Xabier Escalante-Elguezabal

International Tax & Business Adviser at International Tax Advice Spain

About Xabier

INTERNATIONAL TAX AND CORPORATE LAWYER with more than 15 years of experience providing advice in International Taxation, tax treaties, transfer pricing, tax compliance, corporate structures and contract negotiation for multinational companies, focused on the LATAM region,  Oil&Gas, Telecom as well as HNWI and family patrimony and trust planning; with full language proficiency in English, Spanish and basic Portuguese. Advanced user of Microsoft suites.

Areas of practice

  • Tax Planning
  • Corporate Law
  • Tax Law
  • Fiduciary and Trustee
  • Wealth Management
  • Company Formation

I am interested in the following jurisdictions

  • Barbados
  • Colombia
  • Mexico
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Spain
  • USA
  • Venezuela

I can help with

LATAM Direct/Indirect Taxes, Tax treaties application, FACTA /CRS, Transfer PricingOil&Gas International taxation, VAT planning and complianceEntity Rationalization, Cash Repatriation Strategies, M&A and Due Diligence, Trust and HNWI planning

Education / Training

International Tax Expert   UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. Santiago, Spain.2013. LLM in Tax Law UNIVERSIDAD CENTRAL DE VENEZUELA. , Venezuela.2004.  Graduate Law Course Tax Law UNIVERSIDAD DE SALAMANCA. Salamanca, Spain. 2003. LLM in Tax Law UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA ANDRÉS BELLO. , Venezuela, 2000. International Tax Program (ITP) HARVARD UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL, Cambridge, MA, USA. 1998. LLM in Common Law Studies GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER. Washington, D.C. USA., 1996, and Foundations in American Law and Legal Education, summer course 1995.  UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA ANDRÉS BELLO.  Venezuela, 1992, JD Position Rank 9/81


VALLENILLA, ESCALANTE & ASOCIADOS (Soluciones Integrales Internacionales), Madrid, Spain  Current  International Partner.International Tax and Business advice for LATAM and Spain clients     

INTERTRUST GROUP, Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean (Global largest and leader corporate and trust services provider)  LATAM Tax Manager and Business Development Manager, LATAM  2015- Dec. 2017 Support in the field of marketing and implementation of corporate and tax planning services for Latin America, Responsible of onboarding clients and creating alliances with local tax advisers, through deep knowledge in the international tax planning and legal options best suited to the specific needs of customers and thus support the team of America to provide an optimum service to the client.  Consequently, support on FATCA and CRS adequacy of corporate structures and compliance requirements for the ultimate beneficiaries’ owners. 

VALLENILLA, ESCALANTE & ASOCIADOS (Tax Law Firm Boutique) Caracas, Venezuela     2010–2014 Senior Partner.

 TINOCO, TRAVIESO, PLANCHART & NUÑEZ LAW FIRM Caracas, Venezuela. Tax Department Coordinator.    2001- 2010 Supervision of the Tax Department (five attorneys and two assistants) • SINCRUDOS DE ORIENTE C.A. SINCOR Caracas, Venezuela. (Crude Oil improvement plant joint venture with TOTAL, STATOIL and PDVSA)  External Tax Advisor.   2000 - 2001

HALLIBURTON DE VENEZUELA S.A. Ciudad Ojeda, Venezuela.

Country Tax Manager.   1999 –  2000 


  • English - United States
  • Spanish - Venezuela
  • Portuguese - Brazil