Bruce Zagaris

… has advised individuals, entities and governments on international business, especially the regulatory and enforcement aspects.

Mr. Zagaris has worked on tax controversy matters, including representing individuals on voluntary disclosures, audits, and litigation, as well as consulting and serving as an expert witness in criminal trials for defendants and the U.S. government. Since 1981, he has also represented foreign governments in international tax and financial services, including advising and helping negotiate income tax, tax information exchange agreements, and bilateral investment treaties.

His practice includes counseling on a wide variety of criminal, especially white collar, work. He has handled evidence gathering and extradition cases and cases involving prisoner transfer applications. His criminal work has included counseling on extradition and international evidence gathering cases, testifying as an expert in international criminal cases involving money laundering and tax crimes, and counseling of witnesses for grand jury investigations.

Since 1985, he has edited the International Enforcement Law Reporter, a monthly publication.

His practice has included a substantial amount of money movement issues, especially international ones. He has counseled defendants in criminal cases and served as a consultant and expert witness for criminal defendants. His work includes advising businesses on developing and implementing anti-money laundering due diligence plans. He has trained prosecutors, regulatory, and law enforcement officials on prosecuting money laundering and recovery of assets.

Mr. Zagaris is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and has a working knowledge of French.

Professional Affiliations

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  • International Criminal Law: Cases and Materials (co-author with Jordan J. Paust et al). Carolina Academic Press, 4th Ed 2013.
  • Investment Treaties Important for International Tax and Business Planning, Tax Notes International, 1161 (March 25, 2013)
  • International White Collar Crime: Cases and Materials. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010.
  • International Enforcement Law Reporter ( (founder and editor), monthly since 1985.
Recent Speaking Engagements
  • C20 Conference to Prepare Recommendations on Anti-Corruption and Transparency for G20 Summit, Melbourne, Australia, June 20, 2014
  • Corporate Monitors in U.S. Criminal Cases, Challenges in Economic and Financial Crime in Europe, Dec. 2, 2014, Luxembourg
  • Ethical Issues in Offshore Planning, ALI International Trust and Estate Planning, Oct. 19-20, 2014, San Francisco, CA.
  • FATCA: Investment Reporting and Implications for Caribbean Financial Institutions, Barbados International Business Association, October 26, 2012.


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