Andersen Global has announced a new presence in Guatemala through the addition of Trust Consulting in Guatemala City. Trust Consulting is the second member firm to adopt the Andersen Tax name and to join Andersen Global in Latin America in 2015.
“The addition of a location in Guatemala complements the additions we are making throughout Latin America,” said Mark Vorsatz, CEO of Andersen Tax. “Mario’s team at Trust Consulting will integrate seamlessly leading to further growth in the region.”
Joining Andersen Global in Guatemala City will be a team of more than 35 highly skilled professionals and three Partners: Mario Salazar, Carlos Cosajay and Cesar Castellanos. Trust Consulting provides expertise in tax consulting, tax planning, tax litigation, due diligence, VAT and many other services for both individual and commercial clients throughout Guatemala and Latin America.
“Working with Andersen Global is a great opportunity for us to better serve our clients,” expressed Mario Salazar, Office Managing Partner in Guatemala. “Fourteen years at Arthur Andersen instilled some very important values that have remained strong in our culture at Trust Consulting. I am glad to be working with an organization that shares and emphasizes those same values.”
With the addition of a location in Guatemala City, Andersen Global now has 38 international locations with over 1100 professionals worldwide. Andersen Global was founded by Andersen Tax in the United States in 2013. Andersen Tax was previously known as WTAS before changing its name in September, 2014 after acquiring the rights to the Andersen name.
PwC Canada has announced its 2015 partner promotions and 13 tax professionals join the partnership. They are:
Anthony Ampatzis – Toronto
Anthony is a Partner in PwC Canada’s Private Company Services tax group. I
He works with private and public companies and their shareholders structuring acquisitions and dispositions of operating and portfolio investments, reorganisations, distribution and other tax planning, and ongoing compliance.
Bruno Godin – Moncton
Bruno is a Partner in the National US tax practice. With over 10 years of professional experience, he has provided tax services to a broad variety of clients, both public and private, in several industries including retail, manufacturing, construction, technology, financial services and professional services.
Prior to joining PwC, Bruno developed experience from working for large multinational companies, including Irving Oil and Brookfield Renewable Power. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CA) in Canada and a Certified Public Accountant in the US (Illinois). Having completed a Master of Science in Taxation from Golden Gate University and all levels of the CICA In-depth Tax Program, Bruno has an extensive technical understanding of both the Canadian and US tax systems.
Eric Labelle – Montréal
Eric joined PwC last November, having spent 20 years with Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton.
He is a Partner specialising in international tax and is passionate about helping my clients do business outside of Canada. By developing and implementing financing, acquisition and reorganization structures, he helps people make sense of the intricacies surrounding international tax.
Darryl Irwin – Toronto
Darryl is an external hire and joined PwC in May 2015. He specialises in corporate and international tax and has a strong M&A tax background. Prior to joining PwC Darryl was with Deloitte where he led the M&A tax practice for Deloitte Private.
Fred Cassano – Toronto
Fred is a tax partner in the Private Company Services group, based in Toronto. He provides business and tax advice on strategies to minimize income tax, structuring of acquisitions and reorganizations, loss utilization planning, shareholder/owner remuneration planning, assistance with tax audits, appeals, advance tax rulings and various other tax compliance matters.
Fred dedicates most of this time servicing the real estate sector. He has experience in effective tax planning for the acquisition, ownership, leasing and disposition of real estate and structuring / restructuring partnership and joint venture arrangements. Fred’s real estate clients are involved in residential, industrial and commercial development and the ownership of office, industrial and residential properties.
Jaime Seidner – Toronto
Jaime has over 25 years’ customs experience and has worked for Canada Customs, the law firm Dentons as well as Big 4 consulting firms. He re-joined PwC in November 2014, having previously worked for the firm from 1997 to 2005.
Jayme Yeung – Toronto
Jayme specializes in Canadian inbound and outbound international tax. She advises Canadian and foreign multinational corporations on cross-border transactions and financing, treaty interpretation, and corporate reorganizations. She also assist clients with Canadian tax compliance and tax audit defence.
Jayme graduated from the University of Waterloo’s Master of Taxation program and received the Canadian Tax Foundation Scholar Award. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and a U.S. Certified Public Accountant.
Jonathan Osten – Vancouver (Fraser Valley)
Jonathan is an external hire and joined the Firm in May 2015. He is responsible for core Canadian tax consulting and compliance. He specializes in private company services working with ownership and management on all relevant tax issues affecting the business and being proactive by bringing forward value-added opportunities. He has significant experience advising the shareholders of private companies.
Julie Vézina- Montréal
Leroy Dougherty – Toronto
Leroy is a partner in the Tax Services practice of PwC and is based in the GTA. As a Professional Engineer and the leader of PwC’s GTA Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) team, Leroy makes practical and effective use of his experience as an entrepreneur, prior SR&ED claimant, and 9 years of claim preparation and review experience for both large and small corporations.
His technical expertise includes in-depth knowledge of industry leading IT management and software development practices, IT technologies, commercial RDBMS, client/server technologies, web technologies, gaming engines, TCP/IP networking, ERP applications, data warehousing, business process reengineering, and security throughout the enterprise.
Patrick Lindsay – Calgary
Patrick is a tax litigation specialist who joined Wilson & Partners (a law firm affiliated with PwC Canada) in October 2014, from Borden Ladner Gervais. As a partner he manages all tax dispute and tax litigation matters in Western Canada.
Tara Farley – Calgary
Tara is a Partner in the Global Mobility practice of PwC Calgary with a primary focus on Canadian & US expatriate taxation.
She has over 17 years of experience (all at PwC) serving clients in matters relating to employee mobility, including policy design and implementation. She assists employers and their employees with the global tax, payroll and human resource issues arising from international assignments and cross-border travel. This includes the provision of consulting services to multinational companies, both large and small, with respect to their global mobility programs, as well as the management of tax compliance for their employees.
Yuri Revenko – Calgary
Yuri is an Oil & Energy Tax specialist. He trained with Arthur Andersen in Kazakhstan before moving into industry with PetroKazakhstan. In 2005 he relocated to Calgary to join PwC’s Energy practice but also experienced a secondment to the Firm’s Dusseldorf office for 12 months from 2012-2013.
PwC Ireland has announced the appointment of two new tax partners, effective 1st July 2015.
John Murphy becomes a Partner providing tax consulting and compliance services to domestic businesses. With over 15 years experience, John works with a broad range of Irish headquartered companies, assisting them to do business in both Irish and overseas markets. Also as a member of our M&A team he has broad experience of tax due diligence and structuring projects, preparing financial models and post deal business optimisation. John currently works across a broad base of private equity and corporate clients, including a number of large privately owned companies, some early stage technology companies and Irish plcs.
He joined the firm in 1999 after graduating.
Ronan Finn becomes a Partner in the Firm’s Transfer Pricing practice. Ronan advises multinational companies on all transfer pricing matters and, in particular, the impact of the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) action plan on global profit alignment, cross-border tax planning and dispute resolution. Ronan previously worked in the PwC Boston and PwC London International Tax and Transfer Pricing practices.
He joined the firm in 1995 after graduation.
Deloitte has announced the expansion of its senior team with the appointment of eight new partners, including Daryl Hanberry and Karen Frawley in the tax department.
Karen has over 17 years’ experience advising multinational groups investing in Ireland and Irish-based groups on outward investments. She has significant expertise in the area of corporate group reorganisations, the due diligence process, and tax efficient Intellectual Property structures. Karen specialises in business model optimisation advisory and M&A for multinational groups. Karen is an Associate of the Irish Taxation Institute and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland. She is a Council Member of the Irish Taxation Institute.
Daryl Hanberry works with clients across a broad range of industries, including the consumer business, manufacturing and technology sectors. With over 12 years’ experience, he specialises in Global Employer Services, focussing on providing advice on executive remuneration, employment tax, M&A, and international mobility issues. Daryl also has international tax experience focusing on multinational companies appropriately structuring US investment into Ireland. Daryl has previously spent time with Deloitte in both the UK and the US.
He holds a first class Bachelor of Commerce (International) degree and a Master’s of Accounting degree, both from UCD. Daryl is a Chartered Accountant (ACA), Tax Consultant (AITI) and is also a qualified member (CTA) of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in the UK.
Kirkland & Ellis International has announced that Jonathan Kandel will join the Firm’s London office as a partner in the Tax Practice Group.
“Jonathan is a leading tax partner who has a wide range of experience across private equity, fund formation, special situations and real estate investments,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee. “His practice will significantly enhance our global tax offering to financial sponsors and credit funds.”
Mr. Kandel will join Kirkland from Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ London office, where he has worked since 2001. Prior to this he was an equity partner at Clifford Chance.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has announced a new global leadership team, effective Jan 2016, with tax partner Stephan Eilers becoming joint managing partner.
The team will assume their new roles from January 2016 when current senior partner Will Lawes steps down from his post and David Aitman steps down as managing partner.
Eilers is stepping up to the joint managing partner role from his current position as the Firm’s executive partner. A tax partner in Cologne, Stephan is one of the leading tax structuring lawyers in Germany. He provides practical solutions to his clients (especially in the private equity sector) and ensures that these solutions are recognised by tax authorities, e.g. in tax audits.
Dropbox has recruited Joel Edelmann as their new Global Head of Tax, effective June 2015.
Joel trained with KPMG but since leaving in 1988 he has worked only in industry – Amoco, then BHP Billiton and then Accenture where he was Tax Director for 9 years.
In 2011 Joel moved to Yelp, before the company’s IPO in March 2012. He ran both tax & treasury functions until May 2015 and been replaced by Edward Jajeh.
Online reviews company, Yelp, has recruited Edward Jajeh as their new Head of Tax. He will be based in the Head Office in San Francisco and reports to the CFO, Rob Krolik.
Edward joins from Riverbed Technology, an IT application performance company, where he has worked since 2007 as VP Tax, managing a team of 8 tax professionals.
In his earlier career he worked as Senior Tax Counsel at Chevron (2000 to 2007) and a tax manager at Deloitte (1996 to 2000).
Mr Jajeh replaces Joel Edelmann (whose title at Yelp was Senior Director Tax & Treasury). Joel has now joined Dropbox as Global Head of Tax.