Jonathan Thompson joins the Ernst & Young LLP Financial Services Organization located in New York as a principal focusing on Transfer Pricing. Jonathan has joined from EY Hong Kong where he was a partner.
He started his career with EY in the UK in 2002 and has over 13 years of financial services transfer pricing experience in London, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.
Dan White joins the Ernst & Young LLP Transaction Tax practice in Chicago as a principal focusing on corporate and partnership tax issues in mergers and acquisitions. White is co-author of the Wolters Kluwer CCH Treatise Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders.
Previously, White was a partner in the M&A tax practice at Bryan Cave LLP and served as a commissioner for the Lambert Airport Commission.
PKF Littlejohn has appointed Catherine Heyes as a Partner with effect from 1st August 2016. Her promotion brings the total number of tax partners and directors in the growing firm to 8 and the total number of partners in the firm to 36.
Catherine joined PKF Littlejohn as a Senior Tax Manager in April 2014. She works with colleagues across the firm to provide clients with holistic advice and solutions in order to resolve problems and present opportunities relevant to their particular circumstances. Her advisory expertise includes employee share schemes, exit strategies, restructuring and R&D claims, both in a UK and international context.
Catherine works with clients in a variety of sectors including insurance broking, technology and hospitality, and range from family owned SME’s to large international groups.
Commenting on the promotion, Chris Riley, head of tax at PKF Littlejohn, said “Businesses face a time of much change and increasing scrutiny. Multinational businesses with entities in the UK and EU will inevitably face new challenges and uncertainties, but also potential opportunities in relation to taxation and cross border transactions in the coming years as the effects of Brexit and ongoing changes to international tax protocols (BEPS) become better understood and made law.”
“Since she joined the firm, Catherine has consistently demonstrated a depth of expertise to assist clients with these and wider issues, both in respect of taxation matters, but also the wider commercial consequences. We will continue to invest in talent like hers to help our clients manage risk and develop opportunities.”
Carmine Papa, PKF Littlejohn’s Managing Partner, said “This is an exciting time for the firm as we continue to grow and Catherine’s promotion positions us well to continue to respond to our clients’ needs.”
Baker & McKenzie has announced that Alex Chadwick has been appointed Managing Partner of the London office. The term is for three years, effective from 1 September 2016.
Alex, a Tax partner, joined Baker & McKenzie as a trainee in 1990 and made partner in 1999. He currently heads the Firm’s Tax Practice Group in London and also sits on Baker & McKenzie’s Europe Tax Transactions Steering Committee.
Alex will succeed Paul Rawlinson who was recently elected as Global Chairman, Baker & McKenzie and will take office in October 2016 when Eduardo Leite steps down.
Commenting on his new appointment Alex said: “I am delighted to take up the role of London Managing Partner upon Paul’s election to Global Chairman. Throughout my career working with clients both in the UK and elsewhere, the importance of London as a key financial and business centre has been paramount.
“Following the result of the recent Referendum, I look forward to ensuring that the London office continues to advise and guide our clients through what will be challenging and exciting unchartered waters.”
Lexmark International has recruited Philippe Verclytte as the new global leader for all indirect taxes. Philippe will be responsible for driving tax compliance and consulting, as well as audits and control issues up to court.
Commenting to Tax Grotto, Philippe said “This new role is a great opportunity to engage myself in a new challenge with this very well-known American brand.”
Philippe is a tax lawyer by training and has always specialised in VAT and Customs work. Earlier in his career he spent several years with Taj and Landwell in France. Most recently he was General Manager with ITX Lab, a boutique consultancy firm.
Lexmark International is a global technology leader creating enterprise software, hardware and services that remove the inefficiencies of information silos and disconnected processes. Philippe will be based from the Geneva office.
RSM US has announced that Duncan Stocks has joined the firm as leader of its value-added tax (VAT) national specialty service line, an important service for RSM’s globally active clients. Stocks joins RSM US from fellow member firm RSM UK and will be based in the Chicago office.
“We are excited to welcome Duncan to the RSM US team,” said Jerry Martin, national leader of international tax services at RSM. “Enhancing and expanding our global VAT practice in the US means that our clients will benefit from our expanded consulting capabilities that will help their businesses succeed. With Duncan joining us from our fellow RSM UK member firm, he will be able to ‘hit the ground running’ and continue to build and strengthen relationships with our clients around the globe.”
“I’m looking forward to helping lead this strategic growth area of our tax practice for the benefit of our clients,” said Stocks. “RSM will be able to proactively identify and deliver trusted advice to help our clients make the right decisions for their business.”
Stocks has more than 25 years of global VAT consulting experience, and most recently led one of RSM UK’s VAT teams. In his new role, Stocks and the VAT team will pursue global opportunities along four main avenues, including VAT efficient supply chains, enterprise resource planning (ERP) system reviews and configurations, global compliance and corporate transactions.
Quiroz has more than 20 years of public accounting and management consulting experience. He specializes in enhancing the operational effectiveness of corporate tax functions, and focuses on tax accounting and compliance process improvement – as well as tax sensitization of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. He also boasts experience implementing new tax processes and technology to deal with ongoing legislative and regulatory changes. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Quiroz spent more than 10 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he served as management consulting director and leader in the firm’s financial services advisory practice.
“Mark brings to Grant Thornton a combination of proven leadership skills, vast knowledge of corporate tax functions, and a strong understanding of our growth-oriented clients’ needs,” said Vince Tomkinson, Grant Thornton’s Chicago office managing partner. “Having a professional of Mark’s caliber join the Grant Thornton team will be a real value to our clients, not just in this region, but nationally as well.”
“Mark has established himself as a thought leader in tax function optimization and his arrival adds proven punch to our capabilities,” said Renato Zanichelli, national managing partner of Grant Thornton’s TARAS practice.
Quiroz is a certified public accountant in Illinois and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is also a project management professional (PMP) and certified Six Sigma Green Belt. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University.
Ivins, Phillips & Barker, Chartered, the corporate tax and employee benefits law firm, has announced that Harry L. (“Hank”) Gutman has joined the firm as Of Counsel, effective July 1, 2016. Mr. Gutman, former Chief of Staff of the United States Congress Joint Committee on Taxation, joins the firm’s corporate tax group and will lead the firm’s Federal Tax Policy Group.
“Hank’s reputation as one of Washington’s preeminent tax lawyers precedes him, and his unrivaled familiarity with tax policy and the Washington tax landscape adds a dimension to the practice that will be invaluable to our clients as they plan for their future in this era of tax uncertainty and potential reform” commented Ivins partner, Les Schneider. Rosina Barker, a partner in the Ivins employee benefits group noted that “Hank allows us to give clients what they need – actionable Washington intelligence and insight tailored to their specific facts.”
Mr. Gutman has had a distinguished legal career. He started practice in Boston, but was soon called to Washington to serve in the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Tax Policy from 1977 to 1980, first as an Attorney-Adviser and then as Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel. While at Treasury, Mr. Gutman received the U.S. Treasury’s prestigious Exceptional Service Award. He then turned his sights to academia, teaching tax law full-time to aspiring attorneys at the University of Virginia and University of Pennsylvania. In 1991, however, Mr. Gutman was again called to public service, to serve as Chief of Staff of the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. In that role, Mr. Gutman served as the key non-partisan adviser to the fiscal committees of each branch of the U.S. Congress. Following this service, Mr. Gutman again returned to private practice and, in 1999, was asked to join KPMG’s Washington National Tax practice. At KPMG, he served for more than fifteen years as Principal-in-Charge of the firm’s Tax Legislative and Regulatory Services group and as Director of the KPMG Tax Governance Institute. Mr. Gutman left KPMG in 2015.
Throughout his years in private practice, Mr. Gutman has counseled major multinational corporations on various implications of tax legislative change. He has also represented clients in legislative and administrative matters before Congress, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service. He has delivered over 1,000 presentations to corporate boards, audit committees, C-Suite executives, financial executives, Chief Tax Officers and corporate tax departments, on diverse topics associated with U.S. federal income taxation. Recent presentation topics have focused on international and domestic legislative activity relating to the taxation of business income, the tax legislative process, the economic effects and policy implications of alternative methods of taxing business income, and the implications of international efforts to curb base erosion (e.g., BEPS).
Regarding Mr. Gutman’s decision to join Ivins, he said
“I am delighted to join the superb lawyers at Ivins and augment the firm’s existing world-class tax practice with a practical policy component. The synergies of our combined experiences create an unmatched ability to assist clients in understanding, navigating and influencing the ever-changing tax legislative landscape.”
Mr. Gutman has served as Chairman of the Tax Policy and Government Relations Committees of the American Bar Association’s Tax Section, and has been a member of the Board of Advisors of the NYU/IRS Continuing Legal Education Program and the NYU Federal Tax Institute Advisory Board. He is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and was a trustee of the American Tax Policy Institute. He is a Life Member of the American Law Institute (ALI) and has served as Reporter for the ALI Generation-Skipping Tax Project. Mr. Gutman earned his undergraduate degree cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, a B.A. degree in Jurisprudence from University College, Oxford University and his LL.B. cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Eline Polak has joined Mazars in Amsterdam as a tax partner .
Following a 10 year career in the judiciary she will now focus on further strengthening the Mazars VAT and customs practice.
Eline started her career in 1993 with KPMG, working as a VAT and customs specialist. From 1996 to 2005 she worked as a tax lawyer for, amongst others, Baker & McKenzie, where she advised on matters of national and international VAT and customs.
In 2005 Eline was appointed a judge of the Tax and Customs Division of the Haarlem District Court. Mid 2010 she moved to the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal. Since January 2015 she was appointed a Justice of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal, handling VAT and customs cases.
She will remain with the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal as a Deputy Justice.