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Peter Blessing

Associate Chief Counsel
Internal Revenue Service

Peter Blessing is Associate Chief Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service, and he was Head of Cross-Border Corporate Transactions in KPMG’s Washington National Tax Practice (WNT). Prior to joining KPMG, Blessing served 25 years as a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP, a leading international law firm.

Prominent in the area of cross-border taxation, Blessing has received numerous accolades and recognitions from both peers and clients during the course of his career. He is ranked highly in various surveys, including "Best Lawyers of America 2012," Euromoney's "Best of the Best USA 2012" and Chambers and Tax Directors' Handbook. Blessing is the editor of Kluwer's recently published two-volume set Tax Planning for International Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, and Restructurings.

Blessing is a member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association and the Executive Committee of IFA USA Branch. He is active in various other professional organizations as well, having held leadership roles in a number of them (including his position as former chair of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section). He has also taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School.

Education:
LL.M., New York University (1981)
J.D., Columbia University (1977)
A.B., Princeton University (1973)

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