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LexisNexis FATCA compliance book released

Posted by William Byrnes on March 24, 2014


Associate Dean William Byrnes’ 2nd Edition of LexisNexis Guide to FATCA Compliance” was published February 3, 2014.  The 600+ page book of legal analysis features TJSL JD students Sean Livermore as the managing editor and Jason Miller as the co-author of the Turkey chapter with PwC Partner Umurcan Gago with whom Jason worked as his summer intern in Istanbul.

Sean Livermore opened up about why he chose Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  “It was a great opportunity to engage with partners of Big Law and the Big 4, made possible by the publication opportunities of Associate Dean Byrnes. The chance to be featured on LexisNexis fits nicely with my interests in pursuing an international legal career with several years of experience in Asia having studied in Japan and developed curricula for the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education.”

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“It was neat having the resources of PwC to help me write these articles,” related Jason Miller, who has now published in three LexisNexis publications and one for WoltersKluwer. “PwC has someone who specializes in every area, and everyone was always accommodating and eager to help me.”

Sean Livermore continued, “Professor Byrnes introduced me to an opportunity to work with an economic and tax study for a foreign government that opened my eyes to various types of tax work, as well as twenty hour work days.”

Professor William Byrnes interjected. “Over fifty of my students are currently involved in various LexisNexis, Wolters Kluwer, National Underwriter and Mertens publications.  It’s like a law review experience on steroids.”

“I undertook over thirty in-house workshops and interviews with tier 1 banks, firms, and government departments.  Through these I developed several new contributing authors, including Peter Cotorceanu who is the Head of UBS’ Product Management for Trusts and Foundations; Devang Ambavi, Rajul Jain, and Shinjini Kumar (PricewaterhouseCoopers experts for India), and Jinghua Liu and Qiguang Zhou (Baker McKenzie experts for China).”

“I look forward to having my new cohort students engage with these experts for the 2015 Edition that I may teach the students how to build an international network, and of course about international tax opportunities.  At the Tax Society lunch this week – Tuesday, March 25th – we are hosting renown European Court of Justice expert and author Dr. Dennis Weber of University of Amsterdam who will discuss ECJ tax jurisprudence that he analyzes in his publications.”

The 600 page LexisNexis Guide to FATCA Compliance will provide the financial enterprise’s FATCA compliance officer the tools for developing and maintaining a best practices compliance strategy.  This Guide may be leveraged in combination with the tools for identification of U.S. indicia of LexisNexis Risk Solutions (http://www.lexisnexis.com/risk/).

LexisNexis® Guide to FATCA Compliance

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LexisNexis releases next edition of Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and Recovery Global Guide

Posted by William Byrnes on March 6, 2014


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Graduating Thomas Jefferson juris doctor candidate Emmanuel Rayes co-authored with Dr. David Utzke the chapter “Virtual-Currency Regulatory Developments” for LexisNexis new release of Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and Recovery and Compliance — A Global Guide (LexisNexis).  Ashley Paulson, currently working in a DEA internship position and also about to graduate from Thomas Jefferson, leveraged her professional network and work expertise to create three new compliance oriented chapters for banks, including one on politically exposed persons (‘PEPs’).

Emmanuel Rayes reported “Associate Dean William Byrnes provided many great resources in helping me prepare Emmanuel Rayesthis publication. He has valuable connections in the legal and business fields not only in the United States but all over the World. Dean Byrnes introduced me to Dr. Utzke who is the lead IRS agent for virtual currencies and offshore compliance. Dr. Utzke’s guidance and insight was pivotal in completing this publication.”

professionalpicture_Medium“At the DEA one of my supervisors was impressed that I was working with Associate Dean William Byrnes,” related Ashley Paulson. “With the experience gained from my government work and from consulting other expert attorneys in this area, I was able to analyze three areas of chief concern for financial institutions: suspicious activity reporting (‘SAR’), currency transaction reporting (‘CTR’) and PEPS.  My interest in PEP compliance grew after the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists exposed thousands of instance of major banks thwarting PEP guidelines, leading to corresponding allegations of corruption by those PEPs and their families.” 

“Virtual currencies are changing the perception of what money is and what money can do,” Emmanuel Rayes described.  “The amount of excitement and interest surrounding this topic is comparable to the introduction of the Internet or the Smartphone.”

 “After passing the Bar, I plan to stay involved with this publishing as a Thomas Jefferson alumni,” declared Ashley Paulson.  “I encourage students to attend William Byrnes’ lectures and learn about these unique opportunities for his students to engage with experts to assist them in authoring articles on current topics.”  

Mr. Rayes added, “I think that being a featured author in a major LexisNexis publication that so many lawyers and banks rely upon is a career game changer.  It’s already opening doors.”

“I agree”, said Ms. Paulson, “Having been an author for chapters that banks are referencing, and my experience with the DEA, has distinguished me from other graduates for career opportunities.”

“I match my Thomas Jefferson students with co-authorship opportunities in my graduate publication seminar that they may connect with professionals and begin to build a network,” explained William Byrnes.  “I am hosting a Tax Society lunch on March 25th featuring renown European Court of Justice expert and author Dr. Dennis Weber and will discuss the next set of networking opportunities with those attending.”

Money Laundering, Asset Forfeiture and Recovery and Compliance — A Global Guide

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LexisNexis Publishes William H. Byrnes “International Withholding Tax Treaty Guide – 2nd Edition”

Posted by William Byrnes on October 24, 2013


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LexisNexis released in September 2013 the new and expanded 2nd Edition of its International Withholding Tax Treaty Guide.  Thomas Jefferson’s Associate Dean of Graduate & Distance Education William Byrnes is the co-author with Dr. Robert J. Munro, retired law librarian of University of Florida. This is William Byrnes and Robert Munro’s sixth book together.

When asked about how Dr. Munro and he started writing together, William Byrnes replied: “When I met him in 1998, Dr. Robert Munro was Co-Director of the Center for International Financial Crimes Studies at University of Florida’s College of Law, focusing on anti money laundering and anti terrorism financing, whereas I focused on international taxation and multinational behavior.  We explored several overlapping areas of interest, approaching each from our very different perspectives.  Dr. Munro brings to the table his experience as a national security expert and his research into undocumented marketplaces whereas I bring my experience with multinational organization decision making and risk management.”

“Dr. Munro, after retiring from University of Florida, actively teaches anti money laundering for the Thomas Jefferson graduate program and provides its graduate and juris doctorate students with publication opportunities through the publication course to promote their professional careers.  He has been particularly helpful with assisting students seek national security careers.”

Regarding the 2nd edition International Withholding Tax Treaty Guide published this month, Robert Munro added: “The second edition of International Withholding Tax Treaty Guide includes a new binder with new chapter structures of completely rewritten tax information and analysis.  The International Withholding Tax Treaty Guide has been expanded to include many new countries to match the robust list of 110 countries of Foreign Tax & Trade Briefs.  Moreover, International Withholding Tax Treaty Guide subscribers will receive new chapters of analysis and planning based on the OECD Model DTA articles and major trading country jurisprudence that are most relevant to corporate tax counsel, addressing topics such as capital gains, dividends, interest, rents, leasing income, royalties, and permanent establishment.  Corporate counsel may combine the Foreign Tax & Trade Brief publications with Tax Havens of the World to form an international tax planning and risk management library at substantially less cost than competitive product suites.”

William Byrnes explained the history of this Lexis publication: “During the Second World War, Walter H. Diamond, then a banker, was tasked by the federal government to analyze and report on the investment and tax laws of each country and territory of which the Allies held confiscated Axis assets.  Walter Diamond ventured though out the continents and Pacific meticulously collecting the local tax and investment laws and regulations applicable to the Allies new assets, and transcribed them into an understandable brief by country for the U.S. Treasury.  In 1948, Matthew Bender published his country briefs in the first edition of Foreign Tax & Trade Briefs.  Since 1948, the quarterly updated country briefs have been leveraged by thousands of multinational corporate counsel subscribers as part of their foreign tax and investments risk management best practices.”

“In 1974, Matthew Bender added a third binder to Foreign Tax & Trade Briefs, International Withholding Tax Treaty Guide, to specifically address the important role of tax treaties in tax risk management that had developed in the sixties.  By 1975, nearly 1,000 tax treaties had been signed between countries based on the OECD’s Model with an additional 200 treaties in force based on the League of Nations Models.  There are now more than 3,200 tax related treaties.”

When asked their next project together, Dr. Munro stated: “We are looking at tackling the rewrite of all three binders of Lexis’ Tax Havens of the World, with a new table of contents, new chapters, and a more modern ‘post-OECD reports’ approach.”  William Byrnes added, “Yes, this major re-do should keep us creatively busy another couple years.”

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William Byrnes author of 2 tax titles published September 2013

Posted by William Byrnes on October 21, 2013


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Summit Professional Network’s National Underwriter published two books authored by Associate Dean William Byrnes and Robert Bloink: 2014 Tax Facts on Investments and 2014 Tax Facts on Insurance & Employee Benefits

William Byrnes explained National Underwriter Company’s place in the market: “National Underwriter has been the leading publisher for over 110 years to the insurance industry.  Tax Facts was first published over 60 years ago and has become in the words of Michael E. Kitces, Director of Financial Planning of Pinnacle Advisory Group:

“…  THE benchmark standard that all other resources are measured by, for financial planners that might need to look up a question about any kind of tax-related issue involving a client. The Tax Facts series sits on a bookshelf right next to my desk for easy and regular access, and only leaves when I replace it with each year’s update!”  (source: http://pro.nuco.com/Pages/AboutUs.aspx)

William Byrnes added “Tax Facts has built strong a subscriber base of over 20,000 financial planning professionals.  I think financial planning professionals relate to the approach of contextualizing client problems in a Question – Answer format.  Clients don’t come with neatly packaged issues, but instead want to tell their stories and ask questions.  Thus, Tax Facts takes that approach, by example leveraging case studies and typical client questions in the expanding online version.”

William Byrnes continued “Robert Bloink’s experience as a former IRS Counsel and national insurance markets advisor combines well with my big 4 and publication background.”

When asked “What is new about the 2014 edition?” Robert Bloink replied “We have included a new section on cross border employment and estate tax issues, captive insurance and alternative risk transfer, reverse mortgages, DOMA, Affordable Care Act, and REITs as well as expanding coverage of annuities, structured settlements, retirement planning and deferred compensation.”

Alexis Long worked with Thomas Jefferson joint degree juris doctorate and LLM alumnus, Marcus Threats, on the REIT Q&A section which sprung from his senior writing project.  Mr. Threats said that “I obtained a legal education to address challenges that I had experienced in the property investments markets.  While the opportunity for a dual degree at Thomas Jefferson attracted me to the law school, the authorship with a renown professional publisher has really made my Thomas Jefferson education stand out.”

William Byrnes interjected: “This Thursday Adjunct Professor Alexis Long begins the next Publications course via the online LLM and interested students should contact her or myself.  We are already planning the 2014 year and about to complete our JD and LLM publication teams.”

William Byrnes continued: “By the way, in November Robert and I expect to announce the publication of our third Tax Facts title addressing entrepreneur’s income tax and small business tax issues and hope it gains market traction in line with these two titles.”

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video interview with William Byrnes

Posted by William Byrnes on August 16, 2013


When William Byrnes returned to the United States in 1998 to establish the International Finance and Taxation program leveraging online communication technologies, both international tax programs and distance learning programs were in their infancy. Through engaging a renown and talented faculty of industry professionals, and the support of an immensely engaged student body from professional and financial service firms, the international tax program blossomed over the past 15 years to become a cutting edge industry leader that it is today.

Just recently, National Law Journal wrote “Perhaps no one in legal academia has more experience with online master’s degrees than William Byrnes, Associate Dean for Graduate and Distance Education Programs at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.” (May 20, 2013)

His article that reviews the development of the first Internet delivered LL.M program in the United States may be downloaded at > William Byrnes’ SSRN academic page <

The article comprises four sections: In Part 1 the economics reasons for, and logistics considerations of, the Internet delivered Program are addressed. Part 2 reviews the pedagogical approach to legal education employed in the United States, criticisms thereof, and finally examines an emerging pedagogical trend in the United Kingdom. Part 3 reviews the teaching tools employed in the LL.M. Program, and Part 4 reviews the practical aspects of developing the LL.M. Program, obtaining ABA acquiescence, and reviews the Internet delivered law courses that came before it. Finally, the article concludes with some personal observations.

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William Byrnes presents for Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland (LATCAM) and San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA)

Posted by William Byrnes on July 23, 2013


Link to the story at the faculty page of Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Following on his lunch time CLE presentation for the San Diego County Bar Association with Procopio tax partner Patrick Martin, Associate Dean William Byrnes was invited in April to Zurich, Switzerland to deliver a week-long series of workshops on the implications of FATCA for large financial institutions on the LATAM market.  The series of lectures and workshops began with a breakfast conference of the Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Switzerland, and continued through the week with banking workshops for HSBC, UBS, Credit Suisse, Julius Baer, Hinduja Bank, among others.

Professor William Byrnes’ workshop series was sponsored by Amicorp, a global company service provider, via an invitation by Thomas Jefferson international tax alumni and Swiss office managing director, Geralda Buckley.

William Byrnes stated, “I was intrigued to engage with the banks’ FATCA compliance teams in an open discussion format. The rush of back and forth Q&A and thinking on my feet felt like sixteen years ago when I was a Senior Manager with Coopers & Lybrand leading in-house workshops.  Very complex issues but I’ve since been invited for other workshops so must have been well received.”

He continued, “But the best part of this lecture series was that I shared the floor with an international tax program alumni, and former federal IRS prosecutor, Robert Payne.  It’s wonderful to see the positive impact that the international tax program has played in an alumni’s career.”

“After the workshops, I fielded questions from participants about Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s distance learning pedagogical leadership via video conference specific to a bank’s tax department.”  William Byrnes said “I will continue to introduce Thomas Jefferson to a wider financial community via my alumni outreach, publications and subscribers, and invited lectures with the hope that embedded externships for the current JD and Master students may be established over the coming years.”

Conference information is available at:

San Diego County Bar https://www.sdcba.org/index.cfm?pg=events&evAction=showDetail&eid=11009&evSubAction=listAll

LATCAM http://www.puntolatino.ch/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6240%3A160413-seminar-the-foreign-tay-compliance-act-fatca&catid=345%3Acamara-latinoamericana-de-comercio-en-suiza&Itemid=487&lang=de

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Brazil – U.S. Legal Education Exchange Program (LEEP)

Posted by William Byrnes on July 30, 2011


Brazil-U.S. Legal Education Exchange Program (LEEP)

http://www.tjsl.edu/news-media/2011/3711

On Thursday, July 28, the 72 Brazilian lawyers who studied at Thomas Jefferson School of Law for the month said “adeus” to the law school and to each other in a closing ceremony in the Earl B. Gilliam Moot Court Room.

“It’s the end of a journey but it’s the beginning of a new journey,” said Carla McEwen, the director of the Brazilian exchange program at TJSL. “

“We are privileged to have been able to accommodate you for the past month,” William Byrnes, Associate Dean for Distance Learning, told the lawyers, who were here to study the U.S. legal system as well as learn something about American culture. “We hope we have created lasting relationships between the United States and Brazil.”

The program is formally called the Brazil – U.S. Legal Education Exchange Program (LEEP), and this was its first year of operation. Next year, Thomas Jefferson students will be going to Brazil to study and more Brazilian lawyers will be coming to San Diego.

“I am very, very glad I participated in the program,” said Barbara Gimenez, one of the participants. “I highly recommend it to my colleagues in Brazil.”

“It was a good overview of the U.S. legal system,” according to Julia Cadete, another participant. “The course fulfilled its goals.”

Luiz Fabricio said it was an enlightening experience for him. “I not only found out about the U.S. legal system, but I got to know the lovely San Diego and its many wonders.”

“We were learning every moment we were here,” said Franciann Araujo, “even when we were not in the classroom. It wasn’t just a legal exchange, but a cultural exchange as well.”

Carla McEwen was happy the students benefitted from the program, adding “we did benefit greatly too.” She is “very sad to see them go,” but has a sense of accomplishment that the exchange program went so well. “We fulfilled our mission.”

Members of the Attorney General Union (AGU), Central Bank, SUSEP (Seguros), and members of the Sao Paolo Bar may contact William Byrnes at wbyrnes@tjsl.edu or Carla McEwen (mcewenc@tjsl.edu) for more information for sessions in November 2011 (Central Bank only), January 2012 (all government) and next July 2012.

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