Edwin Whatley

Partner and Head of Tax Practice Group – Tokyo

Baker McKenzie



Edwin Whatley leads the Firm's Tax Practice Group in Tokyo and is highly experienced in both US and Japanese tax law. He is recognized as a leader in his field by the Asia Pacific Legal 500, Tax Directors Handbook and Chambers Asia. Edwin has authored numerous articles on US and Japanese tax and regularly speaks on tax matters at international conferences and seminars. He is actively involved in pro bono work, including assistance on various matters to the California, Georgia and Tokyo Bar Association. Prior to joining the Tokyo office, he worked in the Firm's San Francisco practice.

Practice Focus

Edwin focuses on international taxation, corporate and international tax planning, transfer pricing and tax controversies for Japanese and foreign corporations. He also works with clients on reorganizations and acquisitions in Japan. He advises on transfer pricing analysis and controversies, and helps Japanese multinationals on foreign tax issues. He is seasoned in unilateral and bilateral transfer pricing matters involving Japan, the US and other countries. He also handles tax structuring, preparation of documentation, and Japanese tax rulings to reduce or eliminate withholding tax on transactions in software and other intangibles, as well as Japanese consumption tax and customs.

The latest articles from Edwin Whatley

Wealth Solutions & Wealth Planning

Kon'nichiwa, Nihon! Baker McKenzie breaks down the Key Legislation of the Island Nation From its fascinating culture, to driven workforce and technological aptitude, Japan has truly marked itself out as a prolific presence on the global stage, with foreigners looking to the nation to seek out both business and domestic opportunities alike. For those looking to operate in the island nat....