Grant Thornton Baltic has promoted four new partners – Kristjan Järve, Eneli Perolainen and Anastasia Borovaja (from Estonia) and Milda Mikušauskien? from Lithuania. The promotions bring the total number of partners to 17.

Managing partner of Grant Thornton Baltic, Mati Nõmmiste, who was one of the company’s founders 24 years ago, commented:

“We’ve worked with Anastasia, Eneli, Milda and Kristjan for years and they have stood out for their broad vision and grant thornton baltic tax partnersuperb professional knowledge. Their work heading their respective areas has also shown that they are good at developing customer relations and motivating employees,”.

Kristjan Järve, partner responsible for tax advisory services, has been involved in establishing and developing this division at Grant Thornton Baltic since 1999.

“Clients need multifaceted advice in managing their business and constant changes. Broad-based consultation is the most important objective that Grant Thornton Baltic has to reach, and as part of it we will need to increase cooperation between the Baltics,” commented Järve.

Greg Limb KPMG TaxGreg Limb has been  appointed Head of Private Client at KPMG UK.

Greg succeeds Dermot Callinan, who has led KPMG’s private client practice in the UK since February 2011 and who will be retiring from the partnership in September 2017 after 26 years with the firm.

Greg has been a partner at KPMG since 2008 and has over 25 years of practical tax experience, specialising in advising individuals, family offices, entrepreneurs and shareholders on their personal tax issues.

Dermot has spent most of his career with KPMG having specialised in private client tax and wealth advice since starting in practice in 1985. Under his leadership, KPMG’s private client advisory practice has grown significantly and now comprises over 150 specialists in personal tax advice and compliance throughout the UK.

Commenting on the appointment, Mike Linter, head of national markets tax at KPMG in the UK, said:

“I am really pleased to appoint Greg to the role; he has a market leading reputation and is well known for building strong lasting relationships with clients from entrepreneurs and family business owners, to private wealthy individuals and trustees. Our award winning private client advisory practice is the clear choice for clients, and I have great confidence in Greg’s ability to lead the UK team to continuing, and greater, success.”

“I would like to thank Dermot for his successful leadership and commitment during his five years at the helm. He is a highly respected KPMG partner who has contributed hugely to the private client practice and the wider firm, especially in the North over the years.”

Greg Limb, incoming UK head of private client, said:

“I am delighted to be taking over the reins of our UK private client advisory practice. This is a time of significant change, not just for UK tax policy but for the regulatory environment around the world. The ever-increasing mobility of people, their capital and their businesses means more and more clients have an international dimension to their affairs.

“KPMG’s private client advisory team has already been recognised by the market for its genuinely international approach, as well as for changing the way private client services are provided by accounting firms in general. Breaking away from the traditional model of employing only accountants and tax advisors, we have expanded the team to include top family office experts thereby enriching our suite of services. I see these as areas of significant potential for the firm and I have no doubt we will continue to lead the way in the provision of these services in the future.

“Dermot has been instrumental in building an exceptionally strong team and I am looking forward to leading and expanding our fantastic group of colleagues as we enter the next phase of growth.”

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Taylor Wessing has bolstered its cross-border Tax practice with the appointments of leading corporate tax partner Michaela Petritz-Klar as CEE head of Tax and international tax and compensation expert Michael Jaffe as a partner in the tax team in Paris.

Michaela joins from Schönherr, where she was head of Tax. With wide experience in tax law, Michaela is a renowned tax expert in Austria. She specialises in M&A transactions, private equity, capital markets, restructurings, corporate tax planning, project finance, high net worth individuals and funds.

Michaela Petritz-Klar said: “After years of being active in tax law and heading a team in Austria, I now very much look forward to building up and heading an international team.”

Michael joins from PwC Société d’Avocats, where he was Managing Partner for France and Francophone Africa. He has over 30 years of experience advising companies on their international tax and compensation and benefits issues and is a member of the Paris, New York and California bars. As an expert in remuneration packages and international mobility, he will enhance the international ‘Private Client’ offering of the firm.

Michael Jaffe added: “I am very pleased to join Taylor Wessing France. My arrival represents a business opportunity for new synergies in terms of cross-selling, especially with the UK and German offices and I will be a key contact for our American clients wishing to develop their projects in France.”

Taylor Wessing’s international Tax practice is known for its practical, cost-effective tax advice that is tailored to the exact needs of each client’s business. Taylor Wessing’s cross-border team advises on the corporate tax and employment income tax aspects of a wide variety of matters, including domestic and cross-border M&A and structuring and restructuring, real estate, private equity and venture capital, investment funds, finance, intellectual property, insolvency, and tax disputes.

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White & Case LLP has promoted 40 lawyers around the world to its partnership. The promotions are effective January 1, 2017 and represent 11 of the Firm’s global practices in 17 locations. The new partners include:

Steven Gee has been named a partner in the Global Tax Practice.

Based in New York, he focuses on the complex tax aspects of mergers & acquisitions, intellectual property and securitization transactions.

Kerry O’Rourke Perri has been named a partner in the Private Clients Group.

Based in New York, Kerry advises individuals, families and fiduciaries on domestic and international trust and estate planning matters, including will and trust drafting, tax planning, litigation support and probate proceedings, and estate administration.

Dermot Callinan Saffery ChampnessSaffery Champness announced today that Dermot Callinan has been recruited as a partner in its Harrogate office. He joins from KPMG, where he recently served as head of the UK private client advisory team.

Dermot is a specialist in domestic and international personal taxation and his clients include wealthy individuals (both UK and non-UK domiciled), global families, family offices, partnerships, entrepreneurs, trustees and family companies. While based at Saffery Champness’ Harrogate office, Dermot will be servicing client needs across the UK. He will become a partner with effect from 1 October 2017.

Dermot has advised on personal taxation for over 30 years and at KPMG was responsible for a team of more than 170 tax professionals, including 18 partners and directors. He has led UK and international tax advice to shareholders on some of the largest and most complex private company disposals, stock market listings and private equity transactions. He also advises complex multi-generational trusts, family offices and family investment companies.

Prior to joining KPMG in 1991, Dermot worked with EY and Deloitte Haskins & Sells. He is a Chartered Tax Adviser and member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Rob Elliott, Managing Partner at Saffery Champness, commented:

“As a firm, our strategy for growth is focused on appointing the best people as partners, whether from within or externally.  Dermot’s CV speaks for itself and we are delighted that he is joining us. Dermot’s considerable expertise and ability will further enhance our client offering and reputation in the private client arena, and we look forward to his contribution to our continuing growth in the sector.”

Dermot Callinan added:

“I am very pleased to have been invited to join Saffery Champness. I was drawn to the firm because of its first class reputation in the private wealth, entrepreneurial and international taxation areas, where I have considerable experience. Having met many of my future partners, I am very excited at the prospect of working with such a talented group of people and developing my practice with them.”


Crowe Clark Whitehill has doubled the number of VAT partners with the appointments of Robert Marchant and Keri Pay.

Robert Marchant has joined Crowe’s London office from PWC, where he was a Director. He has 15 years’ experience advising UK and multinational businesses on their indirect tax obligations. Robert will lead a team providing a full range of VAT consulting and compliance services.

Keri Pay has 27 years’ VAT experience working with large corporate and international companies, including some of the largest businesses in the Midlands region. Keri will be based in Crowe’s Midlands office. He joins from BDO where he was a Principal

Keri Pay Crowe Clark WhitehillRobert Warne, National Head of VAT at Crowe says: “Both Robert and Keri are respected and established advisors and we are extremely pleased to have them on board to spearhead our services for corporate clients.”

Chief Executive, David Mellor also commented: “I am pleased to see the expansion of our already successful national VAT offering. We have a strategic desire to grow our tax and advisory services, and I welcome both Robert and Keri as we embark on this journey.”

Nigel Bostock, International Liaison Partner says: “As ever, we look to help our clients make smart decisions that provide lasting value. We welcome Keri and Robert at a time when the drive for even greater international trade against the background of Brexit will make VAT and excise duty even more important than in the past.”

These tax hires follow Lisa Mead appointment to the partnership earlier this year.

Kevin Edwards RSM Tax PartnerRSM has appointed Kevin Edwards as a tax partner in its Nottingham office.

Kevin is a corporate tax specialist who has worked for a wide range of clients including owner-managed businesses, subsidiaries of foreign parent companies and large UK based groups. In his career to date, he has also undertaken tax advisory work on restructuring, employee share schemes, mergers and acquisitions and advising on bespoke tax planning strategies.

Prior to joining RSM he was a tax partner with MacIntyre Hudson in their Peterborough office.

In addition, Kevin has successfully claimed tax credits on a number of R&D projects undertaken by market leading companies in the Technology, Manufacturing and Construction sectors.

Kevin originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant (FCA) after joining a Top 20 firm as a graduate trainee in 2000 and is also a Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA).

Richard King, RSM’s office managing partner for Nottingham said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Kevin to the team. He has a wealth of experience in corporate tax and we are certain Kevin will make a significant contribution to the Nottingham team and help our clients achieve their key business objectives.’

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Steve McDonnell Tax DirectorConcordia International (formerly AMCo) has hired Steve McDonnell as its new European Tax Director.

Mr McDonnell has significant commercial tax experience, having worked in-house since 1992. Most recently he was VP Tax at Schneider Electric and was also Head of Group Tax at Invensys PLC (prior to its acquisition by Schneider Electric).

Concordia International is an international pharmaceutical company focused on legacy medicines and orphan drugs. The company has a strong international footprint with sales in more than 100 countries and a diversified portfolio of more than 200 well-established off-patent molecules.