Kurt G. Rademacher

Kurt G. Rademacher: Attorney with Butler Snow LLP
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Kurt is a seasoned professional in international wealth transfer planning. He represents ultra high net worth families and family controlled businesses throughout the world with respect to US federal income, gift and estate tax issues.


Best Lawyers in America
•Tax Law, 2013-2019
Super Lawyers
•Mid-South Rising Star, 2013
•fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
•Wealth Management: Central Region - Nationwide, 2015-2016
•Ranked in Chambers HNW 2018
Chambers Asia
•Leader in the Fields of Private Client and Wealth Management, 2009
Citywealth, Leaders List
Legal Week, Private Client Elite Listing

In the News

•Butler Snow Attorney Kurt G. Rademacher Listed in Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite 2018
•Chambers High Net Worth 2018 Recognizes 4 Butler Snow Attorneys
•Who’s Who Legal Recognizes 10 Butler Snow Attorneys
•US tax reforms create opportunities and challenges for wealthy Asians - Hubbis
•The Breakfast Huddle: Impact of the US Tax Cuts on Singapore’s businesses - MONEY FM 89.3
•Tax D-day looming for US firms in HK - Hong Kong Today
•147 Butler Snow Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers, 18 Named “Lawyer of the Year”
•Butler Snow Ranked One of USA’s Leading Product Liability Firms by Who’s Who Legal
•Complexity is The Biggest Issue For US Taxpayers Overseas - Bloomberg
•Tax Cuts For Everyone Likely - Bloomberg
•Butler Snow Adds Office at Asia’s Front Door - Mississippi Business Journal
•Leading U.S. Law Firm Butler Snow Continues International Expansion - Reuters
•Butler Snow Makes International Push Into Asia - Memphis Business Journal
•US Firm Butler Snow Builds Asia Presence - The Global Legal Post
•Butler Snow Law Firm Builds Asia Presence - The Tennessean
•Mississippi’s Butler Snow Opens in Singapore - The Asian Lawyer
•Butler Snow Continues International Expansion, Opening of Singapore, Hong Kong Offices
•Chambers USA Ranks 40 Butler Snow Attorneys as Leaders
•Obama Crackdown Fails to Stop Foreign Mergers - CNN Money
•60 Second Interview with Kurt Rademacher - STEP Journal
•Wealthy Asians Dash to Ditch US Passports
•Butler Snow Receives Tozzoli Award from Mississippi World Trade Center
•Christopher L. McLemore Joins Butler Snow UK
•FATCA Seen as Threat for Some Hong Kong Banks, Opportunity for Others
•Butler Snow Finalist for International Legal Team of the Year
•UM Accountancy Alumni Find Success in International Tax Practice
•117 Butler Snow Attorneys Listed in 2013 Mid-South Super Lawyers
•Butler Snow Selected as Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ 2013 North American Team of the Year Finalist
•On the Move: Christy D. Jones and Kurt Rademacher

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

Speaker, “The Treatment of Trusts in Divorce,” Private Client Forum Asia, Singapore, December 2018.
Speaker, “TCJA Impact on US Real Estate Structures,” STEP Asia Conference, Hong Kong, November 2018.
Quoted, “Getting snagged in new US tax net, ” The Straits Times, March 23, 2018.
Speaker, “Trumponomics and Its Impact on the World and Private Clients: Apocalypse or a Brave New World?”, STEP Asia Conference, Singapore, November 2017.
Speaker, “US Tax Considerations for Asia-Based Families”, Cross Border Planning for the Private Client Conference, Singapore, August 2017.
Speaker, “International Variables in the Estate Planning Relationship”, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel Summer Meeting, Seattle, June 2017.
Moderator, “Trump and Taxes”, Butler Snow Panel Discussion with Governor Haley Barbour and Senator Trent Lott, Hong Kong, May 2017.
Contributor, “Complexity is the Biggest Issue for US Taxpayers Overseas”, Bloomberg Radio Interview, May 2017.
Contributor, Trump’s Tax Plans are Betting on ’Trickle-down’ Economics , CNBC’s Squawk-Box Television Interview, November 2016.
Contributor, Tax Cuts For Everyone Likely , Bloomberg Radio Interview, November 2016.
Contributor, FATCA Fallout , Channel News Asia, January 2016.
Quoted, Banks give up US Expats’ Data in Tax Evasion Crackdown , Financial Times, October 9, 2015.
Speaker, Tax Planning Issues for Asian Clients , Transcotinental Trusts Asia, Singapore, March 2015.
Contributor, American Expats in Hong Kong to File Their US Tax Return , Radio Three Hong Kong Interview, March 2015.
Quoted, Obama Crackdown Fails to Stop Foreign Mergers , CNN Money, March 2015.
Quoted, 60 Second Interview with Kurt Rademacher , STEP Journal, February 2015.
Quoted, Thousands of HK Accounts Shut Due to US Tax Law , South China Morning Post, December 2014.
Quoted, Wealthy Asians Dash to Ditch US Passports , Asian Investor, December 2014.
Quoted, Some Banks Run from FATCA, Others Embrace It , South China Morning Post, October 2014.
Contributor, FATCA Benefits and Burdens , Channel News Asia, October 2014.
Contributor, IRS Announces New ’Streamlined’ Amnesty Program , Radio Three Hong Kong, October 2014.
Quoted, The Broader Needs of Wealthy Clients , Hubbis, December 2013.
Quoted, How Families with US Links Can Manage the Tax Burden , Hubbis, November 2013.
Quoted, Reignited US Tax Debate May Hit Asia-based Managers , Asian Investor, November 2013.
Co-Author, Final Verdict - Final FATCA Regulations and the Questions They Raise for Trust Practitioners , STEP Journal, April 2013.
Speaker, HNWIs on the Move: Inbound and Outbound Tax Planning for International Private Clients , American Bar Association Tax Planning Strategies - US and Europe Conference, London, England, April 2013.
Contributor, The Banking Crisis in Cyprus , CNBC’s Squawk-Box Television Interview, March 2013.
Contributor, Law Targets U.S. Taxpayers Hiding Money Abroad , Wall Street Journal, March 2013.
Speaker, Surveying the Americas for Today’s Wealth Barriers and Opportunities - U.S. Voluntary Disclosure , Private Client Forum Americas, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 2013.
Quoted, US Tax Law to Affect Local Banks , BusinessWorld, February 2012.
Quoted, US IRS May Tap Local Banks to Help in Campaign , Philippine Daily Inquirer, February 2012.
Quoted, HK to Gain from Revised US Tax Law, Expert Says , South China Morning Post, February 2012.
Co-Author, FATCA - What Non-US Financial Institutions Should Do Now , Corporate Finance Review, January/February 2012.
Quoted, The Bottom Line: Estate Planning , Birmingham Business Journal, October 2011.
Quoted, Tax-Grab Idea to Fix Budget Alarms Expat Americans , South China Morning Post, July 2011.
Author, What Private Banking Industry Relationship Managers Should Know About IRS Notice 2011-34 , Corporate Compliance Insights, June 2011.
Co-Author, Seize the Moment , STEP Journal, April 2011.
Co-Author, American Bar Association Section of Taxation Comments on FATCA Offset Provisions of the HIRE Act Relating to Beneficiaries of Trusts, February 2011.
Contributor, IRS Amnesty Programme , Radio Three Hong Kong Interview, February 2011.
Contributor, U.S. Clamps Down on Overseas Tax Evasion , CNBC’s The Call Television Interview, February 2011.
Quoted, Banks in US Sights Amid Tax Amnesty , South China Morning Post, February 2011.
Quoted, The Taxman Cometh - For US Expats , The Straits Times, February 2011.
Contributor, U.S. Tax Attorney on Tax Cut , Radio Three Hong Kong Interview, November 2010.
Contributor, What’s with U.S. Tax Cuts Post-Election , CNBC’s The Call Television Interview, November 2010.
Quoted, U.S. Tax Rates to Rebound in Long Run , Hong Kong Economic Journal, November 2010.
Quoted, “Heavy-duty US Law Sits Hard on Banks, Funds”, The Business Times Singapore, August 2010.
Quoted, “The Taxing Issue of Green Cards”, The Business Times Singapore, August 2010.
Contributor, “U.S. Tax Policy in Asia”, CNBC’s The Call Television Interview, July 2010.
Quoted, “Officials Overwhelmed by US Taxpayer Inquiries”, The Business Times Singapore, October 2009.
Quoted, “Americans in HK Rush to Meet This Week’s Tax Deadline”, South China Morning Post, October 2009.
Quoted, “US Citizens in Dash to Meet Tax Amnesty Deadline”, South China Morning Post, September 2009.
Quoted, “Asia’s Rich - Still Getting Richer”, Finance Asia, September 2009.
Quoted, “American Tax Policy in Asia - In Their Sights”, The Economist, July 2009.
Quoted, “Hong Kong Will Lose Investment if Named on Tax Haven Blacklist”, Ming Pao Daily News (Hong Kong), June 2009.
Quoted, “US Taxpayers Now Required to Declare Offshore Accounts”, Asian Investor, May 2009.
Quoted, “Critics Voice Concerns New Plan Will Reduce America’s Competitiveness”, Today Singapore, May 2009.
Quoted, “UBS Takes a Long Journey into the Night”, The Asset, March 2009.
Quoted, “34 Tax Havens To Be Squeezed”, 21st Century Business Herald (China), February 2009.
Quoted, “Obama’s Inauguration Marks Potential Crackdown on Hong Kong and Singapore”, Lianhe Zaobao (Singapore), January 2009.
Quoted, “Obama to Influence Hong Kong as a Tax Haven”, International Business Times, January 2009.
Contributor, “President-Elect Obama’s Tax Plan”, Bloomberg Television Interview, January 2009.
Quoted, “Singapore’s No Haven”, Today Singapore, January 2009.
Speaker, “What Private Bankers Should Know About Trusts”, Courses and Seminars Wealth Management Conference, Hong Kong, October 2008.
Quoted, “For One American, His Stance Has Cost Him”, South China Morning Post, October 2008.
Co-Author, “A Costly Exit”, STEP Journal, September 2008.
Speaker, “U.S. Estate Planning”, American Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong, September 2008.
Co-Author, “Fleece the Fleeing”, Trusts & Estates, July 2008.
Co-Author, “President Signs Exit Tax for United States Expatriates”, BNA International Special Report Series on Private Banking, HNWI s and Domicile, July 2008.
Quoted, “America’s Berlin Wall”, The Economist, June 2008.
Quoted, “Sea Change Succession Planning”, South China Morning Post Net Worth Magazine, June 2008.
Speaker, “What Worries the Global Asian Family”, Hong Kong, June 2008.
Speaker, “Understanding United States Grantor and Non-Grantor Trusts: Why, How and What”, Hong Kong, June 2008.
Quoted, “Cutting Ties with the U.S. Could Be Expensive”, South China Morning Post, May 2008.
Speaker, “Strategic Planning for the Non-Grantor Phase of a Grantor Trust”, Hong Kong Trustees Association, April 2008.
Speaker, “Asia Pacific Families in Business Conference”, Singapore, April 2008.
Co-Author, “Art That Saves You Money”, Finance Asia Private Capital, Spring 2008.
Speaker, “International Succession: The Global Challenge”, Milan, Italy, Lugano, Switzerland and London, England, April 2007.
Speaker, “Cross-border Philanthropy for United States Citizens”, European Association of Planned Giving, London, England, November 2006.
Speaker, “Over Here and Over-Taxed Post-BN25 Tax Planning for US Citizens and Residents”, London, England, October 2006.
Speaker, “United States Income, Gift and Estate Taxes”, FOCUS International, London, England, September 2006.
Speaker, “Investment Options for United States Citizens and Residents”, London, England, September 2006.
Speaker, “Tax Issues for Unites States Citizens and Residents”, Will Drafting and Overseas Assets Conference, London, England, June 2006.
Speaker, “Dual-Qualified Charities”, London, England, January 2005.
Author, “Tax Considerations in Choice of Business Entity: It’s Not Just a Federal Question”, The Mississippi Lawyer, July/August/September 2004.

Recent Blogs

•U.S. Internal Revenue Service Updates Voluntary Disclosure Procedures

(Also at London, England Office)

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Wealth Transfer Planning (International)
  • Wealth Transfer Planning (Domestic)
  • Tax
  • Taxation of Businesses
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Estates and Trusts

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
+65 6808 6291  Phone
65 6808 6299  Fax
University Attended:
University of Mississippi, B.Accy., magna cum laude, 1995; University of Mississippi, M.Tax., 1996
Law School Attended:
University of Notre Dame, J.D., cum laude, 1999; New York University, LL.M., Taxation, 2000
Year of First Admission:
2000, Mississippi


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Experience; Formerly a partner with a large, international law firm based in London and was a founding partner of that firm's Hong Kong office. Represents ultra high net worth families and family controlled businesses throughout the world with respect to US federal income, gift and estate tax issues. Maintains a strong emphasis on the tax issues faced by families and businesses based in the Asia-Pacific region and in the United Kingdom.

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