Peter Schuur is Chair of Debevoise’s global tax practice. He advises on a broad range of U.S. and cross-border M&A transactions, with a focus on corporate transactions in the insurance industry. He also has extensive experience advising clients on the structuring and formation of investment funds and international investment platforms. He works closely with Debevoise’s Private Equity, Insurance and Investment Management Groups.

Mr. Schuur is known for his market knowledge and insights on cross-border transactions, drawing on his eight years in Debevoise’s London office. He is recognized as a leading tax lawyer by Chambers Global and Chambers USA, where sources highlight his “deep industry knowledge” and say that he is “exceptionally technically sound, very practical and very thoughtful in his approach.” Clients have also noted that he is “very approachable and commercially oriented” and “he knows the issues and the clients.” They have described him as an “analytically excellent attorney who pays attention to what is important to his clients.” In The Legal 500 US, which lists Mr. Schuur in its Hall of Fame, clients have noted that he is “outstanding, proactive and thoughtful” and has a “deep and clear knowledge of U.S. and international tax and a very commercial outlook.”

Mr. Schuur is a member of the Executive Committee of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is a frequent speaker on tax issues relating to M&A, insurance and investment funds, including at the Insurance Tax Conference, the University of Chicago Federal Tax Conference and the NYSBA Annual Meeting.

Mr. Schuur joined Debevoise in 1992. He has a B.S. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School.


  • University of Chicago Law School, 1992, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, 1989, B.S.

Bar Admissions

  • New York