William W. Bell

Of Counsel
Fort Worth
777 Main Street
Suite 1100
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
512.222.6631 Direct

Austin (secondary office)
401 Congress Avenue
Suite 2100
Austin, Texas 78701
512.222.6631 Direct

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Profile

William Bell has more than 25 years of experience in international taxation. He focuses primarily on U.S.-owned businesses with foreign operations, and on international businesses which have a combination of U.S. and foreign owners. Bill has represented domestic and foreign parties in joint ventures in Asia (including China and India), Latin America (including Mexico and Brazil), Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

In the technology sector, Bill represents companies and entrepreneurs in industries such as computer software, e-commerce, control systems and medical devices. Having practiced in Houston for the first 20 years of his career, Bill has extensive experience in the energy sector, including representation of companies engaged in exploration and production, transportation, and manufacturing, as well as companies providing energy services including seismic, engineering and contract drilling. He has extensive experience structuring international operations of trading and distribution companies both within and outside the energy sector.

Representative Experience

  • Coordination of foreign and U.S. income tax considerations, with a view to lowering the client's worldwide effective tax rate
  • Use of offshore corporations by U.S. taxpayers in appropriate circumstances in order to achieve deferral of U.S. income taxation and, where possible, a lowering of the ultimate tax burden
  • Choice of optimal jurisdiction for foreign holding companies
  • Representation of taxpayers before the IRS, Tax Court, Court of Claims and U.S. District Court
  • Coordination of income tax and estate tax planning for high net worth individuals
  • Drafting of partnership agreements and other documents
  • Structuring of mergers and acquisitions
Industries
    Bar Admissions
    • Texas, 1980
    • U.S. Tax Court
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
    Languages
    Education
    University of Texas School of Law
    • J.D., 1980
    • with high honors
    • Chancellors
    • Order of the Coif
    University of Texas at Austin
    • B.B.A., 1977
    • with highest honors
    • Omicron Delta Kappa
    Professional & Community Involvement
    Awards & Recognition
    • Best Lawyers in America 2011-2014
    • Super Lawyers, Texas Monthly
    • Tarrant County's Top Attorneys, Fort Worth, Texas
    Presentation Topics
    • International taxation of computer software and Internet (e-commerce) transactions
    • International tax planning with S corporations
    • Minimizing the overall tax burden of U.S. exporters
    • Tax planning for foreign investors in U.S. real estate