Philipp Behrendt is licensed in California as well as in Germany and assists in advising clients in civil and criminal tax controversies as well as international money laundering investigations stemming from tax avoidance structures. He also focuses on the technical aspects involved in advising voluntary disclosures in connection with DeFis, NFTs, and other crypto assets.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Behrendt worked for more than 5 years for a leading German tax firm, where he focused on representing wealthy individuals and companies in global tax settings, cross-border investigations and audit matters, as well as tax compliance issues arising from internationally functioning matrix structures. Mr. Behrendt obtained experience in handling complex voluntary disclosure issues for U.S. and other international companies, representing clients in German tax and criminal courts as well as in international money laundering investigations stemming from tax avoidance structures of the client’s business partners and customers. He has worked with client tax teams throughout Europe, the US as well as in the Arabic region.
Mr. Behrendt is an LL.M. graduate of the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law, an LL.M. graduate of the University of Osnabrueck (Germany) as well as holds a law degree from the University of Greifswald (Germany).