Robert Christoffel is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Tax Department.

Mr. Christoffel represents public and private companies and private equity funds in a variety of domestic and international tax matters. He advises clients on US federal income taxation, with a particular emphasis on structuring and negotiating taxable and tax-free corporate mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, spinoffs, dispositions of ongoing business enterprises, and structuring of investments by private equity funds into domestic and foreign portfolio companies.

He has broad experience assisting multinational companies with significant US and foreign operations structure their operations and transactions to achieve desired business objectives in a tax-efficient manner.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Christoffel worked in the Washington, D.C. office of another leading international law firm.

Mr. Christoffel also is a fully qualified German lawyer, having successfully passed the German First and Second State Exam.

Mr. Christoffel has authored on an array of tax related topics including, “OECD Consults on Taxing the Digitalized Economy,” International Journal (BNA), May 2019, “US Trade Representative Launches Investigations of DSTS of Numerous Trading Partners,” Global Trade Magazine, June 2020, and “German Withholding Tax on Royalty Payments between Non-German Parties,” The Licensing Journal, April 2021.

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Education

  • JD, University of Maryland School of Law, 2015
    summa cum laude
  • Second State Exam, Higher Regional Court, Düsseldorf, 2012
  • LLM in Comparative Law, University of Miami School of Law, 2007

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Dutch

Practices