Karl Gruendel

Karl Gruendel

Partner, Transfer Pricing, Ernst & Young Tax Co.

25 years in Japan. Over 20 years supporting multinational clients in transfer pricing and international tax matters.

Karl Gruendel is an International Tax and Transactions partner with more than 20 years of experience in Japan. He was named one of the “World’s Leading Transfer Pricing Advisers” by Legal Media Group.

He has conducted economic analysis to evaluate the transfer pricing of a wide range of clients. He has also represented clients in various discussions with the Japanese tax authorities. He has defended companies under audit, supported companies in their negotiations for advance pricing agreements, assisted with appeals of tax assessments and supported clients during bilateral mutual agreement procedures.

He graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in economics and East Asian Studies. He also studied in Japan as a Fulbright Scholar at Kobe University’s Graduate School of Economics. He speaks English (native) and Japanese (fluent in speaking and reading).

Building a better working world

Transfer pricing is a complex field that involves much more than just documentation and compliance. In addition to supporting my clients with their compliance, I help them to navigate complex disputes between two (or more) tax authorities competing to tax the same income. I also help clients understand the Japanese tax authority’s mindset and approach as I support them in formulating positions that will prevent lengthy disputes or break deadlocks in negotiations between Japan and other countries. This is how I help resolve significant issues for my clients and prevent further transfer pricing disputes in the future.

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