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EY USA announces raft of senior external tax hires

On March 25, 2015, in EY, by Chris Bale

EY USA continues to strengthen its tax practice in 2015 with several external appointments at partner and exec director levels:

Hiromi Ikuta joins Ernst & Young LLP as a partner in the National Tax Department for Japanese Business Services in New York. Previously a Partner with Deloitte (where she worked for over 16 years), she has provided tax services to large Japanese multinational companies. Whilst at Deloitte Hiroma was the FATCA Japan Leader and established the US Tax Desk to provide tax consulting and compliance services in Japan.

David DiFusco joins EY’s Banking and Capital Markets group in New York as an executive director. Most recently, he was the Global Head of Tax with MSCI for four years. He earned that position after 20 years with major professional services firms, including 10 years at Deloitte where he became a Managing Director.

boston tax jobsCatherine Honey brings to EY’s Human Capital Performance Improvement practice a strong focus on global payroll consulting, having been a partner at Wipro and Mercer Consulting, a senior consultant at Watson Wyatt Worldwide, and practice manager for the Hunter Group. Most recently, Honey was with Radius/High Street Partners, managing delivery of HR, payroll, finance and accounting services. She joins EY as an executive director based in Boston.

Bethany Stanley comes to Global Compliance and Reporting group at EY and will be based in Los Angeles. Stanley joins from BDO USA, LLP where she served for 10 years, bringing extensive experience with ASC 740.

 Tampa tax jobsAnnette King joins EY’s National Tax Department in the Indirect Tax/Affordable Care Act practice as an executive director based in Tampa. She has more than 20 years of experience with health benefits and retirement plans and will be working with clients to help them become ACA compliant. Previously, King worked in Benefits at Bloomin’ Brands and as a Director of both Benefits and Human Resources for Starbucks Coffee Company.

Trang Scott comes to EY’s National Tax Department – International Tax Services from Procter & Gamble. With P&G for 18 years, her most recent role was Regional Tax Director in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was responsible for tax operations in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to joining Procter & Gamble, Trang had 14 years of experience in international accounting firms working in the US and Asia.  Trang is an executive director based in Houston.

Jackie Taylor joins EY Tax’s HR Performance Improvement practice in New York. Her 15+ years’ experience in HR and Technology include leading the evaluation and optimization of global HR processes and technologies in an effort to align with organizational goals. She comes to EY from PVH Corp where she was a Senior Director of Global HR Systems. Jackie has a wealth of experience in industry as well as consulting having worked as Managing Director of Global Operations & Strategy for Sapien LLC as well as running NJ Workforce contracts for ACS State & Local Solutions. Jackie P Taylor is also the recipient of NJBiz’ 2015 Best 50 Women in Business Award as well as the 2015 Outstanding Women in Somerset Award for her leadership in Information Technology.

Thomas H. Young has joined McDermott Will & Emery as a partner in its U.S. and International Tax Practice Group, resident in the Chicago office.

Mr. Young was previously a senior manager of international tax at KPMG LLP, where he specialized in complex corporate transactions. He has also practised tax law at another international law firm. His experience with outbound consulting includes advising U.S. public multinationals and private equity portfolio companies on a broad range of international tax matters, such as structuring foreign acquisitions, internal restructurings, out-from-under planning, and check-the-box loss planning. Other outbound topics Mr. Young focuses on include repatriation, cross-border financing, foreign tax credit utilization, IP planning, supply chain planning, and various Subpart F and PFIC matters, as well as general corporate tax matters.

Mr. Young has also advised a wide variety of clients, from public and private enterprises to sovereign funds, on a range of inbound U.S. tax matters, such as structuring U.S. acquisitions and dispositions, cross-border financing, qualification for treaty benefits, the foreign government exemption, internal restructurings, investing in private equity and hedge funds, FIRPTA, IP planning, and permanent establishment issues.

Mr. Young is also experienced in the areas of private equity, mergers and acquisitions, IRS rulings, securities and finance, and corporate restructuring and bankruptcy.

“We are delighted to welcome Tom to the Firm,” said Lowell D. Yoder, partner and head of McDermott’s U.S. & International Tax Practice Group. “Our clients face increasingly complex tax challenges and they turn to us for guidance and solutions on a global basis. Tom brings a wealth of valuable knowledge and experience dealing with just such sophisticated tax issues. He will enhance our ability to deliver strategic tax advice and practical solutions to our clients across industries and around the globe.”

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private client partner jobsMcDermott Will & Emery has announced that Leigh-Alexandra Basha has joined the Firm as a partner based in Washington, D.C. in the Private Client Practice Group.

With the addition of Ms. Basha, the Firm will establish a Private Client practice in the nation’s capital with Ms. Basha as the head of the practice in that office. Ms. Basha formerly chaired Holland & Knight’s International Private Client Practice for the past decade. She was recently elected to Council of the International Bar Association’s Legal Practice Division and is past Chair of the IBA’s Individual Tax and Private Client Committee.

Ms. Basha focuses her practice on domestic and foreign estate and tax planning. She counsels an affluent international client base on a wide range of sophisticated matters, including estate and trust administration, family wealth preservation, tax compliance, business succession planning, expatriation and pre-immigration planning.

“We are delighted to welcome Leigh to the firm, and are very pleased that she will lead our private client team in our Washington office,” said Carol Harrington, partner and global head of McDermott’s Private Client Practice Group. “We searched for many years to find the right person to establish and lead our private client presence in Washington, one of the country’s leading centers for international private client work. Leigh is recognized as one of the best international private client lawyers in the nation, and her strong ties in both Washington and Europe will further enhance McDermott’s reputation as one of the premiere law firms for international private client matters.”

McDermott’s Private Client Practice is widely recognized as the top practice in the United States and attracts leading private client attorneys here and abroad. Its International Private Client Group has grown steadily over the years, with lawyers working on international private client matters in London, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Palo Alto. Most recently, McDermott added Jean-Marc Tirard, one of the best known private client lawyers in France, as a partner in the Firm’s London office.

Henry Christensen, head of McDermott’s International Private Client Group, added, “I am delighted that Leigh is bringing her many talents and vast expertise in global tax and estate planning to the Firm. She is a highly-respected and extremely well-known figure in the private client community. Leigh and I have worked together on projects over the years, and I couldn’t be more pleased. I look forward to working closely with Leigh over the next years as we together grow the international private client practice.”

Ms. Basha explained, “I found the opportunity irresistible to practice with Terry Christensen, Read Moore, and Carlyn McCaffrey, as well as others in the firm, as I work to expand my international practice on this outstanding platform. I very much look forward to this opportunity.”

transfer pricing jobsAlison Hughes has left KPMG’s Tax Value Chain Group to move in-house. She joined GSK in Brentford in March as TP Director.

Alison was a Senior Manager with KPMG and had worked with the Firm for the past 13 years. She sat in the newly formed Tax Value Chain Group based in London. Her role involved advising multi-national businesses how to manage the impact of multiple taxes on changes to their international business models, with the additional overlay of managing legal documentation and systems/process changes.

Alison started her career with EY but also spent just under 2 years with HMRC where she advised on CFC reform.

Dell loses its Global Head of TP to CBRE

On March 19, 2015, in CBRE, Dell, by Chris Bale

Head of Transfer Pricing JobsMichael Orlando has resigned from Dell to join CBRE as VP of Transfer Pricing.

Mr Orlando has worked in industry since 2002, when he left Arthur Andersen to join Nortel Networks as International Tax Manager. In 2004 he moved from tax to transfer pricing and was Global Director of TP for Nortel until 2011, when he joined Dell.

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) provides globally integrated commercial real estate and investment services that transform real estate into real advantage.

A Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, the Company has approximately 44,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate owners, investors and occupiers through approximately 350 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide.

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Deloitte Australia has announced that its Deloitte Private practice will join forces with leading Melbourne firm, GMK Partners (GMK), the latest in a series of strategic transactions to expand the capacity of the Big Four professional services firm in the private clients market.

As part of a growth strategy, which continues apace under recently appointed CEO Cindy Hook, 12 GMK Directors and 75 staff have been invited to join the firm’s Melbourne Deloitte Private team.

GMK Partners, the largest boutique provider of chartered accounting services to the high-net-worth sector in Melbourne, is the firm of choice for many of Melbourne’s most eminent private and family businesses, investors and professionals, in particular from the medical and legal fields.

Deloitte Private Client Jobs“We were particularly attracted to GMK’s strong business advisory skills as well as their tax, superannuation and audit capabilities,” said Sneza Pelusi Deloitte Private Managing Partner.

Sneza Pelusi believes technological innovations are changing the face of professional services and cannot be ignored.

“Cloud technologies give savvy business owners the ability to access their live and up-to-the-moment financial information from anywhere at any time and on any device,” she said.

“This ability to provide business owners with a real-time view of their financial performance has the potential to change the way they think about their business and, in particular, the timeliness with which they can make decisions to optimize performance.”

“The launch of Deloitte Private Connect, our cloud-based offering that combines shared ledger accounting with automated bookkeeping, benchmarking, an online portal and many other digital technologies has been a transformational investment for Deloitte Private. It continues to revolutionise the way we work with our clients.”

Deloitte CEO Cindy Hook believes it is an exciting time of transition for many of Australia’s great family businesses and large private companies.

“We are seeing accounting, tax advisory, succession planning and business restructuring services in great demand in this important part of the Australian economy,” she said.

“Deloitte is committed to helping our clients leverage new technologies to grow their businesses and better structure their affairs. I know the leaders of GMK are equally passionate about helping their clients through this period of change.”

Joining forces with GMK in Melbourne will increase the Deloitte Private group to 120 partners and 1100 staff nationally and create what Deloitte believes is a dominant market position in the private clients sector in Australia.

“This transaction continues the growth momentum of Deloitte Private, with Moore Stephens Sydney West joining our Deloitte Private business in Western Sydney in 2014, followed later that year by market leading Perth-based firm, KD Johns & Co, joining our Deloitte Private team in Perth and the consulting and cloud advisory team from The Lonsdale Group in February this year,” Cindy said.

Kevin Slomoi, a director of GMK, said: “Joining Deloitte Private will expand the multidisciplinary services our team can access to serve our loyal client base, such as new and innovative cloud based technology as well as the intellectual property and deep experience within Deloitte’s broader practice areas such as specialist tax advice and M&A advisory.”

“Our people will be able to access the benefits of being part of the global Deloitte network, an innovative firm focused on developing new products and services, which will provide them with increased opportunities for career development.”

head of tax jobsMarsh & McLennan Companies has announced that Dina Shapiro has been appointed Vice President, Head of Tax, reporting to Marsh & McLennan Companies Chief Financial Officer Mike Bischoff, effective March 30, 2015.

Ms. Shapiro will be based at Marsh & McLennan Companies’ corporate headquarters in New York City.

In this role, Ms. Shapiro will be responsible for financial reporting, project planning and development, global tax compliance, tax treatment of continuing operations, tax examinations, budgeting, and business planning. Ms. Shapiro will also advise the Executive Committee, Audit and Finance Committees, and the Board of Directors on tax-related issues.

Ms. Shapiro joins Marsh & McLennan from American Express, where she was Senior Vice President, Tax, with responsibility for tax planning, exposure management, tax compliance, and accounting since 2012. In that role, Ms. Shapiro additionally provided guidance on tax legislative and regulatory matters and business support with respect to all forms of income and non-income taxes. Ms. Shapiro joined American Express in 2010 as Head of International Tax.

“I am delighted to welcome Dina to Marsh & McLennan,” said Mr. Bischoff. “With her deep and wide-ranging tax experience, she will be an excellent addition to our leadership team.”

Prior to American Express, from 2006 to 2010, Ms. Shapiro served as Chief Tax Officer for GMAC, where she oversaw the tax department team comprising more than 60 professionals in six locations covering all GMAC businesses globally, including auto finance, mortgage operations, and structured finance. Prior to GMAC, Ms. Shapiro spent 11 years at Citigroup where she held numerous senior roles, including Senior International Tax Counsel and Deputy Head of Tax.

Ms. Shapiro received her undergraduate degree from State University at Binghamton, her law degree from Fordham University, and her LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

EY announced today that Sean Hailey, former Tax Advisor to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, has re-joined Ernst & Young LLP as a partner with the firm’s National Tax Department – International Tax Services in Washington, DC.

As a Tax Advisor with the House Committee on Ways and Means, Hailey helped formulate international tax policy and draft tax reform proposals primarily focusing on moving the U.S. international tax system to a territorial tax system.

“Sean’s extensive and wide-ranging knowledge of complex tax reform provisions relating to International Tax will be particularly valuable to our clients who need to prepare and plan for the development of new international tax standards,” said Michael Mundaca, co-director of the firm’s National Tax Department.  “He has spent his career focused on the practical application and effects of the international tax rules, both in government and in the private sector, and that experience will be invaluable to our clients.”

Prior to his seven years with the House Committee on Ways and Means, Hailey spent four years with the International Tax group of Ernst & Young LLP in the Northeast region. In that role he focused on advising U.S. multinational clients on domestic and foreign taxation issues as well as strategic transactions, including acquisition structuring and financing structures.

Hailey earned his Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Taxation from Fordham University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The College of the Holy Cross.

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