Alan Granwell Esq.

Of Counsel

Alan Granwell has practiced in the area of international taxation for over 40 years. He is of counsel to Sharp Partners PA, resident in their Washington, DC office. Mr. Granwell’s practice encompasses representing multinational corporations on cross-border planning, to include acquisitions, dispositions and business restructurings, IP migrations, services arrangements, repatriation planning, international insurance, international transportation, cross-border leasing, transfer pricing and the use of bilateral tax treaties. He also advises high-net-worth individuals on cross-border tax planning and structuring, to include foreign persons becoming U.S. persons and U.S. persons moving offshore or expatriating.

In the past few years, Mr. Granwell has become active in advising investors from emerging countries engaged in cross-border transactions involving the United States and Europe and in advising financial institutions and their clients on international tax enforcement initiatives, with special emphasis on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and the U.S. Department of Justice Program for Swiss Banks.

Mr. Granwell also conducts an active administrative practice, regularly representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the US Treasury Department (including negotiating advance pricing agreements, conducting competent authority proceedings, advising taxpayers on voluntary disclosures, assisting clients in obtaining regulatory changes and tax rulings and advising clients on tax legislation matters).

From 1981 through 1984, Mr. Granwell was the International Tax Counsel and Director, Office of International Tax Affairs at the US Department of the Treasury.  In that capacity, Mr. Granwell was the senior international tax advisor at the Treasury Department and was responsible for advising the Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy on legislation, regulations and administrative matters involving international taxation and directing the US tax treaty program.

Mr. Granwell has written numerous articles and has been a frequent lecturer on international tax matters globally. 

LL.M., New York University School of Law (1976) 
LL.M., Taxation, Boston University School of Law (1969)
J.D., Boston University School of Law (1968)
A.B., Middlebury College (1965)

Alan W. Granwell is a member of the Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Foreign Income Advisory Board.