Private Client Director, Robyn Limmer has been named Frank Hirth’s new Head of Tax.
Robyn commented “I am delighted to be taking on this new role within the business. We have an exceptional team at Frank Hirth, and with the rapidly changing worldwide tax environment, I look forward to working with them to grow our practice and provide the highest level of service to our international tax clients.”
Robyn’s history with Frank Hirth spans twenty years, having first joined in 1995 to develop and drive the US/UK compliance team before setting up her own UK/US specialist tax practice in 2002 which allowed her to juggle the demands of both career and family life. Robyn re-joined Frank Hirth in 2010 as Private Client director and board member, and was promoted to Head of Tax in April 2015.
Currently working between the London and New York office, Robyn specialises in providing UK and US tax advice to an increasing number of high net worth individuals moving between the UK and US, co-ordinating reporting requirements for both jurisdictions along the way.
Robyn also heads up the ‘multi-year practice’ within Frank Hirth, bringing those US citizens who have fallen behind with their filing requirements up to date with the IRS, either through the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Programme (OVDP) or new streamlined IRS compliance process where appropriate.
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Priska Roesli has joined Grant Thornton with effect from April 2015 to be Head of Tax & Advisory at the Liechtenstein office.
Ms Roseli trained with KPMG, leaving the firm in 2006 as a Senior Tax Manager. She then took on a number of European tax roles in industry, with Cisco Systems, TE Connectivity and most recently as European Tax Director at Styron.
From 2012 to 2015 she was a Member of the Board of Directors at Klauser & Partner in Schaffhausen.
Tax Grotto understands that Grant Thornton did a deal early in 2014 with ReviTrust who took over representation of GT in Liechtenstein. The firm now trades as Revitrust Grant Thornton.
PwC has appointed Justin Woodhouse to lead its Channel Islands Tax practice.
Justin joins from the London office where he is a International Tax Structuring partner, having been admitted in 1990. He also currently leads PwC’s European Banking and Capital Markets Tax team
Justin has worked in New York, as well as a five year period at PwC in Tokyo, where he helped to launch the Japan Financial Services practice.
Brendan McMahon (pictured), Senior Partner at PwC CI, commented:
“We have been very fortunate to have Wendy Dorman lead our tax practice since joining us in March 2008. As she reaches a major milestone in her career, preparing to retire this summer, we are most fortunate to welcome yet another strong Tax Leader to the Channel Islands’ firm to spearhead this important area of the business. Through Justin’s leadership, we will continue to grow our Tax practice, building on the great work that Wendy has already done. With Justin’s unique combination of skills, he will be instrumental in driving high levels of client satisfaction throughout the Channel Islands and looking at the challenges and opportunities ahead for the local market and beyond.”
Justin said: “I have much enjoyed collaborating with Wendy for some years. She has grown a great practice and I am very enthused at the opportunities for serving our clients in the Channel Islands at a time of so much change and renewal in the international tax scene.”
Marsh & McLennan Companies has announced that Dina Shapiro has been appointed Vice President, Head of Tax, reporting to Marsh & McLennan Companies Chief Financial Officer Mike Bischoff, effective March 30, 2015.
Ms. Shapiro will be based at Marsh & McLennan Companies’ corporate headquarters in New York City.
In this role, Ms. Shapiro will be responsible for financial reporting, project planning and development, global tax compliance, tax treatment of continuing operations, tax examinations, budgeting, and business planning. Ms. Shapiro will also advise the Executive Committee, Audit and Finance Committees, and the Board of Directors on tax-related issues.
Ms. Shapiro joins Marsh & McLennan from American Express, where she was Senior Vice President, Tax, with responsibility for tax planning, exposure management, tax compliance, and accounting since 2012. In that role, Ms. Shapiro additionally provided guidance on tax legislative and regulatory matters and business support with respect to all forms of income and non-income taxes. Ms. Shapiro joined American Express in 2010 as Head of International Tax.
“I am delighted to welcome Dina to Marsh & McLennan,” said Mr. Bischoff. “With her deep and wide-ranging tax experience, she will be an excellent addition to our leadership team.”
Prior to American Express, from 2006 to 2010, Ms. Shapiro served as Chief Tax Officer for GMAC, where she oversaw the tax department team comprising more than 60 professionals in six locations covering all GMAC businesses globally, including auto finance, mortgage operations, and structured finance. Prior to GMAC, Ms. Shapiro spent 11 years at Citigroup where she held numerous senior roles, including Senior International Tax Counsel and Deputy Head of Tax.
Ms. Shapiro received her undergraduate degree from State University at Binghamton, her law degree from Fordham University, and her LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.
Deloitte has announced the appointment of Patrick Grob as a financial services tax partner. Based in the firm’s Brisbane office, he will also head up Deloitte’s Tax Management Consulting practice.
Grob observed that the strategic management of tax was becoming increasingly important to organisations: “A recent Deloitte study of over 1,000 organisations globally into the management of tax has shown tax decision makers consistently rate quality and control of higher importance than other commercial drivers, such as cost and process efficiency. The ability to add value will become increasingly important over the next three years. Tax transparency and board oversight is gaining additional attention in Australia and overseas by regulators, the media and shareholders. I look forward to working together with clients to determine their appropriate requirements in respect of tax risk and reporting requirements, but also help to deliver efficiency benefits through the use of technology and strategic alliances.”
Grob joins Deloitte from Suncorp Group where he was Head of Tax, responsible for all tax compliance, reporting and advisory obligations for the company in Australia and New Zealand. He has over 24 years’ experience within the financial services sector having previously also worked with Aviva in the UK and Norwich Union Australia.
Deloitte Queensland Tax Leader Stuart Cioccarelli commented: “We are delighted to welcome Patrick to the firm. He will be a great asset to the Brisbane team and his appointment confirms Deloitte’s commitment and strength in servicing the financial services market in Queensland. He brings an extensive understanding of tax within this market, in particular banking, superannuation funds, managed investment trusts and life insurance.
“As the lead for Deloitte’s national Tax Management Consulting practice, Patrick’s previous commercial experience in managing tax risks, financial transformation or integration projects, and the challenges of automating or enhancing tax reporting processes will undoubtedly be invaluable to our clients.”
Commenting on his reasons for joining Deloitte, Grob said: “The high calibre of professionals within the firm, it’s refreshing and forward-looking attitude, global reach and the ability to work with and influence a wide range of clients made the decision to join Deloitte very easy.”
Spire Healthcare Group plc has appointed a new Head of Tax, Carl Isaac.
Carl joins from RPS Group where he was Head of Group Tax. He trained in tax with Arthur Andersen but has worked in industry since 2002. His experience spans various industries, having worked for Thames Water, Daily Mail and General Trust and most recently RPS.
Walkers’ Dublin office has recruited high-flyer Jonathan Sheehan as Head of Tax for Ireland.
He advises across tax heads in a wide range of areas including structured finance and capital markets, financial services, investment funds, private equity, corporate, banking and real estate. Jonathan also has extensive experience in advising on corporate migrations, cross-border mergers and loan portfolio sales and acquisitions.
Jonathan has acted for a number of domestic and international clients, including publicly listed companies, financial institutions, private equity investors, hedge funds, high net worth individuals, fund managers, charities and Irish State bodies.
Before joining this month he was a partner at Arthur Cox, where he has worked since 2000. Jonathan graduated from Trinity College and went on to do a Master of Laws at Cambridge.
There has been a change in the management of the tax & legal practice at EY Romania. The new leader is Alex Milcev.
Alex has been with the firm since 2002 and focuses on international tax and transfer pricing. He trained in tax with Arthur Andersen.
He takes over from Venkatesh Srinivasan who is relocating with EY to India.