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
3415 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Suite 1174
Los Angeles, CA 90034
p 213.260.2969

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 that 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.

His experience includes:

  • Advising companies, owners and fund partners to optimize their tax structures and achieve compliance as they navigate the blockchain and cryptocurrency spaces
  • Managing international tax analyses within various jurisdictions including: Canada, UK, Switzerland, Netherlands, Malta, 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 into and growth within the US, including advising on dept-equity issues, dispositions of US real estate (FIRPTA), foreign partner reporting and withholding
  • Coordinating with foreign partners and technical branches of the IRS/Treasury
  • Researching and analyzing technical international tax positions with respect to subpart F, sections 956, 951A, 245A (DRD) 962(d), 250 (GILTI & FDII deductions), etc.
  • Licensed attorney admitted to practice law in New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and California
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (NY and CA)
  • Taxation Law Certified Specialist (State Bar of California)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Enrolled Agent (EA), authorized to practice before the IRS
  • Blockchain Technologies certification, MIT