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KPMG’s UK Tax and Pensions Practice announces the appointment of one new partner and five directors/associate partners as it continues to strengthen the breadth and depth of technical expertise it offers clients.

John Cox recently rejoined KPMG as partner, having spent a period at Deloitte, focused on the Private Equity area of the business.

This hire complements the previously announced recent recruitment of Victor Abrams from PWC to KPMG’s Tax Value Chain practice and Nick Roome from DLA Piper who will join to lead KPMG’s Legal Services practice in Manchester in the late spring.

In addition, five new directors/associate partners join KPMG’s Corporate Tax and People Services teams.

KPMG UK Head of Tax and Pensions, Jane McCormick, commented:

“These latest hires add further to the depth and breadth of the technical advice we are able to offer to our clients and in particular, they enhance our capabilities in advising on tax compliance issues, which now account for most of our revenues across the tax and pensions practice.

“Tax authorities are ever more focussed on tax governance and compliance and businesses are keen to ensure that they adhere to best practice in these areas.  This is driving demand for advice in these areas which, with these latest hires adding to our existing capabilities, we are well placed to provide.

“In addition to these senior hires, we continue to recruit across our business, including at more junior levels.”

The new director/associate partner recruits are:

Corporate Tax

  • Justin Blackburn will be joining us in April as a director in KPMG’s Tax Management Consulting team.  He was previously a director at Macquarie with responsibility for EMEA tax reporting.
  • Iain Butler joins from Deloitte as a director in our R&D team.
  • Chris Davidson joins from HMRC as a director in KPMG’s Tax Management Consulting team where his focus will be on helping clients ensure that they meet best practice standards on tax governance and compliance.

People Services

  • Kathryn Harding and Mike Nagle have both recently rejoined KPMG from PwC. Mike joins as an Associate Partner to lead our Employment Taxes practice in the South and Kathryn joins as a Director to lead our International Executive Services practice in the North.

private wealth jobsStephenson Harwood LLP has appointed James Quarmby as a partner, to spearhead the expansion of the firm’s private wealth team. James joins from Thomas Eggar LLP, where he was head of the international and business taxation team which he created and built up over ten years.

James’ experience includes advising on residence and domicile issues, tax planning, HMRC enquiries, trusts and estate planning. His clients have included a number of high net worth individuals.

Vivienne (Viv) Wild has also been appointed to join the private wealth team as a senior associate. Vivienne joins from Schofield Sweeney’s private client team, where she specialised in estate planning, trust and inheritance tax planning.

These appointments are in response to the firm’s growing opportunities to service this type of work, with further expansion likely in the future.

Stephenson Harwood advises a number of high net worth individuals and families internationally, advising them on both their business and personal wealth issues. The expansion of the team will add to the firm’s expertise in a variety of related fields, especially in international tax planning, inheritance planning and trusts. One area of focus for the team will be high net worth clients based in fast-growing economies, particularly in Asia – and the expanded London team will work closely with specialist private wealth colleagues in Hong Kong.

Hugo Jenney, international head of tax at Stephenson Harwood, commented “These appointments add considerable strength and depth to our existing private wealth expertise. As a result, we are one of the few firms able to field personal tax and estate planning within a business-oriented City practice. We see a demand for this.”

James commented on his appointment: “Stephenson Harwood’s client base and reputation lends itself well to developing work in this area – and I very much look forward to developing opportunities domestically and internationally, and in doing so, to grow the private wealth practice.”

2 New Tax Partners made up at Macfarlanes

On April 11, 2014, in MacFarlanes, by Chris Bale

Macfarlanes has announced that 2 tax lawyers will join the partnership with effect from 1 May:

Macfarlanes tax lawyer jobsJames McCredie

James joined as a trainee and qualified as a solicitor in the tax group.  He advises on a wide range of tax matters, including the establishment of private equity, property and other investment funds and their deal and investment structuring as well as partnership and LLP tax issues.

Jenny Smithson

Jenny joined the firm as a trainee and qualified into private client. She advises on all areas of personal tax and succession planning, with a particular emphasis on cross border tax planning, especially with a US or French aspect. She also advises on the establishment and management of international asset-holding structures, has experience in planning for entrepreneurs and senior executives, and regularly works with clients in relation to complex HMRC enquiries.

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Todd Koransky has been named partner at Williams Benator & Libby, LLP, Russell Bedford’s member firm in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

russell bedford tax jobsTodd is a member of the firm’s tax planning and consulting practice with more than 14 years’ experience focused on serving clients in the software, technology, manufacturing, distribution, staffing and professional services industries. He works directly with key clients providing tax services to corporations, partnerships, trusts, estates, individuals and several publicly-traded companies. He also specialises in business transaction services as well as tax planning and compliance for high net worth individuals.

“Todd lives the values that our firm is built on, specifically ethics, passion, openness and a focus on relationships,” said Bruce Benator, managing partner of Williams Benator & Libby (WBL). “He is very well liked by his clients and is always incredibly responsive to their needs. In addition, he has been very involved in developing and training our staff and is a key player contributing to our tax department management. My fellow partners and I congratulate him on his well-deserved promotion.”

Todd received his Bachelor of Accounting degree and Master of Accounting degree, with specialisation in tax, from the University of Georgia. He began his career at WBL as a college intern in 1999 and became a member of the firm after graduation.

Todd is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin has appointed partner Anne Quenedey and her team to the Tax department in Paris.

King & Wood Mallesons tax lawyer jobsAnne’s team includes one counsel and three associates, from Dentons. Joining with her is Carolle Thain-Navarro (Counsel) and associates Etienne Guillou, Arnaud Colson and Catherine Sambath. Prior to Dentons, Anne was co-head of Bird & Bird’s international Tax group.

Anne and her team advise large domestic and international groups in defining their tax strategy, as well as on their M&A and restructuring operations. Their expertise also extends to all kind of relationships with the tax authorities including audit, litigation and rulings.

Anne has a deep knowledge of the telecommunications and private equity sectors which complements our sectors strengths, as well as insurance sector capability. She advises family-owned groups on corporate and patrimonial aspects and works closely with the OECD on issues relating to transfer pricing of intangibles. Anne is also a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), along with many other key tax professional organisations in France.

Christophe Digoy, Managing Partner of the Paris office, said: “This team is a fantastic hire for the firm, reinforcing our strategy to grow our areas of strength. Our ability to attract Anne and her team is an endorsement of the vision and direction of the firm both in Paris and globally.”

Sylvie Vansteenkiste, partner and Head of the Tax group in Paris, added: “With excellent relationships with many multinational companies, Anne and her team add great strength, depth and capability to the global Tax practice. Their arrival positions us as one of the largest Tax teams in Paris in transactional taxation and in particular in private equity.”
Anne Quenedey said: “King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin has a top reputation in Tax law. I was particularly attracted by the dynamism of its team and by the recent combination with the leading Asia-Pacific firm King & Wood Mallesons.”

About the new team members:

Carolle Thain-Navarro, Counsel: previously worked at Dentons, Bird & Bird and Andersen Legal. Carolle works in particular on tax aspects of transactions, M&A and restructuring operations, for French or international groups. She has developed a particular expertise in private equity and regularly advises investment funds on their acquisitions. She also has extensive experience in assisting companies in their tax audit and litigation.

Etienne Guillou, senior associate: previously worked at Dentons, Bird & Bird and started his career at Fidal. Etienne mainly concentrates on patrimonial taxation and supports family businesses in their asset structuring and in their operations of transmissions and acquisitions.

Arnaud Colson, associate: previously worked at Dentons, Bird & Bird and Ernst & Young.

Catherine Sambath, associate: previously worked at Dentons and Bird & Bird.

The team join the existing Tax team of three partners (Sylvie Vansteenkiste, Fanny Combourieu and Raphaël Béra) and six associates (Gwenaël Kropfinger, Sarah Mordoff,Antoine Le Touzé, Thomas Guillier, Etienne Bimbeau and Olivia Sibieude).

BDO LLP has announced a new Lead Partner for the West Midlands.

Richard Rose, a senior tax partner who has been at BDO LLP for nine years, has taken over as Lead Partner to the 265-strong team in Birmingham, replacing Mark Anslow who is retiring from the partnership to take on the role of CEO at client firm, Pemberstone Ventures.

Marking one year on from the merger with PKF, Richard will lead BDO through its next stage of growth, as it steps up recruitment and aims for 20% revenue growth.

Richard joined BDO in 2005 and has headed up the Birmingham tax team for the last five years.  He is also the firm’s national tax spokesperson.   He will be responsible for leading business growth across the West Midlands, working with the firm’s 16 partners in Birmingham.

Commenting, Richard Rose said:  “Mark has done a fantastic job and has helped BDO become a real force in the market.  He will no doubt continue to be a great advocate for the firm, and we wish him all the very best in the next step of his career.

“It’s an exciting time for BDO and I’m very much looking forward to leading the team through our next phase of growth. With larger company audit reform taking shape and a return to form for our region’s manufacturing and services sectors, the market is opening up and providing additional opportunities for BDO.

“There’s been a real shift in business confidence with companies responding ambitiously to the upturn in the economy.  We want to continue to be at the very centre of those investment decisions for our clients in the mid-market, to advise them on the opportunities in both domestic and international markets and provide them with the best service around. I know we have a great team in place that can do exactly that.”

Mark Anslow added:  “Leading the team in Birmingham for the last seven years has been an honour, one filled with great experiences and great people.  It was a tough decision to make but now is the time for me to move on to a fresh challenge and I’m pleased to be able to pass over the reins to such as seasoned professional like Richard.

“With the support of a highly respected partnership and the dedication of the hugely talented people at BDO, I’m confident that Richard will continue to build upon the firm’s success in the Midlands.”

Barber Harrison & Platt (BHP), Yorkshire’s largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants, has announced the appointment of new tax partner Chris Humphreys.

BHP tax jobsChris joins BHP from BDO (formerly PKF) where he previously acted as Head of Tax for the Yorkshire region, and also Partner in Charge of the Sheffield office. Chris’ appointment follows the retirement of tax partner Peter Cross and forms part of the firm’s succession planning. In his new role at BHP Chris will provide advisory services that cover the full range of taxes.
Managing Partner John Warner said “We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the team. His experience of advising high net worth individuals and owner managed entrepreneurial businesses fits perfectly with BHP’s advisory ethos.”
Chris added “I am delighted to join BHP, which is growing throughout Yorkshire. The firm’s down to earth, straight forward approach supports my own focus on looking at tax issues with a commercial eye and explaining them in a way that takes the jargon out of complex tax legislation.”
Chris is based in the firm’s Sheffield office, but will be working to support clients throughout the region.

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Morgan Cole tax jobsMorgan Cole has made 2 promotions to the partnership, one of whom is James Greig.

James is head of the Firm’s Succession, Wills and Tax team in the Thames Valley. He handles all aspects of wills and tax planning for private and business clients and has a significant trusts and estates practice. James studied at King’s College London and Cambridge, and practised in London and Newbury before joining Morgan Cole’s Oxford office in 2007. He is a member of the Law Society’s Private Client Section and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

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