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Henry D. Kahn

Washington, D.C.

Henry D. Kahn
+1 410 659 2780 (Baltimore)
+1 202 637 3616 (Washington, D.C.)
+1 410 659 2701 (Baltimore)
+1 202 637 5910 (Washington, D.C.)
Practice Group

When you need help navigating the treacherous waters of ever-changing regulatory requirements, Henry Kahn is the person to call. Henry has a deep knowledge of the evolution of the financial services industry. He particularly enjoys helping foreign clients make sense (when possible) of the complex and often contradictory maze of U.S. regulatory requirements for those that pursue U.S. transactions or create other products for U.S. institutional investors. He even likes reading the Volcker Rule.

Henry draws on 35 years of experience working closely with investment managers, private equity fund managers, trust companies, commercial and investment banks, and broker-dealers. He provides pragmatic solutions to M&A, product development, regulatory, and disclosure needs across the financial services sector.

While his M&A practice is focused in the investment management space, it also encompasses less-regulated industries, typically in the middle market. His transactions often involve private equity-backed companies seeking larger private equity partners to pursue growth plans. Henry's very hands-on approach to transaction execution helps management teams and boards first identify the challenges that threaten successful transactions, then devise and implement practical solutions before they become problems.

Henry understands the delivery of institutional investment management and wealth management services and products from a trust company platform. He frequently advises limited purpose trust companies and bank trust departments, and has advised most of the limited charters formed in Maryland.

Recognized for his knowledge of Maryland corporate and real estate investment trust law, Henry has advised on the Maryland aspects of many of the largest, most complex M&A transactions involving entities formed as Maryland corporations or REITs. He helped draft (and, after the Governor's veto, redraft) some of the most complicated provisions of Maryland's initial anti-takeover law.

"'Top-notch' Henry Kahn is praised by market commentators for being 'very focused and able to identify and solve problems.'"

Chambers 2014

Representative experience

Sale of Bentall Kennedy to Sun Life of Canada.

Bentall Kennedy purchase of New Tower Trust Company.

Towne Park sale to investor group led by TA Associates.

Henderson Global plc purchase of Geneva Capital Management.

Sale of New Horizons Worldwide to investor group led by Camden Partners and American Public Education.

Purchase of Ned Davis Research Group by Euromoney Insitiutional Investor PLC.

Purchase of FS Advisory Asia by FTI Consulting Inc.

Sale of Securities Finance Trust Company (dba eSecLending) to Parthenon Capital Partners.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., The George Washington University Law School, 1980
  • B.A., Yale University, 1977


  • Board Member, Center for Urban Families
  • Board Member, Hillel at Syracuse University
  • Board Member, The Waterfront Partnership
  • Chair, Committee on Corporate Laws, Maryland State Bar Association, 2004-2005
  • Leadership Council, Open Society Institute -- Baltimore
  • Trustee and Board Secretary, Gilman School

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

2008-2013, 2016


Maryland Super Lawyers


Corporate Law

The Best Lawyers in America



Chambers USA


Mergers and Acquisitions Law

The Best Lawyers in America


Securities / Capital Markets Law

The Best Lawyers in America


Securities Regulation

The Best Lawyers in America

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