Mayer Brown announced today that Sonal Majmudar, former international tax counsel with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), joined its Tax practice as a partner. Sonal will be resident in the firm’s Washington DC office. Her arrival bolsters Mayer Brown’s market-leading, global tax offerings, particularly with regard to transfer pricing controversies and high-stakes international disputes.
Sonal will provide comprehensive representation and counseling on transfer pricing matters, including negotiating Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) with US and foreign tax authorities, and resolving double tax cases through the mutual agreement procedure (MAP) of bilateral tax treaties. She brings broad, cross-industry experience, with in-depth knowledge of critical tax issues arising in banking and financial services, life sciences, technology and consumer products, among other sectors.
“Sonal has unique experience representing many stakeholders in novel tax matters,” said Brian Kittle, co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Tax practice. “As multinational enterprises face increasing scrutiny of their transfer pricing practices, Sonal will be a key resource for clients looking for pragmatic and forward-thinking guidance on these crucial issues.”
Thomas Kittle-Kamp, co-leader of the Tax practice, added, “Sonal’s strong background in customs and experience working with tax administrations of developing countries while at the World Bank set her apart from other transfer pricing practitioners. We are delighted to welcome her.”
At the IRS, Sonal served with the Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement program, where she led the development and negotiation of complex APAs and resolved MAP cases with treaty partners in Europe, Asia and North America.
While at the IRS, she had a one-year stint with the World Bank’s global tax team advising the G20 Presidency on key issues in international taxation, including taxation of the digital economy and transparency. Sonal began her legal career with the US Customs and Border Protection’s Office of the Chief Counsel.
“After 11 enriching years with the IRS, I look forward to applying my experience in multilateral cases to help businesses facing worldwide tax controversies,” said Sonal. “My practice is 100 percent cross-border, making Mayer Brown’s global practice an optimal platform. I am excited to join this industry-leading team providing increased tax certainty during a time of heightened enforcement.”
“Sonal’s wealth of experience, honed at the IRS, World Bank and other institutions, adds strength to our tax, international trade and other synergistic practices in Washington,” said Liz Stern, the managing partner of Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office. “Clients will immediately benefit from her experience in these high demand areas.”