WeiserMazars


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Senior Advisor

Steve is WeiserMazars Country Business Unit (CBU-Tax) leader and he is a member of the Global Business Unit (GBU-Tax) at Mazars group level. He focuses on cross-border business development as well as heads the Tax Go-to-Market initiatives. Steve has more than 40 years of experience in providing professional tax and consulting services to international banks and global businesses. He has extensive international tax experience with a great deal of concentration in financial services and capital markets. Previously, as head of KPMG’s International Bank Practice, Steve had oversight of a very broad range of consulting engagements, including risk management, enterprise structure, controls and large federal and state tax examination. He chaired that firm’s Global Banking and Finance Tax Group and served as a member of its Global Banking & Finance Steering Committee.

Steve has testified numerous times at hearings of the Internal Revenue Service on proposed tax regulations and provided comments to the OECD on issues of cross-border taxation. He has substantial experience with international tax treaties as well as negotiation of advance pricing agreements with the Internal Revenue Service and has spearheaded direct negotiation with foreign governments.

A frequent lecturer on tax topics, both in the U.S. and abroad, he has also led numerous seminars in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Steve has also written on a broad spectrum of tax subjects and has served as a contributing editor on financial services and capital market issues for several publications.

One of Steve’s signature accomplishments includes being selected as the representative of the accounting profession to serve on a Blue Ribbon Commission chaired by the New York Superintendent of Banks to review the regulation of foreign-owned financial institutions in New York State, following the collapse of BCCI.

Steve served as one of the four independent directors of Refco, Inc. while it was in a chapter 11 proceeding. He is also the Chair of the Audit Committee of a public company. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Turnaround Management Association and the Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors. Steve is a Certified Public Accountant in New York, a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor and is also admitted to the New York Bar.

Steve received his BA in Government with a minor in Economics/Foreign Languages from St. Lawrence University, JD and LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law, and MBA in Accounting from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He also attended advanced management training courses for KPMG partners – Stanford, Insead and Burgenstock (Kellogg).

Industry Expertise

  • Banking

Service Specialties

  • International Services
  • Business Advisory and Recovery Services
  • Accounting, Auditing, and Assurance
  • Tax Planning and Compliance

Licenses & Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant, New York
  • Bar Admission, New York
  • Certified Insolvency Restructuring Advisor, Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors

 

Recent Media Coverage
“Asia Lags Global Peers in FATCA Compliance Drive,” Wealth Briefing, March 6, 2012
“Préparation à la mise en place des mesures FATCA," L’AGEF, March 23, 2012
“GAO Offers IRS Some Advice ON FATCA Start-up,” Compliance Week, April 19, 2012
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Stephen Brecher
646.225.5921
Stephen M. Brecher 
Senior Advisor

New York Office 
135 West 50th Street
New York, New York 10020

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