Ken Okawara is head of transfer pricing and economic analysis at Baker McKenzie's Tokyo office. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Okawara was a senior partner and a co-head of Ernst & Young's transfer pricing practice in Japan. He has a PhD in economics and is a licensed tax attorney. He has published several books and numerous articles on transfer pricing and international tax issues in Japan and overseas. He speaks frequently on international transfer pricing and tax issues at various seminars in Japan and many other countries. He teaches international tax at Gakushuin University. He was also a research affiliate at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business on Japanese economy and business.
Ken has assisted numerous multinational companies in negotiations with the tax authorities of Japan and other countries and has helped clients to obtain resolution of transfer pricing disputes at bilateral and multilateral competent authority proceedings. He has been involved in over 60 Advance Pricing Arrangements and competent authority cases covering Japan, the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and China.