Kevin T. Keen

Partner

* 700 Milam Street, Suite 1300, Houston, TX 77002

Kevin is a partner in the private client and tax team and is the Office Managing Director of the Texas Office.

Kevin works with clients across the United States and around the world to solve problems and provide legal counsel on all aspects of domestic and international private client matters.

In counselling individuals, Kevin provides innovative, solution-oriented planning related to wealth transfer, family governance, business succession, and estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax. He has experience in cross-border planning for international families and represents individuals seeking to establish domestic and foreign trusts or other structures to benefit family in the United States and beyond. Kevin regularly advises clients with multi-jurisdictional wealth structuring, including as it relates to investments in U.S. real estate or operating companies, geared toward global tax efficiency and achieving non-tax goals (e.g., confidentiality and asset protection). Additionally, he advises clients on issues related to pre-immigration planning, expatriation, global mobility (transferring executives or obtaining additional passports), and premarital planning.

With respect to family offices, fiduciaries and financial institutions, Kevin brings a wealth of experience and advises such clients on a variety of matters. He assists clients with the formation and operation of family offices and private trust companies and often undertakes the role of outside general counsel. Kevin advises on tax and regulatory compliance issues and has helped clients develop and implement policies and procedures for their private trust companies. He routinely retains local counsel and tax advisers around the world to provide efficient and coordinated multi-jurisdictional guidance for his clients.

Regardless of the specific topic or jurisdiction, Kevin strives to provide creative and practical solutions that not only address clients’ legal and tax goals, but that simultaneously take into account other relevant factors, such as sensitive family dynamics, a desire for confidentiality, and associated business considerations. Kevin is recognized as a Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” in the areas of Tax Law and Trusts & Estates Law for 2022 and 2021, and received from The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners the STEP Excellence Award 2021. He is also recommended under Spear’s Tax Lawyers Index 2021 for succession, family governance.

Prior to joining Withers, Kevin resided and maintained a broad-based private client practice in Zurich, Switzerland. Kevin began his career in Miami, Florida and still maintains his Florida law license. He regularly counsels clients based in Florida, and can assist clients transitioning from Florida to Texas, or vice versa, or from other states or countries to either Florida or Texas, with regard to their personal and business planning.

Secretary Lynsey Boatman

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[Kevin is among] the best and the brightest practitioners – [a name] to watch out for in the years ahead.

STEP Excellence Awards 2021

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Developed and implemented international trust and entity structures through which international clients invested into the United States, avoided estate tax exposure and maintained confidentiality.

Structured and drafted domestic and foreign trusts to facilitate gifts to U.S. beneficiaries, or to achieve various asset protection, tax efficiency and confidentiality goals.

Advised single family office on restructuring of offshore trusts and migration of underlying assets to newly structured trusts that better facilitated reporting and operational efficiencies and substantially reduced ongoing costs.

Texas

District of Columbia

Florida

US Tax Court

US District Court, Northern District of Texas

Withers Breaks Into Texas as It Continues US Expansion,’ Texas Lawyer - September 16, 2021, quoted

International law firm sets up UHNWI tax and estate planning practice in Texas,’ International Investment - September 10, 2021, quoted

Wake Up Call: Firms Try to Ease Anxiety of Office Returns,’ Bloomberg Law - September 9, 2021, featured

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP)

State Bar of Texas, Tax Law Section’s International Tax Committee, Vice Chair

State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section, Member

American Bar Association, Taxation and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Sections, Member

International Bar Association, Member

State Bar of Florida, Real Property, Probate Law and Tax Law Sections, Member

‘Nuts and Bolts of U.S. Estate and Gift Tax Treaties,’ State Bar of Texas Tax Section’s International Tax Symposium, Houston, Texas – November 22, 2019, presenter

‘FIRPTA Traps, Pitfalls and Planning Opportunities,’ State Bar of Texas Tax Section’s International Tax Symposium, Houston, Texas – November 21, 2019, presenter

‘Individual International Income Taxation and Compliance,’ American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section’s Fundamentals on International Tax Series – July 23, 2019, presenter

Education


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  • English

Dates


Joined

2021

Recognition