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Kingston Smith has announced the promotion of Andrew ConKingston Smith Tax Partner Jobsstable (ACA, CTA) to Tax Partner, effective 1 May 2016.

Andrew focuses predominantly on SME businesses and their owners but also has significant experience in advising large corporates and private individuals. He has worked with businesses and individuals across a variety of sectors and has a particularly keen eye for tax issues that affect the professional firms, property and inward investment sectors.

Martin Muirhead, Senior Partner at Kingston Smith comments, “We’re delighted to announce Andrew’s promotion. He joined the firm in 2004 as a trainee and has subsequently made his mark over the past 12 years as his career developed, first in general practice and later specialising in tax. We are delighted that he has joined the partnership and look forward to all he brings to the firm. ”


Alex LawrieAlex Lawrie, well known for having led tax in several recruitment firms, has joined Nebula Partners to lead their FS Tax offering. Alex has over 16 years’ experience, successfully executing on mandates for tax appointments from manager to head of tax, across professional services and in-house. 

Managing Partner, Iain Lorriman, said “Alex fits our model, bringing in knowledge and experience. It’s a pleasure to work with her again.”

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Head of Tax at IG GroupFinancial spread betting firm, IG Group, has recruited Hazel Cruickshanks as Head of Tax. She started in her new role in May 2016.

Hazel will be responsible for IG’s tax affairs globally and will report into the Head of Finance, David Horsley, who joined in August 2015. They both trained at PwC.

Ms Cruickshanks has a very strong commercial tax background, having moved into industry in 1999, as soon as she qualified with PwC. Her initial experience was with Diageo, BP and Wood Group, before joining Maersk Line in 2014. Her most recent role at Maersk was Head of Business and Technical Tax.

Windes promotes Guy Nicio to Partner

On May 10, 2016, in Windes, Windes McClaughry, by Chris Bale

Windes tax jobsWindes has announced the appointment of Guy Nicio as partner in its Tax & Accounting Services Practice.

Nicio joined Windes in 1998. His professional experience is in tax planning and consulting for mid-size and small businesses, as well as tax compliance for corporations, partnerships, and individuals.

“This is a well-deserved promotion for Guy,” says John Di Carlo, managing partner. “He is dedicated to continuous development of his expertise and has made significant contributions to the growth of our firm. Guy was the recipient of our firm’s 2009 Excellence Awards for Customer Service and has been an instrumental leader in enhancing our firm’s culture.”

Nicio serves clients in a wide variety of industries including real estate, construction, manufacturing, professional services, healthcare, and restaurants, along with high-net-worth individuals.

Nicio spent two years of his undergraduate college career at UCLA studying economics and remains a Bruin at heart. He ultimately received a bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Phoenix and a master of science in taxation from Golden Gate University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA). Nicio is also the new moderator for the Long Beach Chapter of Bruin Professionals. In the community, he volunteers at various local charities, is a recurring volunteer at the Long Beach Marathon, has served as Treasurer of his local PTA, and annually supports an orphanage in the Philippines.

Thompson & Knight LLP today announced the addition of J. Dean Hinderliter as a Partner in the Tax Practice Group of the Firm’s Dallas office.

“Dean’s more than 25 years of corporate and partnership tax expertise further strengthens our nationally recognized tax practice,” said John R. Cohn, Thompson & Knight’s Tax Practice Leader. “He has advised Fortune 100 clients on numerous tax issues and has assisted small businesses on many unique issues. We look forward to partnering with Dean and leveraging his knowledge to continue to meet clients’ needs.”

Mr. Hinderliter focuses his practice on a wide range of tax matters, including all the tax aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, private equity investments, public offerings, tax-free reorganizations, leveraged buyouts, the formation of joint ventures, and S corporation issues. His practice also concentrates on tax advisory work for partnerships, private equity funds, hedge funds, and limited liability companies. His transaction planning practice includes special knowledge in taxation of natural resources and partnership and corporate transactions involving the petroleum industry as well as unique tax issues facing the mortgage industry and Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduits (REMICs). Mr. Hinderliter also advises financially troubled and bankrupt companies as well as tax-exempt organizations and private foundations.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Hinderliter was a Partner at Locke Lord LLP in Dallas.

Goodwin Procter has announced today that Heiko Penndorf will join the firm’s Tax Practice as a Frankfurt-based partner. Goodwin’s Frankfurt office opened in January 2016 with four partners and has since grown to a dozen lawyers focused on real estate capital markets, private equity, related financing and M&A work.

“Driven by domestic and cross-border client demand, Goodwin Frankfurt has grown significantly since launching just a few months ago,” said David Evans, Chair of Goodwin’s London office. “Heiko’s deep understanding of European tax perfectly complements Goodwin’s current real estate and private equity offering in Germany, as we continue to build out our team in line with our clients’ needs. We are delighted to welcome Heiko to the Goodwin partnership.” 

Penndorf brings to Goodwin Frankfurt extensive experience advising on domestic and international tax aspects of M&A, private equity, real estate and financing transactions. He counsels clients across a broad a range of industries on tax matters relating to executive compensation as well as loan portfolio and securitization transactions.

Penndorf will join Goodwin from Ashurst’s Frankfurt office, where he was a partner, following the completion of his notice period. He is admitted to practice in all German District Courts, Regional Courts and Higher Regional Courts. A certified tax advisor, Penndorf received his undergraduate degree and law degree from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University.

FATCA jobsTara Ferris has joined EY’s New York office as a principal in the Information Reporting and Withholding (IRW) practice of FSO.  

Tara will focus on advising large financial institutions on information reporting related matters, including but not limited to FATCA, Section 871(m), Section 305(c), Qualified Intermediary issues and Common Reporting Standard.

Tara served with the Internal Revenue Service for over 4 years, most recently as Senior Counsel with the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International) where she was a principal draftsperson of FATCA regulations, notices, and forms, chapters 3 and 61 coordination regulations, FFI Agreement, QI Agreement, and WP/WT Agreement. In this role, Ferris also contributed to the drafting of the withholding aspects of the regulation under section 871(m) and FATCA Model 1 and Model 2 Intergovernmental Agreements.  She contributed to the anticipated refund regulations for chapters 3 and 4 and the revised QI Agreement which is expected to modify the compliance requirements for QIs and provide detailed requirements for QDDs under section 871(m).  She represented IRS in the negotiation of select Intergovernmental Agreements.

She also served as an Advisor on Automatic Exchange of Information at the OECD where she provided advice on creating synergies between the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) and FATCA, and contributed to the CRS Implementation Handbook and FAQs. In 2013, she was named to the Global Tax 50 of influential tax professionals by International Tax Review.


simmons simmons tax partner jobsSimmons & Simmons has announced its partner promotions for 2016, which includes tax lawyer Hatice Ismail.

Hatice advises on all aspects of corporate tax, including M&A, corporate, restructuring, structured finance, cross-border and real estate transactions and the UK taxation of non-resident companies. She also advises on the taxation of traditional and alternative investment funds, stamp taxes and VAT. She predominantly advises clients in the asset management and investment funds, banking and private equity sectors.

Recent Work

  • advising a large number of clients, many of them asset managers, in relation to “FATCA” and the UK equivalent regime
  • acting for Chenavari Investment Managers on the establishment of a Luxembourg trading platform which is their first hedge fund to invest in European commercial real estate debt and preferred equity
  • acting on a number of real estate financing transactions, include for LaSalle, a mezzanine lender, in relation to the refinancing of property portfolio of Access Self Storage, the UK’s third largest self-storage operator
  • acting for SunEdison, one of the world’s leading solar energy businesses, in relation to the acquisition, development and sale of solar projects in the UK, with a total deal Value of £72m
  • advising Euro Lights Private Limited (an affiliate of GIC Real Estate Pte Ltd) on its participation in the underwriting of a rights issue by British Land Company PLC, to raise approximately £740m
  • advising a number of large European and US asset managers on fund restructurings, the UK offshore fund rules, UK investment manager exemption, tax efficient investment structures and other tax issues.

Hatice joined Simmons & Simmons as a trainee in 2003 and qualified into the corporate tax department in 2005.

She participates in the Alternative Investment Management Association’s Tax Committee and is a member of its FATCA Automatic Exchange of Information working group.

Hatice completed a part-time six month secondment to the Alternative Investment Management Association at the end of June 2011.