Arnas Laurynas Transfer PricingQuantera Global has announced its expansion into the UK market.

The new practice will be headed by Arnas Laurynas, Executive Director, Quantera Global UK, who brings to the role more than 10 years’ experience, gained in the UK, the Netherlands, and Eastern Europe.

“We are pleased to welcome Arnas and his expertise to Quantera Global”, says Theo Elshof, Managing Director, Quantera Global. “With his knowledge and know-how, we are all the better equipped to provide specialised, local support to our clients operating in the UK, as well as on a global level.”

Arnas has a distinctively international background with expertise in a broad range of transfer pricing and value chain transformation projects, with a particular focus on M&A, private equity and funds transfer pricing. Prior to joining Quantera Global, he spent over 3 years as transfer pricing specialist with the PwC Deals Tax team in London.

“I am hugely looking forward to becoming a member of the Quantera Global family, and having the opportunity to build on the achievements of the existing transfer pricing practice from our London office,” said Arnas.

“I believe that an independent advisory firm, with local offices and a global presence, is best positioned to provide organisations operating in the UK with the immediate and pragmatic transfer pricing support they require.”

Joe Dettmann, Ph.D., joins Ernst & Young LLP’s People Advisory Services as a principal located in the firm’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, office. Joe focuses on delivering leading talent management research, analytics and practices to clients. He was previously a Consulting Director at Willis Towers Watson.

Martin Milner joins the Ernst & Young LLP National Tax Department in Washington, D.C., as a principal in International Tax Services. He was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery since 2012, prior to which he worked at Mayer Brown for five years. He spent a year with PwC in 2006 after starting his career at Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC.

Jay Wright joins the Ernst & Young LLP National Tax Department in New York as a partner in the Tax Accounting and Risk Advisory Services practice. Prior to joining EY, Jay spent more than 11 years at PwC where he most recently served as a Tax Director providing tax consulting services to a broad base of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 multinational corporations to emerging growth companies, across multiple industries, including technology, media and entertainment and retail and consumer. Jay received his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Delaware and is a CPA licensed to practice in the state of New York.

Matt Prescott joins Ernst & Young LLP’s Central Region as a tax partner in Columbus, Ohio, specializing in Global Compliance and Reporting. He was previously the Director of Global Tax Accounting and Domestic Operations at Abercrombie & Fitch for three years, prior to which held several positions at PwC including Director. 

Jenny Oku returns to Ernst & Young LLP’s Global Compliance & Reporting in Los Angeles as an executive director and will be working primarily with private equity clients. Oku had been with EY since 1999 before taking a position as a tax senior manager at RKE LLP in 2016. She has extensive experience in real estate and partnership taxation and with financial services and private equity clients.

Abe Hadad joins Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department in Stamford, CT, as an executive director for International Tax Services focusing on tax technology. Previously, he was the partner and lead application architect at software consultant Coral Fire, and a technical manager at Merrill Lynch for 12 years. Hadad also worked as an engineer at Unilever and Kraft Food. 

Neil Masand joins EY as an executive director in People Advisory Services in New York, focused on talent management solutions for financial services organizations. For the past five years, Masand was a Director at PwC. His 19 year career includes HR leadership for Barclay’s, Citigroup and The Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

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Mimi Song joined CrossBorder Solutions on 1st March 2017 as Vice President of Professional Services, having previously worked for the company between 2003 and 2007 (and then a further year at Thomson Tax & Accounting, post acquisition).

Most recently Ms Song was Head of Transfer Pricing at The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, where she has worked since 2009. Prior to that she was VP at Duff & Phelps.

In her new role Mimi will be responsible for supporting the transfer pricing documentation requirements of multinational clients. Commenting on her appointment to TaxGrotto, Mimi said:

“I am very excited to have the opportunity to leverage my experience and perspective to help taxpayers safeguard against the growing global transfer pricing threat and administrative burdens of compliance through a lower cost alternative that leverages the power of technology.”


Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) today announced the appointment of Corporate Tax Partner Mark Brailsford. An expert in finance tax, he will be tasked with growing BLP’s tax advisory capability in the finance arena.

Mark will join the firm in May 2017 and be based in the London office. Currently at Osborne Clarke and previously UK Head of Tax at A&O, his specialism is complex international mandates advising clients on the tax elements of structured finance, securitisations, capital markets and derivatives.  During his long career, Mark has worked with financial institutions, funds and corporates, advising issuers, managers and trustees in relation to the tax aspects of international transactions. His appointment will enhance BLP’s breadth of expertise to clients with global interests.

Elizabeth Bradley, Head of Tax, BLP, commented: “Mark has an excellent reputation in the market and will bolster our already strong tax team. Tax is an integral part of honouring our commitment to provide all BLP clients with exceptional personal service and commercial advantage. Mark’s appointment will help us meet that promise by further expanding the breadth of services to clients, especially those within the finance sector and further demonstrates our global aspirations and capabilities.”

BLP’s is the largest and broadest tax practice in the City. The global team spans London, Germany, Moscow, Asia and the Middle East, and excels in delivering corporate tax advice on big ticket transactions, as well as wealth management advice to an increasing range of international private clients.

Jim Jones joins Weaver’s tax practice in Houston

On March 3, 2017, in Weaver, by Chris Bale

Weaver, the largest independent accounting firm in the Southwest with nine offices across the United States, has announced that Jim Jones, JD joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner in tax and strategic business services, and Rebekah Reeder, CPA was promoted to assurance partner in the Fort Worth office.

“We are pleased to have Jim in our tax practice and are proud that Rebekah was promoted to audit partner. For each of their defined regions and service lines, they demonstrate their extensive experience and leadership abilities,” said John Mackel, Weaver’s managing partner and CEO. “They both contribute strengths to help drive the firm’s growth in these areas to the next level.”

Jim Jones joins Weaver with more than 20 years of public accounting tax experience including corporate restructurings, tax compliance and corporate tax planning. He has worked with companies in the oilfield services, telecommunications, midstream energy services and retail, manufacturing and distribution industries. Jones is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

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Richard Nugent TaxJones Day has announced that Richard Nugent has joined the Firm’s Tax Practice as a partner, and will be based in its New York Office.

A transactional lawyer with deep experience in the tax implications of public and private mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs, Mr. Nugent also counsels debtors, creditors, and potential acquirers of financially troubled companies both within and outside bankruptcy proceedings.

“Richard’s successful track record will make him a fine addition to our already strong practice,” said Edward T. Kennedy, who co-leads Jones Day’s Tax Practice. “He has advised very high-profile clients on the ramifications of many types of transactions and counseled them regarding the most appropriate options for deal structuring. His experience will benefit Jones Day clients not just in New York, but throughout the world.”

Mr. Nugent has also advised clients on cross-border tax strategies, financings, and other capital markets activities, partnership and other joint venture arrangements, real estate transactions, and tax controversies.

“Richard is joining a practice that consistently is called upon by lawyers throughout Jones Day to advise on the tax implications and consequences of domestic and multinational transactions,” said Wesley R. Johnson Jr., Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s New York Office. “He brings us experience that will be of great benefit to clients served by our M&A, Private Equity, and other practices. We are very pleased to have him and look forward to his contributions.”

Mr. Nugent is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Tax Section for which he has co-authored several reports and letters and is a member of the Tax Forum. He was recognized in the Domestic Tax category for 2015-2016 by The Legal 500 and in Super Lawyers (New York-Metro) for 2011-2016, and was named to the Turnarounds & Workouts annual list of Bankruptcy Tax Specialists from 2011 to 2016.

Mr. Nugent is a regular speaker at the Practising Law Institute on Pass-Through Corporations and Publicly Traded Partnerships, and has written a number of published articles on U.S. tax policy.

With its singular tradition and widely recognized record of client service, Jones Day provides formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions through the seamless collaboration of a true partnership that shares fundamental professional values. Spread across five continents, Jones Day has more than 2,500 lawyers in 44 offices located in major centers of business and finance around the world.

Mindy Herzfeld joins Ivins

On February 28, 2017, in Ivins, by Chris Bale

Ivins, Phillips & Barker has announced that Mindy Herzfeld has joined its corporate and international tax groups, located in the firm’s Washington D.C. office. Ms. Herzfeld has significant experience advising public and private companies on corporate and international tax matters.

“I’ve admired Mindy’s columns in Tax Notes for years, and I’m delighted to have her as part of the Ivins corporate and international tax team,” said corporate tax partner Larry Axelrod.  Ivins Managing Partner Eric Fox commented that “Mindy’s background and expertise make her a perfect fit for Ivins’ practice, and she’ll be a tremendous resource in advising our large domestic and multinational clients, including on the impact of U.S. tax reform.”

Immediately prior to joining Ivins, Ms. Herzfeld was Contributing Editor to Tax Notes International where she has written more than 150 articles on international tax policy developments and cross-border transactions. She has also written extensively on U.S. tax reform efforts.  Her articles have been quoted extensively in academic and government publications.

Prior to joining Tax Analysts (publisher of Tax Notes International), Ms. Herzfeld practiced in the international tax group of a Big 4 accounting firm in both its New York and National Tax offices.  She provided transactional advice to U.S. and foreign multinational corporations, private equity funds, venture capital funds and individuals on a broad range of cross-border tax issues. She has structured acquisitions, joint ventures, and dispositions including spin-offs and has led complex cross-border restructuring projects. Ms. Herzfeld has also conducted reviews for due diligence and audit purposes of companies’ financial statement tax positions. She has served as lead international tax advisor for both public and private clients and investment funds.

Ms. Herzfeld started her career at Weil, Gotshal and Manges in New York City and has also worked as in-house tax counsel at a Fortune 50 company.  Ms. Herzfeld holds a B.A. in history from Barnard College, a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an editor on the Yale Law Journal and an LL.M. in Taxation (with distinction) from Georgetown University Law Center. She clerked for Judge I. Leo Glasser of the Eastern District of New York.

In addition to joining Ivins’ Washington D.C. office, Ms. Herzfeld has been appointed Professor of Tax Practice and Director of the LL.M. In International Tax program at the University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law beginning in Fall 2017.

The arrival of Ms. Herzfeld continues Ivins’ expansion of its tax-related legal services teams.  In 2016, Larry Axelrod joined the firm’s corporate tax group, Hank Gutman joined the firm as head of its tax policy practice, and Jamie Brown rejoined the firm’s tax controversy practice. Earlier in February 2017, Steve Witmer rejoined the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice.

Webber Wentzel Tax JobsCraig Miller, an M&A tax specialist, has resigned from the PwC partnership and will be joining Webber Wentzel as a tax director in March.

Mr Miller advises on blue chip M&A transactions and corporate re-organisation transactions. He also counsels clients on the tax-efficient structuring of in and outbound investment opportunities.

Prior to joining PwC Mr Miller led EY’s African Transaction Tax practice.