Mark Baran is a lawyer and Principal in the Tax Department at Marks Paneth LLP. He has more than 25 years of specialized tax, transactional and legal experience advising publicly-traded and private companies, regulated financial institutions, investors, high net worth individuals, and government agencies.
Mr. Baran provides specialized tax consulting and transactional services to a broad spectrum of clients and industries including the public sector. He routinely provides tax opinions on the tax implications of proposed transactions, products, services and initiatives, and serves as a firm resource in the areas of financial services and products, regulatory compliance and planning, lending transactions and payment obligations, tax information reporting, expert witness support, asset management and tax controversies. Mr. Baran also advises governments in developing countries on the design and implementation of tax and fiscal reform programs. Areas of expertise include M&A planning and due diligence, corporate reorganizations and dissolution, financing transactions, S corporations, tax and policy administration, and specialized cross border transactions.
His distinguished career encompasses public accounting, the public sector, private legal practice and as an industry advocate and expert. Most recently, he was a director in the national tax office and a federal practice tax leader for a Big Four accounting firm. Mr. Baran also practiced law at a prominent law firm in Washington DC, served as a director and senior tax counsel for a leading financial services trade association, and worked as a senior attorney for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He is a frequent writer and speaker, and taught advanced tax courses at industry and practitioner events including courses at the George Washington University Law School and Stonier Graduate School of Banking (University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School). Mr. Baran also participated in international programs and committees, and appeared before several federal courts including as amicus for the US Supreme Court, US Tax Court and the US Federal Court of Appeals.
Mr. Baran holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida, a Juris Doctor from Samford University Cumberland School of Law, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in taxation from Emory University Law School. He is licensed in Florida, Georgia and Washington DC, and is an active member of several professional groups including the American Bar Association Tax Section. Mr. Baran is based at Marks Paneth’s Long Island and Washington locations.