Jon Van Loo – Partner

Jon Van Loo is a tax lawyer who focuses his practice on achieving the optimal tax result for his clients in a variety of transactions and situations. Jon comes from a background working for an exceptionally broad spectrum of clients.  Jon is equally comfortable advising individuals on international tax matters such as the tax aspects of expatriation as well as private companies seeking advice on structuring complex acquisition transactions.

Jon’s current practice focuses on the tax aspects of initial coin offerings (ICOs), the formation and operation of private investment funds, M&A transactions, and tax issues confronting FinTech companies.  Jon also works with individuals facing complex international tax situations, such as ownership of foreign businesses and immigration into or expatriation out of the United States.

Before joining Belcher, Smolen & Van Loo as a co-founder of the firm, Jon practiced in a wide variety of settings, including: the London headquarters of Linklaters, one of the world’s largest law firms; a prominent San Francisco tax boutique; and Dechert’s New York office, where his practice focused on private equity M&A and private investment funds.

Jon’s experience includes:

  • Representing several blockchain start-up companies on the tax aspects of token sales, including both international and domestic tax considerations.
  • Advising private equity fund on the tax aspects of its cross-border acquisition of a leading technology and service provider for the investment management industry, including the tax aspects of equity compensation packages for both U.S. and Indian employees.
  • Advising cryptocurrency investment funds on various tax issues related to both the formation and operation of the fund.
  • 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).

Jon actively writes and publishes on various tax issues confronting his clients in the FinTech and private fund space, such as using qualified opportunity funds to invest in startups.  He also co-authored the first series of articles on the tax treatment of litigation financing in Tax Notes and, more recently, various cryptocurrency tax issues.  You can see videos of his speaking engagements here and here.


University of Chicago, B.A., 1994

Duke University, M.A., 2004, James B. Duke Fellow.

Northwestern University Law School, J.D., 2007, magna cum laude


New York, California