Brian Rowbotham


Brian Rowbotham has over 35 years of experience advising individuals and businesses on complex domestic and international tax issues.  Current engagements include:

  • International real estate planning

  • Income and estate tax planning for executives entering the U.S. from Asia and Europe

  • Software and social media companies based in Asia, Europe and the U.S

  • Global investment funds with portfolio and real estate investments

  • U.S. companies with manufacturing and distribution outside the U.S.

  • Cross-border tax planning related to U.S. and foreign expatriation

  • Corporate structuring and expansion including cross border M&A transactions

  • Complex tax audits and representation before the IRS related to recent IRS voluntary tax compliance programs where significant non-reporting penalties have been assessed

Speaking Engagements:  Mr. Rowbotham is a guest lecturer at the Haas Business School at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has given presentations worldwide on tax and investment related issues to professional organizations, including: STEP programs in Geneva, Jersey – Channel Islands, Mumbai, Zurich, Los Angeles and the Silicon Valley; International Tax Planning Association and the Offshore Investment programs in Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Puerto Rico, and Singapore.  He has been a speaker at the World Economic Forums in Mumbai and New Delhi and maintains close ties to the Indian business community in the U.S. and abroad.  Locally, he has given presentations to the CPA Society and to the San Francisco Bar Association.

Articles and Publications:  Mr. Rowbotham was recently a speaker at the AICPA conference on International tax planning for executives living abroad in Washington DC.  He was featured on the cover of the California CPA publication for his lead article on Doing Business in China.  He has been a contributor to many international tax and investment journals, including a feature article in Thompson Reuters Venture Capital Journal about the lack of corporate governance that lead to the financial collapse.  He was profiled in the San Francisco Business Times as an entrepreneur in the accounting profession.  He was awarded the 2012 Distinguished Service award for San Francisco by the California CPA Society.

Experience & Education:  Mr. Rowbotham founded the firm in San Francisco in 1991.  He was formerly a Senior Tax Manager with the San Francisco and London offices of PriceWaterhouseCoopers where he advised international executives and companies.  He was previously a tax consultant with Arthur Andersen.  Mr. Rowbotham is a Certified Public Accountant, and earned his bachelors degree and MBA, with honors, from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business.

San Francisco Office

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San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: (415) 433-1177
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