updated 2:28 PM CEST, May 24, 2023

London-based Withers bolsters its U.S.-Canada cross-border practice in San Francisco

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Withers, the London-based, internationally-focused law firm that specializes in cross-border tax, estate and trust issues, has added to its expertise on U.S./Canadian matters, with recent hires in its San Francisco office. 

Among the new(ish) arrivals (he joined at the end of last year) is special counsel Jonathan N. Garbutt, who comes to Withers from Andersen Tax's San Francisco offices, before which he was with the Calgary, Canada-based firm now calling itself Moodys.

In a statement announcing his arrival, Withers said Garbutt "shares a strong focus on U.S. Canadian trust and estate matters with partner and office managing director Marsha Dungog." 

Dungog, a first-generation Filipino American who originally came to the U.S. with her family, spent almost four-and-a-half years with Moodys in Canada before joining Andersen Tax in San Francisco in 2019, and moving to Withers in October 2020. 

According to Withers, Garbutt advises high-net-worth clients on tax issues relating to trusts and estates, "including matters of corporate tax minization, transfer pricing, tax advice for M&A and investment, cross-border planning and private bankig and asset protection." 

While the core U.S./Canadian team will be based in San Francisco, the practice will integrate with tax lawyers across Withers' other U.S. offices, Dungog said. 

Withers has more than 180 partners and more than 520 other lawyers, who work out of 18 offices worldwide, including – in addition to London and San Francisco – New York, New Haven, Greenwich (Connecticut), Boston, San Diego, Los Angeles, Rancho Santa Fe (California), Tokyo, the British Virgin Islands, Geneva, Milan, Padua (Italy) and Cambridge.