DFDL has announced that Jude Ocampo has been appointed Deputy Head of Regional Tax Practice Group, effective from 1 Nov. Jude is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
“This is a really important appointment as our tax offering continues to grow, we need a more rigorous approach to quality and training, and Jude’s role will also provide vital support as we continue to expand our tax practice across the region”, says Jack Sheehan, Partner and Head of the Tax BU.
Jude has over 12 years of tax and legal experience. Before joining DFDL in 2013 he was International Tax Director at EY Budapest and prior to that a Principal at KPMG in the Phillipines. He specializes in international tax services with focus on cross-border transactions, corporate restructuring, and foreign direct investments. He also deals with corporate and local business tax advisory services, corporate structures and licensing, as well as regulatory and tax compliance.
Jude holds a Bachelor of Laws (University of the Philippines College of Law), a Master of Laws (Harvard Law School, USA) and a Master of Business Administration (University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School) degrees. He speaks English and Filipino.
Williams Mullen has announced that experienced tax attorney Eugene W. Chianelli, Jr. has joined the firm as a Partner in the Tax Law section. He is based in the Raleigh office.
Mr. Chianelli has more than fifteen years of experience in taxation and business law, assisting private and public entities on state and federal tax policy, planning, and compliance. He has an extensive background advising in corporate and partnership taxation, estate and gift taxation, state income, franchise, and sales and use tax and general business law. He has advised corporate stakeholders and business management as well as state legislative leadership, policy makers, and interest groups on all matters of tax policy. In addition to his private law practice, Mr. Chianelli has served as Finance Counsel to the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives (now U.S. Senator) Thom Tillis, where he advised leaders at the highest levels of state government on state and federal taxation law and policy.
Mr. Chianelli currently serves as Chair of the Tax Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and has served on its Council since 2006. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in Campbell University’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, where he teaches a course in advanced income taxation to law and graduate business students in the school’s Master of Trust and Wealth Management program.
In addition, International tax attorney Anna K. Derewenda has joined the firm as a Partner in the Tax Law section. She will be working out of the Richmond office.
Ms. Derewenda has provided international tax consulting and planning services to a diverse group of corporate and pass-through entities within industries including private equity, real estate, financial and insurance services, retail, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals. She focuses on inbound and outbound international tax issues and can advise on the consequences of cross-border taxable and tax-free transactions. Her work has included matters on inclusion of income under Subpart F and passive foreign investment company rules, withholding obligations and reporting on payments of income and dispositions of U.S. real property interests, permanent establishment questions, application of international income tax treaties to transactions and others. Ms. Derewenda can offer informed tax counsel on corporate formation, reorganization, liquidations, and distributions as well as merger and acquisition transactions.
“With our clients increasingly looking to extend their business overseas, there is a need for attorneys whose knowledge extends across borders,” said Conrad Garcia, Chair of the Tax section at Williams Mullen. “Anna brings a background in international tax that will be especially valuable in today’s global economy.”
Reed Smith has announced the appointment of Simon Gough to its partnership. Simon joins the firm’s Tax, Benefits and Wealth Planning Group from DLA Piper, where he was a partner and a former head of UK Tax.
Praised in the legal directories for his “creativity and knowledge”, Simon’s practice is wide-ranging. He has a particular interest in structured and asset finance transactions and in various investment funds and structures, where he has a large client base including banks, fund promoters and media, transportation and financial services companies. Simon also advises on contentious tax matters.
Caspar Fox, head of Reed Smith’s European tax practice, commented:
“Simon is a renowned figure in the tax market. His welcome arrival will bolster our European offering, providing immediate benefits to our clients across our key sectors of media, financial services and shipping. His expertise will dovetail neatly with our current practice and provide valuable additional resource to our team.”
“I am delighted to be joining Reed Smith’s outstanding team. The firm’s practice and industry focus offers an excellent platform for my clients and I look forward to growing relationships across the firm.”
The Australian Government has announced four new appointments to the Board of Taxation.
Mr Michael Andrew has been appointed as Chair with Mrs Peggy Lau Flux, Mr Mark Pizzacalla and Mr Craig Yaxley appointed as members of the Board.
The Board of Taxation consists of up to 10 members and is a non-statutory advisory body charged with contributing a business and broader community perspective in improving the design of taxation laws and their operation.
Mr Michael Andrew brings a deep understanding of the business community and tax law from his time as Chairman and CEO of KPMG International from May 2011 to July 2014 and Chairman of KPMG Australia from 2007 to 2011. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Australian B20 Working group on Anti-Corruption and Transparency.
Mrs Peggy Lau Flux has experience working in corporate banking for Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, where she led initiatives such as the installation of the first electronic banking system in China. She has served on a number of boards, including the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Council for International Trade and Commerce of South Australia and the Australia China Council.
Mr Mark Pizzacalla has experience in small business tax issues, with over 30 years in practice. He is currently a Partner in BDO’s tax practice. He has also recently completed his PhD on the taxation of Small and Medium Enterprises in Australia. He is the former Chair of The Tax Institute’s National SME Sub-Committee.
Mr Craig Yaxley has business taxation experience, with over 30 years corporate tax experience in the mining and resources industry. He was appointed KPMG Western Australia Lead Tax Partner on 1 July 2013. He is an Executive Councillor of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies and Chair of the AMEC Tax Committee.
All appointments are for three years. These appointments follow the expiration of the terms of a number of current Board members.
Phillips Edison & Company has announced the appointment of Thomas L. Drake, CPA to the role of Vice President of Tax. In his new role, Mr. Drake will be responsible for leading all aspects of the tax functions for the organization.
Mr. Drake has over 30 years of accounting industry experience with a primary focus in tax services. For the past 11 years, he was with Columbia Sussex Corporation where he served most recently as the Vice President, Tax. Prior to his role at Columbia Sussex Corporation Mr. Drake was a Senior Tax Manager at KPMG, LLC and Ernst & Young, LLC.
“We are thrilled to have someone with Tom’s tremendous experience in tax join our leadership team. Tom’s expertise will serve as a great asset to Phillips Edison as we continue to grow,” said Devin Murphy, Principal and CFO at Phillips Edison.”
“Phillips Edison is a leader in the real estate industry and I am honored to join this team. I am excited to join such a fast growing and dynamic company,” Drake said.
Mr. Drake received his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is a Certified Public Accountant and active member of the American Institute of CPAs, Ohio Society of CPAs, and the Tax Executive Institute.
Phillips Edison & Company offers a complete range of retail solutions for investors and retailers. The Company has an operating platform designed to optimize property value and consistently deliver a great shopping experience. Phillips Edison provides retail services including development, redevelopment, leasing and management of retail centers. Established in 1991, the company’s portfolio currently includes a national footprint of retail properties. The Company has corporate offices in Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, New York City and Atlanta.
Ryan has announced that Gillian Holcomb, Jennifer Ivanelli, and Angela Perkins have been promoted to Vice President.
Gillian Holcomb joined Ryan in 2000 and is based in the Dallas, Texas office. She is responsible for operations within the Transaction Tax practice, which is Ryan’s largest tax practice area. She is a member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Marketing from Texas A&M University.
Jennifer Ivanelli joined Ryan in 2012 as part of the Firm’s acquisition of Thomson Reuters Property Tax Services business and is based in the Chicago, Illinois office. She is responsible for operations within the Property Tax practice, which is Ryan’s second largest tax practice area. She is a member of the Institute for Professionals in Taxation and the American Bar Association and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor degree from Chicago-Kent School of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. She is an attorney licensed in Illinois.
Angela Perkins joined Ryan in 1999 and is based in the Dallas, Texas office. She is responsible for Ryan’s Quality Assurance department and ensures that the Firm’s services and client engagements are consistently performed at the highest level possible. Prior to her role in Quality Assurance, Ms. Perkins spent seven years in Ryan’s Transaction Tax practice. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Economics from Texas Tech University.
Mark Fielden has joined Kingston Smith in London as a Tax Partner, effective December 2014.
Mark joins from Grant Thornton, where he held the title Tax Director. He had been with GT for just under 17 years.
His areas of focus include:
- Larger corporates and international tax services
- Tax efficient remuneration and profit extraction planning
- Fund, investment manager and portfolio company structuring
- Financial service industry tax issues
Mark is CTA qualified.
Julie Walsh, Managing Partner of Kingston Smith, said: “It’s great to welcome Mark to the tax team as we expand our services to clients in this area. Mark’s extensive experience in advising owner-managed businesses through to large corporate clients will complement that of our existing team and help further the development of our tax offering.”
Mark added: “I am delighted to be joining Kingston Smith’s tax team at this exciting time of growth. I look forward to helping clients succeed by providing them with technical and commercial advice on their business and tax issues.”
May, May & Merrimans and Lincoln’s Inn solicitors, Hunters, are to merge with effect from 1st April 2015. The combined firm will have 120 staff and a total of 530 years’ experience (Hunters was founded in 1715, and May, May & Merrimans, founded in 1786).
The firm will be known as Hunters, incorporating May, May & Merrimans, and the main office will be at 9 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn.
Hunters has practised from its 17th century premises in Lincoln’s Inn for almost 300 years, a mark of the firm’s stability and permanence. This continuity is reflected in the lasting service given to clients old and new. The firm concentrates on looking after its clients’ individual needs; a partner is personally responsible for every client. This special relationship, often built up over many years, is the bedrock of the practice.
Similarly, May, May & Merrimans’ approach is client-based, offering the personal attention of one partner to the client’s overall objectives, while calling on the expertise of specialist colleagues as required. Great importance is attached to establishing and maintaining long-term relationships with clients, and many clients have been with the firm for generations.
Richard Taylor, Senior Partner at May, May & Merrimans said:
“We believe our two firms to be an ideal fit in terms of focus, ethos and commitment to providing a high quality and cost effective service to clients. By joining forces we will produce one of the largest private client departments in the country, with the expertise and resources required to maintain the highest standards in what has become a very specialist area.”
Paul Almy, Senior Partner at Hunters said:
“It is our responsibility to keep evolving so that we continue to be a leading Lincoln’s Inn law firm for many generations to come. May, May & Merrimans have an exceptionally strong private client department and a very well established property practice. Their team will provide us with significant strength in depth ensuring that we continue to offer a comprehensive service to all of our clients.”