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 SPX Corporation in a tax-free spin-off of its Flow business into a new standalone, publicly traded company; Permira Funds and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in their US$5.3b acquisition of Informatica; C&J Energy Services in its US$1.5b merger with a subsidiary of Nabors Industries; Humana Inc. in the US$1.06b sale of its subsidiary Concentra; 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”); and Abraxis BioScience in its US$2.9b acquisition by Celgene Corporation.

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

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