John Kaufmann

John Kaufmann

Of Counsel
John Kaufmann focuses his practice on U.S. tax aspects of financial instruments. He advises clients on developing effective tax solutions and delivering efficient structuring ideas. His clients include investment funds, banks, insurance companies, energy companies and manufacturers.


  • Debt and equity derivatives
  • OID, market discount and fixed income investments
  • International tax
  • Trade structuring
  • Securitization and structured products
  • Investment fund structuring and management
  • Tax hedging transactions
  • Tax risk management
  • Blockchain/cryptocurrency
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  • Senior Tax Specialist, Global Arbitrage and Trading Group, RBC Capital Markets, 2010-2015
  • Director, Investment Management, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hedge Fund Compliance Group, 2006-2010
  • Proprietary Trader, Atlas Trading LLC, 2002-2003


  • LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law, 2004
  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1996
  • M.A., Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin, 1992
  • A.B., Classical Languages, magna cum laude, University of Chicago, 1986
  • New York
  • Chinese (Mandarin), Fluent
  • French, Fluent