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EY hires Cathy Koch as EY Americas Tax Policy Leader

On February 25, 2015, in EY, by Chris Bale

Ernst & Young LLP announced today that Cathleen M. Koch will join as a principal and will serve as the EY Americas Tax Policy Leader. Koch joins from the Office of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, where she served as Chief Advisor on tax and economic policy.

In her new role, Koch will continue the development of the EY network of tax policy professionals across member firms in more than 30 countries in the Americas. The close coordination of these top tax policy professionals will help multinational clients stay informed and on the cutting edge of tax policy developments in the different countries in which they operate. Koch will also advise clients regarding US, Americas, and global tax policy matters.

“As we enter into a new phase of intensive action on tax reform, Cathy’s expertise and insight into the workings of Capitol Hill will be particularly valuable to our clients,” said Kate Barton, EY Americas Vice Chair of Tax Services. “The short window for US tax reform before the 2016 presidential election cycle, coupled with major tax changes in countries around the world, mean now is the time for companies to focus on how tax policy impacts their business.”

As Chief Advisor to the Office of the Senate Democratic Leader on tax and economic policy, Koch led all tax and economic policy initiatives in the 113th Congress from the Leader’s office and was central to strategy and communications on a broad spectrum of issues. She has been deeply involved in almost every Congressional tax and budget measure since January 2013, when she joined the Leader’s office.

Prior to joining Senator Reid’s office, she served as Tax Chief at the Senate Finance Committee, then led by Senator Max Baucus, where she led the Finance Committee’s tax team in developing the tax components of every bill during her tenure, including Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Koch was also Senior Tax Policy Advisor and Staff Director of the Finance Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure.

In the private sector, she has served as Director of Tax Policy and Senior Tax Advisor for General Electric and as Director of Global Government Affairs for Amgen.

Koch earned a PhD in economics from Georgetown University and a BA in economics, magna cum laude, from Millersville University of Pennsylvania.

McDermott Will & Emery has announced that Jean-Marc Tirard, one of the best known private client lawyers in France, has joined as a partner in its international Private Client Practice Group, based in the Firm’s London office.

Carol Harrington, global head of McDermott’s Private Client Practice Group comments: “Developing an EU continental practice and enhancing our reputation as a top international private client firm in London is a key strategy for us. Having a renowned practitioner of Jean-Marc’s calibre join the team in London will support this goal”.

Henry Christensen, head of McDermott’s international private clients practice, notes, “I have worked with Jean-Marc for years and am simply delighted to have him join us in London, where he will continue to represent his continental European clients, as well as expatriates who have moved to London, working closely with our established London team of private client lawyers.

Jean-Marc has advised French and non-French companies and private clients on French and international corporate and individual tax issues.  He has negotiated with tax authorities and handled tax litigation for over three decades.  Jean-Marc has advised on numerous high-profile corporate transactions and has extensive experience in tax and estate planning for French and non-French high net worth individuals.  Originally specialising in French and international corporate tax through his unique knowledge of trusts in France, in the last 18 years his practice has developed into an international private client practice.

Jean-Marc began his career with the French tax administration before entering into private practice.  He was in charge of the Paris tax department of Ernst & Whinney (Ernst & Young) for 10 years.  In 1989, he joined Clifford Chance where he was the head of the Paris office tax practice before he co-founded Tirard Naudin (with Maryse Naudin) in 1997.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Jean-Marc to the team here in London. The growth of the London international Private Client team has been significant, trebling headcount since the group’s inception and giving us greater ability to serve our clients wherever they may be located” added Hugh Nineham, Partner and Head of McDermott’s London office.

Jean-Marc Tirard is rated as one of the leading French tax lawyers in various surveys (including Euromoney, International Tax Review and Chambers); cited as a leading tax lawyer in a number of publications including Best Lawyers in France, the Euromoney Guide to European Leading Tax Advisers,  Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers and the Private Client Guide of Practice Law Company; named outstanding European Individual of the year by the CityWealth Magic Circle Awards 2009 and  co-founded and was the former chairman of the French branch of STEP, The Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners, as well as the chairman of the Tax Commission of the French Committee and the former chairman of the Tax Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce. Jean-Marc is also an International Fellow of ACTEC (the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel) and also an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. McDermott has largest number of ACTEC members and Academy members of any other law firm.

Jean-Marc’s appointment follows the arrival of Partner David Adler last month to the Private Client group in London. David’s practice focuses on U.S. tax planning, wealth transfer, and trust and estate matters advising on the U.S. federal tax and compliance issues that arise for individuals and fiduciaries with a connection to multiple jurisdictions.


Thomas Eggar LLP has appointed Ursula Danagher as head of their award winning Private Client practice.

Ursula, who is based in the firm’s London office, has been a leading Partner in the Family team of Mischon de Reya. Prior to Mishcon de Reya, Ursula was the head of the family team at Memery Crystal; a team she was recruited to specifically start up and build.

Ursula is heading the 100 strong private practice at Thomas Eggar with a view to capitalising on the firm’s top rankings in the South and her own reputation in the market in order to grow the practice as a whole but specifically to create a strong family practice, build the firm’s international tax teams and extend their reputation in the City of London.

Richard Jordan, who has chosen to stand down as the head of practice to help with the growth of the firm’s International Tax practice, said “This is an exciting move for the firm confirming our commitment to providing high quality private client services both in the UK and internationally”.

Managing Partner, Vicky Brackett, commented that “this appointment comes during a time of growth and investment in both our private wealth and our business teams. The calibre of people we are attracting confirms our success in promoting our brand and building our reputation in the market; we’re delighted to welcome Ursula on board.”

Ursula joined the firm on 2nd February 2015.

Bernard (Bernie) Quant has been appointed Managing Director of Nedgroup Trust, the Channel Islands-based trust and corporate services business.

channel island trust jobsBernie has over 35 years’ experience in the trust and estate business, including roles at director and managing director level, and is a member of STEP.  He was a Director of Barclays Private Bank & Trust, and prior to that Managing Director of Bank of Nova Scotia Trust in Jersey until its merger with Barclays in 2004.  Since 2011, Bernie has worked for a number of niche independent trust companies at director level where he was responsible for business development covering the Middle East, India, Pakistan, London and Africa.

Commenting on the appointment, Greg Horton, executive head of Nedbank Private Wealth International, said: “I am delighted to welcome Bernie to our executive team.  It is a very exciting time for the business as we continue to develop and grow our wealth management offering.

“We have recently restructured our trust entities, bringing the offices in Jersey and Guernsey together under one brand and integrated the businesses with a single strategy, management team, system and operations.  Bernie has now come on board to drive the new shared strategic vision and provide common leadership to our trust operations across the Channel Islands.

“In welcoming Bernie, I would also like to express my appreciation to the management and staff at Nedgroup Trust, who have worked tirelessly with me throughout the period of restructure and rebranding.”

Bernie Quant added: “I’m very pleased to have joined Nedgroup Trust and become part of the Nedbank Private Wealth’s international team. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to build on the success already achieved and play a key role in this award-winning organisation. I look forward to leading this excellent team in a shared vision and strategy to further grow and develop the business.”


Singapore tax partner jobsMayer Brown JSM has announced that Pieter de Ridder has joined the Tax Transactions & Consulting practice as a partner in Singapore.

Mr. de Ridder has over two decades of experience in Asia advising multinational companies and institutions with interests in one or more Asian jurisdictions on their inbound and outbound work. Prior to arriving Singapore in 1996, he was based in Jakarta and Hong Kong. He has worked for Loyens & Loeff for the past 29 years.

His practice focuses on advising tax matters such as direct investment, restructurings, financing arrangements, private equity and holding company structures into or from countries such as China, Hong Kong, India and the countries in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia. Mr. de Ridder is an SIATP accredited Singapore tax adviser and regularly advises on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, private equity, administrative actions and tax rulings, coordinating unilateral and bilateral advance pricing arrangements, tax incentive negotiations with investment authorities, maritime, structured finance, trade and contract manufacturing, as well as real property investments.

Jason Bazar, Co-Chair of the firm wide Tax Transactions & Consulting practice said, “Pieter has established himself as a top-notch tax lawyer and adviser on cross jurisdictional work involving investments in or from Asia. His arrival has broadened our capabilities on many levels in terms of advising our global clients doing business in Asia. We are very pleased to have him on board.”

Pieter is a member of:
• Netherlands Council for Tax Advisers (Nederlandse Orde van Belastingadviseurs)
• International Fiscal Association (IFA) – vice president executive committee, Singapore Branch
• International Tax Planning Association (ITPA)
• International Bar Association (IBA)
• Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) – chair of the tax committee
• Association of Dutch Businesspeople in Singapore (ADB)
• Indonesia/Netherlands Association (INA)
• Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (co-founder and former director)
• Board of Editors of the Asia Pacific Tax Bulletin of the Bureau of Fiscal Documentation
• A group of advisors to an Indian law firm in connection with the proposed Indian Draft Corporate Tax Code legislation

Prior to joining Mayer Brown JSM, Mr. de Ridder was a partner and the head of Loyens & Loeff’s Singapore office where he was a member of the firm’s India and China committees, and he worked at one of the big four accounting firms in the Netherlands, Indonesia and Hong Kong. He received his LLM in tax law from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He is a guest lecturer at the Singapore Management University (SMU) and is fluent in Dutch and English and fair in French and German.

The law firm of Gordon Feinblatt LLC has announced that Lynn B. Sassin has joined the Firm as Chair of the Trusts & Estates Practice Group.  For more than 30 years she has provided counsel to individuals and families focusing on estate and tax planning, drafting wills and trusts, estate and trust administration and charitable planning.

Ms. Sassin joins from DLA Piper where she has worked as Of Counsel for the past 10 years. She was formerly a Partner with Gordon Feinblatt, leaving the Firm in 1999.

Barry F. Rosen, Chairman and CEO of Gordon Feinblatt, commented, “Lynn Sassin is a terrific trusts and estates attorney. She will carry on the Firm’s more than 60 year legacy of developing trust and estate plans that reflect the individual goals and objectives of our clients.”
Christia A. Pritts has also joined the Firm as Counsel in the Trusts & Estates Practice Group.  She has more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of estate and tax planning and the administration of estates and trusts. She worked alongside Lynn at DLA Piper.

Christia is a Graduate Tax Scholar and earned a  LL.M. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.  She clerked for Judge L. Paige Marvel of the United States Tax Court from 2002-2004.

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Fox Rothschild’s Dallas office has recruited experienced tax and estate planning attorney Sabina Bramlett.

estate planning jobsBramlett, who joins as a partner, handles a wide array of estate planning, probate and transactional business planning matters. She regularly assists clients with drafting and implementation of wills, trusts and other entities to address objectives regarding the disposition and protection of assets while minimising federal estate and gift tax exposure.

Sabina also routinely represents executors and estates through all phases of administration, including the preparation of estate and inheritance tax returns.

Additionally, Sabina assists clients in transactional business planning for closely held businesses, including formation, general transactional matters, business succession, key employee planning and sales and acquisitions.

“It was a very good fit with my clients, both the firm that pre-existed the merger and with Fox in general,” she said.

“Fresh off of our recent merger with Fox, we are excited to already be attracting new talent like Sabina to the office,” said Clint David, Fox’s Dallas office managing partner. “Sabina brings a new practice to our office that will enable us to better provide full-service representation to our clients in the Texas market.”

Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Sabina was a partner at Glast, Phillips & Murray, P.C. in Dallas

Marks Paneth LLP has appointed a new tax partner: Joseph M. Giampapa, CPA, 34, is based from the Manhattan headquarters.

Marks Paneth Tax JobsMr. Giampapa provides high-net-worth individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts and private foundations with tax planning and consulting services. He also assists with state, local and federal tax filings. Mr.

Giampapa holds a B.S. in Accounting from King’s College of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is a resident of Red Bank, New Jersey.


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