Helen Cousineau

Helen is a Deloitte Tax LLP Managing Director and member of the Customs and Global Trade (CGT) practice. Helen serves multinational clients globally and leads CGT’s import service offerings, including matters involving the link between transfer pricing and related-party Customs valuation. Helen also serves as the Global Indirect Tax Quality and Risk Partner on Deloitte’s Global Indirect Tax Executive Committee.

Helen has over 25 years of experience in the area of international trade and has been recognized by the International Tax Review from 2013 to 2016 as one of the world’s Leading Indirect Tax Advisers. She advises clients in all industries on global import and export compliance issues, and helps them manage trade regulatory requirements in the most cost-effective manner. She also assists clients with the design and implementation of strategies and internal controls that minimize risk, customs duty payments, and international trade costs while maximizing duty recoveries and process efficiencies, including special trade programs, drawback, first sale for export, foreign trade zones, and bonded warehousing. Helen also regularly presents on the topics of import and export compliance, planning, and management in the United States and abroad.

Helen joined Deloitte Tax in early 2002 from Arthur Andersen LLP, where she was also involved in advising clients on a variety of matters involving global import and export issues. Prior to joining Andersen, she practiced law in Washington D.C. and New York, focusing on legal matters involving customs and international trade law, international transportation law, and suretyship law. Also, prior to attending law school, Helen worked for several years in a variety of advisory and operational positions in international trade.

 

Education:

Helen earned her J.D. from the Boston University School of Law and her M.A. in International Relations from the Boston University Graduate School. She earned her B.A. in International Business from the California State University at Fullerton. While an undergraduate, Helen also completed two years of study abroad at l’Université de Montréal, l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales. In addition to being a licensed attorney in New York, Helen is a licensed US customs broker and was among the 3.2% of test takers in the US who passed the April 2002 US Customs broker examination.

 

Languages:

Helen is fluent in French.