Chris Bowers has left Bingham McCutchen to join Skadden Arps.
He advises clients on all aspects of international tax planning and controversy, representing many of the largest U.S. and international financial institutions, as well as large, multinational companies. He focuses on issues arising in cross-border financings, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and foreign tax credit planning.
Before joining Skadden in 2014, he was a partner at Bingham McCutchen. Prior to that, he was a partner in the International Corporate Services Group at KPMG LLP’s Washington National Tax Office. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bowers clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and the Hon. Pamela Ann Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Bowers is listed as one of the country’s leading tax practitioners in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He also has been included in The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 U.S. and International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers.
Mr. Bowers has co-authored numerous articles on a wide range of international topics that have been published in leading tax journals, including Tax Management International Journal, Tax Notes and Tax Notes International. He also is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches international taxation, and served as an adjunct professor of law for corporate taxation at the George Mason University School of Law in 2004.
Ernst & Young LLP announced today that Richard McAlonan, Jr. has joined the firm as Director of National Tax Transfer Pricing Controversy in Washington, DC, and will also act as the Americas Director of Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) after serving as the Director of the IRS’s Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement (APMA) Program.
As director of the recently formed APMA program, McAlonan led a team of 120 lawyers, economists, accountants and staff. He was tasked with integrating the APA program staff with the Tax Treaty IRS group, improving productivity and efficiency while maintaining the high standards and strong image of the APA and mutual agreement programs. During his tenure, the IRS significantly increased the number of APAs completed.
“Dick’s experience with the new APMA program will bring tremendous value to our clients as they consider the most appropriate opportunities for increased tax certainty,” said Michael Mundaca, co-director of Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department.
Prior to joining the IRS, McAlonan spent two years as an Executive Director for Ernst & Young LLP’s transfer pricing controversy practice, where he advised clients on transfer pricing controversy risk management and resolution (including audit dispute resolution) as well as APAs, competent authority procedures and tax treaties.
He has spoken at industry conferences and authored a series of articles comparing APA procedures in different countries.
McAlonan received his Master in Business Administration from Temple University and his Master of Science in Taxation from Pace University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP has announced that Dean S. Shulman has joined the Firm’s New York office as a partner in the Tax Practice Group.
“Dean is a top-of-market tax lawyer with a perfect blend of intellect, experience and energy that complements and bolsters our existing strong tax practice,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee.
Mr. Shulman is among the country’s preeminent tax attorneys. He represents clients on a wide range of U.S. and international tax matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, tax-free spin-offs, leveraged buyouts, initial public offerings and fund formation. He has represented public companies, private equity firms, real estate developers, regulated investment companies, publicly traded partnerships and investment partnerships, among other clients. Mr. Shulman was previously a partner in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Mr. Shulman has been recognized repeatedly as a leading tax lawyer by Chambers USA, and his work has been featured in the Financial Times’ U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report, The American Lawyer’s “Big Deals” column and in Law360. He earned a LL.M. in taxation and a J.D., cum laude, from the New York University School of Law.
“Dean will provide immediate and valuable contributions to our Tax Practice Group, an important area for our New York transactional practice,” said David Fox, a corporate partner and member of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee.
Glatfelter has announced key leadership changes in their corporate headquarters located in York, Pennsylvania. Amy Wannemacher is promoted to Vice President of Tax, and Ramesh Shettigar has joined Glatfelter as Vice President and Treasurer. These executives will report to John Jacunski, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
In making this announcement, Mr. Jacunski said, “These leadership changes continue to build upon the foundation of talent within the Finance function to meet the growing demands of the business. I am pleased to announce Amy’s promotion as she is a well respected leader who has built an effective global tax team that has executed tax strategies designed to create value for our stakeholders. Equally, I am delighted Mr. Shettigar joins our Company, as he brings a diverse and strong global treasury background to execute our financial strategies, support the growth of the business and generate value for our shareholders.”
Ms. Wannemacher brings over 20 years of global tax leadership and expertise to her assignment. Ms. Wannemacher joined Glatfelter in 2005 as the Director of Tax. Prior to joining Glatfelter, she worked for Dentsply International Inc. for 14 years in a variety of senior tax roles. Ms. Wannemacher earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Shepard University. She is a member of Tax Executive Institute, Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity & Innovation – Tax Council and American Forest & Paper Association – Tax Resource Committee. Active in the community, she serves as a Director of the York County United Way.
As Vice President and Treasurer, Mr. Shettigar will assume responsibility for Glatfelter’s treasury functions, with responsibilities for global cash and debt management, pensions, insurance, risk management as well as capital markets activity. This includes the effective development of key relationships with our banks and rating agencies.
Glatfelter is a global supplier of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered materials, offering innovation, technical expertise, and world-class service.
Ernst & Young LLP announced today that Ann Burgess Cammack, former senior tax counsel on the US Senate Finance Committee and tax advisor to Chairman Baucus, has joined the Washington, DC office as a principal in the National Tax Department.
Cammack worked for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Senator Baucus since 2011, advising on issues such as insurance, financial products, retirement and pension issues, tax administration, IRS oversight, and tax practice and procedure. She worked on matters regarding the budget and deficit reduction, and participated in drafting tax legislative initiatives, including tax reform efforts, the 2012 Fiscal Cliff legislation and the 2011 Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction.
“Ann’s extensive government and private sector experience will help our clients understand many of the recent and ongoing policy changes and directives,” said Eric Solomon, co-director of Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department as well as co-director of the EY Americas Tax Center. “Her focus on tax and compliance issues related to the insurance industry will be invaluable to many EY clients.”
Cammack held executive positions at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and the American Council of Life Insurers. In addition, she worked on insurance tax issues at the US Treasury Department in the Office of Tax Policy, and before that she worked as an attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel at the IRS. She also held positions at PwC and Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan in Washington.
Cammack received her AB from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and earned her JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and an associate member of the Virginia State Bar.
The Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFC Authority) has announced the appointment of Sheikh Salman Bin Hassan Al-Thani as Chief Financial and Tax Officer.
Sheikh Salman Al-Thani said: “I am honoured to be appointed to this prominent position. The QFC Authority plays a key role in Qatar’s development, contributing particularly to the growth of business and the financial sector. I am looking forward to helping the QFC further strengthen its world-class business environment as a base from which domestic and foreign firms can operate in Qatar and abroad.”
Shashank Srivastava, Chief Executive Officer of the QFC Authority, said: “We are delighted to welcome Sheikh Salman to the QFC Authority team as Chief Financial and Tax Officer. His considerable experience will be invaluable in building on our success in creating a highly attractive tax environment and robust financial system and ensuring the QFC’s continued progress.”
Before joining the QFC Authority, Sheikh Salman Al-Thani was Director of Risk Management at the Qatar Central Bank. He also worked for Qatar Petroleum in a variety of roles in the Project Finance Department. Sheikh Salman has a BA degree in Banking and Financial Studies from Qatar University.
Allister Weir has been made a partner at Grant Thornton. He is based in the Bristol office but will lead the South West corporate tax advisory and compliance practice.
Allister trained with EY and left after 10 years to work in house with Tui Travel, where he lead the international tax team. He returned to EY as a Tax Director in 2011 before moving out of London to join Grant Thornton in Jan 2013.
European law firm Fieldfisher has hired Antoine Gabizon as a partner in its Paris office. He joined the firm on 1st July 2014.
Antoine joins as a tax partner from UGGC Avocats. He specialises in corporate tax, the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, international tax structuring and transfer pricing, tax litigation, private asset management, employee benefits, the creation of investment funds and VAT.
Antoine has built a strong client following, having practised at UGGC since being admitted to the Paris Bar in 1996. He acts for French private equity funds, French and international corporates and private individuals.