NEW YORK, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Peter Blessing has joined KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm, as head of Cross-Border Corporate Transactions in the firm's Washington National Tax Practice (WNT). Prior to joining KPMG, Blessing served 25 years as a partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP, a leading international law firm.
"Peter Blessing's reputation precedes him as one of the 'Best Lawyers in America' and his extensive and specialized knowledge in cross-border transactions will be of great benefit to KPMG and our clients," said Jeffrey C. LeSage, vice chair of Tax Services at KPMG. "He'll be a great addition to our outstanding team of tax partners and professionals."
Prominent in the area of cross-border taxation, Blessing has received numerous accolades and recognitions from both peers and clients during the course of his career. He is ranked highly in various surveys, including "Best Lawyers of America 2012," Euromoney's "Best of the Best USA 2012" and Chambers and Tax Directors' Handbook. Blessing is the editor of Kluwer's recently published two-volume set Tax Planning for International Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, and Restructurings.
"Joining KPMG's Washington National Tax practice is an incredible opportunity," said Blessing. "I'm looking forward to helping expand the firm's service to clients, particularly through cross-border acquisitions and financing."
Blessing is a member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association and the Executive Committee of IFA USA Branch. He is active in various other professional organizations as well, having held leadership roles in a number of them (including his position as former chair of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section). He has also taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School.
Blessing holds an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law, a JD degree from Columbia University Law School, and a BA degree from Princeton University.
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SOURCE KPMG LLP