LL.M. in Taxation with a Certificate in Employee Benefits Law – 2006
Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., magna cum laude – 2003
University of Puerto Rico School of Law
B.B.A. in Accounting, magna cum laude
University of Puerto Rico
Ricardo Rivera has broad experience in tax and corporate transactional matters. As well, he has an extensive background in handling and structuring business transactions, partnership and corporate tax planning and corporate governance in a variety of areas. Before having his own practice, he was Counsel at Baker McKenzie and prior was Director and Tax Counsel at American Airlines.
His experience includes U.S. federal planning and controversy issues, federal tax issues driven by international activities, addressing federal and state tax withholding and reporting issues related to temporary and indefinite employment assignments, negotiating contracts, and drafting tax provisions in order to minimize tax risks and ensure key terms are consistent with the client’s tax strategy.
His extensive tax experience also includes assisting clients with ad valorem tax issues and assessments, property tax issues, tax-exempt private foundations and public charities, tax issues driven by executive compensation plans, Section 409A compliance, Section 280G rules for golden parachute payments, and 162(m) limitations, as well as working with estate and gift tax issues, among other specializations.