Peter Blessing is head, Cross-Border Corporate Transactions, in the Washington National Tax practice of KPMG LLP, working out of the New York City and Stamford offices. Prior to joining KPMG in 2013, he was a partner for over 25 years in a major Wall Street law firm.
Mr Blessing's practice involves transactional and advisory matters, often in a cross-border context. For example, he is involved in planning and implementation of cross-border acquisitions, reorganisations and spinoffs, joint ventures, IP ownership structures, and financing structures, including obtaining rulings where appropriate and handling controversies at the examination and appellate levels. Mr Blessing advises clients in the financial services, information services, entertainment/media, automotive, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, medical device, natural resources, property, and other industries.
Mr Blessing is Vice Chair Government Relations of the American Bar Association Tax Section (Chair, Committee on Foreign Activities of US Taxpayers, 2004-06 and Council Director, 2007-10); member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section (Section Chair, 2010); Executive Vice President of the International Fiscal Association's USA Branch (US representative to IFA's Permanent Scientific Committee, 2008-15); member of the International Bar Association Taxes Committee (Chair, 2011); Board member, International Tax Institute (President, 2003-05); Board member, Working Group on Legal Opinions; member of the Tax Forum; and fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.
Mr Blessing has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School (2008-11). He is also a frequent lecturer on tax matters. He co-authors and edits a treatise on international M&A, and has authored a treatise on US income tax treaties. He also authors a volume on source of income and a chapter on tax opinions in the leading work on legal opinions. In addition, he has published numerous journal articles on a range of subjects, such as corporate inversions, dual consolidated losses, conduit financing, transfer pricing, sovereign immunity and privileged tax communications.
Mr Blessing graduated from Princeton University, Columbia Law School and New York University School of Law (LLM Taxation).