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Mr. Barnes' practice focuses on assisting multinational corporations in their global tax planning programs, including matters relating to transfer pricing, trademark licensing, and dispute resolution. His tenure at GE, combined with his government experience, enabled Mr. Barnes to offer corporate clients a global strategic approach to their most complex issues. Notable matters include:
At GE, Mr. Barnes played a key role in supporting the company's international tax operations, with a particular emphasis on Asia. From 1994 to 1997, he was based in Hong Kong. Mr. Barnes helped build and lead GE's tax team across Asia, including extensive work in India, China, Japan, and Korea. He led and assisted global programs for GE, including the company's trademark licensing and transfer pricing work.
Prior to joining GE, Mr. Barnes served as U.S. Deputy International Tax Counsel at the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Tax Policy, where he represented the U.S. government in treaty negotiations and as a delegate to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. During his career at the U.S. Treasury, Mr. Barnes helped implement guidance arising from the Tax Reform Act of 1986.
From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Barnes was an Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law Graduate Tax Program, teaching a course on "Asia-Pacific Tax Systems."
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An avid lecturer, Mr. Barnes has conducted over 200 presentations, individually and as part of a panel, for tax conferences and internal General Electric training programs. Recurring presentations include Harvard Law School and International Tax Program, multiple presentations (1992-present), Tax Executives Institute (Asia training programs), and IRS-GWU International Tax Conference (almost annually, since 1988). Below are recent presentations:
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