PwC US today announced that Jim Brewer will relocate from Los Angeles to Phoenix to become the office’s tax partner-in-charge.
Brewer has extensive experience serving companies of all sizes with tax planning advice, merger and acquisition reviews, organizational and restructuring advice, tax controversy and dispute resolution, cash tax optimization solutions, accounting method services, due diligence assistance and tax compliance services.
Brewer received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a CPA, licensed in the states of Arizona, California and Nevada.
Muntajat has hired Mohamed Faysal Charfeddine as its new Head of Tax. Mohamed will be based in Doha.
Mohamed started his career with Ernst & Young in Tunisia in 2003. He progressed to Manager before moving to KPMG Oman. In 2011 he joined MTN in Dubai as Group Tax Manager where he managed the tax affairs of 11 subsidiaries in Africa and the Middle East.
Qatar Chemical and Petrochemical Marketing and Distribution Company (Muntajat) Q.J.S.C. holds the exclusive rights to market, sell and distribute Qatar’s chemical and petrochemical products to the global market.
Aligned with the goal of Qatar National Vision 2030 to develop a competitive and diversified economy, Muntajat serves as a gateway for the State of Qatar’s chemical, polymer and fertiliser exports by consolidating all marketing and distribution efforts under a single entity to meet the needs of customers worldwide.
Elandre Brandt is joining WWB as Head of Corporate Tax with effect from 1 July 2014.
Mr Brandt is a partner within the international tax group at PwC Johannesburg. He has been with the firm for just under 3 years. Prior to this he was a Senior Tax Manager with Deloitte.
Commenting to Tax Grotto on his move, Mr Brandt said “I look forward to joining Webber Wentzel (in alliance with Linklaters) on 1 July 2014 and returning to my legal roots after 12 years in the Big 4 environment. Webber Wentzel is a leading law firm in South Africa and its tax practice is highly regarded, with some of the best practitioners in the business. I look forward to making a contribution to the firm.”
Ferdie Schneider is leaving KPMG in Johannesburg to join BDO as their National Head of Tax. He will be starting later in the summer.
Ferdie is a highly regarded VAT specialist and Economist. He was Chief Taxation Officer at SARS until 1994, when he moved to the Treasury Department as Senior Economist. In 1997 he joined Deloitte and was a partner when he left in 2003 to pursue personal interests. Ferdie resurfaced in 2005 at KPMG, where he has been a partner for the past 9 years.
His focus is on Value-Added Taxation (VAT), providing clients in all economic sectors with a variety of services such as tax technical opinions; facilitation of tax specific workshops; conducting tax reviews to ensure compliance with the law and optimisation of allowances. He has a keen interest in VAT on financial services and was part of a Ministerially appointed VAT on financial services committee in the 90′s which resulted in a widening of the South African VAT net.
In 2010 he formed a VAT Credit Retail focus group in conjunction with SARS which investigated the VAT implications in that specific sector, looking specifically at VAT apportionment and issues such as securitisation, direct attribution, etc. He is currently part of the Insurance VAT committee which is looking into the VAT issues in the insurance industry. He is also a member of SAICA’s VAT Committee. Ferdie has been very involved with the VAT legislative changes requiring foreign electronic service providers to register for SA VAT purposes where the law deems consumption to take place in SA.
Giulia Cipollini is joining Withers to develop its tax practice in Italy.
Ms Cipollini is currently with Studio Legale e Tributario Prof. Cordeiro Guerra e Associati. Her main areas of practice include domestic and international taxation, trusts tax planning, family office and contract negotiations. She is a member of STEP and well known for her expertise in real estate matters, the tax aspects of labour law and family tax planning.
A spokesperson for Withers confirmed that she is joining the Firm as Senior Counsel.
Law firm Winckworth Sherwood has strengthened its recently launched tax team with the appointment of partner Robin Dabydeen. He brings to the firm considerable expertise in the complex tax arrangements surrounding real estate joint ventures and fund structuring.
Robin joined the firm on Monday 28 April from Teacher Stern where he was a partner and head of its Tax team. He was previously head of Wedlake Bell’s Corporate Tax team.
He is widely recognised for his considerable expertise in direct and indirect tax issues in the real estate and corporate and commercial sectors. Robin has developed a particular expertise in the design and implementation of tax efficient real estate structures that cater for both property investment and development opportunities in the UK and overseas. He also has considerable experience in advising on the formation and running of UK and offshore investment fund structures and fund management arrangements.
Robin joins Simon Newsham who himself joined the firm in February this year and will jointly establish a dedicated tax practice at Winckworth Sherwood.
Commenting on his appointment Robin said: “I have worked with Winckworth Sherwood for the past two years providing tax advice on real estate joint ventures and structuring funds. The firm has a first class reputation in real estate and an impressive corporate and commercial team with an enviable client base. The opportunity to build alongside Simon a dedicated tax team is a terrific opportunity and I am delighted to be part of the firm.”
Roger Fitton, Winckworth Sherwood’s Managing Partner said: “Robin is well respected and has strengths that compliment our many practice areas. His considerable experience and client following, working alongside Simon, will be a real asset to the firm and further strengthen our Corporate and Commercial, Employment and Real Estate offer.”
NSG Pilkington, the world famous glass makers, has hired Gareth Harrison has their Group Tax Controller. Gareth will be based in Lathom in Lancashire.
Gareth joins from Bharti Airtel, where he was Tax Director for the Africa region, leading a team of 29 tax professionals across 17 countries. He has relocated back to the UK from Nairobi.
Gareth trained with Arthur Andersen in Manchester before joining AstraZeneca as their Emerging Markets Tax Manager in 2003. He returned to practice in 2005 and was a Senior Manager with KPMG until 2009. He then decided to relocate to Dubai with Barclays and was Head of Tax for the Africa region, covering 10 African markets for retail and corporate banking.
Exelis Mission Systems has hired Mike Abramovitz as Director of Tax, based in Colorado Springs.
Mike is a highly experienced tax professional who has operated at senior levels in industry and practice. He worked for Arthur Andersen early in his career before joining TeleTech Holdings, where he became Exec Director of Tax. From 2005 to 2010 he was Tax Partner as RSM McGladrey and most recently has been Managing Partner, Colorado for TaxOps LLC.
Mission Systems delivers innovative, cost-effective service solutions for some of the world’s most demanding challenges in facilities management, logistics and communications networks.