Alston & Bird has broadened its transfer pricing and international tax capabilities with the addition of counsel E. Miller Williams, Jr. in the firm’s Atlanta office. Joining from Ernst & Young, where he was a principal, Williams advises multinational companies on complex transfer pricing matters, with an emphasis on international transfer pricing controversy, audits, advance pricing agreements, competent authority, and intercompany planning and structuring.
“Miller is an extremely talented and versatile international tax attorney who brings almost 30 years of experience in transfer pricing, which continues to be one of the biggest tax risks and areas of uncertainty for multinational corporations,” said John Baron, Alston & Bird partner and head of the firm’s Federal & International Tax Group. “He is one of the country’s foremost authorities on transfer pricing whose practical knowledge and experience in advance pricing agreements, competent authority matters, and other sophisticated tax matters reflect the exceptional talent our clients seek to help navigate the challenges and complexities of this specialized yet crucial area of cross-border tax compliance.”
Williams works directly with the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) APMA Program to resolve transfer pricing disputes involving a variety of foreign countries, including India, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, France, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, and China. His experience also includes providing transfer pricing planning and documentation services to many U.S. multinationals and U.S. subsidiaries of foreign multinationals.
Before joining private practice, Williams was a principal at three nationally recognized accounting firms and a senior attorney in the IRS Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International) and Advance Pricing Agreement Program in Washington, D.C. He also served as an officer and attorney in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he was a prosecutor, defense counsel, and administrative law attorney.
Williams is the most recent attorney to join Alston & Bird’s growing tax practice. He follows partners Laura Gavioli and Shawna Tunnell, who joined the firm in 2020, and partner Richard Slowinski, who arrived in 2019.