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Baker Tilly has appointed Adam King as Head of Tax for its office in Milton Keynes.

baker tilly tax jobsAdam joined the Milton Keynes office in 1999, and since then has qualified as a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor. More recently he has been managing the day to day operation of the tax team in the Milton Keynes office.

Adam specialises in exit and succession planning, profit extraction, capital allowances, research and development tax credits and international tax-assistance for UK businesses – as well as for non-UK companies coming to the UK.

Adam King said, ‘I’m delighted to be taking this role at such an exciting time for Baker Tilly. Our merger with RSM Tenon last year has provided us with new opportunities for growth, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to further strengthen and expand our tax offering for both new and existing clients within Milton Keynes.’

Terry Saunders, Office Managing Partner for Baker Tilly in Milton Keynes, said, ‘Adam is a great example of ‘home grown talent’, and it’s wonderful to see how far he has progressed during his fifteen years at the Milton Keynes office. With his many years of experience dealing with businesses within the region and significant knowledge of the local market, Adam will continue to be a real asset to our already successful tax team in Milton Keynes.’

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PKF Littlejohn has strengthened its corporate tax team significantly with two senior appointments bringing the number of tax partners and staff to 25.

Tom Gareze has joined the firm as a corporate tax partner, bringing over 25 years’ experience. He was formerly a tax partner with Deloitte, before moving to PwC in 2004. For the last 4 years he has run hos won tax consultancy called Griffin Tax.

pkf littlejohn tax jobsTom specialises in working with private companies with UK and overseas shareholders, AIM listed and private equity backed businesses. He has considerable experience in advising companies and their shareholders on structuring their activities and on undertaking tax efficient reorganisations, mergers and acquisitions and disposals. Commenting on his appointment, Tom said: “I am delighted to be joining PKF Littlejohn at this time when the tax landscape remains complex and challenging for many of their clients, and I look forward to working with them and my new colleagues”.

Catherine focuses on providing tax compliance services to SMEs, and specialist advice around R&D, patent box, exit strategies and share schemes. Her experience includes employment taxes, share buy-backs, reorganisations, tax investigations and SEIS/EIS structuring.

Carmine Papa, PKF Littlejohn’s Managing Partner, said “We are delighted to bring two such experienced professionals into PKF Littlejohn. Their specialist knowledge will be a major asset as we continue to grow our tax practice both here in the UK and internationally.”

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Baker & McKenzie has announced the appointment of Maricla Pennesi as a partner in its tax practice in Italy.

baker mckenzie tax jobsMaricla Pennesi comes from DLA Piper where she was a partner and has been head of the tax practice. She has 20 years of experience within the context of the Big 4 accountancy firms. Her practice focuses on international taxation, business reorganization, digital economy and tax risk management, providing assistance to multinational corporations on matters often subject to tax litigation, such as the existence of hidden permanent establishments, profit allocation and transfer pricing.

Massimo Giaconia, head of Baker & McKenzie’s tax practice in Italy, commented, “We are excited about Maricla’s joining. She complements an already strong tax team as we look to continue to grow the practice here in Italy.”

With the arrival of Maricla Pennesi, the total number of professionals in the Italian tax team increases to 30, of which four are partners.

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luther tax jobsDr Axel Mühl (42) joined Luther’s Stuttgart Team as a partner on 1 April 2014. Dr Mühl is a specialist in corporate and corporate-related tax law. In his 13 years of practice, Dr Mühl has focused on advising internationally oriented medium- sized enterprises and groups on M&A transactions, complex restructurings and succession planning procedures.
“Luther offers the ideal platform for me to provide comprehensive advice to my clients”, said Dr Axel Mühl about his move to Luther: “In particular, my clients will benefit from Luther’s excellent infrastructure, full-service approach and international focus”.

As a graduate in commercial law (Wirtschaftsjurist), a specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law (Fachanwalt für Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht) and a specialist lawyer for tax law (Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht), Dr Mühl focuses on providing corporate law and corporate-related tax law advice. These expertises are invaluable when dealing with corporate restructurings and succession planning. The same applies to the transactions that Dr Mühl handles. He advises both German clients on foreign investments and also foreign investors, from, for example, Russia, China, the United Arab Emirates or Switzerland, on investments in Germany.

“Our strategy in Stuttgart is to further develop the comprehensive advice that we already offer to large mid-sized companies and family-run enterprises. Therefore, it is extremely important that we strengthen our corporate practice area further”, said Dr Ulrich Philippi, Head of Luther’s Stuttgart office. “With the addition of Dr Mühl, we are coming one step further to achieving our goals: he is an experienced and knowledgeable colleague who will contribute greatly to developing the Stuttgart office further.”

Personal details

Dr Axel Mühl worked for Haver & Mailänder, one of the most prestigious law firms in Stuttgart, since 2003; he became a partner in 2007. Dr Mühl studied law in Bayreuth (Germany), where he also obtained his doctorate in European law in 2003. He was admitted to the German Bar in 2000. He is a specialist lawyer for tax law (Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht), a graduate in commercial law (Wirtschaftsjurist) and a specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law (Fachanwalt für Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht).

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linklaters tax jobsLinklaters has announced the election of 21 new partners including tax partner Michael Ehret. His promotion take effect on 1 May 2014.

Michael is based in Frankfurt and his main areas of practice include international and European tax law, mergers & acquisitions, tax-oriented restructurings of businesses; tax treaties and EC tax law.

Professional experience

2008 – 2014 Counsel, Linklaters
2004 – 2008 Managing Associate, Linklaters
2000 – 2004 Associate, Clifford Chance Pünder


2005 – Tax Adviser
2000 – 2. Juristisches Staatsexamen (Second Legal State Examination)
1999 – Dr.jur. (legal thesis), University of Konstanz
1998 – 2000 Referendariat (legal traineeship)
1997 – 1998 Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law (M.Jur.), Oxford University, England
1996 – 1. Juristisches Staatsexamen (First Legal State Examination)
1991 – 1996 Law Studies, University of Konstanz

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KPMG’s UK Tax and Pensions Practice announces the appointment of one new partner and five directors/associate partners as it continues to strengthen the breadth and depth of technical expertise it offers clients.

John Cox recently rejoined KPMG as partner, having spent a period at Deloitte, focused on the Private Equity area of the business.

This hire complements the previously announced recent recruitment of Victor Abrams from PWC to KPMG’s Tax Value Chain practice and Nick Roome from DLA Piper who will join to lead KPMG’s Legal Services practice in Manchester in the late spring.

In addition, five new directors/associate partners join KPMG’s Corporate Tax and People Services teams.

KPMG UK Head of Tax and Pensions, Jane McCormick, commented:

“These latest hires add further to the depth and breadth of the technical advice we are able to offer to our clients and in particular, they enhance our capabilities in advising on tax compliance issues, which now account for most of our revenues across the tax and pensions practice.

“Tax authorities are ever more focussed on tax governance and compliance and businesses are keen to ensure that they adhere to best practice in these areas.  This is driving demand for advice in these areas which, with these latest hires adding to our existing capabilities, we are well placed to provide.

“In addition to these senior hires, we continue to recruit across our business, including at more junior levels.”

The new director/associate partner recruits are:

Corporate Tax

  • Justin Blackburn will be joining us in April as a director in KPMG’s Tax Management Consulting team.  He was previously a director at Macquarie with responsibility for EMEA tax reporting.
  • Iain Butler joins from Deloitte as a director in our R&D team.
  • Chris Davidson joins from HMRC as a director in KPMG’s Tax Management Consulting team where his focus will be on helping clients ensure that they meet best practice standards on tax governance and compliance.

People Services

  • Kathryn Harding and Mike Nagle have both recently rejoined KPMG from PwC. Mike joins as an Associate Partner to lead our Employment Taxes practice in the South and Kathryn joins as a Director to lead our International Executive Services practice in the North.

private wealth jobsStephenson Harwood LLP has appointed James Quarmby as a partner, to spearhead the expansion of the firm’s private wealth team. James joins from Thomas Eggar LLP, where he was head of the international and business taxation team which he created and built up over ten years.

James’ experience includes advising on residence and domicile issues, tax planning, HMRC enquiries, trusts and estate planning. His clients have included a number of high net worth individuals.

Vivienne (Viv) Wild has also been appointed to join the private wealth team as a senior associate. Vivienne joins from Schofield Sweeney’s private client team, where she specialised in estate planning, trust and inheritance tax planning.

These appointments are in response to the firm’s growing opportunities to service this type of work, with further expansion likely in the future.

Stephenson Harwood advises a number of high net worth individuals and families internationally, advising them on both their business and personal wealth issues. The expansion of the team will add to the firm’s expertise in a variety of related fields, especially in international tax planning, inheritance planning and trusts. One area of focus for the team will be high net worth clients based in fast-growing economies, particularly in Asia – and the expanded London team will work closely with specialist private wealth colleagues in Hong Kong.

Hugo Jenney, international head of tax at Stephenson Harwood, commented “These appointments add considerable strength and depth to our existing private wealth expertise. As a result, we are one of the few firms able to field personal tax and estate planning within a business-oriented City practice. We see a demand for this.”

James commented on his appointment: “Stephenson Harwood’s client base and reputation lends itself well to developing work in this area – and I very much look forward to developing opportunities domestically and internationally, and in doing so, to grow the private wealth practice.”

2 New Tax Partners made up at Macfarlanes

On April 11, 2014, in MacFarlanes, by Chris Bale

Macfarlanes has announced that 2 tax lawyers will join the partnership with effect from 1 May:

Macfarlanes tax lawyer jobsJames McCredie

James joined as a trainee and qualified as a solicitor in the tax group.  He advises on a wide range of tax matters, including the establishment of private equity, property and other investment funds and their deal and investment structuring as well as partnership and LLP tax issues.

Jenny Smithson

Jenny joined the firm as a trainee and qualified into private client. She advises on all areas of personal tax and succession planning, with a particular emphasis on cross border tax planning, especially with a US or French aspect. She also advises on the establishment and management of international asset-holding structures, has experience in planning for entrepreneurs and senior executives, and regularly works with clients in relation to complex HMRC enquiries.

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