Kenneth Klein, a firmwide Practice Leader for Mayer Brown's Tax Transactions & Planning department, concentrates his practice on international taxation, tax planning, tax transactions, tax controversies, and public policy. His tax practice experience has included planning, structuring/restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, other transactions, regulations, legislation, private letter rulings, examinations, administrative appeals, and amicus briefs. He has represented domestic and international clients in numerous industries, including manufacturing, financial institutions, software, transportation, pharmaceuticals, services, real estate, agricultural, trading, and entertainment, among others.
Ken has experience with outbound investments, inbound investments, structuring/restructuring, joint ventures, income bifurcation and amalgamation, controlled foreign corporations (subpart F), investments in US property, offshore intangibles, manufacturing, contract manufacturing, transportation, active royalties and rentals, software, other high tech, services, trading, insurance, source of income, foreign tax credit baskets, indirect credits, and interest and other expense allocation and apportionment. His financial institutions experience extends to cross-border financings, portfolio interest, conduit financing arrangements, withholding tax, tax treaties, investment funds (stock, securities, commodities, venture capital, real estate and shipping), swaps, other derivatives, CDOs, other structured finance vehicles, catastrophe bonds, US and foreign stock and securities lending, foreign tax credit, controlled foreign corporations, source of income, and transfer pricing. He also has experience with the taxation of artists and athletes and international individual tax planning.
Prior to working at Mayer Brown, Ken worked at the IRS, first as Assistant Branch Chief and Attorney, Legislation & Regulations Division and General Litigation Division (1977-1981), and later as the Associate Chief Counsel (Technical) (1988-1990). Ken was an associate and then a tax partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft from 1981-1988 and 1990-2002. He also was Fellow of the American Society of International Law (1976-1977).
Ken has "received accolades for his skill in international taxation" (Chambers USA 2006) and has been lauded by clients for his "sophisticated cross-border tax planning, structuring and restructuring for a number of US and non-US multinationals" (Chambers USA 2004-2005). He has been named as a leading tax lawyer (Chambers USA 2005 & 2006), named to the World's Leading Tax Advisers (Euromoney/International Tax Review, 2007), named as among the Best Tax Lawyers in Washington, DC (Washingtonian Magazine, 2005, and Washington Post Magazine, 2006 and 2007) and named to Super Tax Lawyers in Washington, DC (Super Lawyers 2007 Magazine).
The University of Georgia School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1976; Articles Editor, Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law, Georgetown University Law Center, MLT, 1980, University of Delaware, BA, magna cum laude, 1973.