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Jon Van Loo – Partner

Jon Van Loo is a transactional tax lawyer with a broad range of experience. Jon’s current practice focuses on the tax aspects of initial coin offerings (ICOs), venture capital investing, blockchain companies, and hedge fund and investment funds. His past experience includes:

  • representing private equity funds on the tax aspects of sales and acquisitions of middle market companies (including LLCs, S-Corporations, C-Corporations);
  • cross-border and international tax issues for both foreign investors investing in the United States (inbound) and U.S. investors investing outside the United States (outbound); and
  • tax aspects of voluntary debt workouts and bankruptcy.

Jon practiced tax law for 10 years in a variety of firms and cities, including: Linklaters’ London office, a prominent tax boutique in San Francisco, and Dechert’s New York office. He practiced in his own solo tax law firm for a short time before joining Belcher, Smolen & Van Loo.
Recently, Jon has focused on tax issues for cryptocurrency and the blockchain industry, including, in particular, ICOs and cryptocurrency investment funds.

Jon actively writes and publishes on various tax issues, including co-authoring the first series of articles on the tax treatment of litigation financing in Tax Notes and, more recently, several posts on various cryptocurrency tax issues.

Jon received his law degree from Northwestern Law School, magna cum laude. He graduated from the University of Chicago and attended graduate school in political science at Duke University, where he was a James B. Duke fellow. He is a member of the bar in California and New York.

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