Kenneth Klein 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 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).
- The University of Georgia School of Law, JD, cum laude
- Georgetown University Law Center
- University of Delaware, BA, magna cum laude
- District of Columbia
- US Supreme Court
- US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- US Tax Court
- US District Court for the District of Columbia
- President, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
- Board of Visitors, University of Georgia School of Law
- Law Alumni Board, Emeritus, Georgetown University Law Center
- Board of Advisors, Dean Rusk Center – International, Comparative and Graduate Legal Studies, University of Georgia School of Law
- Distinguished Service Scroll Award, University of Georgia School of Law, June 2009
- Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
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