International Corporate Tax Lawyer Elan Keller Joins Kaye Scholer as Partner

January 5, 2015
New York: Elan P. Keller has joined Kaye Scholer LLP as a partner in the firm’s Tax Department. A lawyer and a CPA, Keller advises clients on a broad range of tax matters, including tax efficient structuring with respect to cross-border and domestic M&A transactions;  the US aspects of inbound and outbound operations; multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions, including restructuring, reorganizations and distributions; transfer pricing; capital markets and structured finance transactions; infrastructure and leasing transactions; and energy transactions. He also advises clients on matters relating to tax audit management, including the representation of clients involved in IRS audits and external financial statement audits, and tax audit planning.
“Domestic and international tax considerations increasingly impact business transactions, and Elan develops smart and effective tax strategies that drive a deal towards a successful completion,” says Firm Managing Partner Michael Solow. “His addition to our nationally recognized tax and transactional services will be an asset to our clients.”
Prior to joining Kaye Scholer, Keller was an international corporate tax partner at Caplin & Drysdale. Keller joins Kaye Scholer with significant in-house and corporate leadership experience, as former Managing Director and Tax Director of Macquarie Holdings (USA) Inc. In this role, Keller oversaw Macquarie Americas’  diverse structural and transaction-based initiatives from a tax perspective and developed the Americas’ tax risk-management framework. He also had a leadership role in Macquarie’s acquisition of Delaware Investments, the group’s largest acquisition at the time, more than tripling its assets under management.
“Today’s business transactions, whether acquisitions, dispositions or new ventures, involve complex tax considerations that increasingly have international implications,” says Kaye Scholer Tax Department Chair Laurie Abramowitz. “Elan’s substantial experience will enhance the customized strategic tax advice we bring to our business and investment clients’ buying, selling and restructuring transactions.”
“Kaye Scholer’s broad corporate and investor client base, its deep and talented bench of international practitioners and Kaye Scholer’s interdisciplinary approach is a strong platform for providing value-added services with enhanced economic benefits to clients,” Keller says. “I’m honored to be joining a team that has such a clear understanding of the fundamental  commercial drivers to partner in achieving its clients’ business needs.”
Recognized and recommended by The Legal 500, Keller is a frequent thought leader on international tax trends, issues and developments. He is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia. Keller earned his LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law, his JD cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law and his BS in accounting with honors from the University of Delaware.
Kaye Scholer advises clients on tax matters in a wide range of transactions ranging from billion-dollar corporate acquisitions, debt restructurings, and complex real estate transactions to restructurings of family-owned businesses, individual tax planning, employee benefits, the organization of charitable and other tax-exempt entities, and tax controversies with federal, state and local tax authorities.

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