Matt Smith, who currently leads Deloitte’s tax depreciation team in Scotland and the North, has been made a partner.
Mr Smith is based in the Edinburgh office and has been with Deloitte since 2009. Prior to this he worked at KPMG for 10 years, having initially trained as a Surveyor with Crosher & James.
Pan-African law firm, Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group, has appointed Patricia Williams as partner in its Sandton Tax Practice to strengthen its tax dispute resolution offering.
Williams specialises in tax-related dispute resolution although her expertise extends to providing tax structuring advice within the context of mergers and acquisitions, including transactions in the private equity fund industry. Her accounting qualifications enable her to assist with financial modelling and pricing calculations in complex transactions. She also has extensive experience in tax due diligences, where her knowledge of accountancy and law gives her a unique advantage.
Prior to joining the firm, Williams built a solid reputation as a tax dispute specialist while she was heading up Webber Wentzel’s Tax Dispute Resolution Practice. She also spent several years in Deloitte’s Tax Practice and some time with SARS.
Chairman and senior partner, Robert Legh, says, “We are very pleased to welcome Patricia to our team. We see significant potential for growth within the specialist field of tax dispute resolution – both locally and internationally – due to the current economic climate as well as the changing way in which tax authorities and society in general perceive tax planning and tax avoidance. Patricia’s expertise will also supplement our general tax offering and enable us to expand our tax due diligence capacity.”
Gareth Pritchard has been promoted to tax partner at Deloitte UK.
Mr Pritchard is an indirect tax specialist and leads the Deloitte Indirect Tax practice in the South West & Wales, the Firm’s national manufacturing industry group, the EMEA Indirect Tax Aerospace & Defence industry team as well as the UK Law Firm VAT advisory practice.
His role will involve managing a team of 18 indirect tax specialists.
Mr Pritchard trained with PwC before joining Deloitte in June 2005. He is a Chartered Tax Advisor.
Mr. Jefferson VanderWolk has been appointed Head of the Tax Treaty, Transfer Pricing & Financial Transactions Division in the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. He will take up his duties in early July 2016.
In this capacity, Mr. VanderWolk will support the Director in CTPA’s contribution to the strategic objectives of the Secretary-General in the area of taxation, leading and providing strategic direction to the Directorate’s work on tax treaties, transfer pricing and financial transactions. He will play a key role in the ongoing work on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). He will work closely with other parts of the Organisation in the development and implementation of horizontal projects and corporate initiatives, and on strategies to advance the implementation and global impact of the OECD tax work, including through increased engagement with key partners.
Mr. VanderWolk has been Executive Director at Ernst & Young in Washington since 2013, where his work focused on legislative and regulatory developments in the areas of corporate and international taxation. From 2011 to 2013, Mr VanderWolk served as International Tax Counsel to the US Senate Finance Committee. He has also held positions as Special Counsel at the US IRS Office of Chief Counsel, Associate Professor of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong, Managing Director at Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong where he was Head of Tax for the Asia Pacific Region, and as Partner at Baker & McKenzie and Deloitte.
Mr. VanderWolk, a US and UK national, holds a degree in English from Boston University and the American University in Cairo and a Law Degree from Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (UK) and a member of the Academic Committee for the CIOT’s Advanced Diploma in International Taxation.
Martin Williams joins the Ernst & Young LLP Transaction Tax practice in New York as a partner. He comes to EY from Alvarez & Marsal Taxand where he was a managing director of M&A Tax for the past 10 years. Prior to joining A&M, Williams was with the Mergers and Acquisitions tax practice of PwC. He had also worked in Deloitte’s banking and securities tax practice and spent several years with the financial services audit practice of KPMG.
Robert Zalucki moves from EY West Africa (Lagos) to the US National Tax Department of EY as an executive director in Connecticut for the Global Compliance & Reporting practice. He had been a tax partner in Nigeria since 2014. Robert spent 22 of his 32-year career with General Electric Co as global tax director for GE Aviation and executive tax director for GE International. Before joining GE, Robert was in private tax legal practice with Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston.
Chuck Beel joins Ernst & Young LLP in New York as a tax partner in Global Compliance and Reporting. He has more than 30 years of experience serving US and offshore real estate clients. Chuck’s work is focused on the global coordination of asset acquisitions and dispositions, as well as compliance with federal, state, local and foreign tax reporting requirements.
Dante DeWitt joins the National Tax Department of Ernst & Young LLP as a principal located in Chicago responsible for tax technology. He comes from Gravitas where he was the global head of technology. He has worked as a lead technology and information officer since 1995, primarily for financial services companies such as Wells Fargo Bank, BMO Harris, Bank of America, Hambrecht & Quist, and JPMorgan.
Hans Peter Christensen joined the NKT Group on 1st June as Global Head of Tax.
Hans Peter trained with SKAT (the Danish Tax Administration) before moving to Vestas in 2006, where he built up a Global Tax Department.
In his new role his responsibilities will be:
• Direct and Indirect Tax & Transfer Pricing
• Re-building a centralized Global Tax department
• Defining a comprehensive Tax & Transfer Pricing strategy for the Group
• Building a standardized tax reporting model
NKT is a industrial conglomerate with businesses specializing in professional cleaning equipment (Nilfisk), power cables (NKT Cables) and high-tech photonic products (NKTPhotonics). In total, NKT’s businesses are present in more than 100 countries and employ approx. 8,950 employees.
Stijn Janssen has joined Withers to set up their Middle East tax advisory office in Dubai (DIFC). The Dubai office will focus on international tax advisory services and private client tax services.
Commenting on his new role to Chris Bale, Editor of Tax Grotto, Stijn said:
“I believe the time is right for a firm of Withers’ calibre to make an entrance to the Middle Eastern market. I very much look forward to developing the Withers brand in the region and to build an international tax practice of the highest standards, serving corporates, private clients and governments, and be part of the reputable and fast expanding international tax practice of the firm.”
Stijn joins from EY Dubai where he was a Tax Partner and MENA Leader for Private Client Services since 2013. Prior to this his career was spent with Loyens & Loeff in Amsterdam, Tokyo and Dubai. From 2008 to 2013 he was the Local Managing Partner for Loyens & Loeff’s Dubai office.
Timothy Ryan will be the new chairman of PwC US with effect from 1 July and he recently announced on Linkedin his new leadership team.
Roy Weathers will be PwC’s new tax leader for the US Firm.
Mr Weathers is currently the NY Metro Regional Tax Partner and is a member of the PwC Extended US Tax leadership team. He has more than 23 years’ experience serving multinational clients in the Financial Services industry, providing a full range of tax services, focused principally on money center and investment banks.
He has managed a number of global tax teams around the world on engagements at large financial institutions. and Roy is currently the Tax lead partner on several of the firm’s larger clients.
Previously he served as the Chief Diversity Officer for the US with a focus on advising the Senior Partner on diversity strategy for the firm.