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ken.levinson@FaegreBD.com2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 S. Seventh Street

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

T: +1 612 766 8341
F: +1 612 766 1600

Education

Georgetown University
LL.M. (Tax), with honors (1978)
George Washington University Law School
J.D., with high honors (1975)
University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A., with distinction (1969)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia Minnesota Virginia

Meet Ken Levinson

Kenneth S. Levinson

Partner

Ken Levinson has more than 30 years of tax experience, more than 20 years of aviation experience, and more than 20 years of insurance experience including captive insurers and risk management.

In the tax area, Ken advises clients on a wide range of international issues, including worldwide tax planning, transaction structuring, foreign bank account reporting, M&A, licensing, international franchising, expatriate tax issues, audits, controversy management, negotiation and litigation, voluntary disclosures, and compliance for all federal, state and foreign taxes. He has also served as a witness in international tax matters in court.

In insurance and risk management, Ken’s practice includes advising clients on the strategic design, tax structuring and implementation of captive insurance companies and RRGs, and advising on insurance programs; resolution of tax issues involved in captive insurance arrangements; analysis of domiciles; surplus lines taxes; negotiation and purchasing of insurance placements and policies; loss prevention; the management and negotiation of claims; and the design and assessment of broker RFPs.

Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Ken was a managing director of the Midwest region in the captive and warranty practice of KPMG. Earlier in his career, Ken held vice president positions with Northwest Airlines (with executive management responsibilities for the corporate tax and risk management departments and as senior finance officer in the cargo division) and Marriott Corporation (with responsibilities for international finance, international tax, and tax administration and controversies). For nine years, Ken originated and taught the two-semester international tax course at Georgetown University Law Center's LL.M. graduate tax program, and he now teaches the international tax course at the University of Minnesota Law School. He also served as assistant branch chief in the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel, Washington D.C. In this role, Ken was assigned to the Department of Justice as technical advisor to assist in the “Project Haven” criminal tax investigation involving offshore tax havens.

Ken's finance experience includes serving as senior finance officer of an airline's operating division with over $850 million in sales, with responsibilities for strategic planning, budgeting, capital projects, accounting and several major customers. He has also had responsibility for international project finance and the negotiation of international hotel syndications, hotel financing, management agreements and leases.

Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America — Tax Law, 2010-15; Litigation & Controversy - Tax, 2012-15
  • The Legal 500 — Tax, Aviation and Captive Insurance
  • Top Lawyers in the State, 2011-15
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Who's Who International
  • Who's Who in Executives and Professionals

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence, 1990-present — Board President, 2004-06; Executive Committee member, 2006-present
  • National Tax Association — Board, 1999-2002
  • Tax Executives Institute, Minnesota Chapter — Board, 1998-2002
  • Air Transport Association — Tax Committee and Insurance Committee (Former Chair)
  • International Air Transport Association — Risk and Insurance Managers Panel (Former Chair)
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota, Virginia and District of Columbia Bar Associations
  • Carver County Sheriff's Mounted Posse — Deputy sheriff, 2002-present; Board Member, 2010; Training Committee (Chair, 2012-present)
  • Search, Rescue and Recovery Resources of Minnesota, 2008-present — Counsel to Board, 2010-present

Presentations

  • New Frontiers in International Franchising: Tax Issues for International Franchising for Dummies
    International Bar Association/International Franchise Association, 31st Annual Joint Program, 2015
  • International Tax Polar Plunge: Cold Reality of Inversions, FATCA and Expatriations
    Minnesota State Bar Association, 2015
  • Update on International Tax Issues and Proposals for Reform
    Minnesota Bar Association, Tax Institute, 2014
  • Employing Staff in and From Asia
    The Expatise Academy, Amsterdam, Tax Faculty, November 2014
  • Key Tax Issues in International Franchise Transactions
    International Franchise Association, 47th Annual Legal Symposium, 2014
  • Placing Employees in Europe: Case Studies in Employment Benefits and Corporate Tax Challenges
    Forum for Expatriate Management, 2014
  • Update on International Tax
    Minnesota State Bar Association, 2013 Tax Institute
  • Perspectives on Taxation
    Moderator, University of Minnesota Law School Corporate Institute, 2013
  • Utilizing Captive Insurance Companies in Franchising
    Franchise & Distribution Corporate Counsel Summit, 2013
  • Captives: Procurement Taxes, Regulatory Issues and NRRA
    Captive Insurance Companies Association, International Conference, 2013
  • Issues and Opportunities in Going International
    The Direct Selling Association, Global Regulatory Summit, 2012
  • Update on International Tax for Non-Tax Professionals
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Institutes, 2012 and 2013
  • Global Mobility in Today's Dynamic International Marketplace
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Institute, 2011
  • Current Developments in U.S. International Tax Treaties and Other Hot Topics in International Tax
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Tax Institute, 2010, Business Law Institute, 2010
  • Global Treasury Management: U.S. International Tax
    Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce, 2010
  • The China Connection: Developing Your China Business Strategy
    Utah World Trade Center, 2010
  • International Tax Update
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Institute, 2009
  • Economic Stimulus Plans — The United States
    World Law Group, Innovative Strategies for Troubled Times, 2009
  • International Tax 101
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Institute, 2007
  • Overview of Issues and Opportunities for Captive Insurance Companies
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Institute, 2005

Published Articles

  • Why it Made Sense for Walgreens To Not Take Advantage of Tax Inversions
    Minnesota State International Business Times, August 2014
  • International Issues
    Chapter co-author in Mergers and Acquisitions of Franchise Companies, Second Edition, American Bar Association, 2014
  • What Are "Inversions?"
    Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence Newsletter, July 2014
  • What Are The Implications of U.S. Expats Giving Up Their Citizenship?
    Society for Human Resource Management, May 2014
  • FBAR — Another Four Letter Word?
    The Minnesota Society of CPAs Magazine, Footnote, November 2011
  • International Tax 101
    Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Institute, 2007
  • Issues and Opportunities for Captive Insurance Companies: Part I and Part II
    Trends, 2006

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