Belgian independent law firm Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick announced today that Laurence Pinte is joining the firm as a tax partner, effective 1 October 2012.

Laurence Pinte’s appointment further strengthens Liedekerke’s well recognized and highly reputed Tax Group and underscores its continual efforts to meet its clients’ needs.

Mrs Pinte, 40, joins Liedekerke after more than 15 years’ experience as an in-house tax professional. For the past 6 years, she has headed up the tax department of  Dexia.

At Liedekerke, Laurence’s practice will cover all areas of tax law with a focus on tax risk management, corporate taxation, taxation in the financial sector and accounting law.

She is a member of the Belgian Accounting Standards Commission as well as being a member of the board of the Belgian branch of the IFA (International Fiscal Association). She is a lecturer at the École Supérieure des Sciences Fiscales (ESSF), where she teaches on taxation in the financial sector.

Laurence graduated from the Law School of the University of Leuven in 1995, and holds a Master’s in Tax law from the University of Brussels (1997).

Commenting on Laurence Pinte’s move, Daniel Garabedian, Head of the Liedekerke Tax Group, says, “We are very enthusiastic about Laurence Pinte joining us. The arrival of this highly talented, dynamic lawyer is entirely in line with our firm’s continued commitment to deliver excellence. Her broad expertise as a high-profile, in-house tax professional means significant added value for the Tax Group, further bolstering its reputation for understanding and addressing its clients’ needs. We are all looking forward to working with her.”

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Pinsent Masons has strengthened its practice in China with the arrival of partners Dr. Bernd-Uwe Stucken and Liu Wei from Salans. They are joined by their team of 13 lawyers and 12 support staff, adding real estate, tax and competition expertise to the firm’s existing corporate services in China.

The new team comprises: Michael Lin (Senior Associate), Yi Xiao (Associate), Ginger Zhou (Senior Associate), Jiazi Guo (Associate), Liang Xin (Associate), Furong Ren (Associate), Robbie Chen (Associate), Haiting Xu (Associate), Jane Ma (Translator), Weilan Zhou (Translator), Fei Yang (Associate), Yun Wei (of counsel – Head of Tax), Aiping Bao (Beijing) (of counsel).

Commenting on their arrival, Ian Laing, head of Asia at Pinsent Masons said, “This news marks another important step in the development of our Chinese practice.  There are strong links between Shanghai, our Munich office and our German Desk in London, especially given the strength of manufacturing in Germany and the importance of both Germany and Shanghai to our Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Services Sector.  The arrival of the team also coincides with the firm’s launch in Paris, strengthening our ability to support European clients across Asia.

Yun Wei’s new title is legal director and she provides integrated legal and tax advice for mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment and business restructuring. She is particularly knowledgeable in Chinese income tax, indirect tax, free trade zones, and international tax treaties. She also has experience in advising clients on strategic tax planning, financing structures, and tax controversies.

She is a frequent contributor to the CCH publication-China Tax Intelligence, BNA International’s Global Tax Watch, and other renowned publishers. She led Salans’ China Tax Practice Group to win the Legal 500 ranking from 2009-2011 and other awards including a recommendation by the International Tax Review World Tax Guide 2012.



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Drew Bailey has joined KPMG’s Birmingham office as a partner to lead KPMG’s Midlands transfer pricing practice.

Drew Bailey, who joins from Deloitte, has 11 years of international tax and transfer pricing experience and has worked with many large multinational clients, including both inbound and outbound from the UK across a wide range of transfer pricing issues.  He has worked across all sector lines but in particular has focused on automotive, transport and logistics and software where he has been working with a number of clients as they expand globally and redesign their value chains. 

Stuart McDougall, partner and head of transfer pricing at KPMG in the UK, said:

“We are delighted that Drew is joining us as he brings a wealth of transfer pricing experience.  As demand for transfer pricing advice from our clients continues to grow, Drew’s experience will be invaluable both in the local market and more broadly alongside the existing senior team.”

Drew Bailey said:  “I am extremely excited to be joining KPMG at a time when it continues to expand its transfer pricing practice.  Along with the team in the Midlands, I believe we can deliver significant value for our existing and new clients through our comprehensive transfer pricing offering.”

Gauthier Halba is appointed Group Tax Director at JCDecaux

Based in Plaisir, he reports to Laurence Debroux, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of the JCDecaux Group.Gauthier Halba, 42, holds a post-graduate diploma (DEA) in Public Finance and Taxation awarded by the University of Paris II.He began his career in 1999 as a Tax Advisor for Andersen Legal before working as a lawyer in the Landwell & Associés law firm in 2000, the Villemot Nevot & Associés law firm in 2002 and Hammonds & Associés in 2006. In 2007, he joined CONFORAMA to take up a position as Head of Tax Affairs before being appointed Group Tax Director in 2010.

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Annabelle Canning, formerly VP of State Tax Policy at Verzion, has joined the Washington based tax lobbying firm, Capitol Tax Partners as a Partner.

Whilst at Verzon Annabelle oversaw state tax legislative policy and planning to support Verizon’s wireless and wireline operations, by developing and leading national efforts to implement national 50-state solutions addressing key tax issues.

In her new roles she will represent clients regarding tax matters by developing federal legislative solutions to state tax problems and devising ways to modify existing federal legislative proposals to address tax concerns.

Capitol Tax Partners is Washington’s largest independent consulting firm specializing in tax legislative and regulatory matters. The firm’s principals offer their clients an intimate knowledge of the tax-writing and rulemaking process. They have more than 100 years of experience in senior positions with the congressional tax-writing committees and the United States Treasury Department, and many years of experience representing private sector clients regarding tax matters before Congress, Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service.

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Ashurst announced the appointment of Heiko Penndorf as a partner in its Frankfurt office. Formerly a partner in Mayer Brown in Frankfurt, Heiko advises on a broad range of M&A, finance real estate and capital markets transactions. He was member of the team advising US financial investor Lone Star on various portfolio transactions. He was also part of the team that advised Volkswagen Financial Services AG on its first residual value securitisation and Soffin on establishing the first German ‘bad bank.’ A licensed tax consultant, Heiko worked at Ashurst prior to joining Mayer Brown. Tax associate Felix Krüger will also be joining the team from Mayer Brown.

Peter Junghänel, managing partner of Ashurst in Germany, commented:

“We are delighted to welcome Heiko to the partnership. He has a significant amount of transaction expertise and is a perfect match for our tax team, led by Klaus Herkenroth.”

Heiko Penndorf added:

“Ashurst has an excellent reputation in Germany and internationally. Having worked at Ashurst previously, I look forward to working together with old and new colleagues and building upon the successes of the team.”

In addition to the hires in the tax team, Ashurst is strengthening its banking practice, with the appointment of  senior associate Petra Fendt who will also be joining from Mayer Brown. Petra has particular expertise in the area of trading non-performing loans and other loan portfolios.

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Flick Gocke Schaumburg is expanding its presence in the German-speaking area. The partnership has opened a representative office in Zurich with effect as of 1 September. From now on, its clients will be able to contact the firm locally in Vienna as well.

“The Zurich office will focus on giving advice on tax crime issues arising in the German-Swiss context,” says Prof. Thomas Rödder, Managing Partner of Flick Gocke Schaumburg. “We expect to help an even greater number of German taxpayers to wipe their slate clean with the tax authorities. So our Swiss office – like our German offices – reflects our commitment to supporting the state in our approach to consultancy. As a German desk, the new FGS office will provide advice exclusively on German law and, in particular, will be addressing legal issues connected with voluntary disclosures and the planned Double Tax Treaty between Switzerland and Germany.”

The Zurich office is centrally located in Bahnhofstrasse 69a and will be headed by Bonn partners Dr. Karsten Randt and Dr. Jörg Schauf. Both specialize in tax crime law as well as white-collar and regulatory matters. They will divide their time between the Bonn and Zurich offices. The latest member of the Flick Gocke Schaumburg team is Daniel Holenstein (47), a lawyer and certified tax expert recruited from Umbricht Attorneys at Law. Daniel Holenstein is Swiss and has a proven track record as a special- ist in the field of tax crime law, with extensive experience in matters of mutual legal and administrative assistance. He joined Umbricht Attorneys at Law in 2000 and became a partner in 2006.

In Vienna, a strategic alliance has linked FGS since 2010 with LeitnerLeitner, a firm of tax consultants and public auditors focusing on Central and Eastern Europe. To consolidate this close working relation- ship, Flick Gocke Schaumburg has opened a German desk at its strategic partner’s office. “Our office in Vienna will serve mainly as a place of contact for our consultants and their clients,” adds Thomas Rödder.

Vienna and Zurich are the first foreign representations to be opened by the firm of Flick Gocke Schaumburg, founded in Bonn in 1972. “Our international strategy will, in essence, continue to build on our relationships with recognized partner firms abroad,” explains Thomas Rödder. “To that extent, we are not competing with foreign firms. The scale of our cross-border engagements in the German- speaking jurisdictions has now reached such a level that opening these local offices has become a sensible move.”

Founded in 1972, the firm of Flick Gocke Schaumburg, which provides tax-focused legal advice, has offices in Bonn, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and Zurich. Approximately 240 professionals, including 78 partners, are responsible for national and international engagements in the fields of tax law, corporate law /M&A, accounting law, succession/private wealth/foundations, tax-exempt organizations, tax crime/white-collar and regulatory mat- ters, tax compliance as well as auditing/business valuation.




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Caplin & Drysdale announced today that Elan P. Keller has joined the firm as a member in its New York office. Mr. Keller will be part of the Corporate, Business & Transactional Tax, International Tax, and Tax Controversies practice groups. He was previously a Managing Director and Tax Director of Macquarie Holdings (USA) Inc. (“Macquarie”), where he oversaw Macquarie Americas’ diverse structural and transaction-based initiatives from a tax perspective, including matters relating to domestic and international M&A; infrastructure and leasing transactions; structured finance and capital markets transactions; transfer pricing; fixed income; and oil, gas, energy, and natural resource transactions.

Highlights of Mr. Keller’s tenure at Macquarie include the development and launch of Macquarie Americas’ tax risk management framework, which involved the build up and management of Macquarie’s tax legal and tax reporting functions with oversight of a team of more than twenty CPAs and tax lawyers. Moreover, Mr. Keller took on a leadership role in numerous acquisitions across various business groups, including the acquisition of Delaware Investments in January 2010, which tripled assets under management for Macquarie Investment Management – Macquarie Group’s largest acquisition at that time.

“We are thrilled to welcome Elan to the firm,” said Scott Michel, President of Caplin & Drysdale. “He is an ideal addition to our tax practice group and to our New York office, where his substantial experience across many of Caplin & Drysdale’s practice areas will provide added depth to and greatly enhance our client relationships around the world.”

Mr. Keller added, “I am very excited and honored to join Caplin & Drysdale and become part of a world-class firm committed to the practice of tax law. My background as a Tax Director and as a CPA give me unique insights into the business sensitivities and objectives of senior tax, finance, and business executives, which will further broaden the firm’s ability to provide value-added services to its clients.”

Mr. Keller graduated with honors from the University of Delaware and earned his Juris Doctorate cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. He is also a licensed CPA.

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