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King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin has appointed partner Anne Quenedey and her team to the Tax department in Paris.

King & Wood Mallesons tax lawyer jobsAnne’s team includes one counsel and three associates, from Dentons. Joining with her is Carolle Thain-Navarro (Counsel) and associates Etienne Guillou, Arnaud Colson and Catherine Sambath. Prior to Dentons, Anne was co-head of Bird & Bird’s international Tax group.

Anne and her team advise large domestic and international groups in defining their tax strategy, as well as on their M&A and restructuring operations. Their expertise also extends to all kind of relationships with the tax authorities including audit, litigation and rulings.

Anne has a deep knowledge of the telecommunications and private equity sectors which complements our sectors strengths, as well as insurance sector capability. She advises family-owned groups on corporate and patrimonial aspects and works closely with the OECD on issues relating to transfer pricing of intangibles. Anne is also a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), along with many other key tax professional organisations in France.

Christophe Digoy, Managing Partner of the Paris office, said: “This team is a fantastic hire for the firm, reinforcing our strategy to grow our areas of strength. Our ability to attract Anne and her team is an endorsement of the vision and direction of the firm both in Paris and globally.”

Sylvie Vansteenkiste, partner and Head of the Tax group in Paris, added: “With excellent relationships with many multinational companies, Anne and her team add great strength, depth and capability to the global Tax practice. Their arrival positions us as one of the largest Tax teams in Paris in transactional taxation and in particular in private equity.”
Anne Quenedey said: “King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin has a top reputation in Tax law. I was particularly attracted by the dynamism of its team and by the recent combination with the leading Asia-Pacific firm King & Wood Mallesons.”

About the new team members:

Carolle Thain-Navarro, Counsel: previously worked at Dentons, Bird & Bird and Andersen Legal. Carolle works in particular on tax aspects of transactions, M&A and restructuring operations, for French or international groups. She has developed a particular expertise in private equity and regularly advises investment funds on their acquisitions. She also has extensive experience in assisting companies in their tax audit and litigation.

Etienne Guillou, senior associate: previously worked at Dentons, Bird & Bird and started his career at Fidal. Etienne mainly concentrates on patrimonial taxation and supports family businesses in their asset structuring and in their operations of transmissions and acquisitions.

Arnaud Colson, associate: previously worked at Dentons, Bird & Bird and Ernst & Young.

Catherine Sambath, associate: previously worked at Dentons and Bird & Bird.

The team join the existing Tax team of three partners (Sylvie Vansteenkiste, Fanny Combourieu and Raphaël Béra) and six associates (Gwenaël Kropfinger, Sarah Mordoff,Antoine Le Touzé, Thomas Guillier, Etienne Bimbeau and Olivia Sibieude).

BDO LLP has announced a new Lead Partner for the West Midlands.

Richard Rose, a senior tax partner who has been at BDO LLP for nine years, has taken over as Lead Partner to the 265-strong team in Birmingham, replacing Mark Anslow who is retiring from the partnership to take on the role of CEO at client firm, Pemberstone Ventures.

Marking one year on from the merger with PKF, Richard will lead BDO through its next stage of growth, as it steps up recruitment and aims for 20% revenue growth.

Richard joined BDO in 2005 and has headed up the Birmingham tax team for the last five years.  He is also the firm’s national tax spokesperson.   He will be responsible for leading business growth across the West Midlands, working with the firm’s 16 partners in Birmingham.

Commenting, Richard Rose said:  “Mark has done a fantastic job and has helped BDO become a real force in the market.  He will no doubt continue to be a great advocate for the firm, and we wish him all the very best in the next step of his career.

“It’s an exciting time for BDO and I’m very much looking forward to leading the team through our next phase of growth. With larger company audit reform taking shape and a return to form for our region’s manufacturing and services sectors, the market is opening up and providing additional opportunities for BDO.

“There’s been a real shift in business confidence with companies responding ambitiously to the upturn in the economy.  We want to continue to be at the very centre of those investment decisions for our clients in the mid-market, to advise them on the opportunities in both domestic and international markets and provide them with the best service around. I know we have a great team in place that can do exactly that.”

Mark Anslow added:  “Leading the team in Birmingham for the last seven years has been an honour, one filled with great experiences and great people.  It was a tough decision to make but now is the time for me to move on to a fresh challenge and I’m pleased to be able to pass over the reins to such as seasoned professional like Richard.

“With the support of a highly respected partnership and the dedication of the hugely talented people at BDO, I’m confident that Richard will continue to build upon the firm’s success in the Midlands.”

grant thornton tax partner jobsGrant Thornton LLP has named Kullen Birkeland, 53, as office managing partner of its Southern California practice, effective Aug. 1, 2014. He will oversee the growth and operations of the Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego offices.

Birkeland most recently served as the firm’s West region Tax practice leader, and also previously served as the leader of the Southern California and the Minneapolis Tax practices. He will succeed Jacqueline Akerblom, who has served as the office managing partner of the firm’s Southern California practice since 2012 and will continue to serve as the West region managing partner.

“Kullen has played a key role in driving the strategy and leading the growth of Grant Thornton’s West region Tax practice for the past two years,” said Akerblom. “We’re confident that his extensive knowledge of tax issues combined with his strong leadership skills and experience will be integral to the continued growth and success of our Southern California practice.”

Birkeland is a seasoned tax practitioner with more than 25 years of public accounting and industry tax experience. He has assisted clients in solving many complex tax and business issues, including the tax structuring of mergers and acquisitions, foreign tax planning, state and local tax minimization, and accounting methods. He has directed delivery of tax services for several private and public companies.

A certified public accountant in California and Minnesota, Birkeland is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California and Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves on the boards of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach and American Red Cross Los Angeles Region.

Birkeland received a master’s degree in taxation and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.


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BDK hires new head of tax in Belgrade

On March 13, 2014, in BDK, by Chris Bale

BDK tax jobsBDK, the full service law firm operating in Serbia, Montenegro and Republika Srpska, has recruited Dragan Demirovic as the Firm’s new head of tax.

He joins from Reff & Associates, the correspondent law firm for Deloitte in Romania.

Mr Demirovic is a member of the Serbian Bar Association, the Serbian Fiscal Association and the International Fiscal Association.

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Coats plc, a leading consumer textile crafts business in over 70 countries, has hired Andrew Stockwell as Head of Tax.

Andrew has extensive experience at leading in house tax functions. He was Head of Tax at Charter International and managed the tax integration when it was acquired by Colfax Corporation. More recently has worked as the interim Head of Direct Tax at Dixons Retail.

Andrew is ACMA and CTA qualified and started his career with Iveco Ford’s finance function, where he worked for the first 10 years of his career.


global head of taxRosen Group has hired Carolina Graterol to be their new Global Head of Tax & Transfer Pricing.

Carolina has extensive in house tax experience. She was Head of Tax for Latin America with Sanofi before moving to Nissan as a Senior Tax & TP Manager for Europe. Most recently she has worked with different parts of the Carlsberg Group covering tax, TP and supply chain issues.

The Rosen Group is a worldwide provider of cutting-edge solutions in all areas of the integrity process chain eg oil and gas pipeline systems and above-ground storage facilities.

KPMG US tax jobsBurr Pilger Mayer has recruited Thomas Garigliano as a tax partner in the Santa Rosa and St Helena offices.

Tom now leads the North Bay Corporate Tax Practice, bringing more than 30 years of C-Corp, S-Corp. and partnership taxation experience, including mergers and reorganizations of these types of entities. Tom is responsible for ensuring exceptional client service and delivering corporate tax expertise to public and privately-held clients.

Tom works closely with food & beverage, winery & vineyard land, technology and other consumer product companies. He understands the complex business needs of companies from formation, rapid growth, merger and acquisition transactions to publicly-traded.

Prior to joining BPM, Garigliano was with KPMG, a global professional services firm providing audit, tax and advisory services. In addition to his role as Partner-In-Charge of KPMG’s San Francisco Tax Practice, his experience includes serving as KPMG’s Tax Lead Partner for Software and Electronics, and Financial Services, and Global Tax Outsourcing Practice, responsible for the management of tax accounting and tax compliance services for the subsidiaries of both domestic and foreign multi-national companies. In these roles, he has delivered corporate tax counsel to clients across a broad spectrum of sizes and industries including manufacturing, automobile, high-technology, and financial services.

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PwC US announced yesterday that it has grown its existing real estate practice in the Rockies market with the addition of industry veteran Robert Lund and a team of experienced tax professionals. The addition of this group to the Rockies will allow PwC to expand the suite of services it offers to its clients with a special emphasis on real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Robert Lund joins PwC’s Denver office as a tax managing director and will lead the Rockies real estate tax team. In addition, Kathleen Machamer and Jill Kaplan (pictured) join as tax directors and Beth Kroupa joins as a tax manager, also based in Denver. The team brings deep technical experience that complements PwC’s existing real estate practice.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to providing a depth and breadth of services to our clients, we are excited to invest in and expand our real estate practice, now comprised of a strong team with tax, assurance and consulting capabilities,” said Katrina Salem, PwC’s Managing Partner for the Rockies market. “Our growing team of talented professionals has both the technical capabilities and industry knowledge needed to enhance the value we deliver to our existing clients and the market.”

Lund comes to PwC with more than 20 years of real estate industry experience. He brings with him a combined knowledge of the industry and deep knowledge in the area of REITs. Lund holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Machamer joins PwC as a tax director with more than 10 years of combined public accounting and real estate industry experience. She brings technical insights on corporate real estate tax, specifically in tax positions related to the structuring of real estate and enterprise level transactions. Machamer received her bachelor’s degree in business and administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Denver.

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