Steven Hannes advises US- and foreign-based multinational corporations on developing their cross-border transactions, and counsels multinational companies in tax controversies. Steven represents clients on matters at the Audit, Appeals, Competent Authority and the Advance Pricing Agreement offices of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He is recognized nationally for creating and defending structures and contractual arrangements that involve intra-group transactions and prices for intellectual property, goods and services. He has also presented expert testimony on tax treaties in court.
Steven advises clients in a range of industries, including automotive, heavy machinery, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, computers and electronics, and consumer goods such as beverages and photo equipment. He also counsels clients involved in research, technical and other services.
Prior to entering private practice in 1982, Steven served as associate international tax counsel in the Office of the Assistant Secretary (Tax Policy) of the US Department of the Treasury. He helped negotiate income tax treaties and protocols with, among others, the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom. Before joining Treasury, he was chief of the international rulings group in what was then called the Office of the Assistant Commissioner (Technical) of the IRS.
Steven speaks frequently at international and national conferences, and also has authored many articles on international tax topics.