Pinsent Masons has hired Fiona Fernie as Head of Tax Investigations.
Fiona has extensive investigations experience. She worked for 16 years with PwC (formerly Coopers & Lybrand) before joining BDO in 2000 in London, where she has worked for the past 14 years. She was a tax partner at BDO and the Firm’s lead PR spokesperson for all Tax Investigations issues.
In terms of her technical work, her focus is on COP8 and COP9 (Contractual Disclosure Facility) cases and large complex investigations. She also assists clients who want to make a voluntary disclosure of tax irregularities to HMRC, whether via one of the available disclosure facilities such as the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility or the Crown Dependency Disclosure Facilities or via an independent approach outside a formal facility.
Over the last 15 years she has prepared and delivered presentations/seminars for STEP, ICAEW, CIOT and ACCA both in the UK and in several offshore jurisdictions. Fiona is an FCA, not a solicitor.
Jason Crawford has joined Moore Stephens Australia to establish and lead the new Research & Development (R&D) Tax and Government Incentives service line, based from Melbourne.
“We are delighted to have Jason join our Melbourne firm to deliver R&D Tax and Government Incentives services to meet our client needs” states Marco Carlei, Managing Director of Moore Stephens Australia.
Jason joins the Moore Stephens Director Group and Tax division as the first practising director in the area of Research & Development (R&D) Tax and Government Incentives. He brings almost 20 years of experience advising many of Australia’s top publicly listed and privately owned companies as well as SMEs and private clients. Jason’s industry experience includes working with companies in manufacturing, engineering, information technology, property and construction, agribusiness and energy and resources.
Prior to joining Jason was Lead Partner for R&D Tax in Sydney and then Melbourne at Deloitte, where he worked for 7 years. Before that he was Indirect Tax & R&D Partner with Horwath NSW.
McDermott Will & Emery has announced that Nicholas Holland has joined as a partner in its international Private Client Practice Group, based in the Firm’s London office.
Nick’s practice focuses on advising institutional trustees and private clients in connection with trusts and estates particularly involving multi-jurisdictional and offshore disputes.
Carol Harrington, head of McDermott’s international Private Client Practice Group comments: “From the outset, our strategy for London has been to create a full-service team with critical mass in this key local market, building from the extraordinary depth and strength of our teams in the U.S. Nick’s experience with contentious trusts and estates augments the arrival of Ziva Robertson late last year and we are delighted to add Nick to our team. The speed of growth here of our London private client practice since its inception in 2009 has been remarkable and it reflects the growing reality that wealthy families and individuals must increasingly deal with cross-border issues and look to teams who can provide them with holistic services wherever they are located.”
Nick was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in British Columbia in 1997, in Ontario in 2001, as an Attorney at Law in the Cayman Islands in 2008, and as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2010. He joins McDermott from Bircham Dyson Bell LLP where he was the Head of Contentious Trusts and Estates.
I forgot to mention yesterday about another leadership change at Baker & McKenzie. Erik Scheer, former Global Tax Chair, has been elected to serve on the Firm’s Executive Committee.
Erik specialises in VAT and customs. He is a recognized tax litigator and has been consistently named a leading tax lawyer in Chambers, Legal 500 and International Tax Review. He is also a regular speaker at seminars and conferences. Erik is based in Amsterdam.
Representative Legal Matters
• Representing and acting as global coordinator for a client in a global cross-border asset transaction.
• Advising clients with respect to tax aspects of supply chain modeling.
• Representing clients before the VAT and customs authorities and European Commission in Brussels.
• Representing clients in Tax Court, Dutch Supreme Court and European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
• Rendering advice to clients regarding the VAT and customs aspects of new EMEA-wide sales structures.
• Advising clients and coordinating between participating jurisdictions with respect to voluntary disclosure of certain incorrect VAT and customs filings.
• Negotiating customs valuation rulings with the Dutch customs authorities.
Baker & McKenzie’s top brass met in London yesterday and announced various leadership changes. Eduardo Leite continues to lead the Firm, having had 2 year extension to his position as Chairman.
In terms of Global Practice & Industry Group chairs, Duane Webber in Washington office got the top job in tax, which he will hold for a 3 year period.
Mr. Webber concentrates on tax litigation and a broad spectrum of international and domestic tax matters. He works on the resolution of federal income tax controversies with the IRS, including a wide variety of alternative dispute resolution techniques, as well as all administrative phases of a controversy through litigation. He has handled cases involving a wide variety of domestic and international issues, including issues relating to Subpart F income, insurance, captive insurance, consolidated returns, inventory and tax accounting, among others.
Representative Legal Matters:
- America Online, Inc. v. United States, 64 Fed. Cl. 571 (Ct. Fed. Cl. 2005), on appeal at Docket No. 05-5138 (Fed. Cir.) (overpayment of Federal excise tax for services provided by telecommunications providers).
- AppleComputer, Inc. v. Commissioner, US Tax Court Docket No. 17759-95 (whether assembly of personal computers CFC in Ireland constituted “manufacturing” for purposes of subpart F of the Code and other issues)
- AppleComputer, Inc. v. Commissioner, US Tax Court Docket No. 5496-93 (disallowance of entire research tax credit and other issues).
- AristrainInt’l Inc. v. Commissioner, US Tax Court Docket No. 20134-91 (allocations of income from non-US corporation to its US subsidiary relating to distribution activities).
AstraUSA, Inc. v. Commissioner, US Tax Court Docket Nos. 5565-97 & 10962-98 (issues relating to capitalization of marketing and distributing costs, valuation of intangible property, research tax credits, transfer pricing, and other matters).
- Bausch & Lomb Incorporated v. Commissioner, 71 T.C.M. (CCH) 2031 (1996) (whether assembly of sunglasses by CFCs in Ireland and Hong Kong constituted “manufacturing” for purposes of subpart F of the Code and other issues).
Gerald V. Thomas II, a transactional tax lawyer with significant experience in deals involving real estate investment trusts, has joined McGuireWoods LLP’s Tax and Employee Benefits Department as a partner in the firm’s Atlanta office.
Thomas’s practice is focused on complex business transactions in the United States and abroad. For example, he has represented a major American real estate company in a number of joint ventures in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and he also has represented numerous REITs in public offerings and mergers and acquisitions totaling billions of dollars.
Thomas’ arrival at McGuireWoods from the Atlanta office of Morris, Manning and Martin coincides with two other recent additions to the global firm’s fast-growing Atlanta office: noted securities litigator Cheryl L. Haas, who just joined the firm, and employment lawyer Peter Farley, who arrived on Sept. 18. The trio significantly enhances the Am Law 100 firm’s capabilities and provides immediate advantages for its national and international clients across a broad array of areas, including complex business and intellectual property litigation, debt finance, mergers and acquisitions, REITs and labor and employment.
“Gerald’s stellar reputation precedes him, and we are delighted to welcome him,” said Hil Jordan, managing partner of the firm’s Atlanta office. “We know our clients will benefit from his deep tax expertise and his experience in high-stakes REIT deals.”
Thomas joins a department comprised of highly accomplished lawyers from most of the firm’s 20 U.S. and international offices.
“We are excited to have Gerald join us. Gerald brings significant REIT tax experience which will greatly assist our firm with its expanding REIT practice,” said Craig D. Bell, chairman of McGuireWoods’ Tax and Employee Benefits Department. “Additionally, Gerald will add to our tax bench strength on our business and real estate transactional practices. His approach to the practice of law and teamwork focus fits in perfectly with our approach to transactions.”
“I’m thrilled to be a part of such an accomplished team,” Thomas said. “The McGuireWoods tax department is known for its deep and highly skilled bench. My clients will benefit immediately from their expertise, as I hope the firm’s clients will benefit from mine. It’s a great fit.”
Thomas was awarded the 2014 Tax Leadership Award by National Bar Association, the nation’s oldest and largest association of African-American lawyers and judges. The annual honor is awarded to a lawyer who is proficient in tax law, mentors and encourages minorities to consider tax as a specialty, and has outstanding moral character.
Thomas received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from New York University in 1994, his law degree from NYU School of Law in 1997, and his LL.M. in taxation from NYU School of Law in 1998. He is co-chair and co-founder of Soul Visions Educational Foundation, Inc., an organization that awards scholarships to high school students.
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP has announced that Abraham (Avi) Reshtick has joined the firm as a partner in its New York office.
Reshtick represents clients on a wide range of U.S. and international tax matters, with a particular focus on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private investment fund structures and capital markets transactions. He also advises domestic, foreign and multinational clients on tax considerations relating to cross-border investment structures, business formation and internal restructurings.
Reshtick was previously with Ropes & Gray in New York.
“Avi enhances our tax practice and its ability to provide strategic counsel on sophisticated and varied transactional matters,” said Bracewell Managing Partner Mark C. Evans. “His experience providing tax counsel on major transactions and restructurings around the world will help us better serve our clients both nationally and internationally.”
“We are proud to welcome Avi to the firm,” said Elizabeth L. McGinley, head of Bracewell’s tax practice. “His depth of experience strengthens our ability to provide valuable advice to our clients in cross-border and domestic transactions.”
Reshtick’s clients span a range of industries, from retail and real estate to energy, pharmaceutical and private investment funds. He also advises debtors and creditors on tax matters relating to financially troubled businesses, both in and out-of bankruptcy proceedings. Reshtick received his law degree from Tel Aviv University, magna cum laude. He also holds an LL.M. in International Tax from New York University School of Law and B.A. from Tel Aviv University
Orrick announced today that Edward Denny has joined the firm as a partner in the firm’s Tax Practice Group, resident in London.
Formerly with Norton Rose Fulbright, Mr. Denny focuses on the tax aspects of corporate finance transactions and structures, in particular, mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies. Mr. Denny has recently advised on the tax issues in connection with HSBC’s £12.5 billion underwritten rights issue; Iberia’s £4.4 billion merger with British Airways; AXA’s £2.75 billion disposal of its UK life insurance business and Delta’s acquisition of a £220 million stake in Virgin Atlantic.
“Ed is a deeply-respected tax lawyer with the right skill set and experience to support our domestic and cross-border corporate and finance practices in London,” said Alex Janes, Managing Partner of Orrick’s European offices. “With the growth this year of our London office transactional practices, we are delighted to add Ed to our team.”
Mr. Denny was selected as one of the UK’s 2012 leading young tax practitioners by Tax Journal, a leading journal for the business tax community, in its ‘40 under 40’ list of tax specialists to watch and has been published regularly in Tax Journal, PLC Magazine, BNA International and Financier Worldwide.
Before joining Norton Rose he spent 6 years with Slaughter & May.