Daniel Pilarski
Partner, Tax


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Daniel Pilarski

Summary Open

Daniel is a Partner in the firm’s Tax group in New York. His practice primarily focuses on the US tax aspects of cross-border transactions. His advice includes structuring transactions to achieve the optimum tax result by minimizing withholding tax and addressing anti-deferral regimes. Daniel advises several clients regarding the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), both in compliance and in documenting FATCA provisions in loan and other agreements. Daniel also helps clients analyze the US freight tax on shipping income and the exemption from tax.

Daniel also heads the firm’s US sanctions practice, and advises clients in understanding and complying with the rules and regulations of the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). In addition, Daniel advises on ERISA (US pension law) and the regulation of swaps and other derivatives. Daniel also represents clients in and negotiates real estate joint ventures and other corporate transactions.

Experience Open

    • Advised an international investment fund based in the Middle East in relation to tax structuring of investments.
    • Advised a Scandinavian bank in relation to its compliance with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), and FATCA documentation of its loan agreements.
    • Advised a fund in relation to unwinding a $600m tax lease portfolio acquired from Pitney Bowes.
    • Advised a number of shipping companies and financial institutions in relation to their compliance with Dodd-Frank and regulatory requirements for swaps.
    • Prepared and filed freight tax returns and provided related tax advice for a global shipping company.
    • Advised a number of shipping companies in relation to state and local sales tax consequences of vessel sales.
    • Advised a lending syndicate in responding to apparent sanctions violations and subsequent workout by shipping company.
    • Advised a number of banks in relation to sanctions implications of financing vessels chartered to entities subject to Ukraine-related “sectoral sanctions.”
    • Advised a U.S. real estate development company in structuring and implementing tax-free exchange of real estate.
    • Represented a real estate investment group in multiple joint ventures with respect to storage facilities.
    • Advised a U.S. based charitable organization in obtaining tax-exempt status and related operations.

Education Open

  • 2009: New York University School of Law, LL.M.
  • 2005: New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • 2000: University of Chicago, A.B.

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • New York State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Employment Record Open

  • 2015-present: Partner, Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2013-2015: Associate, Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2005-2013: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

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