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Steven Lainoff

Steven Lainoff

Mr. Lainoff is regarded as one of the leading authorities in the field of international taxation. Throughout his career, Mr. Lainoff specialized in international taxation matters and advised clients based both in the U.S. and abroad on all aspects of cross-border planning, transactions and controversy. His areas of specialty included international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, internal restructuring, debt and equity financing and financial products, as well as foreign tax credit and deferral planning for US multinationals.

Mr. Lainoff served as the Principal-in-Charge of KPMG LLP's Complex Transactions Group, a cross-functional group offering tax, advisory and audit services for the firm's most important transactions, until his retirement from KPMG in September of 2016. Prior to that, he was the Principal-in-Charge of KPMG's Washington National Tax practice. He has also been a partner of several major U.S. law firms, including Weil, Gotshal & Manges and King & Spalding. As a former Associate Chief Counsel (International) of the Internal Revenue Service, he was responsible for all international tax matters within the Chief Counsel's office. Additionally, Mr. Lainoff served as International Tax Counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department, where he spearheaded legislative and regulatory activities in the international tax arena within the Treasury, led efforts on the international tax elements of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, as well as the negotiation of numerous income tax treaties and other international agreements.

He holds degrees from New York University Law School (LL.M.), the University of Arizona College of Law (J.D.) and Boston University (B.A.).

Mr. Lainoff serves on the Board of Trustees of Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and as the Chair of the Dean's Economic Council of the University of Arizona College of Law.  Mr. Lainoff and his wife Riea sponsor a paid fellowship for a graduate of Rhodes College to spend a year in Bonn to work with the Crop Trust.

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