Dentons tax team in ItalyDentons has announced the hire of Giulio Andreani as a partner in the Tax practice in Italy. He joins along with a team of five, including senior counsel Giuseppe Ferrara, senior associates Irene Avanzini, Giacomo D’Angelo and associates Erika Andreani and Valeria Andreani. They will be based in the Milan office.

Andreani is renowned for his experience in tax litigation, M&A tax structuring in as well as in tax issues related to restructuring and insolvency. He has advised clients such as Biancamano Group’s Aimeri Ambiente on some of the most important tax transactions on the Italian market.  He has also represented clients on complex, high-value litigation cases, such as Alitalia in Extraordinary Administration versus the Tax Authorities. More recently, he advised on the tax structuring of the sale of the famous Winery Biondi Santi to French investors.

In addition to his career as a lawyer, Andreani is also well known in academic circles. He is the Director of the Master’s Degree Program in Tax Law at LUISS University and Director of the Finance and Economy High School of Rome. He is also a professor at La Sapienza University and Scuola Superiore dell’Economia e delle Finanze (School of Italian Tax Officers) in Rome. Professor Andreani is the author of 250 tax articles and ten monographs. His latest Commentary on the Income Tax Code, a comprehensive analysis of approximately 3000 pages which he co-wrote together with Professor Gianfranco Ferranti, will soon be published. 

Federico Sutti, Managing Partner Italy, commented: “I have known Giulio Andreani for several years and I am delighted to finally have the pleasure to work with him. I am sure that he will greatly contribute to strengthening Dentons’ position in the Italian legal market, not only in Tax but also in other sectors”.

Sandra Hazan, Co-Head of the Europe and Global Tax practice added: “Giulio is widely recognized as one of Italy’s top tax lawyers, particularly in the field of tax litigation.  Together with his team, he will broaden the capabilities of our Italian Tax practice and reinforce our ability to advise clients on complex tax transactions and disputes.”

With the addition of Professor Andreani and his team, Dentons’ Tax practice in Milan and Rome has grown to 14 professionals, including four partners. 

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Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, has announced the hire of Fabrizio Capponi as a partner in the Tax practice in Italy.

Fabrizio Capponi, a chartered accountant and auditor, advises on deal structuring and taxation in M&A and private equity transactions and on obtaining tax rulings from the authorities. He also assists banks in corporate financing transactions. Recently, he has handled some of Italy’s most complex transfer pricing cases involving voluntary disclosure and settlements with the Tax Authority.

Capponi has cooperated with the Italian Ministry of Economic Development to study and implement fiscal measures to support entrepreneurship, such as tax credits on research and development for the fashion industry.

He is ranked as a leading individual for Tax in Italy in all major legal directories, including Chambers Europe and Legal 500.

Federico Sutti, Italy Managing Partner, declared: “With the hire of Fabrizio Capponi, who rejoins his former Tax colleagues who moved to Dentons in December 2016, we are continuing the momentum in our plan to position Dentons’ Tax practice among the leading teams in the market.”

Andrea Fiorelli, Head of the Tax practice in Italy, added: “Together with Federico, we are working on an ambitious growth plan for our Tax practice in response to our clients’ needs and to the market demand for more and more sophisticated solutions. Our goal is to create a team of talented and reputed lawyers with integrated and complementary capabilities to cover all areas of specialization within the tax sector. ”

Fabrizio Capponi commented: “I was very interested in Dentons’ plans to strengthen the Tax practice, as well as very impressed with the Firm’s growth on both the international and national stage, its strength in Banking, M&A and Tax, and its strong global presence. Moreover, the Tax team is an important practice within the Firm and pays close attention to maintaining independence and avoiding conflicts of interest.”

Associate Filippo Jurina has also recently joined the Tax practice in the Milan office. He is a chartered accountant and was previously a tax specialist at Gattai Minoli Agostinelli & Partners.

With these new joiners Dentons has nine Tax professionals in Italy, divided between the Milan and Rome offices.

Roberta Moscaroli taxRoberta Moscaroli has joined Dentons as a partner in the Italian Tax practice.  She will be based in the Rome office.  A chartered accountant and auditor, she comes from DLA Piper, where she worked in the Tax department since 2012.

Moscaroli will advise clients on corporate and international tax matters, including tax planning, structuring and transfer pricing. In particular, she has significant experience in assisting groups, financial institutions and investment funds in relation to the tax structuring of M&A, real estate, banking and private equity transactions.

Along with the new partner, chartered accountant and auditor Federico D’Amelio has joined as an associate in the Tax practice in Rome. He was previously a tax advisor at Clifford Chance.

Andrea Fiorelli, Head of the Tax practice in Italy, added: “With the recruitment of Roberta and Federico, we have taken an important step forward in our goal to build Dentons’ Tax practice into a market leader in Italy.”

With these two hires, Dentons continues its expansion in Rome.  The office, which opened last July, now counts 13 professionals. Dentons now has 63 professionals in Italy.

Federico Sutti, Italy Managing Partner, stated: “We are committed to investing in top legal talent in Rome, which is critical for Dentons’ positioning in the Italian market.  We are glad to welcome Roberta on board as a partner.”

Roberta Moscaroli commented: “This is an extraordinary opportunity to build on my experience and contribute to the growth of a challenging, dynamic and very high quality law firm with strong leadership and a forward-thinking vision”.

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Michael GrafDentons has appointed Michael Graf as co-head of the European Tax practice. Graf is partner in the Frankfurt office and advises clients around the world mainly on international tax law. He will lead the practice together with Sandra Hazan, partner in the Paris office. 

Michael Graf is an MBA (Diplomkaufmann) a qualified lawyer and tax consultant. He specializes in international tax law with a particular focus on multinationals. His advice comprises tax optimized structuring, monitoring tax audits, administrative appeals as well as representation before tax courts and the Federal Tax Court. Graf started his career with KPMG and Allen & Overy before joining HAARMANN Partnerschaftsgesellschaft as a partner in 2008. Since 2013, he has been a tax partner in Dentons’ Frankfurt office. Under his leadership the tax team in Frankfurt has grown to four professionals – the most recent hire was Marcus Seiboth who joined Dentons as a counsel in September this year.

Commenting on his appointment, Michael Graf said, “Dentons’ Tax practice is among the most powerful tax teams on the market, with almost 80 professionals across 10 countries in Europe and more than 200 tax experts worldwide. I look forward to leading and expanding our European Tax group together with Sandra Hazan. Due to our excellent global integration, we are continuously setting new standards for our clients.”

Sandra Hazan added, “Michael is the perfect match to accelerate the implementation of our strategic development plan. I am very happy to collaborate with Michael and we will work hand in hand to promote our European Tax team.” 

With this appointment, Dentons has once again emphasized the strategic global importance of the German market. Six German partners are now leading practice or sector groups on a European or global level. Andreas Ziegenhagen, Germany Managing Partner and Member of the Board of Dentons Europe, leads the European Restructuring and Insolvency practice. Dr. Jörg Karenfort leads the European Competition practice and is co-head of the global practice. Robert Michels, Office Managing Partner in Frankfurt, heads the European and global Capital Markets practice. Dr. Bernd Geier is co-head of the European Financial Institutions sector group.

Dentons has opened for business in Luxembourg, following the successful completion of its combination with leading local law firm, OPF Partners.

Luxembourg tax partner jobsFormer Managing Partner of OPF Partners, Frédéric Feyten, has been appointed as Luxembourg Managing Partner and will lead the local Tax practice. His focus is on Luxembourg and international taxation, mergers and acquisitions, financial products and structured finance. Having advised international corporate clients, investment banks, financial institutions and private equity firms, Frédéric has extensive experience in direct and indirect taxation, international tax planning, and structuring cross-border transactions through Luxembourg. In 2015, Frédéric was recognized by Chambers Europe and The Legal 500.

Frédéric Feyten commented on his appointment: “I am truly honoured to lead Dentons’ new office in Luxembourg. Our priorities in the coming year will be to give our clients access to Dentons’ powerful global reach, while helping the Firm’s clients from around the world with their legal needs here in Luxembourg”.

Chief Executive Officer for Europe Tomasz Dabrowski commented, “It is always a great pleasure to welcome top caliber talent into Dentons, so I am thrilled about our new team in Luxembourg. As one of the world’s financial centres, Luxembourg is a critical part of our European growth strategy. With the addition of our Luxembourg office, I am confident that our clients will receive the same high quality service, flexibility, and deep local knowledge that they have come to expect from Dentons.”

Emmanuel Sala joins Dentons’ tax team in Montreal

On December 14, 2015, in Dentons, by Chris Bale

Dentons tax jobsDentons has announced the arrival of Emmanuel Sala as a partner in the Montréal office Tax group.

With more than 10 years of experience in taxation (with a focus on the renewable energy and natural resources sector) Emmanuel deals with mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, and financing transactions of Canadian and foreign corporations. He also represents individuals and companies at all stages of tax disputes with government authorities, including audits, objections, representation before the courts, and negotiations with the legal departments of the Quebec Revenue Agency or the Department of Justice Canada.

“We are delighted to welcome Emmanuel to Dentons. Our clients in Montreal, across the country and around the world will greatly benefit from his strategic advice and insights,” said Claude Morency, Managing Partner, Dentons’ Montreal office. “Emmanuel’s knowledge of taxation makes him an invaluable addition to our team.”

In addition to his law degree and his master’s degree in taxation, Emmanuel obtained a bachelor’s degree in administration (finance) and is a chartered professional accountant (CPA, CGA). Prior to joining Dentons, Emmanuel was a partner at Lavery, de Billy. He trained with Deloitte and EY.

Dentons has recruited James Mastracchio as partner in the Firm’s Global Tax practice. Based in Washington, DC, Mastracchio will also serve as chair of Dentons’ US Tax Controversy and Criminal Tax practices.

Tax Controversy JobsMastracchio’s work focuses on advising clients facing civil and criminal tax investigations. His work in civil tax disputes includes a wide range of civil tax reporting issues and defense of structured products and tax driven structures and their promotion. In the criminal tax arena, Mastracchio represents clients facing tax fraud and evasion, conspiracy, obstruction, mail/wire fraud and monetary structuring charges.

“Tax controversy work is now being viewed as a multi-jurisdictional service, with major multi-nationals turning to one firm to handle their audit and controversy matters in the major economic jurisdictions,” said Mike McNamara, US Managing Partner at Dentons. “Jim’s wealth of experience in the civil tax arena, as well as his significant representations involving the US government’s pursuit of criminal tax investigations of foreign banking institutions, their clients and advisors, allows us to provide our clients an even broader range of services in this growing area.”

Mastracchio previously served as an Independent Examiner for a major Swiss banking institution, advised foreign financial institutions on the implementation of FATCA and OECD reporting standards, represented hundreds of US persons in the IRS Voluntary Disclosure Programs, and currently represents foreign financial institutions facing criminal tax investigations and prosecutions.

He received his JD, summa cum laude, and an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law. He holds a BS in Accounting, summa cum laude, and an MS in Taxation, from the State University of New York at Albany.