Robert M. Kane, Jr.
Bob Kane practices in Ropes & Gray’s tax & benefits department. His practice encompasses both mergers and acquisitions and sponsor-side fund work—a dual focus that gives him an unusually broad perspective on a wide range of important tax considerations, including partnership tax issues.
Clients value Bob’s ability to bring a certified public accountant’s perspective to complex tax matters. He advises on the tax aspects of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and also counsels sponsors on tax issues associated with the formation and operation of private investment funds, including treaty funds and rated note funds.
Prior to joining Ropes & Gray, Bob served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert P. Ruwe on the U.S. Tax Court from 2012 to 2014. A certified public accountant, he has worked in the audit and tax practices of Big Four accounting firms.
Bob writes widely on tax-related topics, particularly those associated with partnership and S corporation tax considerations. His pro bono practice has included representation of clients in tax controversy matters with the IRS.
- Represented Thoma Bravo in its acquisition of Bomgar Corporation.
- Represented American Industrial Partners in its acquisition of Gerber Technology.
- Represented Surgery Partners, Inc. and its sponsor H.I.G. Capital LLC in Surgery Partners’ initial public offering and subsequent high yield debt offering.
- Advise PIMCO on private fund formation matters.
- Advise a global private equity fund of funds platform on fund investments and co-investments.
- Represented HealthSouth Corporation in its acquisition of CareSouth Health System Inc.
- Represented DAVIDsTEA, Inc. in its initial public offering.
- Represented Optimas OE Solutions and its sponsor American Industrial Partners in its high yield debt offering in connection with the LBO of the Anixter Fasteners business.
- Represented Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. on its $2.6 billion whole-business securitization.
- Robert M. Kane, Jr., “QSub Dispositions: Example 9 and Nonrecognition Transactions,” The Corporate Tax Practice Series: Strategies for Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings (Second Edition) (January 2022)
- Robert M. Kane, Jr., “Pope & Talbot and a Slippery Slope: Distributions of Partnership Equity,” Tax Notes: Federal (November 15, 2021)
- Robert M. Kane, Jr., “When S Corporations Should Elect Entity Treatment for GILTI Purposes,” Tax Notes: Federal (November 2, 2020)
- Robert M. Kane, Jr., “QSub Dispositions: Example 9 and Nonrecognition Transactions,” Tax Notes: Federal (January 27, 2020)
- Robert M. Kane, Jr., “Partnership Terminations: When Does Something Become Nothing?” The Partnership Tax Practice Series: Planning for Domestic and Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances (Second Edition) (October 2019)
- Robert M. Kane, Jr., “Partnership Terminations: When Does Something Become Nothing?” Tax Notes (September 17, 2018)
- Robert M. Kane, Jr., “A License to Donate: Patents, Tax Law, and the AIDS Epidemic,” Temple Journal of Science, Technology & Environmental Law (2010)
- Robert M. Kane, Jr., “Public Reporting Requirements of Swap Transactions under the Dodd-Frank Act,” The Philadelphia Business Law Insider (2010)
- Robert M. Kane, Jr., “Preparing for Position Limits for Derivatives,” LexisNexis Corporate & Securities Law Blog (2011)
- JD, cum laude, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2011; Temple Journal of Science, Technology & Environmental Law, notes & comments editor
- MS (Accounting), Seton Hall University, 2004
- BS (Accounting), magna cum laude, Seton Hall University, 2004
Admissions / Qualifications
- Massachusetts, 2015
- Pennsylvania, 2011
- U.S. Tax Court, 2012
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