Alan S. Kaden

Alan S. Kaden

  • Partner
  • Tax
  • Washington, DC
  • T:   +1.202.639.7073
  • F:   +1.202.639.7003
  • New York
  • T:   +1.212.859.8000
  • F:   +1.212.859.4000
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Alan S. Kaden is a tax partner resident in Fried Frank's Washington, DC office and co-chair of the Firm's Tax Department. He joined the Firm in 1981 and became a partner in 1987. Mr. Kaden is also a member of the Firm's Governance Committee and is the managing partner of the Washington, DC 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 works closely with various practice groups throughout the Firm and is a key member of the corporate transactional practice. Additionally, he acts as tax adviser to a number of major public and private corporations, investment bankers and other law firms. Clients whom he has represented include Sinclair Broadcast Group in its attempted US$6.6b acquisition of Tribune Media Company and its recently signed acquisition of 21 regional sports networks from The Walt Disney Company; Aleris Corporation in its proposed US$2.6b acquisition by Novelis; Spirit MTA REIT in the sale of its US$2.4b property portfolio to Hospitality Properties Trust; Nant Capital in its agreement to acquire The Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune and various titles in the California News Group from Tronc; Humana on numerous engagements including its attempted US$37b merger with Aetna and, as part of a consortium with TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, the US$4.1b acquisition of the Kindred at Home Division of Kindred Healthcare; Permira Funds on numerous engagements including its acquisition of Cisco's Service Provider Video Software Solutions, its US$1.68b sale of Magento Commerce to Adobe, its US$350m majority investment in WeddingWire, followed by WeddingWire's US$933m acquisition of XO Group, Inc.; SPX Corporation in a tax-free spin-off of its Flow business into a new standalone, publicly traded company; and Cargill in the US$24b split-off and disposition of its 64% stake in The Mosaic Company (for which he was recognized by American Lawyer as “Dealmaker of the Week” and Law360 as a “MVP Lawyer of the Year”).

Mr. Kaden 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.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Kaden is consistently recognized by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual for Tax, where he is described as "excellent" and is held in high regard by peers and clients alike for his expertise in tax questions arising during transactions. He is "very responsive, very knowledgeable and creative with good practical business sense," according to sources, who also highlight his superb "drafting and negotiation" skills. He is also recognized by Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in Tax: US Taxes: Non-Contentious and is consistently recognized in M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Private Equity Buyouts. He was selected as a "Leading Lawyer" in tax law by the Legal Times of Washington and among "Washington's Best Lawyers" by Washingtonian magazine, and was nominated as a "Top Washington Lawyer" in tax law by the Washington Business Journal.

Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions

District of Columbia; New York

Practices & Industries


Columbia Law School, JD – 1981
  • Member, Law Review
University of Pennsylvania, BS – 1978
  • magna cum laude
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