Matheson, the leading Irish law firm, has appointed 12 new partners in its largest partner promotions round in over a decade.

Included in the list are two tax partners:


Matthew Broadstock TaxMatthew Broadstock

Matthew advises in relation to Value Added Tax (both at an Irish and EU level), Customs and Excise queries and Relevant Contracts Tax across various industries on contentious and non-contentious issues.

Matthew is a qualified solicitor and a member of the Law Society of Ireland as well as being a non-practicing member of the Bar Council of England and Wales and a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and a qualified solicitor in England and Wales.


Kevin Smith Tax MathesonKevin Smith

Kevin advises financial institutions, investment banks, investment managers and institutional investors on all tax aspects of financial services in Ireland, including securities transactions, debt capital markets, cross-border financing and derivative transactions. Kevin also advises many of the world’s largest aircraft leasing companies on tax aspects of carrying on aircraft leasing business in or from Ireland.

Kevin is a qualified solicitor and a qualified tax consultant and is a member of the Law Society of Ireland and the Irish Taxation Institute. Kevin previously worked in the group tax department of Deutsche Bank in the City of London.

Ka Sen Wong TaxAllen & Overy has announced the promotion of 24 lawyers to partner across its global network, the largest number since 2008. Effective as of 1 May 2017, the promotions are across 11 offices in 10 countries covering six practice groups in the business.

Only one new tax partner has been promoted: Ka Sen Wong, who is based in Sydney.

Ka Sen provides expert income tax advice across a range of industries, including funds, property, infrastructure, private and public M&A, financial services, banking, and capital markets.

Legal Media Group has nominated Ka Sen as a Rising Star in his field, as published in the LMG Rising Stars 2016.

Managing partner Andrew Ballheimer comments: “We’ve had a very busy year and are investing strongly across our network. Following a string of high profile lateral hires, it’s fantastic to be able to promote some of our most senior lawyers to meet client demand. It gives me great pleasure to welcome each of the candidates to the partnership and I would like to congratulate them on reaching this milestone in their career.”

Adolfo Zunzunegui taxAllen & Overy has announced the addition of new partner in Spain, Adolfo Zunzunegui, who will lead and direct the tax law practice in Madrid.

With almost 20 years of experience in the field, Mr. Zunzunegui joins Allen & Overy from Ernst & Young, where he was a partner, responsible for the firm’s legal and tax department in Spain. Previously, he worked with Garrigues and Freshfields.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Zunzunegui has advised numerous financial entities in a consulting capacity on asset financing processes and structured finance. Similarly, he has specialised in international tax structuring and has participated in complex and innovative M&A transactions.

He is a recognised expert in the field of debt structure product design, and has a wide experience of derivatives. Furthermore, over the last year he has advised on some of the Spanish market’s most significant transactions, such as Bankinter’s integration of Barclay’s Portuguese business; on the sale of a Spanish investor’s holding in the Sura Group; and the refinancing of Pascual.

Mr. Zunzunegui is considered one of the leading lawyers specialising in tax law in Spain, according to both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

Antonio Vázquez-Guillén and Ignacio Ruiz-Cámara, managing partner for Allen & Overy in Spain, said, “Adolfo is a perfect fit for A&O’s Spanish practice. We are certain that his natural leadership qualities, coupled with his prestige in the marketplace, will provide a significant boost to our local tax team.

Mr. Zunzunegui, added, “Leading the Allen & Overy Spanish tax department offers an exciting challenge, not only as a result of the firm’s current excellent position, its incredible staff and the potential to develop my practice, but also the opportunity to work within a truly integrated network of reputable tax professionals, together with experts in other disciplines spread throughout the globe.”

The appointment of Adolfo as partner follows that of Fernando Torrente, who recently joined to lead A&O’s commercial and capital markets practice in Spain.  A&O now have 13 partners and a total of 140 people across  Madrid and Barcelona.

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8 new tax partners made up at CMS

On April 26, 2017, in CMS, by Chris Bale

CMS has announced that it has appointed 48 partners in its 2017 global promotions round. Of these 48 partners, the following eight partners are in the Tax group: 

Herman Boersen (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Stephane Bouvier (Paris, France)

Mark Cagienard (Zurich, Switzerland)

Pierre Carcelero (Paris, France)

Dimitar Hadjiveltchev (Paris, France)

Diego de Miguel (Madrid, Spain)

Johann Roc’h (Paris, France)

Christophe Vézinhet (Paris, France)

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Elan Keller TaxReed Smith LLP has announced the addition of Elan Keller as a tax partner in the firm’s Global Corporate Group in New York.  Keller was most recently a tax partner with the New York office of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.  

“Elan is an outstanding addition to our team in New York and beyond,” said Matt Petersen, co-leader of Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group.  “His significant experience will allow us to expand work for our existing clients, and further market our overall tax capabilities locally, nationally and globally.”

Keller advises clients on a broad range of tax matters, including tax-efficient structuring in cross-border and domestic M&A transactions; the U.S. aspects of inbound and outbound operations; multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions, including restructuring, reorganizations and distributions; transfer pricing, capital markets and structured finance transactions; infrastructure and leasing transactions; and oil, gas, and natural resource transactions.  He also advises clients on matters relating to tax audit management, including representing clients involved in IRS audits and external financial statement audits, and tax audit planning.

He received his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law; his J.D. Cum Laude from Syracuse University College of Law; and his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Delaware. Prior to joining Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, Keller was a partner at Caplan & Drysdale Ltd.  Previously, he held positions at Macquarie Holdings (USA) Inc., American International Group, Inc. and KPMG.  Keller is also a certified public accountant.

“Our office here in New York continues to add incredible talent,” said Cindy Minniti, managing partner of Reed Smith’s New York office. “Elan’s 15-plus years of tax experience – both in-house and at one of the Big Four – gives him a unique perspective, one that will be of great benefit to our clients.”

Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group is the principal practice group housing the firm’s capital markets, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, corporate governance, executive compensation and employee benefits, emerging growth/venture capital, private fund formation, transactional tax, and wealth planning practices. The group also supports overlapping industry teams, including automotive, energy, entertainment & media, financial services, hospitality, life sciences, health care, and shipping, to ensure that our attorneys have the industry-specific experience that clients require. This structure, coupled with the firm’s commitment to developing long-term client relationships, ensures that Reed Smith’s Global Corporate Group can consistently provide the same high standard of service, regardless of the place, practice or industry where services are delivered.

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Danny Vermeiren VertexVertex Inc has hired Danny Vermeiren as VAT Director. His appointment coincides with the company’s European expansion.

Mr Vermeiren has held a number of senior in-house positions. He was Director of Indirect Tax at Ideal Standard International and more recently Director of Global Indirect Tax Transformation at Ingersoll Rand. Since June 2016 he has been working as an independent consultant.

Speaking to Tax Grotto about his new role, Mr Vermeiren commented:

“It is exciting times for Vertex as we move forward with our European expansion. I am happy and honored to be a part of such a great team !”

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Kelly Greig TaxIrwin Mitchell has expanded its private wealth team in Chichester with the recruitment of Kelly Greig, who joins from Clarke Willmott.

Ms Greig deals with all aspects of Private Client work to include succession planning for businesses, administration of estates (both contentious & non-contentious) with domestic and international assets, tax and trusts, and legal issues affecting the elderly including advice on long term care funding. 

Gaetano Salvioli taxBird & Bird LLP has hired Gaetano Salvioli as a partner in the Milan office and the new Head of Tax (Italy).

With more than 25 years’ experience, Gaetano joins from well-ranked boutique Italian firm Giovannelli e Associati where he was a tax partner. Before this, he spent more than 13 years as an associate at Andersen and Deloitte.

He advises on tax and accounting matters and regularly assists both domestic and international clients on corporate and group taxation, reorganisations and acquisitions. He also advises on tax audits and deals with tax authorities as well as litigation.

Gaetano will head the tax practice in Milan and also manage the existing, specialist transfer pricing team. This team deals with issues in connection to transfer pricing policies of multinational groups, with relevant experience in the field of international ruling, patent box and instances for the activation of MAP and European arbitration procedures. This offers clients a rare combination of both IP and transfer pricing ability under one roof.

Joining with Gaetano is associate Dario D’Alò, also from Giovannelli e Associati.

Giovanni Galimberti, Co-head of Bird & Bird Italy says: “It’s wonderful to welcome Gaetano to Bird & Bird. Many of our Italian team have known Gaetano for a long time and think very highly of him, so he is a natural fit for the firm. I look forward to working with him.”

Mathew Oliver, Head of International Tax Group at Bird & Bird says: “Gaetano’s technical skills and expertise in the Italian tax market are well recognised. His appointment is a strategic move to bolster our Italian tax capabilities and further the development of the tax practice internationally.”