Dentons tax team in ItalyDentons has announced the hire of Giulio Andreani as a partner in the Tax practice in Italy. He joins along with a team of five, including senior counsel Giuseppe Ferrara, senior associates Irene Avanzini, Giacomo D’Angelo and associates Erika Andreani and Valeria Andreani. They will be based in the Milan office.

Andreani is renowned for his experience in tax litigation, M&A tax structuring in as well as in tax issues related to restructuring and insolvency. He has advised clients such as Biancamano Group’s Aimeri Ambiente on some of the most important tax transactions on the Italian market.  He has also represented clients on complex, high-value litigation cases, such as Alitalia in Extraordinary Administration versus the Tax Authorities. More recently, he advised on the tax structuring of the sale of the famous Winery Biondi Santi to French investors.

In addition to his career as a lawyer, Andreani is also well known in academic circles. He is the Director of the Master’s Degree Program in Tax Law at LUISS University and Director of the Finance and Economy High School of Rome. He is also a professor at La Sapienza University and Scuola Superiore dell’Economia e delle Finanze (School of Italian Tax Officers) in Rome. Professor Andreani is the author of 250 tax articles and ten monographs. His latest Commentary on the Income Tax Code, a comprehensive analysis of approximately 3000 pages which he co-wrote together with Professor Gianfranco Ferranti, will soon be published. 

Federico Sutti, Managing Partner Italy, commented: “I have known Giulio Andreani for several years and I am delighted to finally have the pleasure to work with him. I am sure that he will greatly contribute to strengthening Dentons’ position in the Italian legal market, not only in Tax but also in other sectors”.

Sandra Hazan, Co-Head of the Europe and Global Tax practice added: “Giulio is widely recognized as one of Italy’s top tax lawyers, particularly in the field of tax litigation.  Together with his team, he will broaden the capabilities of our Italian Tax practice and reinforce our ability to advise clients on complex tax transactions and disputes.”

With the addition of Professor Andreani and his team, Dentons’ Tax practice in Milan and Rome has grown to 14 professionals, including four partners. 

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Duff & Phelps has announced that it has acquired Quantera Global Asia Holding, a leading Asia-Pacific transfer pricing advisory firm affiliated with Quantera Global. The transaction extends Duff & Phelps’ transfer pricing capabilities across Asia Pacific.

Further, the transaction adds more than 25 transfer pricing professionals to Duff & Phelps in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam that can provide advice throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The Quantera Asia team complements Duff & Phelps’ existing practice and brings years of experience in the region with a comprehensive range of transfer pricing consulting services, including planning, compliance and defense.

“Duff & Phelps has been working closely with the Quantera Asia team over the past several years on numerous client engagements. This transaction is the culmination of a successful partnership, and marks an important milestone in expanding our transfer pricing capability in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Jacob Silverman, President of Duff & Phelps. “Quantera Asia is a great fit for our firm, as we share a fundamental commitment to providing exceptional client service with the highest levels of objectivity, independence and technical expertise,” added Silverman.

“Tax authorities across Asia are expanding the transfer pricing reporting requirements of multinational companies and are increasingly auditing and challenging their transfer pricing practices, said Michael Heimert, Duff & Phelps’ Global Transfer Pricing Leader. “Quantera Asia’s team will enable us to better serve our clients with operations in the region and augment our capabilities in transfer pricing compliance, planning, and controversy support.”

“We are very excited to join Duff & Phelps, having already established an excellent working relationship with their transfer pricing team in recent years,” said Douglas Fone, Managing Director and Co-founder of Quantera Asia. “Our existing clients will continue to deal with the same transfer pricing professionals, but will now benefit from the Duff & Phelps global platform which enables us to offer an even broader range of services with deeper industry and technical expertise.”

In conjunction with this transaction, Quantera Global and Duff & Phelps have entered into an alliance agreement enabling both firms to further strengthen their networks and bring increased opportunities to their respective clients on a global scale.

Quinn Emanuel has recruited Liesl Fichardt from Clifford Chance.

Ms Fichardt specialises in complex international and cross border Tax Investigations and Disputes.

Prior to joining the firm, Liesl was the head of the Tax Investigations and Disputes practice at Clifford Chance. She is one of the leading experts in complex international tax disputes, and she has considerable court and tribunal experience which includes conducting cases in the Tax Tribunal, the courts of appeal and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Ms Fichardt advises on all areas of international tax disputes including raids by tax authorities, organizational and reputational risk issues, complex investigations, strategic discussions with tax authorities, settlement of disputes and litigation.

Recent Tax Hires at EY in the US…..

On May 16, 2017, in EY, by Chris Bale

Listed below are some recent tax hires by EY in the US.

Liz Alek Yeomans rejoins Ernst & Young LLP’s International Tax Services practice in San Francisco as an Executive Director. Most recently she was the Director of the US Tax Desk at Baker Tilly Roelfs in Germany. Previously, Liz worked at EY for 10 years in both San Francisco and Munich, and joined GE Capital in Paris before relocating back to Munich. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Virginia.

Chris Gilbert joins Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department as an executive director in the EY Americas Tax Innovation Foundry in New York. Chris spent eight years at Bloomberg LP, where he held several strategy and general manager roles.  Most recently, he was Chief Strategy Officer for Bloomberg KYC. Previously, he was the VP of Acquisitions at Mermel & McLain Management and an equity research associate at Deutsche Bank. He received his MBA from Columbia Business School.

Sim Seo rejoins Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department (US) as a principal located in Seoul, South Korea. Seo was most recently Country Tax Leader for General Electric in Korea. Among several key tax positions, Seo had been a partner with Baker & McKenzie LLP, worked for six years with the US Internal Revenue Service, and spent four years with EY from 1999 through 2003. She received her Bachelor degree from the University of Maryland and her Law/JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

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The U.S. law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP has announced that Alvin J. Goldman has joined the firm as a partner in the New York office. As a member of Hinshaw’s commercial transactions group, Goldman will focus his practice on sophisticated federal taxation counseling and planning, especially with regards to matters involving partnerships, joint ventures and limited liability companies.

“I’m excited to welcome Alvin to Hinshaw’s team of tax professionals,” said Dean Parker, Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Commercial Transactions Practice Group. “Our clients in New York, Florida, Illinois and nationwide will greatly benefit from his deep experience in serving as lead tax counsel in a series of complex real estate and merger and acquisition transactions.”

 Goldman was previously senior counsel at a global law firm which represented a broad range of businesses and individuals, including prominent financial services firms, insurance companies, multinational companies and emerging and closely held companies. He has a great deal of experience working with foreign individuals and entities who invest in U.S. real estate and businesses. He primarily works with clients in developing tax strategies regarding acquisitions and sales, partnerships and corporations.

“Hinshaw has a dynamic and sophisticated set of clients, with business and transactional objectives that have complex taxation implications,” said Goldman. “I look forward applying my experience and insight to federal taxation problem solving on behalf of their transactional and other legal needs.”

Goldman is a graduate of Columbia Law School (J.D.) and Cornell University (B.A.). He is admitted to practice in New York, Florida, and the U.S. Tax Court. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section, Committee on Partnerships and Committee on Real Property, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American Bar Association.


RSM Preston hires Andrew Stackhouse and Andrew Cox

On May 16, 2017, in KPMG, RSM, by Chris Bale

Anthony Cox RSM TaxRSM has further strengthened its tax practice by appointing Anthony Cox (pictured right) as a partner and Andrew Stackhouse as a tax director in its Preston office. They both previously worked at KPMG as a director and senior manager respectively.

Anthony has almost 21 years’ experience advising a range of companies and individuals on tax issues, including acquisitions and disposals, capital allowances, R&D tax relief, corporate reconstructing, capital gains and inheritance tax.

Andrew specialises in corporate and property tax advisory work and key compliance tax services for a range of corporate and individual clients. 

Kevin Duffy, RSM’s office managing partner in Preston, said: ‘We continue to invest in our tax practice with key strategic hires, and its fantastic to welcome Anthony and Andrew to the team.  Both are well known Lancashire professionals with extensive experience which will further strengthen our offering – reinforcing RSM’s position as the leading adviser for middle market businesses in the region.’


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RSM has appointed David Williams-Richardson as a specialist employment tax partner in its Gatwick office.
David Williams-Richardson RSM

Prior to joining RSM, David worked for Deloitte, also in the Gatwick market, where he built and led the local employment tax team.

David has over 18 years’ experience of advising local and national employers on a range of domestic and overseas employment tax issues. He has specific experience of working with clients in the aviation and travel sector, including airlines and tour operators, and has presented at a number of travel industry events on topical employment tax issues.

His expertise covers PAYE/NIC compliance, advice on termination payments, employee benefit structures and reporting, salary sacrifice implementation and review, employment status and the implications of assigning employees overseas. 

Rowan Williams, RSM’s office managing partner in Gatwick said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome David to RSM’s growing team in Gatwick. David is well known and respected in the local market and his expertise will be invaluable to our clients in the Gatwick Diamond and across the south east.’ 

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Ross Stupart RSMRSM has recruited Ross Stupart as a tax partner in the Edinburgh office. He joined in April 2017.

Mr Stupart was previously with KPMG, where he was a tax director, having initially joined the Firm in 2004. He also spent 2 years working in house with Lloyds Bank.

In his new role he works with ambitious and growing owner managed, family owned and private equity/venture capital backed businesses. He advises on a wide range of tax issues including acquisition and disposals; business succession; optimising tax relief claims; tax governance; business restructuring and re-organisations and the international tax implications of doing business overseas.

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