Sean M. King

President & Managing Director of Align Global Consulting, Inc.


Sean King is a first-generation American who brings to his clients not only technical expertise but also a cultural and commercial awareness that can only be gained by living in numerous countries and growing up on multiple continents.

Mr. King is a Managing Director in Align’s Global Structuring practice group. Since 2011, Mr. King has also served as the firm’s President. In addition to his firm leadership responsibilities, Mr. King's globally recognized practice focuses on international corporate structuring for both the outbound operations of U.S. multinationals and the inbound operations of foreign multinationals. This includes advice on structuring cross-border ventures, mergers and acquisitions, supply chain management, cross-border financing, and transfer pricing matters, including the international licensing of intellectual property.

Mr. King is the author of multiple publications on international taxation and is a widely known speaker on the cross-border structuring of investments. In this capacity, Mr. King has been asked to speak worldwide for numerous Fortune 100 audiences and has completed transactions in more than 32 countries. Mr. King has been included in The International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers and, in 2012, was awarded the NCACPA's Outstanding Conference Speaker award.

He received his master of laws degree in taxation, magna cum laude, from the Chicago-Kent School of Law. He received his juris doctor degree, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law and his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Mr. King is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court. He is also a member of the North Carolina Bar Association where he has served as Vice-Chair of the International Law Section.

In his spare time, Sean has managed to complete both the Boston and New York City Marathons in less than 3 hours.

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  • Chicago-Kent College of Law; (LL.M.); magna cum laude
  • Michigan State University College of Law; (J.D.); cum laude
  • University of Michigan; (B.A.)
Professional Affiliations
Awards & Honors
  • The International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers - 2009
  • NCACPA's Outstanding Conference Speaker Award - 2012

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  • Sean King's article, “Successful Tax Planning Strategies for Cross-Border Transactions" was featured in the book, International Tax Law Best Practices: Leading Lawyers on Staying Abreast of Recent Trends, Understanding Important Tax Treaties, and Complying with Key Regulations (Inside the Minds). Click here to order.