Raj Tanden is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where he represents clients in corporate and tax matters across a broad spectrum of domestic and cross-border transactions. Raj chairs the firm’s New England and Southern California Tax Practices. Raj focuses his practice on investment management transactions, including newly enacted qualified opportunity funds/opportunity zones. He devotes a substantial portion of his practice in assisting sponsors establish tax-efficient investments funds for non-U.S. and tax-exempt investors. Raj also assists private equity funds in M&A transactions.
Raj is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, comprised of the leading 700 tax lawyers nationwide, and of the American Bar Foundation, which consists of the top one percent of lawyers in each state. Raj is recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© and listed with Southern California Super Lawyers®.
IRS Private Letter Rulings Experience
Raj has received several, innovative Internal Revenue Service (IRS) private letter rulings on behalf of clients, including:
Raj earned his LL.M. in tax from the New York University (NYU) School of Law (1996) and his J.D. from the University of Southern California (USC) Gould School of Law (1992). His undergraduate degree was conferred by the USC Leventhal School of Accounting (B.S., 1988).
Admissions, Professional Memberships, Publications and Speaking Engagements
Raj is admitted to practice in California and Massachusetts.
Raj is a member of the Executive Committee of the USC Tax Institute. He is also a member of the Tax Advisory Group of the Investment Company Institute and the Government Relations Committee and Federal Tax Subcommittee of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Raj has co-chaired the Practising Law Institute (PLI) annual Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals seminar and is a past chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Tax Section Investment Management Committee. He has authored numerous articles and speaks for the ABA, American Law Institute, NYU Federal Tax Institute, PLI and USC Tax Institute.
Raj is an avid cyclist. He has completed the 2019 AIDS/LifeCycle Ride, a 545-mile/7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and the Pan-Mass Challenge, a 200-mile/2-day ride through central Massachusetts to the tip of Cape Cod to raise funds for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.