Todd Koransky has been named partner at Williams Benator & Libby, LLP, Russell Bedford’s member firm in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Todd 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.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin has appointed partner Anne Quenedey and her team to the Tax department in Paris.
Anne’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.
Chris 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.
Morgan 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.
The Jersey office of offshore law firm, Appleby, has announced that Marc Guillaume has become the Jersey Head of its Private Client & Trusts Group with effect from 1 April 2014.
Marc has worked as a Jersey Advocate for over 15 years and has been at Appleby since 2009. He takes over from Naomi Rive who recently left Appleby to join Coutts in Jersey as Chief Trust Officer.
Global Head of the Private Client & Trusts sector, Carlos de Serpa Pimentel said “I am very much looking forward to working with Marc and the team under his stewardship as we continue to develop our Private Client and Trusts business in Jersey. I wish him all the best in his new role.”
Jersey Office Managing Partner, Mike Cushing, added “Private client and trusts services are an essential part of our business in Jersey and, with Marc’s support, we are looking to develop and grow our presence in this sector. This includes actively recruiting talent to further strengthen our team.”
Marc’s expertise covers both contentious and non-contentious trust law and his clients include high net worth individuals, their private offices, international private banks and trust companies. He has a wealth of experience, acting for a wide range of settlors and beneficiaries as well as for professional and individual trustees. He also has considerable knowledge in the establishment, operation and restructuring of all types of offshore arrangements for private clients.
He has contributed to a number of publications, He co-authored ‘A Foundation Stone for Continental Investors’, an article written on the then recently introduced Foundations (Jersey) Law 2009, which appeared in the October 2008 edition of The Jersey and Guernsey Law Review, and more recently has contributed articles on the development of case law on foundations and various tax issues to a number of publications including the 2014 Journal of International Tax, Trust and Corporate Planning.
Grant Thornton LLP has named Kullen Birkeland, 53, as office managing partner of its Southern California practice, effective Aug. 1, 2014. He will oversee the growth and operations of the Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego offices.
Birkeland most recently served as the firm’s West region Tax practice leader, and also previously served as the leader of the Southern California and the Minneapolis Tax practices. He will succeed Jacqueline Akerblom, who has served as the office managing partner of the firm’s Southern California practice since 2012 and will continue to serve as the West region managing partner.
“Kullen has played a key role in driving the strategy and leading the growth of Grant Thornton’s West region Tax practice for the past two years,” said Akerblom. “We’re confident that his extensive knowledge of tax issues combined with his strong leadership skills and experience will be integral to the continued growth and success of our Southern California practice.”
Birkeland is a seasoned tax practitioner with more than 25 years of public accounting and industry tax experience. He has assisted clients in solving many complex tax and business issues, including the tax structuring of mergers and acquisitions, foreign tax planning, state and local tax minimization, and accounting methods. He has directed delivery of tax services for several private and public companies.
A certified public accountant in California and Minnesota, Birkeland is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California and Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves on the boards of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach and American Red Cross Los Angeles Region.
Birkeland received a master’s degree in taxation and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.
Roman Namyslowski has joined Crido Taxand in Warsaw to lead the Firm’s indirect tax practice. He joins from EY where he was an Associate Director.
Roman started his tax career in 1997 with Arthur Andersen, moving to EY in 2003. His fellow tax partners at Crido all followed this route as well.
Roman is a co-author of Poland’s first commentary on European Value Added Tax law, the author and co-editor of a commentary to Directive 2006/112, one of the most frequently-cited commentaries by Polish administrative courts concerning compliance of Polish regulations with European law as well as the author and co-editor of the definitive commentary on the VAT Directive from the perspective of Polish regulations and their compliance with EU law. He is also the author and co-editor of a commentary to the most extensive amendments to the VAT Act in effect since 1 January 2014, which was published in January 2013.