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energy tax partners jobsTroutman Sanders LLP has announced that Adam Kobos has joined the firm as a tax partner in its Portland office. As part of his national practice, Kobos will collaborate with a number of the firm’s practice areas, including Energy, Project Finance, and Corporate. He also will work closely with the firm’s Orange County office as it expands the firm’s corporate practice in the region. Kobos joins Troutman Sanders from Stoel Rives.

Kobos represents clients in a wide variety of federal and state tax matters, with a primary focus in the energy industry. Kobos represents clients who develop, acquire, and invest in renewable energy projects (including wind, solar, geothermal, waste-to-energy, biomass, hydroelectric and other renewable energy generation facilities), energy storage facilities, and electric vehicle charging and other alternative fuel refueling facilities. He also has significant experience in representing alternative fuel producers, blenders, and sellers in connection with federal and state fuel excise tax matters, including registration and credit qualification matters. Kobos helps clients qualify for federal and state tax incentives and implements transaction structures that maximize the value of those incentives, including partnership flips, sale-leasebacks, inverted leases, prepaid PPAs, and other tax-efficient structures. Kobos also represents utility clients in a wide range of federal income tax matters.

“We are delighted that Adam has joined the firm as he is a great fit in a number of ways,” said Craig Kline, a leading renewable energy lawyer and a Troutman Sanders partner in New York. “He will be a great addition for our national corporate practice as he not only brings an insightful approach to tax law but also provides our Energy practice with additional bench strength focusing on our project finance transactions that use partnership structures.”

“I have been familiar with the quality of the lawyers and the caliber of the clients at Troutman Sanders for years,” said Kobos. “I am very excited by the opportunity to join a growing national firm that is doing such sophisticated work for its clients in the energy industry, and I am looking forward to growing the firm’s tax practice generally.”

“Adam is a fantastic addition for us,” said Lara Skidmore, office managing partner of the firm’s Portland office. “He not only broadens our corporate capabilities in this market, but he also increases the breadth of tax services we can offer to a wide variety of clients on the west coast and throughout the United States.”

Publications
“Recent Developments in the Taxation of Transferable State Tax Credits,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, July/Aug. 2011

“IRS Issues Settlement Guidelines for Application of Section 118 to Location Tax Incentives,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, May/June 2011

“Bosamia: The Tax Court Revisits Section 481 and Accounting Method Changes,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, Mar./Apr. 2011

“Bergbauer Expands the Danielson Rule While Narrowing Section 83,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, Sept./Oct. 2010

“Rev. Rul. 2009-39 Provides Guidance for Correcting Employment Tax Errors,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, May/June 2010

“Schering-Plough Corp. Createli Confusion,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, Jan./Feb. 2010

“ARRA Alters the Landscape of Renewable Energy Project Finance,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, Nov./Dec. 2009

“Proposed Regulations Extend ‘Share-by-Share Approach’ to Basis Recovery in Distributions,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, May/June 2009

“Final Regs. Simplify Continuity-of-Interest Rule for Insolvent Corporations,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, Mar./Apr. 2009

“Renewable Energy Aspects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” Biofuels International, Mar. 26, 2009 (coauthor)

“Rev. Rul. 2008-25 Refines (and Revises) the Law of Two-Step Acquisitions,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, Sept./Oct. 2008

“Federal Tax Incentives for Green Buildings,” Sustainable Land Development Today, July/Aug. 2008 (coauthor)

“Final Regulations Concerning Allocations of Boot and Basis in Reorganizations and Section 355 Distributions,” Journal of Corporate Taxation, May/June 2008

 

PwC Cincinatti tax jobsPwC US has announced  that Mark Carlson from its Cincinnati office has been admitted into the firm’s partnership. He sits within the International Tax Services practice.

Carlson brings more than 16 years of professional experience, including a two-year assignment with PwC Luxembourg, and specializes in advising U.S. and foreign multinational companies in cross border restructuring transactions, local country tax optimization, accounting for income taxes, foreign tax credit planning, tax compliance and quantitative analysis. Carlson also currently serves as part of PwC’s Integrated Global Structuring Team. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Saint Francis and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), licensed in Minnesota and Ohio.

 

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Paul MortonThe International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has announced the appointment of Paul Morton as the new Vice-Chair of the ICC Commission on Taxation. Mr Morton will take over from Mr Chris Lenon, who stepped down from the position on 30 June 2014.

Since 2005, Mr Morton has been the Head of Group Tax at Reed Elsevier, where he leads a team of tax professionals based in London, Oxford, Amsterdam, Boston and Singapore, serving businesses operating in more than 90 countries.

Before joining Reed Elsevier, Mr Morton led the tax team for Royal Dutch Shell’s global marketing and refining division. Prior to this, he was a tax manager at KMPG and a tax inspector in the UK’s Inland Revenue. Mr Morton is Chairman of the British Branch of the International Fiscal Association and a member of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He is actively engaged in OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) consultations and frequently takes an active role in various tax-conferences, including recent G8 and G20 meetings.

Mr Morton said: “The international tax system is in a period of change as great as that over 80 years ago when the foundations of the modern system were laid down. It is vitally important that the business community engages with policymakers as they grapple with the enormous challenges of adapting the accepted international tax principles to 21st century business models. ICC is perfectly placed to draw on the deep insights of businesses around the globe and I look forward to contributing to the on-going dialogue. Tax has become a matter of wide public concern and it is essential that the business community plays its part in providing perspective and in engaging with a much broader spectrum of stakeholders than in the past.”

Mr Morton will take over the reins from Chris Lenon. Mr Lenon has contributed greatly to the work of the Commission on BEPS and the Commission’s cooperation with the BIAC to the OECD. Furthermore, Mr Lenon represented ICC at the EU Platform on Tax Governance and played a key role in putting forward ICC’s views on environmental taxation principles. ICC extends its great appreciation for the expertise and contribution that Mr Lenon provided.

The ICC Commission on Taxation analyses developments in international fiscal policy and legislation and puts forward business views on government and intergovernmental projects affecting taxation. It currently comprises approximately 150 international tax experts from all sectors of business and private practice, including representatives from some of the world’s leading companies and tax consultancy firms. In order to engage business views and tackle issues related to international taxation, the Commission on Taxation works closely with organizations such as the UN Committee of Experts in Tax Matters, the OECD, BIAC and the International Fiscal Association.

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KPMG is recruiting up to 30 corporate tax compliance professionals in its Birmingham office, to establish a satellite Tax Centre of Excellence for corporate tax compliance.

kpmg birmingham tax jobsJanette Wilkinson, head of corporate tax at KPMG in the UK, said: “Tax compliance is the important job of helping clients – either individuals or companies – make sure their tax returns are in order. This means they are in full compliance with applicable tax regulations and that the necessary information has been given to the tax authorities along with the required supporting evidence.

“Across our 22 UK offices we currently prepare and submit around 8,500 corporate tax returns to HMRC every year. Establishing this satellite corporate Tax Centre of Excellence in Birmingham to complement our existing Tax Centre of Excellence in Glasgow is a major step in our consolidation of this important compliance work to central hubs. The Birmingham team will work closely alongside their colleagues in Scotland, building on the work that the team in the Glasgow centre has achieved to date.

The new hub will be located in KPMG’s existing Birmingham office at One Snow Hill and is due to open in September this year.

The roles on offer are full time or part time and offer flexible working arrangements. To find out more and/or apply, please click here: http://www.etaxjobs.com/candidate/recruiter-jobs-kpmg-birmingham-corporate-tax-jobs-936.html

 

Rajah Tann Tax JobsHern Kuan has joined Rajah Tann as a tax partner in the Singapore office.

Experience

Hern Kuan was introduced to tax law in 1991. He was, prior to joining Rajah & Tann LLP in 2014, the Chief Legal Officer of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) for 10 years. Prior to his 14 year stint in IRAS, he was a tax manager with KPMG and PwC, and a lecturer with the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.

While at IRAS, he was, with his colleagues, involved in providing all manner of legal and tax advice to IRAS’ operational divisions, tax law interpretation, tax rulings, international matters, enforcement proceedings, audit, investigation and criminal prosecution matters, and drafting of tax legislation. He has also represented IRAS as lead counsel in civil and criminal court proceedings in the various boards of review and the Supreme Court.

Notable Cases & Transactions

AQQ v CIT [2014] SGCA 15, [2012] SGHC 249, [2011] SGITBR 1
AQP v CIT [2013] SGCA 3
BQM v CIT (2011) MSTC 50-004 (SGITBR)
Clifford Development v Commissioner of Stamp Duties [2009] SGCA 17, [2008] SGHC 168
City Developments Limited v Chief Assessor [2008] SGCA 29, [2007] SGHC 227, (2007) MSTC 5,598 (SGVRB)
UOL Development (Novena) Pte Ltd v Commissioner of Stamp Duties [2007] SGHC 173
First DCS Pte Ltd v Chief Assessor [2007] SGHC 82
IE v CIT (2007) MSTC 5,656 (SGITBR)
Comptroller of Income Tax v IA [2006] SGCA 24, [2005] SGHC 229, (2005) MSTC 5,456 (SGITBR)
Comptroller of Income Tax v HY [2006] SGCA 7, [2005] SGHC 137, (2005) MSTC 5,439 (SGITBR)
T Ltd v Comptroller of Income Tax [2006] SGCA 13, [2005] SGHC 115
JD v Comptroller of Income Tax [2005] SGCA 52, [2005] SGHC 92, (2005) MSTC 5,391 (SGITBR)
HZB v CIT (2005) MSTC 5,508 (SGITBR)
UDPL v CIT (2005) MSTC 5,331 (SGITBR)
Kuok (Singapore) Ltd v Commissioner of Stamp Duties [2003] SGHC 81
BCH Retail Investment Pte Ltd v Chief Assessor (2003) MSTC 7,439 (SGHC)
MMR v CIT (2001) MSTC 5,305 (SGITBR)

Memberships / Directorships

Member, Law Society of Singapore
Member, Singapore Academy of Law

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tax barrister jobsDevereux Chambers has further expanded its team of tax specialists with the arrival of Felicity Cullen QC, formerly of Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers.

She arrives with a balanced practice of contentious and advisory work which spans the full range of commercial tax, property tax and private client work. In recent years she has appeared in many important tax cases including RKW Limited v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs.

Speaking about Felicity Cullen’s arrival, Timothy Brennan QC, Head of Chambers said ”We are delighted that another distinguished tax practitioner has chosen to join us. Felicity adds yet more strength and depth to our tax specialism. “

Felicity deals with all aspects of revenue law though she is primarily involved in commercial tax, both in an advisory and litigation context. On the advisory side, she has been involved in many large city transactions and is routinely involved in private company and business transactions, such as the recent substantial investment into Greenwich Peninsula by Hong Kong investors.

The disputes side of her practice entails correspondence, settlement negotiations, and other forms of dispute resolution such as mediation, as well as appearances in tribunals and courts. For example, she recently settled a permanent establishment dispute against HMRC involving profits of circa £150 million. She has appeared in many leading tax cases in the courts in recent years and has acted for parties in tax related mediations. She also deals with personal taxation, including capital taxation, again in the giving of advice and assisting with the resolution of disputes.

Other Notable cases include:

RKW Limited v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs – First-tier Tribunal (Tax) – 30 January 2014
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs v. Salaried Persons Postal Loans Limited – Chancery Division – 7 April 2006
Salaried Persons Postal Loans Limited v. Commissioners of Revenue and Customs – Special Commissioners – 5 October 2005
John C McBride v. Stephen John Blackburn (HM Inspector of Taxes) – Special Commissioners – 23-25 September 2002
Trustees of British Telecom Pension Scheme & others v. Clark (HMIT) – Court of Appeal – 24 February 2000
A Pardoe (HMIT) v Entergy Power Development Corporation – Chancery Division – 23 February 2000
Clark v. Trustees of British Telecom Pension Scheme & others – Chancery Division – 14 October 1998
Trustees of British Telecom Pension Scheme & others v. Clarke – Special Commissioners – 16 December 1997
Bricom Holdings Limited v I.R.C. – Court of Appeal – 25 July 1997
Vodafone Cellular Ltd v. Shaw (Inspector of Taxes) – Court of Appeal – [1997] STC 734

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WilmerHale Tax Partner JobsWilmerHale has welcomed Matthew Schnall as a partner in the Boston office and a member of the Tax Practice Group.

Mr. Schnall represents clients in tax controversies, transactional planning, administrative ruling requests, and tax regulatory compliance. Mr. Schnall boasts substantial experience advising clients on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and split-offs, equity and debt financings, registered and private investment funds, business liquidations, restructurings and workouts, as well as international and partnership tax issues. He has handled tax controversies before a variety of state and federal tribunals and joins WilmerHale from the Boston office of a major law firm.

“WilmerHale is a highly successful and widely-respected firm, I look forward to joining them.” noted Mr. Schnall. “I have worked with and across from WilmerHale’s tax lawyers in a number of contexts over many years. I have the utmost respect for them, and am excited to work as part of their team.”

Since 2004, Mr. Schnall has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading tax lawyer in Massachusetts. He is also consistently ranked as a top tax lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America and among the list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers.

Mr. Schnall is an adjunct professor in the Boston University Law School Graduate Tax Program and speaks frequently on topics in federal, state and international taxation. He earned his JD from Harvard Law School and his AB from Harvard College.

WTAS tax director jobsSandra Van De Walle has joined WTAS Houston as a Director in the firm’s National Tax Office. Sandra is the third addition to the WTAS National Tax Office in the past year, and adds National Tax Office presence to the newly established Houston office.

Sandra has over 23 years of experience in tax and has knowledge in strategic development and the launch of new businesses in domestic and international markets. She is well versed in working with the corporations to ensure they meet the requirements of federal, state, and international tax laws.

Prior to joining WTAS, Sandra served as the Tax Director at Carbo Ceramics. She most recently worked with UHY Advisors in Houston as their National Tax Operations Director.

“Sandra is a tremendous addition to our National Tax team. She has a terrific combination of deep technical expertise and broad experience,” said Ellen MacNeil, leader of the WTAS National Tax Office.

 

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