ryan tax jobsRyan 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.”

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Leisa Rafter joins BDO partnership in Australia

On July 12, 2014, in BDO, by Chris Bale

BDO Australia tax jobsBDO Australia has made up 3 new partners, including indirect tax specialist Leisa Rafter who is based in the Brisbane office.

Leisa has specialised in the field of indirect tax for over nine years, gaining extensive experience working in “big four” firms before joining BDO. Leisa has a particular focus on the financial services sector and regularly provides GST consulting and review services to a range of Managed Investment Schemes and funds.

Leisa is also a principal advisor on State duties and taxes.

Key assignments

  • Preparation of advice in relation to the GST implications of various government grants received and levies, charges and fees imposed by a government department.
  • Transaction support and GST compliance review services for various government related entities.
  • Provision of stamp duty advice in relation to internal restructures.

Qualifications & memberships

  • Solicitor, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Laws, QUT
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting), QUT
  • Lecturer, Taxation Institute of Australia
  • Member, Queensland Law Society Inc.


DLA Piper yesterday announced that Matthew Cridland has joined the firm’s Tax practice as a partner in Sydney.

Matthew joins from KPMG, where he was a Director, providing advice to clients on a wide range of Goods and Services Tax (GST) related issues including Real Property, Energy and Resources, Public Private Partnerships and Telecommunications.

Matthew brings with him an impressive track record of advising global Financial Services companies, particularly on securitisation transactions, funds management, superannuation, life insurance, securities lending, cross-border finance, syndicated finance transactions, credit card arrangements, equipment leases and hire purchase arrangements.

Matthew also has significant experience and expertise on major infrastructure projects and has acted for government agencies, structuring transactions, and evaluating bids for the sale of infrastructure or other assets. He also has a strong relationship with the Australia Taxation Office and Treasury, engaging with them on a number of industry related issues.

Roderik Bouwman, International Group Head for Tax said: “With the expansion of the Australian tax group under the leadership of Jock McCormack, DLA Piper’s uncompromising commitment to build a leading tax platform for its clients, whether national or international, has taken another step forward. Matthew’s recognised expertise in the GST area is a clear testimony to this commitment.”

Jock McCormack, Head of the Tax Group for DLA Piper in Australia added: “Matthew’s appointment is reflective of the increasing importance of GST/VAT to tax planning and tax risk management issues and considerably strengthens our broad and full tax service offering in Australia and globally. With the proposed reform of Australia’s International GST regime and the on-going modernisation of various GST regimes, including in China and India, we expect that Matthew’s joining is timely and that he will be very active across our global GST/VAT practice.”

Prior to his role at KPMG, Matthew worked for King & Wood Mallesons, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Ernst & Young. Matthew also has a Masters of Laws from the University of Sydney, where he graduated from in 2003.

Tony Windle has resigned from PwC Brisbane where he lead a team of 8 GST specialists, to join Grant Thornton.

Tony was a Director with PwC but is joining Grant Thornton as a partner. He has specialist in GST advice since 1999.

The Minter Ellison Legal Group has announced the appointment of five partners, sixteen special counsel and twenty-eight senior associates effective 1 July 2012.

This list included Bastian Gasser in the Melbourne office.

He is a specialist GST advisor with almost a decade in dedicated practice. His expert advisory spans transaction structuring, GST compliance reviews, input tax credit recovery, GST audits, investigations and objections, and cross-border transactions.

Bastian’s clients include Australian and foreign corporates, government departments, statutory authorities, charitable entities and superannuation and infrastructure funds.

Recent matters include advising the Victorian Department of Justice on its Ararat Prison expansion, Places Victoria on the Docklands development, Singapore Power International’s acquisition and restructuring of Alinta, and Bank of Kuweit and Middle East on Federal Court GST proceedings.