A member of Gide's International Tax practice, Zach Pouga specializes in the U.S. tax aspects of cross-border transactions. He advises a wide range of U.S. and foreign clients on tax planning strategies for mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, capital markets, and joint ventures. He assists both participants and sponsors in the global capital markets; helps investors and funds in structuring and financing cross-border investments; and counsels high net worth individuals on planning, compliance and disclosures. He has extensive expertise on core U.S. international tax issues including U.S. trade or business, tax treaty analyses, withholding taxes, debt/equity characterization, FTCs, PFIC, CFC, FIRPTA, GILTI, FDII, BEAT, and FATCA.
Zach holds a Doctorate in law, and an international tax LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School. He also holds a corporate law LL.M. from Wayne State, and a LL.B. and Maîtrise from the University of Douala; always in the top one percentile. He is a published author and an internationally acclaimed speaker on several legal issues including at venues such as the World Bank, the National Bar Association, and UNIDROIT.
Prior to joining Gide, Zach practiced international tax with a large firm in NYC. He is admitted to practice law in the United States of America (NY), and in Cameroon. Zach is a member of various legal organizations including the ABA, IFA, and NYSBA.
Zach speaks English, French, Spanish, and several African dialects, and is an active member of Gide's Pro Bono program in New York.