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Jean-Olivier has joined ADEO as Group Tax Director.

In his new role he will be responsible for managing taxes globally. Adeo currently operates in 12 countries: France, Russia, Italy, Spain, China, Brazil, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Greece, Portugal and Cyprus. Jean-Olivier will be based in Lille and reports to Jean-Michel Barbier, Head of Legal and Tax.

Commenting to Tax Grotto on his move, Jean-Olivier said “I am delighted to join Adeo Group to support the group in its 12 countries of operation and its 90,000 employees. Adeo Group has the highest ambition and an exceptional vision.”

Jean-Olivier initially trained as a tax lawyer with Landwell & Associates (PwC) but has worked in industry since 2002, initially with Alstom, then Technip and for the past 6 years with Ipsos, where he was Group Tax Director.

ADEO is the leading DIY retailer in France and the third largest globally. ADEO has two sets of shareholders: the Association familiale Mulliez and the Group’s employees.

Mazars in Mauritius has welcomed back Roomesh Ramchurn who has joined the firm as tax director. He brings on board many years of experience in international tax working with a wide range of clients, both owner managed and public interest entities.

At Mazars he will join the international tax platform and leverage on the Firm’s tax network to advise on structuring and in solving tax problems.

Kriti Taukoordass, Managing Partner, commented “I most welcome Roomesh’s proactive attitude, his critical mind and his leadership abilities”

Roomesh trained with the Mauritius Revenue Authority, progressing to Assigned Assistant Director. He spent a year in a finance role before joining Mazars in 2010 as Senior Tax Manager. He then moved to work at Big 4 firms KPMG and Deloitte, before deciding to return to Mazars.

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Luxembourg tax jobsOpened at the beginning of March 2016, GSK Stockmann + Kollegen continues to expand its Luxembourg office. Mathilde Ostertag recently joined the Luxembourg team of Equity Partners Dr. Marcus Peter, Andreas Heinzmann and Dr. Philipp Mößner as Local Tax Partner.

Mathilde Ostertag was admitted as a lawyer to the Barreau de Luxembourg in 2008. Since then she has been working for two major international law firms with offices in Luxembourg in the fields of tax law and international tax structuring. Mathilde Ostertag advises real estate investment funds (Luxembourg structures), private equity funds, family offices and investment funds on all aspects of tax law in regard to corporate/M&A, structured financings including securitisations, and IP-transactions and is a specialist for international tax law focusing on inbound investments in the European Union.

Dr. Petra Eckl comments: “We are very happy that we convinced such an excellent tax law expert to join our team. With Mathilde Ostertag on board we are now able to revert directly to our Luxembourg tax expertise, be it regarding all aspects of asset management and the structuring of investment funds, in advising family offices, or on transactions in the private equity or venture capital sector. This is a major advantage driving our product specific and tax centered advisory approach.”

Dr. Marcus Peter stated: “Mathilde Ostertag is the perfect candidate to complement the Luxembourg team, which is now able to fully advise on all tax matters in Luxembourg. She will strongly contribute to the continuing growth of the Luxembourg office, where we already have thirteen lawyers.”

The timely reinforcement of the Luxembourg office with a tax partner has created a lot of positive interest with the Broadlaw Group alliance partners. “In particular on cross-border projects, such as the structuring of funds, transactions or the launching of capital markets products the Luxembourg tax expertise perfectly completes the single source services our international Broadlaw Group clients expect,” adds Dr. Oliver Glück, Co-Managing Partner at GSK Stockmann + Kollegen. “Since the opening of our Luxembourg office at the beginning of March, specific client requests by our Broadlaw Group members have significantly increased. With Mathilde Ostertag joining the Luxembourg office we now have a dynamic and powerful team in place, able to fully meet the increasing demand for holistic cross-border advice and support in Luxembourg.

Together with tax partners Dr. Petra Eckl and Dr. Dirk Koch the GSK-Tax team now comprises seven tax law specialists located in Luxembourg, Frankfurt and Munich.

Allen & Overy LLP continues to expand its tax practice with Daniela Trötscher joining its Frankfurt office as partner, effective as of 1 June 2016.  She will focus on project related tax advice in the fields of compliance, risk management and other tax-related corporate processes.

“With Daniela Trötscher we have been able to attract a highly successful tax advisor who is very well connected within the Frankfurt financial market. With her long-standing experience in advising on tax compliance issues and related technological solutions, we are able to complement and expand the range of advisory services we offer, in particular for financial institutions,” says Dr Gottfried Breuninger, head of Allen & Overy’s German and Global Tax practice.

And Dr Neil George Weiand, senior partner, Allen & Overy Germany, adds:  “Ms Trötscher’s arrival strengthens our Frankfurt tax team and represents another important step towards becoming one of the leading firms in Germany, also in terms of size. Her experience in the field of tax risk management will also be highly valuable for other practice groups such as Banking and Finance and Capital Markets.”

Daniela Trötscher holds a Diploma Economics degree and is tax advisor. She specialises in tax advice for German and international financial institutions and insurance companies and focuses in particular on tax-related processes in connection with M&A projects and post-merger integration, and on tax compliance and risk management issues.  After having worked in the tax group of Deutsche Bank for twelve years, she joined Ernst & Young in 2010 where she became a partner in 2012. She is also a lecturer at the Rhein-Main University.

Asked about the motivation for her move, she states:  “Allen & Overy provides the perfect platform for my practice, with a highly qualified team of tax advisors and lawyers with excellent connections to the national and international financial industry.”

Allen & Overy’s German tax practice comprises around 20 lawyers and tax advisors, including four partners, working in  the Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich offices. The range of advice offered by the practice in cludes strategic tax planning and corporate transformations, the tax aspects of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, transfer pricing, representation in tax litigation, as well as complex debt and equity financings. A particular focus of the group is on tax litigation and tax risk management, where the practice does not only see huge growth potential but has already been able to win important deals. Both the practice as a whole and its individual partners are regularly awarded top positions in legal rankings.

Allen & Overy has announced two tax counsel promotions in London and Rome, effective 1 May.

 Allen Overy Tax JobsBen Brown

Ben advises on all UK taxation aspects of corporate and financing transactions.

Ben also specialises in VAT, and takes specific responsibility for advising Allen & Overy’s clients on the UK VAT treatment and VAT structuring of their transactions, with a particular focus on financial services.

Ben is a member of the VAT Practitioners’ Group and the Law Society VAT and Duties Sub-Committee.

Published work:

  • “CJEU challenges UK VAT group practices, 7 May 2013, Lexis PSL
  • “Closing time for pub VAT appeal?”, LNB News, 7 August 2012
  • “Practice Guide: How to handle tax on transaction costs”, Tax Journal Issue 1114, 18, 9 March 2012
  • “Close-out Netting and VAT” – De Voil Indirect Tax Intelligence, 159(31), 1 August 2009
  • “The EU VAT Package: Implications for Cross-Border Finance”, lead article in Tax Planning International, Indirect Taxes, November 2009

Michele Milanese

Michele has a significant experience in banking and finance tax transactions and has an in-depth knowledge of the firm’s clients and of tax aspects connected to capital markets, structured finance, private equity global banking, project finance, asset finance, energy, incentives and securitisations transactions. In addition, he is the author of publications on Italian and international reviews and has lectured on legal and tax matters.

Andrew Ballheimer, Managing Partner, comments: “I would like to congratulate our new counsel on their promotions; they are an extremely bright and talented group of lawyers and their promotion marks a significant and well-deserved achievement for them all.”


New York Tax Partner JobsIrish commercial law firm, A&L Goodbody, has announced the appointment of five new partners and 25 new associates.

The new partners include tax specialist Amelia O’Beirne, who is based in the New York office.

Amelia started her career with KPMG Dublin where she specialised in Financial Services Tax. She then worked in house with Agile Investment with a broad tax & legal remit. In 2010 she joined Mason Hayes & Curran where she remained for over 3 years. In January 2014 she joined A&L Goodbody.


San Francisco Tax JobsAndersen Tax has announced that Lindsay Chamings has joined as a Managing Director in the Alternative Investment Funds Practice in the San Francisco office.

Prior to joining Andersen Tax, Lindsay was a Managing Director at KPMG (through KPMG’s acquisition of Rothstein Kass in 2014).

Lindsay has more than 12 years of experience in providing tax services in the alternative investment fund space. She has experience advising hedge fund and alternative investment companies on the U.S. tax implications of their domestic and international operations in order to obtain an optimal tax minimization strategy.

“Lindsay is an essential addition to our Alternative Investment Funds Practice, and we are looking forward to her joining our team,” said Frank Cassidy, Office Managing Director for the San Francisco Office. “We will benefit from her extensive skills, rounding out our expertise in this area.”

“Our Alternative Investment Funds Practice in Northern California is growing rapidly, and the addition of Lindsay showcases our depth within the team,” said CEO, Mark Vorsatz. “She will be a great asset to the practice, and most of all, our firm.”


George W. Rendziperis, JD recently joined Weaver, the largest independent accounting firm in the Southwest, as the director-in-charge of state and local income tax in Weaver’s tax and strategic business services practice. He is based in the firm’s Austin office.

Rendziperis brings to Weaver more than 15 years of experience in counselling clients on a variety of state and local tax issues, including multistate tax planning, consultation, implementation and compliance. He is experienced in the areas of income/franchise tax, sales and use taxes, excise and property taxes, and incentives and credits.

As an attorney, Rendziperis represents clients in state tax litigations. He is skilled at negotiating with state treasury departments regarding voluntary or taxpayer-initiated disclosures, as well as obtaining tax credits and incentives. He works with many industries, including technology, manufacturing, oil and gas, real estate, construction, private equity and financial services.

 “George’s combined tax and legal expertise makes him a good fit for Weaver,” said Clint Siddons, CPA and chief operating officer of Weaver’s tax and strategic business services. “This allows us to serve the specific needs of our clients as they deal with specific state and local income tax issues.”

A licensed attorney in Michigan, Rendziperis earned his Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Law. He also earned a Master of Science degree in finance from Walsh College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and political science with a concentration in accounting from Albion College. Notably, he was a clerk to former Michigan Supreme Court Justice, Marilyn Kelly.