Armanino LLP, the largest independent accounting and business consulting firm based in California, has announced the appointment of Gerry Clancy as tax partner, effective immediately.
Gerry’s practice areas include tax planning and preparation of corporation, s-corporation, partnership, individual, trust and estate tax returns. Gerry also performs general business advisory and strategic planning services for clients assisting them with entity selection and structure, structuring mergers and acquisitions and he also represents clients before federal and state taxing authorities.
“Gerry’s experience with integrated financial solutions fits perfectly with our vision of deploying a full basket of accounting and consulting solutions for our clients,” said Andy Armanino, managing partner of Armanino. “His two decades of knowledge in business advisory, tax planning and compliance brings an understanding of the needs and issues faced by the CFO organization.”
Before joining Armanino, Gerry served as a partner at Comyns Smith McCleary & Deaver LLP, where he advised clients on entity selection, tax planning, compliance and mergers and acquisitions. He also held various tax and audit roles at Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Gerry received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Polytechnic State University and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, California Society of CPAs and the Surety & Fidelity Association of America.
Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of 21 of its lawyers worldwide to partner. The appointments take effect January 1, 2015 and include 2 female tax attorneys.
The new partners are:
Carolina M. Bottino, Tax Transactions & Consulting, Tauil & Chequer, Rio de Janeiro
Ms. Bottino focuses her practice on taxation and civil law matters. She advises international oil and gas companies in their operations in Brazil on tax matters, especially regarding expatriates, individual taxation, immigration, labor and social security related issues. She also advises clients on customs and foreign trade matters involving special customs regimes.
Erin G. Gladney, Tax Controversy, New York
Ms. Gladney represents clients in significant federal tax controversies, including during audit, in administrative appeals and before federal courts. Her controversy experience includes economic substance, substance-over-form and transfer pricing issues. She also participates in the firm’s pro bono efforts and has represented individuals in federal district courts in both Illinois and New York.
25 November 2014: Correction
I forgot to mention in my original article that a 3rd female tax partner was also promoted: Kristin Mikolaitis, Tax Controversy, New York
Ms. Mikolaitis represents taxpayers at all stages of federal tax controversies, including during audit, in administrative appeals and before federal courts. Her controversy experience includes corporate tax matters involving international tax and transfer pricing, substance-over-form disputes, economic substance issues and financial and leasing transactions. Her litigation experience includes trial work in the United States Court of Federal Claims, as well as matters in the United States Tax Court and various United States Courts of Appeals.
TaxChambers LLP has hired Professor Vern Krishna, renowned legal scholar to continue his practice as Of Counsel with the firm’s Toronto office. Krishna was a former Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada and currently serves as a Commissioner of the Ontario Securities Commission.
“Professor Krishna brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that perfectly complements our core focus on providing high quality, sophisticated tax advice to our clients,” said TaxChambers’ partner Sunita Doobay.
Listed in the Lexpert Directory of Best Lawyers in Canada, Professor Krishna is a prolific writer who has authored some fifteen texts in tax, international tax, and business law. His work is often cited by the Supreme Court of Canada, Canada’s highest court.
“I am pleased to be associated with a firm of enterprising tax lawyers who are dedicated to serving their clients and who have the highest professional standards,” Professor Krishna stated.
TaxChambers LLP is a boutique tax law firm located in the heart of Toronto’s business district. The partners at TaxChambers LLP advise and represent clients from Canada and internationally in all areas of Canadian and U.S. tax law.
Based in Auckland, Mr Milne has been a partner for 17 years. He has most recently led the national Tax and Private division of the firm, as well as being on the firm’s senior executive team.
As chairman, Mr Milne will lead the Deloitte Board and be responsible for the governance of the firm.
“I’m honoured to be appointed to the role and I’m looking forward to leading the board as it works with management to continue building on Deloitte’s recent momentum in the market,” says Mr Milne.
Outgoing Deloitte chairman Murray Jack says the appointment was straightforward.
“Ross is a highly respected partner who has held several senior management roles as well as having previously been on the Deloitte Board. His experience, that most recently also includes being actively involved in the development of firm strategy, makes him an excellent choice for chairman at this time,” says Mr Jack.
Although stepping down as chairman, Mr Jack will continue his work with clients as a senior consulting partner based in Deloitte’s Wellington office.
“It’s been a privilege to serve as the firm’s chairman during a period where we’ve enjoyed very strong growth and market recognition,” says Mr Jack.
“It’s an exciting time for Deloitte as we continue to position ourselves for further growth.”
Bill Page has returned to his native UK.
He has been based in the London office since September, working as a Senior Adviser for African Projects.
Bill is a highly regarded energy tax professional with extensive leadership experience gained in Central Asia and Africa. He was a tax partner with Ernst & Young in Kazakhstan before joining Deloitte Kazakhstan in 2002, where he led the tax & legal practice.
In 2004 he moved to Deloitte Russia to lead the oil & gas group and in 2009 he relocated to Deloitte East Africa region, shifting his focus to energy and resources industries.
Experienced tax partner, Paul Falvey, has joined BDO’s Bristol office.
Paul has worked in tax since 1992, when he started with Deloitte. He was a partner with Grant Thornton for many years before joining Baker Tilly in 2009. He started with BDO in September.
In terms of experience, he advises businesses and their owners on all aspects of tax. He has particular experience in advising on the tax implications of business transactions such as acquisitions and disposals, mergers and demergers and shareholder exit planning.
Many of his clients are involved in international business.
EY announced today that Ray Beeman, formerly tax reform advisor to Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp, has joined Ernst & Young LLP as a principal in the National Tax Department and will serve as one of the leaders in its Washington Council-EY (WCEY) practice in Washington, DC.
As Tax Counsel and Special Advisor for Tax Reform, Beeman developed discussion drafts related to international tax, financial products and pass-throughs, and coordinated tax reform hearings and working groups. He helped prepare The Tax Reform Act of 2014 released by Chairman Camp in February.
“Ray’s experience with tax policy discussions span his tenure with the House and previous years with the Joint Committee on Taxation, earning him a reputation for focusing on the broad issues the US faces in order to compete globally,” said Kate Barton, EY Americas Vice Chair of Tax Services. “He has also helped businesses to understand the impact of tax changes and the need to engage and provide their perspective on issues related to tax policy and administration.”
Prior to joining the Ways and Means Committee staff, Beeman was a partner with Venable LLP from 2005 to 2011. Previous to that, Beeman spent four years on the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, where he focused on federal tax legislation and policy.
Earlier in his career, Beeman worked in the firm’s National Tax financial services industry group. He has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center since 2005 and has lectured extensively and authored several articles.
Beeman earned his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law, his Master of Laws in Taxation from Boston University and Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Graham advises private and institutional clients on the establishment, re-organisation and administration of Cayman and BVI trusts and trust structures, including STAR and VISTA trusts, private trust companies, commercial trust arrangements and charitable trusts. Graham also advises generally on wills and estate planning matters, probate and resealing applications, and the administration of complex estates.
Graham was formerly with Appleby in the Cayman Islands, and prior to that he worked for Burges Salmon in Bristol, specialising in tax and trusts, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London, where he trained. Graham graduated with first class honours from Bristol University (LLB), and holds a Bachelor of Civil Law degree and doctorate from the University of Oxford.
Graham was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2005 (now non-practising), as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands in 2010 and as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI) in 2013.