SMPS Legal has announced that Manuel E. Tron has joined the firm as tax partner and Ramon Bravo as partner in the corporate M&A, banking and finance and aviation practice. Both appointments started on October 1st, 2015.
These represent significant additions for the Firm, having opened its Dallas office a year ago and appointed two new tax partners in March 2015, Ana Paula Pardo Lelo de Larrea and Christian Solis.
Jorge San Martin, founding partner and head of the tax practice of SMPS Legal:
“We are rejoiced by these additions to the firm. Manuel brings overwhelming experience and knowledge to SMPS Legal’s tax practice and Ramon will significantly enhance the M&A, transactional, banking and finance practice areas as well as the aviation practice. Our clients in Mexico and abroad will greatly benefit from the expertise brought on board by Manuel and Ramon.”
For over thirty years, Mr Tron has provided legal consulting and planning services to international businesses from a tax perspective, as well as personal and family counseling related to wealth and estate planning both in Mexico and abroad. His practice primarily involves designing structures of cross-border investment both from abroad to Mexico, and from Mexico internationally. Manuel is regularly involved in designing strategies for negotiation and resolution of tax disputes both in Mexico and abroad and assisting in tax litigation matters on a federal level.
After leaving E & Y in August 2014 and before joining SMPS Legal in October 2015, Manuel practised independently as Manuel Tron, S.C.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has announced that Brian Kniesly has joined the firm as a partner in the Tax Practice Group. He was previously a partner with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.
“We are delighted to welcome Brian to the firm,” said Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn. “Brian is highly regarded by the New York real estate investor community. With his experience advising on some of the most significant and complex real estate transactions in New York, he will enhance our ability to provide the highest quality service to our real estate clients in the city and firmwide.”
“Brian is a strong addition to the firm,” said Steven Shoemate, Co-Partner in Charge of the New York office. “He is a talented tax lawyer whose knowledge and experience in tax law will be a tremendous addition to our real estate and tax practices. In addition, Brian has significant experience advising hedge funds and private equity funds on fund formations and restructurings, investment transactions and tax compliance, which will strengthen our U.S. and international funds capability.”
“I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues at Gibson Dunn,” said Kniesly. “I’ve known the attorneys at Gibson Dunn for years, and I’m eager to join them and the premier real estate platform they’ve established.”
Kniesly focuses his tax practice in the areas of real estate, real estate investment funds, investment trusts, and mergers and acquisitions. He has extensive experience advising on New York state and local taxes, including transfer taxes, commercial rent and occupancy taxes and others. His investment fund experience is focused on fund formations, including fund structuring for hedge funds, real estate funds, private equity debt funds and investor negotiations.
Prior to joining the firm, Kniesly practised with Fried Frank in New York since 2001. He is a 1998 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he received the Bernard A. Chertcoff Prize for the highest grade in taxation.
Gateley Plc, the UK’s first AIM listed law firm, has recruited Catriona Attride as head of its national Private Client team, Catriona Attride.
Catriona joins the firm from Shakespeare Martineau, having spent over four years leading its Private Client service in the South Midlands. Prior to that, Catriona spent five years as partner at Williamson & Soden, where she was responsible for developing and building the firm’s Private Client practice.
Catriona advises on a range of matters including the use of wills and trusts for estate planning and family protection purposes tax, estates administration, court of protection issues and, contentious trust and probate matters. Throughout her career, she has acted for high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs, and regularly advises corporate clients on ways to maximise financial opportunities.
Commenting on her appointment, Catriona said: “I’m delighted to be joining Gateley. With a number of offices established in other regions and high quality teams, I’m looking forward to taking on the role of leading and developing the Private Client practice at what is a really exciting time for the company. Our team takes a holistic approach to Private Client services that result in long-standing personal relationships. Many of our clients consider us the first port of call for all of their personal contentious and non-contentious legal work.”
Gateley Plc recently became the first UK commercial law firm to float on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. The company raised £30 million as part of its listing and was valued at £100 million on first day of dealings.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges has announced that it has elected 8 new partners, effective January 1, 2016. David Irvine and Oliver Walker from the London tax team were both promoted.
David Irvine is qualified as both a lawyer and chartered accountant and advises private equity, infrastructure, real estate, and debt fund sponsors and management teams on the domestic and international aspects of fund structuring and tax-efficient incentivization arrangements.
He also advises a number of institutional investors on their investments with and into private funds, provides them with assistance in relation to own account transactions and strategic advice on managing their tax profile. He also advises on financing and restructuring transactions, as well as the UK tax issues arising in public and private cross-border M&A transactions. He has advised on various matters affecting the Lehman estate post-bankruptcy, Apollo on the tax aspects of the Stemcor restructuring, PJT Partners on its spin-out from Blackstone, and Graphite Capital, BlackRock, Glennmont Partners and Abraaj on various structuring and fundraising matters.
Oliver Walker principally advises clients in relation to M&A transactions, corporate reorganizations, and management incentives. He is also leading the tax aspects of a number of high profile cases in the courts, and provides VAT expertise on structured finance transactions.
He has recently represented Littlewoods in its landmark case against HMRC concerning the right to compound interest on overpaid VAT; Providence Equity Partners on its “take-private,” alongside WPP Group, of Chime Communications; the sponsors in relation to the IPO of Worldpay; and Securitas Direct and its core management team in the restructuring of management’s equity participation following the acquisition of Bain’s interest in the company by Hellman & Friedman.
EY has appointed Partner Katherine Bullock to lead its UK and Ireland Private Client Services practice (outside of London). Prior to taking up this role she was actively involved in directing private client services in Europe, Middle East, Africa and India in her capacity as Deputy Leader for Private Client Services for EMEIA region.
Katherine has advised some of the wealthiest individuals in the UK on their business, family and charitable interests. She is a barrister, chartered tax adviser, certified financial planner and member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, with an MA in Law from Cambridge University.
Katherine said: “EY places real importance on the role of entrepreneurial and mid-market business owners, and I’m pleased to be joining such a talented team of private client specialists, who are dedicated to making EY the natural home for entrepreneurs and private clients.
“We’ve got great plans for helping our clients really maximise the UK’s economic upturn, working across our worldwide network with our global colleagues to support those with international interests. I’m looking forward to getting out there and starting to help our business owner and private company clients solve their tax and wealth planning challenges.”
Jason Lester, EY’s Head of Tax in the UK and Ireland, commented: “By continuing to invest in our people, we’re targeting new tax opportunities. Katherine’s industry leading expertise advising individuals, families and businesses, her proven leadership skills and ability to build long-term client relationships will help us deliver on our growth plans in Private Client Services across the UK and Ireland, and internationally.”
Before joining EY in May 2015, Katherine was UK Head of Private Client at PwC. She is based from EY’s Leeds office.
Hertz Global Holdings has announced that its Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation (HERC) business has recently added two new members to its senior leadership team as the business continues with plans to become an independent company by mid-2016.
Barbara Brasier has joined HERC as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective November 9, 2015. Brasier will oversee HERC’s global Finance function, including accounting, analysis, audit services, budgeting, control, planning, tax, treasury and reporting. In addition, Brasier will play a lead role in positioning HERC in the capital markets and developing relationships with banks, ratings agencies, institutional investors and financial analysts.
Brasier joins HERC with 35 years of experience in finance and a career that has spanned diverse roles across public accounting, paper-goods, machinery and industrial-equipment and food-manufacturing industries. Most recently, Brasier was Senior Vice President, Tax and Treasury, for Mondelez International, Inc., a $30+ billion food company comprising the global snacking and food brands that were spun off from the former Kraft Foods Inc.
Joining the firm are Members (Partners) Thomas Bassett, Philip Carstens, Paul Fitzpatrick and Todd Reuter; Of Counsel attorneys Kevin Connelly, Kjirstin Graham, Lara Hemingway and Whitney Stowe; and Associate John Drake. The nine attorneys were all previously with the Spokane office of K&L Gates LLP.
Philip Carstens, who previously served as the K&L Gates Spokane Office Administrative Partner, commented, “We are thrilled to be joining Foster Pepper. I’ve long held this firm in high regard due to its reputation for legal excellence and strong commitment to community involvement. I’m looking forward to introducing our clients to the firm’s talented lawyers and working with Foster Pepper’s longstanding clients as well.”
The two tax lawyers involved in the move are:
He received his J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law, an LL.M. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law and his B.A. from Washington State University.
She received her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law and her B.A. from Washington State University.
Tax Grotto is a little late in reporting this, but Peter Wells has resigned from Kaye Scholer’s New York office, where he was Counsel. In August he joined the financial-services oriented private investment firm, Maple Point LLC, where he is a Director and General Counsel.
Whilst at Kaye Scholer Mr Wells represented US and international clients with respect to wealth planning and preservation. He counselled private clients, family-owned companies and corporate fiduciaries throughout the world in connection with domestic and foreign trust and holding company structures, management succession issues and wealth transfer arrangements. He also focused on family governance matters, such as arranging family or professional management succession and pre-immigration and expatriation planning.