Taxand Netherlands has announced the hiring of Susan Raaijmakers as tax partner.
Susan has extensive experience as a tax adviser in the real estate sector and has worked previously at Andersen and Deloitte. She has experience in a variety of real estate projects such as setting up partnerships for private investors and institutional investor in The Netherlands, Germany and the USA, international tax advisory services to construction companies, real estate developers and real estate funds and due diligence reviews on the acquisition of real estate projects, real estate portfolio funds and real estate companies.
Marc Sanders, Tax partner at Taxand Netherlands added: “Raaijmakers joins us with a market leading reputation and wealth of experience in real estate related taxation. Her arrival compliments our current client offering and provides important additional reach for a number of Dutch and global real estate clients.”
KPMG Australia has announced the hiring of senior lawyers from Maddocks’ tax controversy practice.
The move represents a significant investment by KPMG Legal and Tax Services and confirms its position as the premier practice in Australia for tax controversy services.
The team joining KPMG is led by Angela Wood, a senior tax controversy partner at Maddocks. Ross Hocking and Angelina Lagana, also senior tax controversy lawyers at the firm, have decided to come to KPMG with Angela. The team have worked with each other for over 10 years, building what has become one of the leading tax controversy teams in Australia, with significant expertise in transfer pricing.
Nationally, with the recruitment of the new team, KPMG Legal and Tax Services will grow to a practice of nine partners and special counsel, specializing in tax controversy services, with dedicated offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Gary Wingrove, CEO of KPMG Australia, said “This team hire reflects KPMG’s investment-led growth agenda, and demonstrates our commitment to investing across all parts of our business. Companies are increasingly demanding specialist expertise and by meeting their needs we will achieve growth both for our own firm and for our clients. This recruitment will confirm KPMG’s position as the premier tax controversy practice in Australia.”
Rosheen Garnon, KPMG National Managing Partner – Tax, said: “We are seeing increasing interest in tax controversy, and in particular disputes with a cross-border element, including transfer pricing issues where the team has substantial expertise. The KPMG Legal and Tax Services practice has expanded rapidly over the past 12 months attracting leading professionals and the recruitment of renowned experts such as Angela, Ross and Angelina will give it real further momentum.”
She added: “Unlike other professionals in the field, who typically only act for taxpayers, Angela, Ross and Angelina offer clients a distinctive proposition and perspective, having represented the ATO for a number of years in leading tax cases. Applying this experience, they can offer clients a unique insight into how to manage their interaction with the ATO and formulate the most appropriate strategy to avert or achieve early resolution of any tax dispute.
“Joining KPMG will enable Angela, Ross and Angelina to work together with specialist tax partners to deliver complete solutions to clients, under one roof, whether it is preparing for tax audits, dispute resolution, or, if necessary, assisting with representation in court.”
KPMG has a focused growth strategy offering niche legal services focusing on tax. Tax dispute resolution is an area the firm has targeted for particular attention, as companies are increasingly looking for specialist advice to prevent and resolve tax audits and disputes.
Rosheen Garnon added: “A recent survey by KPMG International showed that 75 percent of tax executives globally were involved in a tax examination or dispute with a tax authority. In Australia the firm is seeing a rise in disputes with a cross-border element, which is why we are busy recruiting specialist tax lawyers who can help companies operating both domestically and internationally. The Maddocks lawyers joining will be of tremendous assistance in this respect.”
Mazars has recruited Melanie Orriss from Baker Tilly.
Melanie has been with Baker Tilly for over 11 years and specialises in advising family and owner-managed businesses and their associated private individuals, both in the UK and internationally. At Mazars she will focus on developing the firm’s work in these areas across the London region.
She will report to Tim Davies, Head of Tax.
Ali Kazimi has joined Mazars London as a Financial Services Tax Partner.
Mr Kazimi has held several tax leadership roles over the years and this is a high profile hire for Mazars. From 2005 to 2009 Mr Kazimi was with EY where he was Head of Investment and Operational Taxes and also Leader of the UK Pensions Tax Practice.
In 20o9 he joined Deloitte UK but relocated to the Firm’s Middle East pracice in 2011. Whilst there he was International Tax Services Leader for the MENA region, FACTA Leader and GFSI Tax Leader.
Mr Kazimi is a leading expert in the field of investment and operational taxes, with a wealth of experience in determining product/investment policies and tax technical interpretations. Ali is a frequent speaker at conferences and has also written on wide range of topics including FATCA, Securities Lending, Sovereign Fund Investing, Pension & Asset Pooling, Multi?Manager Investing, Custodial Structures, and Stamp & Transfer Taxes. He works primarily with banks, hedge funds, institutional investors, asset and wealth managers, investment brokerage and platforms, and investment services firms.
Grant Thornton has admitted Ray Werth, 42, as Tax partner in the firm’s New York office effective Aug. 1.
Werth joined the firm in 1999 and has nearly 15 years of tax experience with commercial and service companies. His technical knowledge includes corporate, partnership and s-corporation taxation, as well as extensive experience with ASC 740, accounting for income taxes and accounting for uncertainty in income taxes. He works extensively with manufacturing, cloud-based and professional service entities. He assists clients with ASC 740, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, tax optimization strategies for flow-through entities and foreign tax analysis.
Werth is a CPA in New York and New Jersey and a member of the AICPA and the New Jersey Society of CPAs.
Australian Commercial Law Firm, Johnson Winter & Slattery, has announced the appointment of Reynah Tang and Stewart Grieve as partners in its transactional and advisory practice. Previously partners at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, both are sought out by leading major companies in Australia for their dexterity with complex tax matters.
Reynah Tang advises listed, multinational and public sector clients in the financial services, property and infrastructure and manufacturing industries on the taxation implications of mergers/acquisitions, public private partnerships, privatisations, corporate reorganisations, employee share and option schemes and capital raisings (debt/equity). He has also assisted clients in relation to requests for tax rulings, taxation audits and freedom of information applications.
He has been recognised as a leading tax adviser in a range of publications including Asia Pacific Legal 500, Best Lawyers, Chambers Global and World Tax Review.
In 2013, Reynah served as the first President of the Law Institute of Victoria from an Asian Australian background.
Stewart Grieve has a strong practice in Australia and abroad, with a combination of extensive experience as an advisor coupled with the insights gained from working within a major corporation. He specialises in advising major listed public companies on taxation investigations and enquiries, dispute resolution and litigation. He was previously Director of Taxation for Foster’s Group Ltd, a role in which he oversaw their global tax function including tax controversy work in Australia, the Americas and Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
“Reynah and Stewart’s appointment reflects our desire to continue building our Melbourne cohort of practitioners in strategically compatible practice areas, and thereby increase the firm’s client base in Melbourne,” said managing partner Peter Slattery.
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Bob Rischmann has joined Colliers International as executive VP. Located within the firm’s Chicago offices, Mr. Rischmann is tasked with launching and growing Colliers’ new Tax and Incentives Practice nationwide.
“Bob brings to us decades of experience in the government incentives arena, having assisted major corporations throughout the country with procuring economic benefits,” said David R. Kahnweiler, SIOR, chairman and CEO of Colliers International | Chicago. “We are confident that the combination of his skillset and Colliers’ vast relationships will result in an even more robust service delivery model.”
Mr. Rischmann has over 30 years of state and local tax experience with the last 20 years focused on negotiating credits and incentives. His wide range of expertise also extends to accounting, risk management, project planning, and financial analysis. He has a diverse background, having worked nationally across various industries including manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, utilities and retail.
Prior to joining Colliers, Mr. Rischmann spent more than three years as director of PricewaterhouseCooper’s Credits and Incentives Network. Prior to that, he spent six years as the Credits and Incentives National Practice Leader for True Partners Consulting. In the first 20 years of his career, he held similar positions with well-known corporations such as Baxter Healthcare, Ernst & Young, Arthur Andersen, and Deloitte in addition to the Illinois Department of Revenue.
“’I’m thrilled for this exciting new opportunity,” said Mr. Rischmann. “The prospect of growing a brand new service line for a highly respected firm such as Colliers is a welcomed challenge. While the Chicago market is teeming with activity and is a very strong incentives market, I look forward to establishing a presence in other key markets throughout the country,” he added.
Colliers International is a global leader in commercial real estate services, with over 15,800 professionals operating out of more than 485 offices in 63 countries. A subsidiary of FirstService Corporation, Colliers International delivers a full range of services to real estate users, owners and investors worldwide, including global corporate solutions, brokerage, property and asset management, hotel investment sales and consulting, valuation, consulting and appraisal services, mortgage banking and insightful research.
BDO has announced the appointment of Steffan Adfeldt as a Tax Director within itFinancial Services group.
Steffan brings a wealth of experience working as a tax lawyer and adviser in the financial services industry.
He joins BDO from Barclays, where he oversaw all tax aspects of treasury matters at group level, including funding, hedging and prudential regulatory reform. Prior to this he worked within Barclays Investment Banking division (formerly Barclays Capital), advising on the tax aspects of investment banking transactions, and also previously as a tax lawyer at Allen & Overy (for 5 years) and Baker & McKenzie (for 5 years).
Angela Foyle, Head of BDO Financial Services Tax, said: “The ever-increasing regulatory pressures on the financial services sector is resulting in an increased demand for specialist tax advice. As the industry evolves to address greater regulation, more complex competition and increasing customer expectations, clients want advice on anything from restructuring issues, to compliance with directives such as FATCA or AIFMD. Steffan’s skills and knowledge in this complex arena are a welcome addition to our team of Financial Services tax experts, and to the wider practice.
Steffan Adfeldt, added: “The taxation regime faced by the Financial Services industry presents challenges for many businesses and I look forward to putting my skills and knowledge to good use in my new role. BDO is a fantastic brand and I am excited to join its excellent Financial Services team. The practice is growing and I am excited about the opportunities this brings, particularly in relation to the firm’s core driver of delivering exceptional client service to the industry.”