Eric Ryan

Tax Partner

DLA Piper (US) LLP
East Palo Alto, California, USA

Law Firm - International

Professional Summary

Eric D. Ryan concentrates in international tax planning, transfer pricing, post merger integration of legal entities and operations and tax controversy. He has over 25 years of experience, both as a tax partner advisor and an internal corporate tax director, on key international tax structuring issues. His clients are primarily in the high technology industry, including software, hardware, semiconductors and life sciences companies.

His experience includes advising clients in choice of location for their operations; conducting direct negotiations for tax holidays in countries such as Switzerland, Singapore and others; advising on intercompany arrangements that minimize Subpart F and similar tax issues; and advising on intercompany economic terms that seek to maximize profits in appropriate jurisdictions. He advises on the use of holding companies, the valuation of transfer of tangible and intangible property and the establishment of cost-sharing operations. Mr. Ryan is experienced in developments of advice pricing agreements (APA’s) and intercompany debt and equity.

On behalf of the Government of the United States Virgin Islands, Mr. Ryan worked to obtain the favorable guidance from the US Treasury and Internal Revenue Service ultimately contained within Notice 2006-76, relating to the qualification of certain e-commerce business models for income tax exemptions in the USVI.

As tax director for Apple Computer, Inc., Mr. Ryan was responsible for the worldwide tax planning, compliance and audit defense activity for this Fortune 100 company operating in more than 30 countries. He led that company’s efforts to respond to the IRS at the exam, appeals and Tax Court levels. Mr. Ryan was responsible for the efforts which led to the favorable Tax Court decision regarding Apple's inclusion of stock option compensation in the qualifying base for R&E credits (Apple Computer, Inc. v. Commissioner, 98 T.C. No. 18 (1992)). He was also the architect of the world’s first APA in 1991, between the US and Australia, and later for others with Japan and Canada.

Mr. Ryan is listed as one of the pre-eminent practitioners in the Guide to the Worlds' Leading Transfer Pricing Advisors, published by Euromoney. In 2006, he was recognized as one of the top tax lawyers in the Bay Area in a study published by Bay Area Lawyer magazine. He is a frequent speaker on international tax matters for several organizations, including the California Bar Association Tax Section, the Asia Tax Executives Forum, and the Council for International Tax Education (CITE).

Mr. Ryan is a Pro Bono Coordinator for the East Palo Alto office.

United States Tax Court

Member of San Jose State University Masters In Tax Program Advisory Board
American Bar Association, Taxation Section
California Bar Association, Taxation Section
Silicon Valley Tax Directors Group

"Intersport and Taxpayer-Initiated Transfer Pricing Adjustments," Tax Management Transfer Pricing Report, Vol. 21, No. 2, (May 17, 2012)
"Transfer Pricing in Hong Kong: An End to the IRD's Complacency," Tax Management Transfer Pricing Report, Vol. 20, No. 3 (June, 2011)
"Tax Increases Contained in Health Care Reconciliation Act: Tax Costs of Economic Substance Doctrine; Who Will Pay the UIMC Tax?," Practical US/International Tax Strategies (March, 2010)
"482 Regulations for Services Transactions: Critical Items in Effect in 2007," Practical US/International Tax Strategies,” (June, 2007)
"Where is Transfer Pricing Going in the PRC?," DLA Piper International Tax Newsletter (April, 2007)
"Favorable IRS Guidance on US Possessions Software Business Models," Journal of International Taxation, (December, 2006)
"Companies Must Act Promptly to Comply with New Intercompany Services Regulations," Practical US/International Tax Strategies (August, 2006)
"Closing the Harbor: Intercompany Loan Guarantees Revisited Under Proposed Services Regulations," Tax Management Transfer Pricing Report (April 28, 2004)
"Proposed Regulations on Stock Option

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DLA Piper (US) LLP
East Palo Alto, California, USA
Tax Partner
Law Firm - International
2004 - Present
International Tax Partner


JD, Law 1977
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law - Boalt Hall
Berkeley, California, United States

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Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

  • California Northern District Court
  • U.S. Tax Court

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  • San Jose State University, Masters In Tax - Advisory Board

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