McDermott announced this week that Alysse McLoughlin has joined the Firm as a partner in its State and Local Tax group, resident in the New York office. In addition, the Firm welcomes Richard Call, formerly with Morrison Foerster, as Counsel in the same group in New York.
Ms. McLoughlin has broad experience advising clients on state and local tax issues, and particular skill working with financial services companies. Mr. Call focuses on state and local tax litigation before administrative and judicial bodies, at all levels and in multiple states, with respect to income, franchise, gross receipts, and sales and use taxes. Ms. McLoughlin, who practiced at McDermott from 1996 to 2006, returns to the Firm from Barclays, where she served as the company’s Head of State Tax for six years. In this role, she was responsible for all state taxes at Barclays, including income, franchise, sales and use, and excise tax issues. Her responsibilities included establishment of state tax return filing positions and reserves, participation in the financial statement process, and the handling of all state tax audits.
After her time with McDermott, Ms. McLoughlin worked at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as an attorney in the Chief Counsel division. After the IRS, she served as state tax counsel at Lehman Brothers in New York. Ms. McLoughlin joined Barclays Capital after Lehman filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September 2008.
Mr. Call has focused on state and local tax at large firms for several years. He is a frequent publisher on state and local tax issues and has spoken on state and local tax issues in multiple forums.
“We’re delighted that Alysse and Richard have both decided to join the Firm at this time, as we continue to strengthen our world-class team of state and local tax practitioners,” said Jane May (pictured), partner and head of McDermott’s State and Local Tax Practice Group. “Alysse’s in-depth experience both as a practitioner and head of the state tax department of a prominent financial institution will enable us to enhance the sophisticated service we provide to our clients. Rich’s experience will be particularly valuable to our clients as they consider business restructurings and the impact of new state legislation on their current business operations.”
Ms. McLoughlin is admitted to the New York State Bar. A graduate of Fordham University School of Law, she received her LL. M. from New York University School of Law and her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Binghamton. Mr. Call is admitted to the New York State Bar. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law. He received his LL. M. and B.A. from Brigham Young University.
Gabrielle McParlin has joined EY in the Manchester office as an Executive Director. Her role will be to lead the Firm’s tax controversy and risk management offering in the North West.
She joins from Deloitte, where she has worked for the past 13 years, leaving at Director grade.
Ryan has announced that Nigel Mellor has joined the management team as a Principal to lead the Firm’s continued international expansion throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. Mellor will drive the sustained growth of the Singaporean 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 region. He will be based in Ryan’s Singapore office.
Mr. Mellor has more than 20 years of international tax experience leading multinational teams supporting global corporations across every major industry sector and has been based in Singapore, Europe, and the United States. Prior to joining Ryan, he served as United States Value-Added Tax (VAT) Leader for Deloitte and also previously established and developed a VAT/GST team in Singapore, where he also led the Indirect Tax Service Line for the Asia-Pacific region.
“Ryan already provides tax services to leading global companies operating in Singapore, and the addition of Nigel Mellor 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. “The trust that Ryan has earned by delivering superior results for these multinational clients drives our commitment to rapidly expand our footprint across the Asia-Pacific region.”
“Nigel Mellor is a widely respected international tax professional, and his leadership will ensure that our global clients operating in the Asia-Pacific region have access to a more comprehensive suite of tax solutions for improving profitability and cash flow,” said G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. “We will continue to acquire the very best international tax talent to support our client demand in countries all over the world.”
Aparna Nathan and Marika Lemos, formerly of Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers, have joined the fast-growing specialist tax team at Devereux Chambers.
Aparna Nathan (called 1994, member of the Attorney General’s panel and a Chambers UK 2014 Top 100 Junior) undertakes all aspects of tax work, combining a high profile litigation practice with a strong advisory practice focusing on tax planning for high net worth individuals and commercial work.
Lord Howard of Henderskelfe (Deceased) v. HMRC;
Moyles & Others (Working Wheels Tax Avoidance) v. HMRC;
Chappell v. HMRC;
Berry v. HMRC;
Longborough Festival Opera v. CEC;
Wood v. Holden;
Laerstate v. HMRC;
Taylor and Haimendorf v. HMRC;
Skye Inns v. HMRC;
Bingham v. HMRC.
Marika Lemos (called 2002 and member of the Attorney General’s panel) specialises in all aspects of tax litigation (direct and indirect taxes) and advises on tax, focusing on private client tax and in the context of commercial litigation, trust and pensions disputes, Variation of Trust Act applications and professional negligence cases where tax is involved.
Some recent or notable cases in which she has appeared are:
Dalriada Trustees Limited v. David Alexander Faulds & others (2013) (with John Stephens: joined and substitution and application for permission to appeal in a case concerning trust issues and pensions and tax);
Dalriada Trustees Limited v. John Lawrence Woodward & others  EWHC 21626 (Ch) (with Alan Steinfeld QC and John Stephens: a commercial case concerning inter alia pensions and tax);
Quayle v. Rothman Pantall & Co (2012) (with Richard Boulton QC: a claim concerning negligent advice relation to the availability of taper relief, limitation, deliberate concealment, scope of duty, etc.);
The Right Honourable Clifton Hugh Lancelot de Verdon Baron Wrottesley v. HMRC (2012) (application to set aside information notices; application for closure notice of 10-year long enquiry into domicile);
Andrew Berry v. HMRC  UKUT 81 (with Aparna Nathan: concerning a tax avoidance scheme);
Société Royal Gardens et Compagnie & 138 Others v. The Mauritius Revenue Authority  UKPC 11 (with Philip Baker QC: concerning the Mauritian GAAR);
Chiniah v. The Commissioner of Income Tax (Mauritius)  UKPC 23 (with Philip Baker QC).
Commenting on Aparna Nathan’s and Marika Lemos’ arrival Timothy Brennan QC, the elected head of Devereux Chambers, said, ”Aparna and Marika add yet more strength to our junior members, particularly in what we offer in the areas of technical private client work and in litigation both in the tax tribunals and the Administrative Court.”
Speaking about joining Devereux Chambers, Aparna Nathan and Marika Lemos (both of whom are listed in Who’s Who Legal: Private Client 2014) said:
“We are tremendously excited about adding our Private Client and other tax expertise to the rapidly expanding specialist tax team at Devereux Chambers. We, together with our new colleagues, are very much looking forward to reinforcing Devereux Chambers’ position as the “go to” set for all areas of tax advice as well as litigation”.
The question on everyone’s lips is – is there anyone else at Gray’s Inn who is intending to leave ? The hiring over the past 12 months has been a significant coup for Devereux and Timothy Brennan personally.
Baker Tilly TFW has announced that Mr Loh Eng Kiat joined the Firm’s expanding tax team on 11 August 2014.
Eng Kiat will be admitted as a tax partner with effect from 1 September 2014 and will be an additional resource for the firm’s existing corporate and international tax capabilities.
Eng Kiat comes to Baker Tilly TFW with more than 10 years’ experience at PwC, providing corporate tax solutions (both compliance and advisory) to businesses from start-up companies to multinationals. His experience includes advising businesses involved in food & beverages, software offerings, semiconductor segments, commodities, lifestyle offerings, professional services, etc. He was formerly a senior manager at an international public accounting firm, where he delivered projects of diverse technical nature including compliance-based engagements, due diligence, post-deal restructuring, incentive negotiation, transfer pricing and supply chain modelling. He graduated from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore with a bachelor’s degree (first class honours) in accountancy.
“We are delighted to welcome Eng Kiat to the Baker TiIly TFW team,” said Managing Partner Mr Sim Guan Seng. “Eng Kiat is a highly versatile tax practitioner and brings a strong track record of providing corporate tax solutions (both compliance and advisory) to clients from a wide spectrum of industries. Eng Kiat’s appointment is a clear demonstration of our commitment to strengthen the firm’s service offerings and support the growing needs of our clients.”
Commenting on his appointment, Eng Kiat shared, “I am thrilled to be joining the Baker Tilly TFW team. The global (and to some extent, regional) tax environment is going through a significant flux and the market need for tax services will likely magnify and become more diverse. As a second tax partner together with Ms Boey Yoke Ping (the Tax Practice Leader) and the larger multi-disciplinary team led by Guan Seng, I look forward to augmenting our aspirations and capabilities to fulfil our clients’ needs for a more expansive range of tax services.”
Ewelina Stamblewska-Urbaniak has joined Taxand’s Polish firm, Crido from EY. Ewalina specialises in transfer pricing.
Her experience includes, intra-group transactions planning, planning and implementation of transfer pricing policies, business restructuring (transfer of functions) and determination of exit payments, pricing of sales of goods and services (including financial and intangibles transactions), profit allocation to permanent establishments, preparation of supporting documentation for intangible services with a view to defending the tax deductibility of costs, liaising with the tax authorities, as well as preparation and verification of transfer pricing documentation. Ewelina has advised companies in the transport, automotive, FMCG, financial intermediary and professional services sectors.
Ewelina graduated from Szko?a G?ówna Handlowa in Warsaw (Warsaw School of Economics). She also holds a diploma in international trade relations. Ewelina is a licenced tax advisor and member of the ACCA. She is an author of numerous publications on tax issues and speaker at tax workshops and conferences.
Her move from EY to Crido follows that of Roman Namyslowski, Head of VAT at Crido, which we reported in April 2014: http://www.taxgrotto.com/2014/04/02/taxand-in-poland-hires-roman-namyslowski-as-indirect-tax-partner/
Bingham sees yet more departures with tax partners Hartman Blanchard (pictured) and Bradford Whitehurst leaving.
There is a connection between the two, because they both came from McKee Nelson, which merged with Bingham in 2009. Interestingly, they have both moved in-house – perhaps a sign of frustration with the law firm model ?
Hartman is now Head of US Federal Tax Controversy (Exec Director) at Morgan Stanley, having joined the bank last month.
Brad has joined Energy Transfer in Dallas as Executive VP, Head of Tax. Energy Transfer is a Texas-based company that began in 1995 as a small intrastate natural gas pipeline operator and is now one of the largest and most diversified investment grade master limited partnerships in the United States. Brad sits within one of the 4 publicly traded partnerships, Energy Transfer Equity.
Other tax partners who have left Bingham recently include Matthew Schnall and Daniel Nelson.
Jersey Finance has appointed Robert Christensen as the new Chairman of its Board in succession to Jonathan White, as effective from June 2014.
Robert Christensen, who has had over 35 years of experience in trust and company management services within Jersey, has been the Managing Director of Volaw Group since 1988, having been a founding director of Volaw in 1982.
He was instrumental in the establishment of Jersey Finance and served as a non-executive Director for Jersey Finance from 2000 until 2008.
A member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners and holding the Trustee Diploma of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Robert has been a long established specialist in advising on trust, company and fund structures for corporate clients and is frequently called upon for his knowledge and expertise with real estate structuring and innovative Islamic finance transactions.
Jonathan White, who enjoyed a legal career spanning more than 20 years and was Group Chairman of Ogier until 2009 when he retired as a Managing Partner, has been Chairman of Jersey Finance since 2009 and was a board member before then.
Acknowledging the contribution of both in the development of Jersey Finance, Geoff Cook, CEO, Jersey Finance, commented:
“Jonathan’s contribution to Jersey Finance has been immense. As a senior figure from Jersey’s finance industry, he brought a wealth of first-hand experience to the role of Chairman and his advice has been invaluable. He has been a superb ambassador for the industry both at home and abroad during his tenure as Chairman and his wide ranging international contacts have been very beneficial as we have stepped up our international programme. We are extremely grateful for his time and his commitment to the role.
“I am delighted also to welcome Robert, whose international experience and specialist knowledge of the workings of the finance industry have already been appreciated by us for many years through his membership of the Board. There are few in the finance industry that has given more to the development of Jersey Finance than Robert and I am delighted that he has agreed to follow on from Jonathan as Chairman.”