Adnan Islam

Adnan Islam

JD, MBA, LL.M., CPA, Partner

One Liberty Plaza
165 Broadway, Floor 21
New York, NY 10006
p 212-897-6416
f  212.842.7001

Adnan Islam is a partner and co-practice leader of the firm's International Tax group. Adnan also serves as the Blockchain/Cryptocurrency Tax Transactions Leader for Friedman LLP. He  has more than 15 years of public accounting experience as a licensed tax attorney. He specializes in cross-border strategies, comprehensive inbound tax services, global information reporting and outbound U.S. tax incentives and credits to optimize international operations and transactions. He has advised U.S.-based and inbound companies within the technology, pharmaceutical / life sciences, alternative investments, manufacturing and distribution and professional services sectors.


Prior to joining Friedman, Adnan served an array of clients ranging from startups to publicly traded companies, including Avon, MeadWestvaco, Honeywell, Verizon, Agilent, SunGard, Booz Allen, IDT, AMEX, Conair and various private equity and hedge funds.

His experience includes:

  • Advising companies, owners and fund partners as they navigate the burgeoning blockchain and crypto currency spaces to optimize their tax structures and achieve compliance.
  • Managing international tax analyses with various jurisdictions including: Canada, UK, France, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Cyprus, Germany, Ireland and Mexico.
  • Advising on cross-border reorganizations including mergers, acquisitions and liquidations.
  • Providing guidance to inbound companies with respect to their expansion and growth into the US, including advising on debt-equity issues, dispositions of US real estate (FIRPTA), foreign partner reporting and withholding.
  • Coordinating with foreign partners and technical branches of the IRS / Treasury.
  • Drafting memoranda on technical international tax positions with respect to subpart F, section 956, FDII, etc.
  • Licensed attorney admitted to practice law in New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and California
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (NY and CA)
  • CGMA
  • Taxation Law Specialization (State Bar of California)