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Alan Kaden

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Tax partner. Chair of Washington, DC Tax Department and managing partner of the Washington office. Mr. Kaden has experience in all the principal areas of tax law, with particular emphasis on the structuring and negotiation of taxable and tax-free corporate acquisitions, reorganizations, spin-off transactions and dispositions of ongoing business enterprises, the structuring of investment funds, the development of partnership and other joint-venture arrangements for various business ventures and tax planning for financings and other capital formation transactions. He also has extensive tax litigation experience, the combination of which, with his transactional tax work, is a distinguishing element of his practice.


Mr. Kaden joined Fried Frank in 1981 and became a partner in 1987. He is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of various tax committees and has authored numerous published articles.


Mr. Kaden received his JD from Columbia Law School in 1981 and his BS from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978, magna cum laude.

United States: Tax

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Alan Kaden - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Within: US taxes: non-contentious

The ‘talented and creative’ tax group at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP can ‘solve any complicated tax issue with ease and is great at translating technical tax issues to a variety of audiences’. The practice is particularly known for its strong track record in public M&A, fund formation and capital markets transactions, where its counts Morgan Stanley and BlackRock as recent clients. Kenneth Rosenfeld and Washington DC-based Michelle Gold are ‘the leading experts in private equity’ according to some clients, and Eli Weiss is ‘a safe pair of hands for corporate tax law’. Joseph Fox, who was made partner in March 2018 and is ‘one of the best advisors for registered funds taxation’, handled several capital markets transactions on behalf of issuers ONEOK and T-Mobile. David Shapiro and Christopher Roman represented Bain Capital on its acquisition of Harvard Management Company’s real estate team. In Washington DC Alan Kaden advised Aleris on its acquisition by Novelis for approximately $2.6bn, and Michael Alter was involved in Jacobs Engineering Groups’ $3.3bn acquisition of CH2M Hill in a cash and stock transaction. Associate Shane Hoffmann is also recommended for structuring corporate acquisitions and spin-offs. Colin Kelly joined in July 2018 from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and advises on tax issues relating to investment funds and asset managements. Daniel Paulos left for KPMG (New York) in April 2018. All named partners are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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