James Tetley Tax RSMRSM has appointed James Tetley as a tax partner based in its Southampton office.

James joins RSM having spent the past 10 years in the Southampton market place, advising owner managed, private equity backed and larger listed businesses on a range of matters including efficient tax structuring of groups, international expansion and capital expenditure projects. 

James has particular expertise in providing practical, commercial advice on tax incentives for innovation, including R&D tax credits where he has advised companies across the country in making claims in excess of £100m in the past two years. He also sits on HMRC’s R&D consultative committee, a steering group involving members of HMRC, HM Treasury and other stakeholders.

John Taylor, RSM’s office managing partner in Southampton said: ‘I am delighted that James has joined RSM. He brings a huge amount of valuable experience and local knowledge which will help us further strengthen our tax offering to clients across the region.’

Gilbert + Tobin has announced the appointment of a new partner, Muhunthan Kanagaratnam, to lead its tax team.

Muhunthan joins the firm after a nine year period as a Tax Partner with Deloitte, specialising in mergers and acquisitions transactions.  Muhunthan helped rebuild Deloitte’s M&A Tax practice in Sydney, before building its M&A Tax and International Tax practice in Brisbane.  He was previously also a founding member of the Gilbert + Tobin tax team.

Muhunthan will be involved in structuring transactions and fundraisings at an early stage and working as part of the broader Gilbert + Tobin transactional team.  He is also keen to grow Gilbert + Tobin’s tax controversy and policy work.

Gilbert + Tobin Managing Partner Danny Gilbert is delighted to welcome someone of Muhunthan’s calibre back to the firm.

“Muhunthan has an exceptional reputation, is highly regarded by the clients he works with and brings a wealth of experience in transactions.  He will be a terrific addition to our already formidable tax presence.”

Muhunthan is pleased by his return to Gilbert + Tobin.  “It is exciting to be shaping the future of the tax practice of such a dynamic and driven firm, with the freedom and support needed to succeed.”

Rob Popovitch Andersen TaxAndersen Tax has announced the addition of Rob Popovitch as Managing Director in the Dallas, Texas Office. Rob will be joining the Private Client Service Group. Prior to joining Andersen Tax, Rob was a Managing Director at Deloitte, serving as the North Texas practice leader of private wealth tax. Rob has significant experience in providing wealth planning services to ultra-high net worth clients, acting as a lead tax advisor to large family offices and designing multi-generational wealth transfer plans.

Rob has over 25 years of experience working with estate professionals including tax law, trusts, structuring, and planning. He has extensive experience working with business clients in buy/sell agreements, business valuation, estate and gift tax and asset protection.

“We are excited for Rob to be a part of the Private Client Service team here in Dallas,” said Dallas Office Managing Director, Ralph Pike. “Rob’s technical expertise and his extensive knowledge of wealth plans will add a significant amount of value to our office.”

“Offering outstanding client service continues to be the top priority of the firm, and with the addition of Rob, the Dallas office will add yet another resource that our clients can rely on,” said CEO, Mark Vorsatz. “Rob’s experience and dedication to his clients make him a natural fit for team.”

Rob received his Bachelor of Arts in business from Rhodes College, a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance from Southern Methodist University and a law degree from the University of Memphis.

Alex Foster Tax RSMRSM has appointed private client specialist Alex Foster as a tax partner based in its Guildford office.

Alex, who was previously at EY in London, is a chartered tax adviser and a member of STEP with more than seventeen years’ experience within the private client industry.

Alex specialises in dealing with High Net Worth individuals including UK resident and non-UK domiciliaries and their offshore structures. She also has particular expertise in advising principals of private equity firms.

In her career to date Alex has been heavily involved in business development activity, and has built an extensive network of contacts both in the UK as well as Jersey and Guernsey.

Gary Heynes, RSM Head of Private Client said,

‘I am delighted that Alex has joined RSM as another significant addition to the private client partner group. Her experience makes her a great addition to our private client offering in the south of England and within the wider UK firm.’

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Ryan has announced that Eugene Choi has joined the management team as a Principal to lead the Firm’s continued international expansion throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Choi will drive the sustained growth of the Asia-Pacific practice and direct the delivery of goods and services tax (GST) recovery, advisory, and compliance solutions, as well as an integrated suite of comprehensive international tax and technology solutions to multinational clients operating in the Asia-Pacific area. He will be based in Ryan’s Sydney, Australia office.

Mr. Choi brings to Ryan a keen understanding of the specific services that global and regional indirect tax functions need to realize financial value for their organizations. He has nearly two decades of global indirect tax experience leading multinational teams supporting international financial institutions, including providing transactional and structuring advice across corporate, financial services, and every major industry sector. Prior to joining Ryan, he was a Division Director, Global Head of Indirect Tax at Macquarie Group, responsible for transactional advice and reporting obligations across multiple jurisdictions, leading a large global team of indirect tax specialists. Prior to that, he was a tax partner in a large global law firm.

“Ryan already provides tax services to many of the leading companies operating in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, and the addition of Eugene Choi will provide experienced leadership to drive our continued growth in this emerging market,” said Brendan F. Moore, Ryan President of Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America Operations. “Ryan continues to build a stellar reputation by delivering superior financial results for a premier portfolio of global corporations, including 94% of companies that comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average.”

“Eugene Choi is a highly respected international tax professional, and his leadership will ensure that our global clients operating in the Asia-Pacific region have access to a proven suite of comprehensive tax solutions that will positively impact their profitability and cash flow,” said G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. “We are committed to acquiring the very best international tax talent to support our client demand in countries across the globe.”

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Stephen Curtis PwC Transfer PricingPwC has appointed Stephen Curtis as Transfer Pricing Principal to its Denver office.

Stephen has more than 17 years’ experience in the Transfer Pricing field, and provides TP analytics services, technology and economic solutions for clients for a wide variety of clients. He joins PwC after spending three years running Cross Border Analytics, Inc.

Prior to 2013, he developed a successful career at EY in New York, where he left as the Lead Technical Economist. Specialising in Transfer Pricing analysis for multinational enterprises, Stephen guided Fortune 500 clients through issues related to intercompany services, intellectual property, controversy and more.

He joined PwC in October.

The move was facilitated by Oleg Rak, Partner and Head of International Tax at Wilkinson Partners, a London-based executive search firm.


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Steven Blacker KPMGChris Hearld, the North Region Chairman and Leeds Office Senior Partner at KPMG, has announced a number of new partner promotions.

These promotions include Steve Blacker, who co-leads the Innovation Reliefs and Incentives practice in the UK, advising businesses on government sponsored R&D related reliefs.

Mr Blacker joined KPMG in January 2015 from Deloitte, where he had spent the previous 15 years. He is CTA and FCA qualified and is based from the Leeds office.

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alexander-vannPure Search has announced the addition of Alexander Vann to their Tax business, where he will lead the People Services & Human Capital practice.

Alexander has established himself as a market leader and developed a network of trusted contacts within this area, and has been behind many of the most notable moves in this space:

  • Head of Employment & Expatriate Tax: Global Media Company
  • EMEA Lead – Global Mobility: Top 5 Oil and Gas Firm
  • Executive Director of Employee Taxes: US Bank
  • Global Head of Deferred Compensation: APAC Headquartered Bank

Ewen Burns, Managing Director at Pure Search, comments, ‘We are delighted to welcome Alexander on board; his breadth of knowledge and understanding of the market is excellent and he brings an extremely strong network built up over many years.  I am very much looking forward to working with him and taking our market leading Tax practice to new heights.’

Alexander specialises in recruiting mid-senior to ‘Head of’ level Expatriate & Employment Tax, Mobility and Reward professionals. He operates on a search and selection basis across Commerce & Industry, Financial Services and Private Practice. In addition to recruiting into established Tax and HR teams, Alex has also set-up first time in-house functionality for a number of businesses.

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