Feargal has served on the PwC Leadership Team and has been Head of the Firm’s Tax practice for the last four years. Feargal has worked extensively with technology and multinational companies, mostly concentrated on the US West coast, where the Firm has developed a successful practice. He also advises some of Ireland’s leading public companies.
Feargal has been a Partner since 1996. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, an Associate of the Irish Tax Institute and a graduate of University College Dublin.
Speaking on his election, Feargal O’Rourke, said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been elected by my fellow Partners to lead the Firm for the next four years. I look forward to supporting our clients and ensuring we continue to be the Firm of choice for the best people and the best organisations.”
Commenting on Feargal’s election, outgoing Senior Partner, Rónán Murphy, said: “I congratulate Feargal on his election as Senior Partner and I wish him every success. This is an exciting time and the improving economy provides a strong base for the Firm to continue to grow and prosper. I look forward to supporting Feargal and the Firm through the transition and in the future.”
PwC is Ireland’s largest professional services Firm with total revenues of over €300 million on an all-Ireland basis and employing over 2,800 people.
Reed Smith has announced the appointment of Simon Gough to its partnership. Simon joins the firm’s Tax, Benefits and Wealth Planning Group from DLA Piper, where he was a partner and a former head of UK Tax.
Praised in the legal directories for his “creativity and knowledge”, Simon’s practice is wide-ranging. He has a particular interest in structured and asset finance transactions and in various investment funds and structures, where he has a large client base including banks, fund promoters and media, transportation and financial services companies. Simon also advises on contentious tax matters.
Caspar Fox, head of Reed Smith’s European tax practice, commented:
“Simon is a renowned figure in the tax market. His welcome arrival will bolster our European offering, providing immediate benefits to our clients across our key sectors of media, financial services and shipping. His expertise will dovetail neatly with our current practice and provide valuable additional resource to our team.”
“I am delighted to be joining Reed Smith’s outstanding team. The firm’s practice and industry focus offers an excellent platform for my clients and I look forward to growing relationships across the firm.”
Alex Pham has joined KLEYR GRASSO as Counsel and Head of Tax with effect from 17th November 2014.
Alex has 13 years’ tax experience in Luxembourg and has worked within the tax departments of Deloitte and most recently with the law firm Ogier. His work will focus on:
– International Tax structuring, Private Equity, Cross-border transactions, holding and financing activities, Wealth planning, IP.
– Corporate Tax
– Expatriates and Directors’ remunerations taxation.
– Assistance to M&A, Employment and Investment Funds departements
– Tax litigation
– Tax seminars
He is also advising clients in tax litigation matters.
KLEYR GRASSO is a medium sized law firm in Luxembourg and launched in 1994. The firm undertakes significant client work hand in hand with leading audit and tax firms, and regularly works on crossborder cases with foreign magic circle firms.
King & Wood Mallesons has announced the appointment of former Eversheds tax partner, Clive Jones .
Clive, who was London Head of Tax at Eversheds, had planned to establish a boutique firm on leaving the Firm, offering both high-end structuring and mainstream real estate services to clients. Instead he has decided to join KWM as part of a team move with William Naunton (real estate) and Corneliu Medevi (structured real estate).
He will be starting in January and all three new hires will support the firm’s strategy focussing on structured, high-end real estate.
Clive advises on both direct and indirect tax and has particular expertise relating to real estate and finance transactions. In his role as Head of Tax he spent much of his time advising on structured real estate transactions and investment structures.
GAMCO Investors, Inc. has re-hired Vince Capurso into the management team of GAMCO as General Tax Counsel.
He will also re-assume the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GGCP, GAMCO’s controlling shareholder.
Vince originally joined GAMCO in 2000 as Vice President and Tax Counsel and GGCP in 2001 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
“We are delighted to have Vince rejoin us and we are confident that his proven cross- functional skills will continue to provide great value to all our constituents, clients, teammates and shareholders”, said Mario J. Gabelli, CEO of GAMCO.
A CPA and tax attorney, Vince has led the tax function and participated in numerous transactions of Fortune 500 and multinational companies during his career of over three decades as a senior financial executive in multiple industries.
Most recently Vince was Senior Vice President, Tax and Senior Tax Counsel of AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ:AMCX). During Vince’s tenure of more than three years, AMC Networks was spun-off from Cablevision and completed a $1 billion international acquisition of Chellomedia from Liberty Global.
Before AMC Networks, Vince led the tax function of Barnes & Noble for over five years during its digital and international expansion. Prior to joining GAMCO in 2000, Vince led the tax function of global investment banking and private equity firm Wasserstein Perella Group, Inc. for over five years.
Eversheds has appointed established funds and real estate tax lawyer Cathryn Vanderspar as the new head of its London tax team. Cathryn joins the firm from Berwin Leighton Paisner where she has been a tax partner for over sixteen years.
Cathryn’s extensive experience covers unauthorized and authorized funds and listed vehicles (including REITs), across the various asset classes, including real estate, debt and private equity. Her real estate work includes both direct and indirect structuring across the sector, from development to joint ventures and inward investment, working for a wide variety of clients. Specific sector experience includes healthcare, residential and hotels.
Cathryn is actively involved in working groups with HM Revenue and Customs and HM Treasury, as well as with industry committees, such as the British Property Federation REITS committee and the Association of Real Estate Funds. She has been closely involved in the development of new fund structures including the new property authorised investment fund.
Commenting on her appointment, Cathryn said:
“I am really looking forward to working with the excellent Eversheds’ team and the opportunity of helping further develop the Eversheds offering.”
David Jervis, International Head of Eversheds’ tax team added:
“Cathryn is a highly regarded funds tax specialist who has vast, cutting edge experience in this key area for the firm, where Eversheds has a market leading reputation. Cathryn’s appointment will further enhance this reputation and our ability to deliver first rate specialist tax services to our funds and real estate clients.”
Pamela Thompson, London Senior Partner added:
“The team is already doing fantastic work for its clients and I am excited to continue to develop Eversheds City tax practice for funds, real estate and corporate clients.”
The Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue chief, Kim Henares, has been appointed by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.
Henares is one of 25 tax experts and senior tax administrators from 10 developed and 15 developing countries who have been appointed to the UN committee. The committee is responsible for exploring ways and means of facilitating the conclusion of tax treaties between developed and developing countries and for promoting international tax cooperation among tax authorities.
Henares said her appointment to the committee is an opportunity to advance the interest of developing countries in the formulation of tax treaty commentaries and recommendations to various tax issues.
Henares’ term in the UN committee began in October and will end on June 30, 2017.
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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Bradley as its new Head of Corporate Tax. She started the role on 1 November 2014 and continues to be based in London.
Elizabeth was made a Partner in May 2008. She advises in all areas of corporate taxation both in the UK and on cross-border transactions, with particular specialism in real estate tax. Her clients include Land Securities, Canary Wharf Group, Tesco and BlackRock. Elizabeth takes over the role of Head of Corporate Tax from John Overs who will now concentrate on client work.
Michael Wistow, Head of Tax, commented: “It is always exceptionally rewarding to promote our own home grown talent and we welcome Elizabeth as our new Head of Corporate Tax. She brings a wealth of experience and understanding of the market which will benefit us as we navigate the constantly changing needs of our clients. I’d like to publicly thank John for everything that he’s done for the practice group in this role. It has been a real pleasure working so closely with him to develop such a highly respected group.”
Commenting on her new role, Elizabeth said: “Becoming Head of Corporate Tax is an exciting challenge. It gives me a great opportunity to help grow and increase the strength in depth of the practice to ensure that we continue to work for some of the largest companies in the UK and across the globe. In this new role I will place great emphasis on the service we deliver to both existing and new clients to ensure that we continue to provide clear, concise, timely and commercial advice on all tax related matters.”
BLP’s Tax team has over 70 tax practitioners across five offices, including Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, London, Moscow and Singapore. The practice includes a dedicated contentious tax team, which is unique in advising across corporate tax, international tax, private client and VAT. It also works closely with the firm’s Private Client team and has been ranked in tier one in Chambers UK and Legal 500 UK for contentious tax.