Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) Taxand UK, the independent tax advisory firm, announced last week that it has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of Managing Director Stephen Labrum in London.
Mr. Labrum joins from Ernst & Young to become A&M’s new Global Head of Transfer Pricing (TP). Shiv Mahalingham continues to lead the U.K. practice, while the existing heads of TP will remain in place in the U.S. and other markets. Mr. Labrum’s appointment represents the next stage in the development of Alvarez & Marsal Taxand’s TP practice. The TP practice is expected to achieve substantial growth in the coming years by expanding in existing locations and establishing new teams in several important markets in the U.S., which will be closely aligned with the International Tax practice to serve the growing demand for TP advisory services.

David Pert, Head of Alvarez & Marsal Taxand UK, said:

“We have created the new position of Global Head of Transfer Pricing to bring together the global reach of A&M and the Taxand network, so that we can continue to meet our clients’ needs. Recent market surveys have consistently shown that transfer pricing is now one of the most significant tax challenges faced by multinational companies and so it is essential that we offer transfer pricing services which make best use of our global capabilities. Stephen’s experience in both the U.K. and U.S. makes him an ideal choice to help us with this important initiative.”

Mr. Labrum’s transfer pricing experience covers related policy design, business restructuring, global documentation, implementation, and resolving and preventing issues with tax authorities. His experience in the area of policy design includes developing transfer pricing policies that are practical to implement and defend, while also being fully compliant with the rules in relevant jurisdictions.

Ernesto Perez, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal Taxand and National Practice Leader of the firm’s Transaction and International Tax practices, added:

“Stephen Labrum’s arrival at A&M Taxand is set against the backdrop of multinationals striving for globalisation and governments aggressively seeking to protect their revenue base. Stephen’s transfer pricing expertise will complement our international tax services to clients who are trying to arrange their tax matters as efficiently as possible, while responding to unprecedented levels of challenge by tax authorities around the world. ”

Stephen Labrum, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal Taxand UK, added:

“As Global Head of Transfer Pricing, I look forward to working with my colleagues to help deliver an outstanding service to our clients, drawing on the Alvarez & Marsal Taxand teams in the U.S. and U.K., and the Taxand global network of over 2,000 tax professionals in 48 countries.

“Two factors differentiate us from our competition: first, our business model is based on ensuring that our most experienced and senior team members are very involved in the day-to-day delivery of high quality service to our each of our clients. Second, the wider Alvarez & Marsal business is based on providing deep industry-specific business guidance. By working closely with these colleagues we will be able to focus more effectively on the true commercial issues at the heart of our clients’ transfer pricing challenges.”


The Altus Alliance, the independent Alliance rendering global transfer pricing, business restructuring and valuation services, has welcomed a new Altus Alliance member being Transfer Pricing Partners Ltd. located in Nairobi, Kenya.

Transfer Pricing Partners (“TPPartners”) is one of the first TP boutique firms in Eastern Africa / Kenya. Kenya introduced Transfer Pricing regulations in 2006 and is currently enforcing these regulations. It is expected other countries in the region will follow.

TPPartners was founded in 2012 by Isaac Ireri and offers a wide range of transfer pricing services including tax valuation. Isaac has over 10 years of experience in International Tax and Transfer Pricing. Among others, Isaac worked for E&Y and Deloitte.

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5 Ways To Get A Tax Degree

On October 23, 2012, in Articles, by Chris Bale

Having a degree in anything tax-related is a pretty wise move career wise. Think about it; everyone needs to do their taxes. And not only that, but the vast majority of people don’t know the finer points of taxes and certainly haven’t the time to learn them either. They are too busy with their own career, life, raising a family and so on. That leaves the question; what routes can you take to earn a tax degree. Well, we are here to discuss five of them.

First up quite obviously are colleges and universities. In the US the University of Texas in Austin is generally regarded as the cream of the crop when it comes to accountancy type degrees. Be advised though, it is pretty pricey. Next is University of Michigan in Ann Arbor followed up by the University of Illinois in Champaign.

And speaking of universities and colleges, one not so publicized type of accounting degree is that of forensic accounting. This is where one learns how to trace criminal activities, tax cheating and other nefarious activities committed by both individuals and companies alike. If this sounds interesting to you, ask prospective schools if they offer up this course.

Don’t overlook specialty educational courses concerning accountancy and taxes as well. Of course you want to make sure you’re dealing with a reputable school. They should be able to provide you with references of satisfied (and hopefully successful) students who have taken their courses. And you should also do your due diligence and talk to the respective agencies and find out if there have been complaints about them.

Believe it or not; don’t overlook community or junior colleges in your quest for an accountancy degree. With the high cost of a university education, sometimes this is the only choice. Often, you can get an associate’s degree from these places and get an entry level tax or accountancy job to keep you afloat while you pursue more advanced degrees.

And you know we were not going to finish without mentioning online options for your tax/accountancy degree. Years back these used to be scoffed at as diploma mills. Not anymore. Even the big universities and colleges renowned for their expertise in providing these types of courses now have an online presence.

There you have it, five great ways in which you can acquire a degree in accountancy or other tax-related fields.


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Laurence Parry joined HedgeStart Partners LLP this month.

Laurence has specialised in advising owner managers and private clients on tax matters for over 20 years. Whilst Laurence’s focus is on tax solutions, he believes passionately that the answer must fit with the specific client’s commercial and personal objectives. Rarely will an ‘off the shelf’ product be optimal. Laurence joined HedgeStart as a partner in 2012 and leads the growing private client tax practice.

Prior to joining HedgeStart, Laurence was an anti-avoidance adviser within HM Revenue and Customs, so is well placed to give advice concerning HMRC enquiries and any issues arising. As a key member of several policy teams in the private client field, he brings up to date and in depth knowledge. Before HMRC, Laurence was a tax partner for over 10 years in a similar sized firm to HedgeStart, delivering creative tax and commercial solutions across his client base.

After reading History at the University of York, Laurence qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor with Ernst & Young and spent his early career with KPMG.

He is also an accredited mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, and can assist all clients in commercial and tax negotiations and disputes.

George M. Clarke has rejoined Baker & McKenzie’s renowned Tax Practice as a partner, adding 12 years of experience in a range of tax dispute resolution matters.

Based in Washington, DC, Mr. Clarke has extensive experience with all facets of the tax dispute resolution process including litigation of civil and criminal tax matters.  He is also active in white collar and internal investigations.  His most prominent work includes civil tax litigation and criminal tax defense but he also regularly advises clients on the defense of non-tax federal criminal matters.

“George is set to be a key player in our market-leading tax dispute resolution practice,” said Len Terr, Chair of the North American Tax Practice Group.  “He is well known within the tax community in Washington and throughout North America, and clients value his extensive experience and record of success in tax disputes.”

Mr. Clarke also has substantial experience advising on the defense of foreign tax and non-tax criminal investigations and their United States implications, including with respect to U.S. tax liability accrual provisions under FIN 48.

“George’s wealth of experience in tax litigation matters is a great fit for our exceptional tax dispute resolution team,” said Elizabeth Espin Stern, Managing Partner of the Firm’s Washington, DC office.  “We are delighted that he has rejoined Baker & McKenzie.”

“Baker & McKenzie’s tax practice is world-renowned and I’m excited to have returned home,” said Mr. Clarke.

Mr. Clarke is the latest in a series of prominent hires for the Tax Practice in North America during the last year.  Partner Rafic Barrage, an experienced international tax planning attorney, joined the Firm’s DC office in September 2012.  Partners Josh Odintz, a former Senior Advisor for Tax Reform to the Assistant Secretary at the US Department of the Treasury, and Mary Bennett, the former head of the Tax Treaty, Transfer Pricing & Financial Transactions Division of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Centre for Tax Policy & Administration (CTPA), recently joined the Firm’s DC office.  The practice also recently welcomed Partner Anne Batter (employee benefits) to the Firm’s DC office, Partner Patricia Rexford (tax controversy) to the  Chicago office, and Partner Jacques Bernier (tax controversy) to the Toronto office.

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Tom Cryan recently joined WTAS in McLean, Virginia as Managing Director in the National Tax Office.

Cryan has extraordinary experience in the area of tax controversy. He also has experience and strong technical skills in TEFRA partnership procedures, international information reporting, IRS procedural matters, and periods and methods. Cryan has spent the last 10 years in Deloitte’s National Tax Office and spent the prior 11 years in Arthur Andersen’s National Tax Office. His previous experience also includes 10 years working at the District Counsel and Chief Counsel offices of IRS in Washington, D.C.

WTAS Commercial Practice and National Tax Office Managing Director, Chris Rice commented, “Having Tom join our National Tax Office is a demonstration of our commitment to enhancing and broadening our firm’s technical expertise in areas of tax controversy and IRS procedural matters.”

Cryan received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Canisius College in Buffalo, his law degree from Boston College and his LLM from University of Miami.

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As a part of Deloitte’s ongoing mission to foster an environment where leaders thrive, four executives have been appointed to the organization’s new Inclusion leadership team.

Joining the ranks is Julia Cloud, Deloitte Tax LLP,  as managing partner of Deloitte’s Women’s Initiative (WIN).

“Our new Inclusion leaders have the insight and experience to help us realize our vision and strengthen our foundation for attracting, retaining, and developing the very best talent in the marketplace,” said Jennifer Steinmann, chief talent officer, Deloitte LLP. “By bringing these strong leaders on to help drive our Inclusion efforts, we demonstrate how deeply committed we are to furthering an inclusive culture where all our people have the opportunity to lead and thrive.”

To provide opportunities for all Deloitte people to be leaders, develop professionally and do important and enriching work, Deloitte has expanded its definition of Inclusion, to include the Women’s Initiative (WIN) and diversity, as well as generations, workplace flexibility, and employee well-being.

Reporting to Deb DeHaas, Deloitte LLP’s chief inclusion officer, each appointee brings a wealth of knowledge and experience across multiple industries to the organization’s evolving Inclusion efforts. Through their individual client work and focus on talent development, all four leaders have a clear view into the changing service needs and demands of today’s marketplace and are committed to growing Deloitte’s people, business and brand.

“We strive to be an organization where everyone is empowered to manage their unique work-life circumstances, as well as have opportunities to lead, and grow their careers,” said DeHaas. “Appointment of our new leaders demonstrates Deloitte’s commitment to inclusion.”

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Top 20 accountancy firm Saffery Champness has announced the appointment of Ben Melling as partner in the London office.

Ben joins the firm’s respected Tax practice from Rawlinson & Hunter, where he spent eight years as a partner. Prior to this, Ben was with Grant Thornton for 18 years, where he became a partner in 2000. Ben is a private client adviser and tax specialist, with a wealth of experience working with both UK and International private clients, dealing with their various and complex interests. He is well known for advising non-UK domiciled clients on both onshore and offshore matters.

This appointment is an important step in the continued expansion of the firm’s tax offering to UK and International private clients which has seen growth of more than 14% in the last year. With his significant expertise and experience, Ben will bring valuable additional resource to an already well-established team.

On his arrival, Ben Melling commented:

“Saffery Champness has one of the country’s most highly-regarded private client tax advisory teams and I am delighted to be joining it. The Saffery name is synonymous with excellence in the private client arena and the firm’s high quality client base fits closely around my interests, making this the perfect move.”

Managing Partner Jonathan Fox added:

“Ben is a real star and his arrival is great news for us as we seek to build further on our excellent tax practice. Ben has a huge amount of experience and with him on our side, clients both UK and Internationally can expect further development of our high quality advisory services as we look to cement our reputation as one of the leading private client firms in the UK.”

Specific examples of work

  • Advising non-domiciled clients on the establishment and maintenance of offshore trust structures for tax planning and asset protection purposes.
  • Pre-arrival planning for international private clients relocating to the UK.
  • Developing remittance strategies for non-domiciled clients already resident in the UK.
  • Advising on property ownership structures for UK residential and commercial property.
  • Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility submissions.
  • Advising non-UK resident trustees on the management of their UK taxation exposures and on the provision of information required for tax purposes by UK resident beneficiaries.