Javier Salinas

Javier Salinas

Partner, Tax - International
Blockchain and Digital Assets Leader
Location: San Francisco |

Javier is a distinguished international tax advisor. Clients rely on Javier when navigating complex cross-border tax planning and structuring multinational operations. His clients range from startups to global, multinational companies in a wide spectrum of industries, including technology, blockchain and digital assets, e-commerce, FinTech, life science, manufacturing and distribution.

Javier’s unique perspective and expertise derives from his experience working with companies in major markets throughout the country and his background working with premier tax offices and agencies of the Federal Government in Washington, D.C., including the U.S. Tax Court, the IRS Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International) and the U.S. Treasury Department. His profound understanding of tax administration and policy, as well as statutory and regulatory interpretation, in addition to his years of experience working with EY’s National Tax Department, gives Javier’s clients great satisfaction and peace of mind knowing their businesses are operating in a tax-efficient manner. His comprehensive perspective on global tax planning and compliance considerations serves companies of any size and at any stage of their life cycle.

Javier identifies the relevant tax considerations and presents well-reasoned positions and alternatives to allow companies to make well-informed strategic decisions while considering the tax impact to operations and the company’s success. In today’s global marketplace, companies must consider a myriad of developments concerning global tax policies, initiatives and rules, such as the OECD’s BEPS Report and the significant overhaul of U.S. tax legislation from the TCJA. Concerning these and other developments and considerations, Javier works closely with, and acts as a trusted advisor to, C-suite management on tax matters affecting strategic decisions, explaining complicated issues with the same clear and collected calmness that Javier’s clients appreciate. This advice may involve tax modeling and quantitative analysis to help companies determine the tax impact of certain supply-chain activities and cash-flow impact, or to anticipate tax impact of transaction step alternatives as companies expand and consider lifecycle events, such as entering new markets or strategic acquisitions or divestitures. Having worked abroad supporting multinational corporations in Mexico City and in Paris, Javier understands cultural nuances and can support clients in multiple languages to deliver a tailored and effective product and efficient experience to clients.

As an international taxation professional, Javier also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation Program at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and formerly in the Masters of Science in Taxation (MST) Program at Golden Gate University. He speaks frequently at both internal firm trainings and external seminars.

Quick Facts


Javier is a Licensed Member of the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bars of California and Texas.


B.A., Spanish — The University of Texas
J.D. and M.B.A., Finance — University of Houston Law Center and College of Business
LL.M., Taxation — Boston University School of Law