Shahzad A. Malik

Shahzad Malik is a partner within Nixon Peabody’s M&A and Corporate Transactions practice group and a member of our Tax team. He concentrates on tax issues for mergers, acquisitions, private equity investments and fund formation matters as well as tax controversy issues.

What do you focus on?

Corporate and Transactional Tax Issues

I have extensive experience advising corporate clients on tax matters relating to mergers, acquisitions, private equity investments, fund formation and cross-border transactions. I regularly work with domestic and international public and private companies, private equity and venture capital firms, hedge funds and distressed debt funds on the tax aspects of mid- to large-scale transactions. I work with clients across a variety of industries, with a particular focus in the technology and medical devices sectors.

Much of my work involves international transactions spanning the globe, with significant experience in Canada, India and China.

Tax Controversy and Litigation

In addition to my corporate tax practice, I also represent clients in complex civil and criminal tax controversy and tax litigation matters. I work with clients to resolve tax issues as quickly as possible and have brought tax cases before the United States Tax Court, Federal District Court and the United States Court of Claims. I have also represented many clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the California Franchise Tax Board.

What do you see on the horizon?

I see a significant increase in international investment.

In addition, and with private equity and strategic clients getting savvier in their tax planning, I expect to see changes such as moving intellectual property to lower tax jurisdictions and using LLC structures to maximize desirable tax consequences to their investors and executives.


Shahzad is the principal author of the 2nd edition of Taxation Of Securities Transactions, a comprehensive U.S. federal income tax treatise.


  • “Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee Meeting,” American Bar Association's Business Law Section Virtual Spring Meeting, April 19, 2021
  • Virtual Private Equity Panel, BDO USA LLP, Webinar, July 29, 2020
  • “The 2020 FBAR Litigation Update,” Orange County Bar Association, Tax Law Section, Webinar, July 9, 2020

Law360 names attorneys who moved up the firm ranks in Q2

Law360 | August 18, 2021

This article on notable partner-level promotions during Q2 includes the appointment of Providence Labor & Employment partner Stacie Collier to Chief Talent Officer. In addition, NP’s recent appointments to department heads and practice group leaders were included: San Francisco Complex Commercial Disputes partner Tony Barron as Litigation Department chair, Boston Private Equity & Investment Funds partner John Beals as Investment Funds practice group leader, Boston Corporate partner Chris Keefe as Business & Finance Department chair, Los Angeles Corporate partner Shahzad Malik as Tax team co-leader, Washington DC Community Development Finance partner Matt Mullen as Community Development Finance practice group leader, and Albany Private Equity partner Todd Tidgewell as Corporate practice group leader.

Investment company manager fails to get FBAR case tossed

Law360 | April 09, 2021

This article, on a matter involving penalties assessed by the IRS against an investment company manager accused of an alleged failure to file a foreign bank and financial account form (FBAR), quotes Tax team co-leader and Los Angeles Corporate partner Shahzad Malik on why it was necessary to bring a motion for dismissal.


Shahzad A. Malik

Co-leader, Tax

Los Angeles

Phone: 213-629-6039

Fax: 855-202-7372

New York University, LL.M.

University of Ottawa, J.D.

University of Ottawa, B.S.


Shahzad is a member of The Law Society of Upper Canada. He is also on the Board of Directors for Muslim Advocates.

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