Richard S. Levine

Special counsel

Richard is special counsel in the private client and tax team.

He is familiar with the taxation of partnerships, LLCs, corporations and trusts from both an income and an estate tax perspective, along with knowing how to incorporate them into international structures, he is one of our renaissance lawyers who ties together many aspects of our tax practice for individuals and wealthy families. Richard recently helped a real estate developer transfer minority interests in closely-held entities to trusts to minimize both state income tax and federal estate taxes; a hedge fund manager form a private trust company to administer both personal and charitable assets; a wealthy entrepreneur to create an insurance dedicated fund as part of US pre-immigration planning; and an investment professional to expatriate while minimizing his exit tax. When he is not using private placement insurance and annuity structures to confound the IRS, he is busy confounding opponents decades his junior by blowing up their tanks in late night games of Battlefield on his son’s Xbox. He is one of the few lawyers in our firm who has read every page of the US FATCA regulations (both the Chapter 3 and 4 portions), as well as the OECD CRS Standards, Commentary and Implementation Handbook, and stands ready to explain all the new international transparency and automatic exchange of information regimes without putting the audience to sleep. A tax lawyer who speaks plain English (well American), Richard would be happy to discuss arcane points of international compensation planning and the use of bilateral tax treaties to minimize US tax on investment income, but he would rather delve into which type of bitters to add to his next recipe for raspberry jam.

Richard is our resident tax guru. No, really, he has had the e-mail address since 1992. But please use his Withers e-mail for work related communication since the spam filter on the other address is quite savage these days and we wouldn’t want urgent information to be overlooked.

Secrétaire Karolyn DeGrand






Structuring UK operations for a hedge fund management company.

Structuring joint venture for US and UK investors in carbon trading operations.

US tax compliance and trust planning for wealthy Asian family.

State of New Jersey, 1986

State of New York, 1987

State of Florida, 1993

State of Illinois, 1996

State of Connecticut, 2002

Quirks in a U.S. Treaty With Malta Turn Into a Power Play,’ Wall Street Journal - August 20, 2021, quoted

‘Foreign Individuals, Trusts Face New U.S. Tax on Some Income,’ Bloomberg Law News - May 30, 2019, quoted __

American Bar Association

HNW Tax Rate Increases Outlined in House Proposal,’ Bloomberg News - September 16, 2021, interview with Ben Steverman

‘Looking Ahead: The power of Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI),’ Withersworldwide webinar - June 29, 2020, co-presenter

Looking Ahead: Top 5 estate planning techniques during these uncertain times,’ Withersworldwide webinar - June 15, 2020, co-presenter



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