As co-head of Gide's New York office and head of Gide's U.S. Tax practice, partner Vanessa Tollis specializes in the U.S. tax aspects of cross-border transactions, both inbound and outbound. Ms. Tollis advises a wide range of U.S. and foreign clients on tax planning for starting or expanding operations abroad or in the U.S. market, including through mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, and joint ventures, and she advises both participants and sponsors in the global capital markets on securities offerings and tax efficient structured finance, including cross border securitizations. Ms. Tollis also counsels investors and funds regarding the tax aspects of structuring and financing cross border fund structures and investments, and she advises high net worth individuals on international tax compliance and disclosure concerns.
With more than 16 years of experience, Ms. Tollis has developed significant expertise advising corporate and finance clients on a broad range of key U.S. international tax matters, including U.S. trade or business thresholds, tax treaty application, withholding taxes, entity classification, debt/equity characterization, foreign tax credits, Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC), Controlled Foreign Corporations (CFC) and Subpart F, Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA), the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) regime, and a broad range of domestic tax rules. Ms. Tollis also has significant experience in related non-tax transactional work, including general corporate and secured transactions.
Ms. Tollis headed the U.S. Tax practice at Gide for 9 years, then spending several years as Chair of the International Tax practice in the New York City office of an AMLAW 100 firm before rejoining Gide in 2016.
She also speaks French and Swedish.