TaxChambers LLP has hired Professor Vern Krishna, renowned legal scholar to continue his practice as Of Counsel with the firm’s Toronto office. Krishna was a former Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada and currently serves as a Commissioner of the Ontario Securities Commission.
“Professor Krishna brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that perfectly complements our core focus on providing high quality, sophisticated tax advice to our clients,” said TaxChambers’ partner Sunita Doobay.
Listed in the Lexpert Directory of Best Lawyers in Canada, Professor Krishna is a prolific writer who has authored some fifteen texts in tax, international tax, and business law. His work is often cited by the Supreme Court of Canada, Canada’s highest court.
“I am pleased to be associated with a firm of enterprising tax lawyers who are dedicated to serving their clients and who have the highest professional standards,” Professor Krishna stated.
TaxChambers LLP is a boutique tax law firm located in the heart of Toronto’s business district. The partners at TaxChambers LLP advise and represent clients from Canada and internationally in all areas of Canadian and U.S. tax law.
Based in Auckland, Mr Milne has been a partner for 17 years. He has most recently led the national Tax and Private division of the firm, as well as being on the firm’s senior executive team.
As chairman, Mr Milne will lead the Deloitte Board and be responsible for the governance of the firm.
“I’m honoured to be appointed to the role and I’m looking forward to leading the board as it works with management to continue building on Deloitte’s recent momentum in the market,” says Mr Milne.
Outgoing Deloitte chairman Murray Jack says the appointment was straightforward.
“Ross is a highly respected partner who has held several senior management roles as well as having previously been on the Deloitte Board. His experience, that most recently also includes being actively involved in the development of firm strategy, makes him an excellent choice for chairman at this time,” says Mr Jack.
Although stepping down as chairman, Mr Jack will continue his work with clients as a senior consulting partner based in Deloitte’s Wellington office.
“It’s been a privilege to serve as the firm’s chairman during a period where we’ve enjoyed very strong growth and market recognition,” says Mr Jack.
“It’s an exciting time for Deloitte as we continue to position ourselves for further growth.”
Bill Page has returned to his native UK.
He has been based in the London office since September, working as a Senior Adviser for African Projects.
Bill is a highly regarded energy tax professional with extensive leadership experience gained in Central Asia and Africa. He was a tax partner with Ernst & Young in Kazakhstan before joining Deloitte Kazakhstan in 2002, where he led the tax & legal practice.
In 2004 he moved to Deloitte Russia to lead the oil & gas group and in 2009 he relocated to Deloitte East Africa region, shifting his focus to energy and resources industries.
Experienced tax partner, Paul Falvey, has joined BDO’s Bristol office.
Paul has worked in tax since 1992, when he started with Deloitte. He was a partner with Grant Thornton for many years before joining Baker Tilly in 2009. He started with BDO in September.
In terms of experience, he advises businesses and their owners on all aspects of tax. He has particular experience in advising on the tax implications of business transactions such as acquisitions and disposals, mergers and demergers and shareholder exit planning.
Many of his clients are involved in international business.
EY announced today that Ray Beeman, formerly tax reform advisor to Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp, has joined Ernst & Young LLP as a principal in the National Tax Department and will serve as one of the leaders in its Washington Council-EY (WCEY) practice in Washington, DC.
As Tax Counsel and Special Advisor for Tax Reform, Beeman developed discussion drafts related to international tax, financial products and pass-throughs, and coordinated tax reform hearings and working groups. He helped prepare The Tax Reform Act of 2014 released by Chairman Camp in February.
“Ray’s experience with tax policy discussions span his tenure with the House and previous years with the Joint Committee on Taxation, earning him a reputation for focusing on the broad issues the US faces in order to compete globally,” said Kate Barton, EY Americas Vice Chair of Tax Services. “He has also helped businesses to understand the impact of tax changes and the need to engage and provide their perspective on issues related to tax policy and administration.”
Prior to joining the Ways and Means Committee staff, Beeman was a partner with Venable LLP from 2005 to 2011. Previous to that, Beeman spent four years on the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, where he focused on federal tax legislation and policy.
Earlier in his career, Beeman worked in the firm’s National Tax financial services industry group. He has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center since 2005 and has lectured extensively and authored several articles.
Beeman earned his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law, his Master of Laws in Taxation from Boston University and Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Graham advises private and institutional clients on the establishment, re-organisation and administration of Cayman and BVI trusts and trust structures, including STAR and VISTA trusts, private trust companies, commercial trust arrangements and charitable trusts. Graham also advises generally on wills and estate planning matters, probate and resealing applications, and the administration of complex estates.
Graham was formerly with Appleby in the Cayman Islands, and prior to that he worked for Burges Salmon in Bristol, specialising in tax and trusts, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, where he trained. Graham graduated with first class honours from Bristol University (LLB), and holds a Bachelor of Civil Law degree and doctorate from the University of Oxford.
Graham was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2005 (now non-practising), as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands in 2010 and as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI) in 2013.
Moore Stephens is being surprisingly quiet about a team it has extracted from Baker Tilly. Given the calibre of the people, you would have thought this is something to shout about.
Vince Wood, Tim Fussell and Kevin Philips all joined Moore Stephens this month, having previously been tax partners at Baker Tilly in London.
Vince Wood trained with Arthur Andersen and moved to Baker Tilly in 1999, where he has been a partner ever since. He advises listed, AIM and private companies across a range of sectors and offers international as well as domestic tax planning.
Typical work would include advising owner-managed businesses on CGT planning and employee share incentives. Also, providing tax advice on property matters and investment structures including offshore funds and REITs.
Tim Fussell was Head of Corporate Tax at Baker Tilly for the London and Eastern Regions. He had worked at the firm for 17 years, having previously trained with Ernst & Young. He too focuses on OMBs and he would typically advise on: Shareholder planning for company disposals, entrepreneurs relief planning, structuring both corporate sales and acquisitions, share buy backs, demergers and reconstructions and capital allowances.
Kevin Phillips joins Moore Stephens as an International Tax Partner, a role he held at Baker Tilly for 10 years. Kevin spent 18 years at Ernst & Young before he joined Baker Tilly.
There was an article in Accountancy Age in September 2014 that made reference to Jon Randall (former COO and tax partner at Baker Tilly) joining Moore Stephens with 3 (unnamed) fellow partners.
I received a press release today from Moore Stephen’s PR chaps. Couple of quotes have been copied below:
“Moore Stephens already has a strong Business Tax team,” says Timothy Fussell, who becomes head of the firm’s Business Tax Group. “By joining them, we see great potential to build on this capability, providing additional expert resource to help meet clients needs, both in the UK and internationally.”
The tax partners plan to build contacts and raise awareness of Moore Stephens business tax services in the UK and overseas. “We also see great potential to develop opportunities for clients – as well as for the firm – by working closely with the Moore Stephens International network,” says Kevin Phillips, who has particular experience in cross-border tax issues, especially UK-US. “By building relationships with colleagues internationally, we can advise clients looking to expand overseas, and those wanting to invest in UK operations.”
Simavita Limited has announced the appointment of Mr. Craig Holland as an independent, non-executive Director of the Company. Mr. Holland will also be appointed as Chairman of the Company’s Audit and Risk Committee.
As a result of this appointment, the Company plans to ask shareholders at the upcoming annual general and special meeting to consider fixing the number of directors at four (4) and also to consider electing Mr. Holland to the board for the upcoming year.
Mr. Holland is a former senior partner of Deloitte (from 2004 to 2012). He ran the Melbourne Tax Group within Deloitte Private. In addition to providing accounting and taxation advice to a range of Deloitte clients, Mr. Holland also served on both the Melbourne and National Executive teams within Deloitte Private, and was also Deloitte Private’s Chief Operating Officer prior to his retirement from the firm in October 2012.
Mr. Holland currently holds three non-executive and one executive board positions. He is an Executive Director and owner of the Menarock Aged Care Services Group, a private company based in Australia, which owns and operates 480 beds through nine residential aged care facilities in Victoria and Southern New South Wales.
Mr. Holland also serves as a non-executive director of the Good Guys Retail Group, a large privately-owned company, and is the Chairman of its Audit Committee and is a member of its Risk Committee.
Simavita is a medical device company operating in the digital healthcare sector that has developed an innovative world first solution for the management of urinary incontinence, with a focus on the elderly.