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Laurence J. Stein

Laurence J. Stein

Latham & Watkins LLP

Los Angeles, CA, USA


Larry Stein received his Juris Doctorate from Stanford University Law School and his undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University. He is a tax partner in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins and served as the global Chair of the Tax Department from 2000-2011. His major practice area is transactional tax, where he has extensive experience representing a variety of private equity firms, private and public companies and financial institutions. Mr. Stein is cited as a leading California Tax lawyer by The Legal 500 US, ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA, recognized as a leading tax lawyer in the World Tax guide and named a world leading corporate tax lawyer by Who’s Who Legal. Mr. Stein has been recognized by his clients as “Really sharp" and an "exceptionally talented, high-quality practitioner.”

Most recently, Mr. Stein has played a key role in advising on a number of notable transactions including:

  • Entercom in its pending acquisition of CBS Radio via a Reverse Morris Trust transaction
  • Delphi Automotive PLC in its pending tax-free spin-off of its Powertrain Systems segment
  • LogMeIn in its acquisition of the GoTo business of Citrix Systems, a provider of collaborative communication solutions for small businesses, via a Reverse Morris Trust transaction
  • Archrock Holdings in its spin-off of the international services and global fabrication businesses of Exterran Holdings
  • Integra LifeSciences in its tax-free spin-off of SeaSpine Holdings, a spine fusion medical device company
  • Allergan in its US$40.5 billion sale to Teva Pharmaceutical, a specialty pharmaceutical company
  • Allergan in its US$73 billion sale to Actavis plc, a world-leading pharmaceutical company. This transaction was recognized by The American Lawyer in its "Big Deal" section in January 2015 as the largest M&A transaction of 2014

Mr. Stein has previously lectured on various tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions before numerous professional tax organizations including: The Tax Executives Institute, The University of Chicago’s Tax Conference, The University of Southern California Tax Institute and The New York University Institute on Federal Taxation where he is also a member of the advisory board. Following law school, Mr. Stein clerked for the Hon. Walter J Cummings, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is qualified to practice law in California and Illinois.

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