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Gregory Walsh

Gregory Walsh is an attorney in the International Tax and Global Wealth Management practice groups and co-head of the FATCA/CRS practice at Baker McKenzie in Switzerland. In connection with tax and wealth management matters, he also has substantial experience advising clients in corporate and securities issues. Gregory focuses his practice on international tax planning and global wealth management matters. He advises financial institutions and private clients on trust and company structures, FATCA and CRS compliance, US withholding tax and Qualified Intermediary compliance, tax treaty issues, individual and corporate tax planning, financial institution tax compliance and tax regularization matters. He advises closely held businesses and wealth management enterprises in restructuring and compliance matters. He also serves as counsel to global executives in connection with cross-border and mobility planning and compliance. Gregory speaks regularly on financial institution tax and automatic exchange of information (AEOI) compliance issues and has presented at conferences in Europe and the Middle East. He has developed training and compliance materials for financial institutions in these areas and he has lectured at universities and for private educational providers on AEOI, US tax, international tax, and wealth management matters. In connection with international tax and wealth management matters, Gregory also advises clients in diverse corporate law issues including mergers and acquisitions, securities transactions and compliance, corporate governance and commercial transactions. As part of a cross-border practice, he regularly assists clients in interdisciplinary matters in both English and German.

On 8 December 2021, Treasury issued Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to allow the public to review and comment on proposed regulations to implement the beneficial ownership information reporting provisions of the Corporate Transparency Act. Passed on 1 January 2021, the CTA imposes on so-called “Reporting Companies” the obligation to report to Financial Crimes Enforcement Network information regarding their “Beneficial Owners” and company “Applicants.”

On 21 March 2019, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations (the Final Regulations) relating to FATCA verification and certification requirements. FATCA Sponsoring entities, trustees of trustee documented trusts (TDTs) and compliance financial institutions should review their FATCA compliance under the Final Regulations to ensure compliance. The Final…