Jeffrey L. Rubinger

Partner, Tax Practice Group Leader
Area of Focus: Tax
"His technical knowledge is amazing. His creativity in designing structures and research is unsurpassed." -Chambers USA 
Jeff is a fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel who is known worldwide as the lawyer to seek out when companies require a creative, sophisticated solution to a complex international tax situation. From U.S. companies expanding overseas to foreign businesses investing in the United States, clients turn to Jeff for his extensive knowledge of the tax laws in a wide variety of jurisdictions, including countries in South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Jeff is distinctive in Florida for his significant experience with outbound matters. His previous career as a certified public accountant at a major accounting firm gives him a thorough understanding of the business issues his clients face every day.
Q & A
Why should a client hire you as opposed to another international tax lawyer?
There are few lawyers in Florida who do what I do, particularly from an outbound perspective. Many international tax lawyers solely focus on foreign investment into U.S. real estate. I do that, but a large part of my practice involves assisting domestic companies who are expanding overseas.  Clients hire me when they need someone with thorough knowledge of the tax laws in different countries. Because of my experience working with many different clients in many different countries on outbound work, I know when to use one jurisdiction over another to create a tax structure that accomplishes exactly what my client needs.
Are there any new developments you’re monitoring for clients?
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have proposed new rules regarding base-erosion and profit-shifting (BEPS). I am actively monitoring the progress of these rules to determine their impact on my client's structures.
Do you work collaboratively with other practices at Bilzin Sumberg?
Frequently. It’s very helpful that we have strong practices in real estate, corporate, litigation, and other areas. Many times I seek their advice when representing clients in cross-border tax planning. We are all in one office so I know the quality of the other people. We are almost like a boutique, but within a full-service firm. 

Internal tax restructuring for multibillion-dollar energy trading hedge fund. Our work enabled certain United States investors to obtain long-term capital gain on a portion of the funds earnings relating to energy futures contracts.

Advised $5 billion hedge fund on synthetic investment, through total return swap, in publicly-traded REIT to avoid withholding tax on distributions to fund’s foreign feeder.
International tax planning for energy trading hedge fund in connection with investment by its Cayman feeder fund in a publicly-traded REIT via a total return equity swap.
Provided tax advice in the structuring of an umbrella partnership real estate investment trust (UPREIT).

Jeff is an adjunct professor in the University of Miami Law School’s graduate tax program. 

  • New York University, L.L.M., Masters of Law in Taxation, 1999
    University of Florida, J.D., Levin College of Law, with honors, 1997
    University of Florida, M.A., Accounting, 1992
    University of Florida, B.S., 1991
  • American Bar Association
    U.S. Activities of Foreigners and Tax Treaties Section, Vice-Chair
    American College of Tax Counsel
    University of Miami School of Law, Taxation LL.M.
    Adjunct Professor
    The Florida Bar
    Tax Section
    International Fiscal Association
    Tax Section
  • Florida
    New York
  • Band 1, Chambers USA, Tax, 2011, 2014 - present

    The Best Lawyers in America, Tax Law, 2009 - present; Litigation & Controversy - Tax, 2016, 2019

    The Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year - Litigation & Controversy - Tax, 2017

    Florida Super Lawyers, 2015 - present

    South Florida Legal Guide, Top Lawyers, 2020
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