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Sandra M. Spector

Senior Attorney

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Vacaville and Oakland

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Sandra Spector entered the practice of law following nine years of service in the United States Air Force. Her experience includes corporate taxation, international tax planning, cross border mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations, post acquisition integrations, inbound and outbound investments, transfer pricing, anti-money laundering, fintech, and entertainment law. She has also represented clients in matters related to residency and employment taxes and executive compensation.

In addition to tax, Sandra has represented clients in routine corporate matters and has advised clients on the provisions of the Bank Secrecy Act.

Recent matters include the following:

* Advises multinational companies on international tax issues involving controlled foreign corporations and subpart F income, passive foreign investment entities, BEAT, foreign tax credits, foreign investment in U.S. real property, withholding taxes and the availability of treaty benefits.

* Transfer pricing analysis and documentation in support of various intercompany transactions.

* Advises clients entering emerging markets such as China and India as well as clients setting up operations in the European Union with particular expertise in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland.

* Advises clients on matters related to expatriation.

* Represents individuals before the California Franchise Tax Board in residency determinations.

*Structures cash and deferred compensation arrangements, reviews settlement agreements, employment and independent contractor agreements and benefit plan documents to ensure compliance with tax law.

* Structured inbound investment for early stage companies.

* Drafts contracts for clients in media and entertainment industries.

* Provides advice to multinational clients on the application of the Bank Secrecy Act.


  • University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California
    • J.D. - 2001
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada
    • B.A. - 1998

Pro-Bono Activities

  • California Lawyers for the Arts

Professional Associations

  • San Mateo Bar Association
  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • International Fiscal Association
  • California Bar Association, Tax Section
  • American Bar Association, Tax Section

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Tax Court