Susan Andrews Casillas has returned to EY’s Los Angeles office as an Executive Director in Tax for the Private Client Services practice.
Casillas worked at EY for four years in the estate tax group before moving on to other client service positions including Tax Director at PwC and Tax Partner at Temo Arjani, LLP.
Most recently she was Senior Wealth Strategist with Credit Suisse in Los Angeles, assisting clients and prospects with estate, gift, charitable and income tax planning.
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has announced that Thomas Gray has joined the firm as a partner in the New York City office.
Mr. Gray joins the firm from Bingham McCutchen, where he advised clients on the tax aspects of corporate and partnership transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, restructurings, spin-offs and equity and debt financings. He also advised clients on the special tax considerations related to hedge funds, private equity funds, regulated investment companies and real estate investment trusts. At Drinker Biddle, Mr. Gray will work closely with the firm’s M&A and Investment Management teams.
“We are delighted to welcome Tom to our corporate practice,” said Neil K. Haimm, Chair of Drinker Biddle’s Corporate & Securities Group. “His particular experience with the tax aspects of corporate transactions and investments will be extremely valuable to our team and to our clients.”
“We are excited to have a lawyer of Tom’s considerable experience join us as we continue to flourish in New York City and expand our office’s capabilities,” said James M. Altieri, a Managing Partner of the firm and the Regional Partner in Charge of the New York office.
Alex Pham has joined KLEYR GRASSO as Counsel and Head of Tax with effect from 17th November 2014.
Alex has 13 years’ tax experience in Luxembourg and has worked within the tax departments of Deloitte and most recently with the law firm Ogier. His work will focus on:
– International Tax structuring, Private Equity, Cross-border transactions, holding and financing activities, Wealth planning, IP.
– Corporate Tax
– Expatriates and Directors’ remunerations taxation.
– Assistance to M&A, Employment and Investment Funds departements
– Tax litigation
– Tax seminars
He is also advising clients in tax litigation matters.
KLEYR GRASSO is a medium sized law firm in Luxembourg and launched in 1994. The firm undertakes significant client work hand in hand with leading audit and tax firms, and regularly works on crossborder cases with foreign magic circle firms.
Deloitte today announced the appointment of Paul Sallomi, partner, Deloitte Tax LLP, to national sector leader (NSL) for technology within Deloitte’s technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) practice. As NSL for technology, Sallomi succeeds Eric Openshaw, who held the position for the past nine years and will continue in his role as national industry leader for Deloitte TMT.
In his new role, Sallomi will work to grow and strengthen the technology practice; and to lead strategic industry research, service development and delivery to clients.
“Paul has held a number of significant leadership roles at Deloitte and as a result brings a unique perspective and deep industry knowledge that will help clients address the quickly evolving business landscape,” said Eric Openshaw, vice chairman and U.S. technology, media and telecommunications leader, Deloitte LLP. “Paul is committed to quality and addressing the needs of clients and I’d like to congratulate him in his new role as national sector leader for technology.”
Sallomi has had a number of significant leadership roles in tax, including serving as U.S. tax TMT industry leader and U.S. tax technology sector leader. In these roles, he was responsible for developing a community of professionals and clients through overseeing the creation and distribution of technical content, facilitating seminars, and participating in the planning, delivery, and satisfaction assessment processes for Deloitte’s most significant TMT clients.
“The intersection of disruptive forces including cloud, mobile, social and the Internet of Things are opening up new revenue streams and opportunities for businesses that can give them a strategic advantage over their competitors if properly leveraged,” said Sallomi. “These disruptive forces are quickly becoming table stakes for the industry, but many enterprises are still in the beginning stages of discussing these technologies and figuring ways to enter new markets and provide integrated solutions. As part of my new role I look forward to working with clients to determine the impact these technologies will have on their businesses and how best to implement them.”
Allen Plass returns to EY Global Compliance and Reporting practice as an as an Executive Director in the Irvine, CA office. Plass spent most of his 30 years of experience with EY focused on accounting for income taxes, tax planning for business transactions and taxation of multinational organizations. He joined Kieckhafer Schiffer & Company LLP as a Partner in 2012 before returning to EY.
Varun Vig comes to EY from Deloitte Tax LLP where he spent 12 years. Varun joins as an Executive Director in the Financial Services Office specializing in Asset Management and Private Client Services. Varun is based in New York City with a focus on ultra-high net-worth individual, private equity fund and hedge fund space. Varun has a BA (Honors) in Economics from University of Delhi, MA in Economics from University of Kumaon and MS in Accounting from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Varun is a member of the AICPA, Illinois and New York Society of CPAs.
Neelu Mehrotra rejoins EY as an Executive Director in National Tax focused on Quantitative Services in the International Tax practice. Relocating to the Providence, RI office, Mehotra had been a Senior Manager and Tax Account Leader at EY in Boston before joining Kahn Litwin Renza in 2012, where she was a Principal, Director of International Tax and led its regional practice on US international tax issues.
Daniel Robert Mullins joins EY in Washington, DC, as an Executive Director in the Quantitative Economics and Statistics (QUEST) practice in National Tax. Mullins comes to EY from American University where he was a tenured Associate Professor and the Director of the Center for Public Finance Research since 2008. Previously he was an assistant professor at Indiana University. Mullins also conducts in-country advising for the World Bank, most recently for the Republics of Serbia and Croatia.
Antoine Van Horen, a Partner with EY since 2000, is relocating to New York as a member of the National Tax Department’s International Tax Services.
Van Horen had been a Partner in the organization’s UK International Tax Services practice since 2000 and most recently in EY Sweden’s Transaction Tax Services practice since 2002.
Dominique Gallego joins EY’s Financial Services Office as a Principal in New York to focus on international tax and asset management. Gallego spent the last 18 months acting as the legal and business consultant for several family-owned corporations in the Philippines.
Previously, she was a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel, LLP in New York providing strategic tax planning on US Federal income tax issues. Primary client base consisted of financial asset managers, private equity and hedge funds (with a wide range of investment strategies and liquidity constraints).
Grant Thornton has appointed three new partners in Northern Ireland – Louise Kelly, Peter Legge and Richard Gillan.
Peter Legge has 20 years’ experience in providing tax advice to individuals and businesses. He joined Grant Thornton in 2005 and specialises in advising owner managed businesses on tax matters. His clients include those from the food and beverage, property and construction, technology and media and retail sectors.
Peter is a qualified Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) with the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
Peter’s expertise covers:
• Tax efficient structuring
• Company reorganisations and reconstructions
• International tax
• Transaction tax – acquisitions/disposals
• Tax efficient remuneration / incentive planning
• Tax efficient financing arrangements
• Property tax planning
• Stamp Duty / Stamp Duty Land Tax
• Maximising tax reliefs – R&D, Capital Allowances, etc.
Andersen Tax is expanding its presence in California, opening an office in Irvine in January 2015.
Chad Thiel has joined the firm as Managing Director and will lead the new Orange County practice. Prior to joining Andersen Tax, Chad spent six years at McGladrey as a tax practitioner and leader of the Family Wealth Services practice for the West Region.
Chad has over 16 years of experience with international professional services firms serving a wide variety of high net worth families and their related corporate, partnership, trust and charitable entities. Chad’s primary focus is advising closely-held business owners, entrepreneurs and wealthy family groups in all areas of income, gift and estate taxation. He has extensive experience providing sophisticated advice and creative solutions to high net worth individuals and families, closely-held companies and family investment entities. Chad provides a unique approach to serving closely-held businesses by aligning the tax goals and objectives of the owners with those of the company.
“I have known Chad for many years, he was previously with our firm at the time of inception in 2002. He is a very talented tax practitioner and dynamic leader,” said CEO, Mark Vorsatz. “Chad not only brings his deep technical expertise and relationships to the firm, but his strong commitment to train and develop our future tax practitioners. He will be a great asset to the practice, and most of all, our firm.”