked Questions: Focus on Australia - Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Web Seminar - March 6, 2013
    • Hot Legal Topics in Using Dutch Entities for International Business Transactions - Fulbright & Jaworski and Norton Rose joint presentation - The Houstonian Hotel, Houston, Texas, March 5, 2013
    • Tax Treaty Primer - An Overview of Tax Treaties & Tax Planning Techniques - Tax Executives Institute, Houston Chapter, Hyatt Regency, Houston, Texas - January 30, 2013
    • Blowing the Whistle for Tax Dollars and Early Retirement: Views from the Perspectives of Both Whistleblowers and Taxpayers, Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Web Seminar, Dec. 6, 2012
    • Important International Tax Considerations Pertaining to Foreign Activities of Multinational Employees - November 7, 2012 - The Houstonian Hotel, Houston, Texas
    • Doing Business in the Middle East - Key Treasury Anti-Boycott Operational and Compliance Issues - State Bar of Texas, Section of Taxation - International Tax Symposium, November 1, 2012 - The Westin Oaks at the Galleria, Houston, Texas
    • Eurozone Crisis:  What US Companies Need to Know To Manage Potential Risks – Houstonian, Houston, Texas – October 11, 2012
    • The IRS Enhanced Enforcement Regime: What's New and How to Prepare - Annual Tax Summit – Greater Houston Partnership – Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - The Westin Oaks at the Galleria, Houston, Texas
    • International Assignment Seminar 2011, Houston, Texas 
    • FBAR Issues – State Bar of Texas Annual Mtg – June 23 and 24, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas
    • Offshore Financial Account Reporting:  Risks & Penalties for Noncompliance - CPE Tax Expo – January 10 and 11, 2011 – Omni Houston Hotel, Houston, Texas
    • Compliance with the New Schedule UTP Regime - Texas Executive Institute, The Woodlands, Texas – November 17, 2010
    • Corporate Tax Inversions - Tax Conference – Greater Houston Partnership – November 8, 2010 - Houstonian, Houston, Texas
    • Corporate Tax Inversions - 13th Annual International Tax Symposium - November 5, 2010 – Plano, Texas
    • Cross Border Transactions – Web Seminar - October 5, 2011
    • Compliance with the New Schedule UTP Regime: Some Practical Suggestions from the Public Accounting and Tax Controversy Perspectives – Four Seasons Hotel, Houston, Texas – October 21, 2010
    • "Change Has Come" Key Federal Tax Issues For Businesses in 2011 (Webinar) – October 19, 2010
    • Making Congressional Lemons into Lemonade – Estate Planning Considerations – Houstonian, Houston, Texas – September 21, 2010
    • The Wave Approaches:  Increased Exposure for CPAs from IRS Scrutiny of Offshore Arrangements and Uncertain Tax Positions – April 26, 2010 –Senate Room – 2 Allen Center, Houston, Texas 
    •  Preserving Your Treasure, License and Practice Before the IRS:  What Tax Return Preparers Should Know about Failures in Offshore Account Reporting
      • January 20, 2010 – The Houstonian Hotel, Houston, Texas
      • March 3, 2010 – The Quarry Golf Club – San Antonio, Texas
      • March 9, 2010 – Webinar
  • Publications
  • Civic involvement
    • Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Member of the Board of Trustees
    • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Member of the Board of Directors
    • University of St. Thomas, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Licenses
    • California State Bar License
    • Texas State Bar License
  • Languages
    • Lithuanian - Proficient