Eline Polak has joined Mazars in Amsterdam as a tax partner .
Following a 10 year career in the judiciary she will now focus on further strengthening the Mazars VAT and customs practice.
Eline started her career in 1993 with KPMG, working as a VAT and customs specialist. From 1996 to 2005 she worked as a tax lawyer for, amongst others, Baker & McKenzie, where she advised on matters of national and international VAT and customs.
In 2005 Eline was appointed a judge of the Tax and Customs Division of the Haarlem District Court. Mid 2010 she moved to the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal. Since January 2015 she was appointed a Justice of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal, handling VAT and customs cases.
She will remain with the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal as a Deputy Justice.
Lindsay J’afari-Pak has been appointed as PwC’s UK insurance tax market leader, effective immediately. She succeeds Colin Graham who will focus on his role as global insurance tax leader, having led the UK practice since 2011.
Having started her career with PwC, Lindsay has spent time at law firm Herbert Smith, as well as AXA UK and Resolution, before returning to PwC as a partner in 2013. Since then she has led the UK firm’s tax services to the life insurance industry.
Lindsay’s industry and advisory experience makes her well placed to lead PwC’s UK insurance tax practice in what continues to be a period of significant change. She is also a director on the board of the financial services member group TheCityUK, and a member of the corporate development board of the charity Rosa, the only UK wide fund exclusively for women and girls.
PwC has also bolstered its tax team in the UK insurance practice with the promotions of Ayesha Patel and Andy Rosam to director.
Lindsay J’afari-Pak, UK market leader for PwC’s UK insurance practice, commented:
“I am very proud to have been asked to lead our wonderful team. Our people are passionate about the work they do for our insurance clients, and I am looking forward to the next chapter, as we embark on a period of momentous change in the UK.”
RSM has appointed Andrew Robinson as a tax partner in its Bury St Edmunds office.
In his new role Andrew will focus on providing tax support to owner managed businesses across East Anglia, in addition to offering advice to not-for-profit bodies including charities and housing associations.
Andrew joins from BDO Norwich (formerly PKF Norwich) where he has been a partner since 2011. He spent the first 10 years of his tax career with RSM Robson Rhodes in Hemel Hempstead, progressing to Director level.
Andrew has been involved in sizeable, complex research and development tax credit claims, put in place tax-efficient profit extraction strategies for owner-managed businesses, and advised on numerous exit arrangements including management buy-outs, private equity investments and listings.
Stephen Duffety, Office Managing Partner at RSM in Bury St Edmunds said:
‘I’m delighted to welcome Andrew to the Bury St Edmunds team. He is well known across the East Anglian business community and brings with him a high level of expertise in a wide variety of tax specialisms which will be of real benefit to our clients across the region.”
Baker & McKenzie has announced its global partner promotions for the year. There are 5 new tax partners:
Yvonne Beh (Kuala Lumpur)
Yvonne has more than 10 years of experience advising on Malaysian tax issues such as income tax, double tax treaties, withholding tax, real property gains tax, transfer pricing, service tax, transfer and transaction taxes, taxation of stock options and assisted various clients in negotiating for tax incentives and obtaining stamp duty exemptions. She also advises on Malaysian goods and services tax (GST) issues, as well as anti-profiteering issues relating to the GST’s implementation.
Mounia Benabdallah (Amsterdam)
Mounia is a Netherlands Tax Attorney with 10+ years experience, specialized in International Tax Law, with a particular focus on the interaction between Netherlands, European and US International tax law.
She has worked considerable time in Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago and New York offices.
Alistair Craig (London)
Alistair is a partner (non-lawyer equivalent) at Baker & McKenzie, specialising in cross-border M&A and international tax structuring projects for a diverse client base, including FTSE 100 groups, Fortune 500 U.S. and large to mid-cap European multinationals, private equity and sovereign wealth funds and financial institutions.
Reinaldo Ravelli (Sao Paulo)**
Practice focused on corporate tax planning. Received a master of laws degree (LL.M.) from the Northwestern School of Law in 2011.
Works with tax advisory for Equity and Debt Capital Markets, Foreign Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Corporate Reorganizations, Financial Transactions, Investment Funds, Real Estate Transactions and Project Financing.
**In cooperation with Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados, a Brazilian law firm
Nopporn Charoenkitraj (Bangkok)
Andersen Tax has announced the addition of Michael Jordan as Managing Director in the Greenwich, Connecticut office. Michael will join the New York Metro’s Commercial Practice.
Michael has over 16 years of experience advising business clients and their owners on a variety of complex tax matters. His expertise is working with large multi-state pass-through entities. Michael regularly advises clients on corporate structure/choice of entity, sale and pre-sale planning, business acquisitions, and succession planning across a broad spectrum of industries, such as real estate, wholesale/distribution, private equity, retail and professional service firms industries. Prior to Andersen Tax, Michael was with BlumShapiro, a large accounting and tax firm with presence throughout the Northeast, where he was a Tax Partner.
“We are excited to have Michael join us,” said New York Metro Office Managing Director, Gerald DesRoches. “He is a highly regarded tax expert that we are pleased to have joining our practice.”
“The addition of Michael adds a new dimension to our growing New York Metro Commercial Practice,” said CEO, Mark Vorsatz. “Michael’s all-around knowledge, experience and extensive skills are assets to the Andersen Tax team.”
Michael is a CPA and he received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Accounting with a concentration in financial services from the University of Connecticut.
Lloyds Banking Group has hired financial services tax guru, Saibh Young, as Group Tax Director.
Ms Young has significant FS tax experience. She initially worked with KPMG in Dublin from 1989 to 1995, progressing to Tax Manager.
In 1996 she joined Bear Stearns where she held several roles: Deputy Head of Tax for EMEA, Head of Tax for Ireland and latterly Head of Tax for Front Office/Business Support for EMEA and Asia regions.
In 2007 she joined Nomura as MD and Head of Tax for the EMEA region.
Ms Young replaces Sarah Prior who left Lloyds Banking Group in December 2015. Ms Prior returned to PwC London and is a tax partner in the financial services group.
Marc Tschirner has joined Deloitte Hong Kong as a FSTP Director. He will supplement their local Transfer Pricing team and has almost 12 years’ in-house tax experience gained with financial services companies.
For the past 7 years he has worked at Bank Julius Baer as Head of Transfer Pricing, based from Zurich. Prior to Bank Julius Baer he worked at Credit Suisse, Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen.
Marc is a seasoned Financial Services Transfer Pricing expert and a qualified German Lawyer. He also has extensive experience in international tax planning and structuring and TP controversy.
PwC Singapore has announced eight new partners, two of whom specialise in tax.
Brendan Egan joins PwC after 20 years’ in-house tax experience gained with financial services companies. For the past 8 years he was worked at AIG in a variety of leadership roles. Most recently he was Global Head of Tax Policy and Government Relations. Prior to AIG he worked at Mastercard, HSBC and Standard Chartered Bank
Falgun specialises in transfer pricing planning, value chain transformation, value chain analysis and dispute resolution.
He has been promoted internally from Director grade, having started with PwC Singapore in 2006.