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Watson Farley Williams has announced partner promotions for 2015. One tax lawyer was admitted, Daniel Pilarski.

watson farley williams tax jobsDaniel’s practice focuses on taxation, particularly on the US tax aspects of cross-border transactions, with an emphasis on the maritime and aviation sectors.  His advice includes structuring transactions to achieve the optimum tax result by minimising withholding tax and addressing anti-deferral regimes.  Daniel advises several clients regarding the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), both in compliance and in documenting FATCA provisions in loan and other agreements. Daniel also helps clients analyse and comply with the US freight tax on shipping income and the exemption from tax.

Daniel’s practice also includes advice relating to ERISA (US pension law), real estate joint ventures and aviation leasing.

Prior to joining WFW in 2013, Daniel was an Associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Marcum tax jobsNational accounting firm Marcum LLP has named John Eckweiler, a partner in its Irvine office, as partner-in-charge of tax and business services for its California operations.

Eckweiler has been with Marcum since 2013. Prior to this he was a tax partner with WilsonMorgan and before that with SingerLewak.

Marcum is headquartered in New York and provides accounting, tax and advisory services from offices in Irvine, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Osborne Clarke has hired Laurent Donnay de Casteau as a Partner in its Brussels office to launch its tax practice. Laurent joins from Loyens & tax jobsLaurent has more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of corporate and individual tax matters. Based on a strong practice with the Benelux countries, he advises Belgian and international clients on their operations including corporate structuring/restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, investment funds and treasury centres, high net worth individuals and expat issues.

He is particularly active in cross-border transactions involving France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

He is a member of the International Fiscal Association and has been a member of the Brussels Bar since 2000. He is listed as a tax expert in Chambers&Partners (Global).

He is also lecturer at the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP-Europe).

Managing Partner of Osborne Clarke’s Brussels office, Thierry Viérin commented:
“With the large amount of corporate transactions that we deal with, a Tax practice is the next logical step for us. Laurent’s breadth of international experience and tax expertise means he is the best person to take this forward.”

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frankfurt tax jobsKatrin Gänsler has joined Noerr’s Frankfurt office as an associated partner. She comes to Noerr from Allen & Overy where she has been at the Frankfurt office since 2007.

Katrin Gänsler advises international enterprises and real estate companies on complex transactions and projects. Her activities focus largely on group tax law, restructuring measures and tax aspects in M&A transactions. The 34-year-old lawyer also has significant practical experience in dealing with special land transfer and turnover tax projects.

“We are experiencing a steady increase in demand in our international business”, says Georg Edelmann, Co-Head of Noerr’s Tax Group and Partner in Munich. “In Katrin Gänsler our firm has gained a highly experienced expert in this area. Together we intend to expand our range of advice for those international enterprises wishing to extend their business to the German market or to make acquisitions.”

In Frankfurt, Katrin Gänsler will work in particular with Dr Oliver Trautmann who advises international corporations as well as on M&A transactions, restructuring measures and tax proceedings. Other areas of cooperation lie in advice to strategic and private equity investors on complex corporate acquisition and real estate transactions.

“The focus of Noerr’s tax law department, particularly on corporate tax advice, is a perfect fit for my field of practice and I look forward to working with my new colleagues”, Katrin Gänsler said, commenting on her move. “At Noerr, there is every indication of growth and the basic conditions for further expansion of the tax business are excellent. This is helped not only by the breadth and depth of the team’s expertise, but also by the firm’s integrated advisory approach.”


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tax jobs at kpmg australiaKPMG Australia has announced that David Linke is the firm’s new National Managing Partner Tax, effective 1 July 2015. Mr Linke succeeds Rosheen Garnon, who has held the role for the past five and a half years.

Mrs Garnon will  move into a new role which will include leading two key growth initiatives for the firm – launching a new ‘people advisory’ collaboration offering between the firm’s Tax and Advisory practices, and continuing to build out KPMG’s legal services practice.

Mr Linke’s appointment follows a rigorous process of consultation and market analysis, considering internal and market candidates domestically and internationally.

“I am delighted to be able to promote from within after such a tough validation process. It is a credit to the quality of our upcoming leaders that ultimately the best candidate came from within the firm,” said CEO, Gary Wingrove. “David will drive an aggressive investment program for the Tax practice. His strengths are respected within the firm and the Australian market and will be critical for pursuing the market leading position for KPMG’s Tax practice.”

Mr Linke joined KPMG as a graduate and rapidly progressed in seniority. He is currently the Head of Corporate Tax. Client focused and results driven, he is a lead partner on several of the firm’s major tax accounts and has almost 20 years’ experience advising financial sponsors and Australian listed companies on transactions, as well as international and M&A tax issues. Mr Linke brings a wealth of client experience across a range of sectors and industries to the role.

Mr Wingrove acknowledged the significant contribution Mrs Garnon had made while holding the leadership role

“Rosheen is a highly respected senior partner with KPMG internationally. In her capacity as a member of the KPMG International Tax Steering Group, she has been a strong contributor to the firm’s global strategic tax agenda, most recently leading a review of KPMG’s global tax technology. She has been passionate and prominent in advocating for reform of Australia’s tax laws, including representing the firm last month at the Senate Inquiry into tax avoidance and minimisation.”


To ensure a smooth, effective transition Mr Linke will immediately join the firm’s National Executive Committee alongside Mrs Garnon. As a member of KPMG Australia’s Board, Mr Linke will now step down from that role.

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luxembourg tax jobsOgier has launched a cross-jurisdictional Tax team in response to requirements from corporate clients, their advisers and trustees.

Having advised financial institutions, multinational corporates, funds and asset managers on offshore and legal advice relevant to tax for many years, the firm has now drawn together a team of partners with specific tax expertise.

‘Our tax team is global, reflecting the fact that many of our clients operate in more than one jurisdiction,’ said Jersey based partner Chris Byrne. ‘The depth and breadth of our knowledge ensures that we are able to support our clients’ business needs by providing access to lawyers who understand tax issues across our global network of offices.’

Ogier is the only offshore law firm with a Luxembourg capability and Luxembourg partner Caroline Bormans is a recognised tax expert. The other team members are:

BVI – Simon Schilder
Cayman – David Cooney
Guernsey – Marcus Leese
Hong Kong – Nathan Powell
Jersey – Chris Byrne

Ogier’s Tax team will primarily work with tax departments at onshore law firms and with clients direct on all aspects of cross-border advisory and transactional tax matters. It will not provide tax structuring advice or offer the type of tax compliance services offered by accountancy firms.

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private client tax partner jobsNew Quadrant Partners, the London based boutique private client law firm, has announced the appointment of Robert Smeath as a Partner with the firm with effect from 11th May 2015.

Robert who was formerly a partner with Clarke Willmott LLP specialises in lifetime tax and succession planning. His expertise includes advising clients with offshore connections and assets and those owning businesses. He regularly lectures on Inheritance Tax, in particular on the relief available to those owning agricultural and business property.

Robert is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and Solicitors for the Elderly as well as holding a Diploma of the Personal Finance Society which gives him an insight in wider financial planning in conjunction with practising financial planners.

Robert commented on his role, “I am delighted to be joining NQP. The firm has true strength and depth with a genuine client focus. I was attracted to the firm by its friendly atmosphere and its dynamism to build on its flourishing practice still further.” Louise Stoten, Senior Partner said, “We are very excited to have Robert on board. The appointment is a great addition to our team. Our focus on our clients and our commitment to independence in advice is crucial and the experience that Robert brings continues to enhance the skill set within the firm.” –

M/Advocates of Law has announced the addition of Leonardo Castellana and Sophia Yazane.

Leonardo has over 25 years of experience in the Private Wealth industry, having occupied various positions in both the legal and wealth management fields. He then went on to found and head a prominent Geneva based asset management and multi- family office platform. He gained versatility and experience in the advice to wealthy families in the set-up, organization, staffing and operations of single- and multi-family offices, having notably overseen the incorporation and follow-up of affiliated companies in several global financial centers and having acted as trustee and protector to multiple trusts and family foundations. Leonardo holds a Master degree in Law from Geneva University.

Sophia is a tax specialist with over 10 years of experience in the field. She regularly advises tax jobs in dubaiboth institutional and private clients on international tax matters and cross border tax planning strategies. She assists Middle Eastern and European high net worth individuals and family offices on structuring their operational assets and global wealth. Most recently she worked as a tax manager at KPMG Dubai but before that she was with Baker & McKenzie in Luxembourg. Sophia will lead the firm’s Private Wealth tax team.

Commenting on both appointments, Yann Mrazek, Managing Partner at M/Advocates of Law said:

“We are very pleased with the addition of Leonardo and Sophia, which reinforces our position as a leading Private Wealth firm in the Gulf. Leonardo brings a unique skill set and formidable added-value to the firm and its existing clients. Sophia’s appointment is in line with the firm’s commitment to continue to build a strong tax team in what we view as the premier structuring jurisdiction for entrepreneurs operating in emerging and frontier markets. She is one of the most promising tax specialists in the region and we are very pleased that she chose our firm to take her career to the next level.”

The Firm has been operating in the UAE since 2009.

Ali Ibrahim, Founding Partner at Ali Ibrahim Advocates commented:

“Partners of the firm have a strong regional track record advising families organizing and preserving family assets and implementing inter-generational wealth transfer strategies and vehicles. At a time when many locally based entrepreneurial families are faced with the challenge of involving the next generation, M/Advocates of Law is perfectly positioned to assist.

M/Advocates of Law is a boutique law firm primarily providing for the needs of successful individuals and wealthy international families. Headquartered in the UAE but with a proud Swiss heritage, its offering is unique in the Middle East: a holistic and cross-disciplinary combination of a law firm’s specialist expertise and the versatile capabilities of a market-leading fiduciary platform all under a single banner. M/Advocates of Law is operated in association with Ali Ibrahim Advocates.

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