Philip Munn has resigned from Deloitte, where he was a Director in the indirect tax practice, to join Baker Tilly as a tax partner. He is based in the Southampton office, with effect from September 2015.
Mr Munn has had broad indirect tax experience. He started life at Deloitte in 1999 where he specialised in indirect tax, rising to senior manager within 7 years. He then decided to move in-house and joined Vodafone as their Group VAT Manager. In 2008 he moved to Rank Group to lead the indirect tax team and later also took on an Investor Relations role.
In 2012 he decided to return to the profession, back to Deloitte, where he has worked for the past three years.
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Hat tip: BLT
Gordon Randall has joined GSK this month as their Global Head of VAT. Gordon will be based from the Head Office at Brentford in the UK.
Gordon was formerly a director in KPMG’s UK indirect tax practice, he has over 16 years’ experience providing VAT advisory services to a broad range of international clients, across most sectors.
His role typically involved helping design strategies, policies and processes in order to manage risk and realise VAT savings and operational efficiencies. This included both absolute indirect savings (P&L) as well as cash-flow saving through detailed understanding of the Purchase to Pay and Order to Cash cycles and the impact indirect tax can have on working capital.
He was also part of KPMG’s tax efficient supply chain management (‘TESCM’) practice, a multi-disciplinary team consisting of tax and advisory specialists who focus on helping business consider business transformation projects in both a commercial and tax efficient manner.
Gordon left KPMG in March 2015 to enjoy a career break for 6 months, so he joins GSK fully refreshed ! Hat tip: BLT
Taxand announced today that its current German member firm, Luther, will be leaving the organisation. Luther wishes to be part of a broader legal network, rather than one focused solely on tax, as is the case for Taxand.
Flick Gocke Schaumburg will replace Luther as Taxand’s member for Germany.
Frederic Donnedieu, Chairman of Taxand, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Flick Gocke Schaumburg to Taxand who are recognised as the leading specialised tax firm in Germany with extensive and long-standing experience in many key sectors. I know Taxand clients will benefit greatly from their outstanding expertise in German and international tax law. I want to thank our colleagues at Luther for their many years of contribution to Taxand and to wish them all the best in their future endeavours.”
Taxand also announced today the recent appointment of new members to its global Board. The current leadership team comprises:
Frederic Donnedieu, Chairman, Taxand France
Timothy Wach, Global Managing Director
Ricardo Gomez, Taxand Spain
Mukesh Butani, Taxand India
Keith O’Donnell, Taxand Luxemburg
Veerinderjeet Singh, Taxand Malaysia
Ernie Perez, Taxand US
Marc Sanders, Taxand Netherlands
Bernard du Plessis, Taxand South Africa
Martin Phelan, Taxand Ireland
Thomas Roedder, Taxand Germany
Prof. Dr. Thomas Rödder is based in the Bonn office of Flick Gocke Schaumburg and deals with German tax law, accounting law and international tax law. His focus is on corporate and family-owned clients. Flick Gocke Schamburg specialises only in tax-focused legal advice. Roughly half of the partners and associates are lawyers, the other half being certified tax advisors and public auditors.
The Firm has offices in Bonn, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg and representative offices in Vienna and Zurich. It was founded in 1972 by Hans Flick and Rudolf Gocke and has grown organically since then.
AJ Galdeano Consulting has joined Ernst & Young, the EY member firm in Brazil, to expand its tax services. The focus is on accounting compliance and reporting as well as business process outsourcing. AJ Galdeano’s capabilities span accounting, treasury, tax and payroll functions to complement EY services offered across the Americas.
“Anticipating long-term growth in the Brazilian economy, EY is building Tax capabilities to provide a full range of services for clients growing and investing in the country moving forward,” said Kate Barton, EY Americas Vice Chair, Tax Services. “The current economic environment is likely to rebound, rewarding those who had the vision to selectively strengthen their talent and resources. EY firms currently offer Accounting Compliance and Reporting Business Process Outsourcing (ACR BPO) in 150 countries with 2,100 dedicated global professionals.”
“These services play an increasingly important role in Brazilian companies’ operations,” said Tatiana da Ponte, Tax Managing Partner for EY Brazil. “The acquisition allows EY Brazil and the larger network of EY firms to provide a more comprehensive suite of services to clients in the geography.”
AJ Galdeano will become part of the EY Brazil Global Compliance and Reporting team, adding 61 professionals in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro while continuing to serve its 34 legacy clients including public companies, large multinationals and fund management firms.
EY in the US has made two senior tax hires recently.
Michael Bowes returns to EY’s International Tax Services group as a Partner in the Transfer Pricing Practice.
Bowes spent 9 years with Deloitte’s TP practice, following 4 years with EY. He began his career in 2001 as an economist with Christenson Associates after receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics at the University of Oregon.
Michael is based in San Jose.
Mark Herzinger joins EY’s Financial Services Office in New York, focused on Global Compliance and Reporting. Herzinger spent 10 years working in treasury and tax departments of companies such as AIG, CIT Group, and Barclays Bank. In addition, he worked as tax counsel for nine years in professional services including PWC, as well as law firms Mayer, Brown & Platt and White & Case. Henzinger’s leadership experience spans capital markets and insurance taxation and in leading best-in-class capital markets, broker-dealer and insurance tax consulting teams.
Global law firm K&L Gates LLP has added Giles Bavister as a tax partner in the London office. Bavister joins K&L Gates from King & Wood Mallesons, where he was also a partner.
Bavister advises domestic and international companies, individuals, and real estate trusts on a wide range of property matters, including the structuring and implementation of tax-efficient acquisitions and disposals; the structuring of portfolios and fund investments; commercial and residential property developments; and investment in alternative asset classes, including renewable energy and student housing. He also advises on value-added tax (VAT) matters, such as those relating to cross-border products, financial services, and e-commerce.
“Giles is an experienced, commercial, and well-regarded tax lawyer,” said Tony Griffiths, administrative partner of K&L Gates’ London office. “He will play a particularly important role in the integrated services that we provide to our real estate and financial services clients. We are delighted to welcome him to the firm.”
Bavister stated: “With its strength in real estate, both in the UK and internationally, K&L Gates provides an ideal platform to further develop my practice as well as to support the firm’s existing client base.”
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has announced that Eric Sloan has joined the New York office as a partner.
Previously a principal at Deloitte Tax LLP, Sloan will continue to provide tax planning advice with an emphasis on federal income taxation, partnership taxation, and the taxation of private equity firms and funds in their mergers and acquisitions.
Ken Doran, Chairman and Managing Partner of Gibson Dunn said “Eric is nationally recognized as one of the few leading tax lawyers who combine this high level of technical expertise in partnership taxation with the depth and breadth of his M&A experience. His addition will enhance not only our tax practice, but also our M&A and investment funds capabilities.”
“Having worked at a Big Four accounting firm at the highest level for 18 years, Eric is widely regarded as one of the nation’s foremost partnership tax experts and has close ties at the highest level with the IRS and industry groups,” said Art Pasternak, Co-Chair of the firm’s Tax Practice Group.
“As a partnership tax lawyer, joining Gibson Dunn is a unique opportunity to be part of one of the premier law firms in the world,” Sloan said. “I look forward to integrating my practice with Gibson Dunn’s international platform.”
About Eric Sloan
With 25 years of broad transactional and structuring experience, Sloan focuses his tax practice on the use of partnerships and limited liability companies in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, and restructurings. He also has developed substantial expertise in initial public offerings, including advising on many “UP-C” IPOs in a range of industries.
Sloan has represented four of the largest private equity firms and the two largest privately held companies in the United States, as well as many publicly traded companies. He advised on the first publicly traded “permanent capital fund” launched by a major U.S.-based private equity firm and the first pass through portfolio company investments made by four of the largest U.S.-based private equity firms.
He has substantial experience in the formation of domestic and cross-border joint ventures and acquisitions and dispositions of businesses and interests in joint ventures, including the largest joint venture in the United States and a complex multi-billion dollar cross-border commodities joint venture. He has also handled restructurings of partnerships, as well as private equity fund structuring and leveraged recapitalizations of private equity portfolio companies.
Sloan started his legal career as an associate with Irell & Manella in Los Angeles and practiced law in Washington, D.C. before joining Deloitte as a principal, where he was asked to establish and lead Deloitte’s National Office Partnership Taxation group in 1997.
Sloan currently serves as Co-Chair of the Committee on Partnerships and as an Executive Committee Member of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section. He also is Conference Co-Chair of Practising Law Institute’s Tax Planning for Domestic & Foreign Partnerships, LLCs, Joint Ventures & Other Strategic Alliances conference. He has also been active with the Section of Taxation of the American Bar Association, having served as a Chair of its Committee on Partnerships and as a Council Director. In addition, Sloan is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and a frequent guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
US law firm Quarles & Brady announced last week that Dawn Gabel has re-joined the firm’s Phoenix office as a partner in its Tax Law Practice Group. She was formerly with the Firm from 1989 to 2002, leaving as a partner to join Steptoe & Johnson, where she has worked for the past 13 years.
Gabel focuses her practice on sales and use tax advice and litigation, property tax advice and litigation, and multistate income tax advice and litigation. She represents clients across a broad range of industries, including energy, construction, retail, manufacturing, low-income housing, remote vending, and development of golf courses and resorts.
Gabel has been recognized by her peers inThe Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 US andSouthwest Super Lawyers.
She received her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Arizona College of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University.