Raj Tanden is a tax partner with Foley & Lardner LLP where he represents clients in tax matters across a broad spectrum of domestic and cross-border transactions.
Raj chairs Foley’s Investment Management Tax Practice and specializes in tax planning for private investment fund managers in connection with structuring and investment activities of their private funds. Raj specializes in cross-border private credit funds. Raj also chairs the firm’s New England and Southern California Tax Practices and has almost thirty years of experience in M&A transactions. Raj also manages the tax aspects of the firm’s securitization practice.
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 was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Tax Law (2009, 2017-2022) and listed with Southern California Super Lawyers®.
Representative Investment Management Clients
AXA Investment Managers: a multinational investment manager affiliated with AXA S.A.
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 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, Practising Law Institute and USC Tax Institute.
Raj is an avid cyclist. He is a member of the La Grange cycling club in Los Angeles. 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 Provincetown (Cape Cod) to raise funds for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Raj has also climbed the Haleakala volcano on Maui on a number of occasions: an over 10,000 ft. climb!