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 acquisition of CBS Radio via a Reverse Morris Trust transaction 
  • Delphi Automotive PLC in its 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 (including the Houston, Boston, New York, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Los Angeles chapters),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, The Texas Federal Tax Institute and PLI’s Tax Strategies for Corporate Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations, and Restructurings. 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.