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Mr Tom Moyane has ben appointed as the new SARS Commissioner in an announcement made today by President Jacob Zuma.

Mr Tom Moyane brings more than 30 years’ experience to the role, having worked as a senior executive in various government and private sector entities.

The South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) were quick to add their support for Mr Moyane’s appointment. Stiaan Klue, Chief Executive of SAIT commented,

“SARS is a vital cornerstone of South Africa’s fiscal order and security, and Mr Moyane’s vast experience at the highest levels of Government and Public Administration stand him in good stead in ensuring SARS continue to serve the best interests of the South African economy.”

Klue believes that a debt of gratitude is owed to Mr Ivan Pillay who has been at the helm of SARS in the interim as Acting SARS Commissioner. “Mr Ivan Pillay needs to be commended for the stability and professional ism he instilled within SARS during his tenure as Acting Commissioner.”

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us tax lawyer jobsKilpatrick Townsend & Stockton has hired Vanessa Tollis from Gide Loyrette Nouel to chair its international tax team in New York.

Vanessa Tollis specializes in the U.S. tax aspects of cross border transactions (inbound and outbound). As Chair of Kilpatrick’s International Tax Practice, Ms. Tollis regularly advises a wide range of U.S. and foreign clients on tax issues including advising sponsors and participants in the global capital markets on securities offerings and tax efficient structured finance, including cross border securitizations.

She counsels funds and investors on tax issues associated with structuring funds and other joint ventures in addition to advising corporate clients on a broad range of key U.S. international tax issues, including U.S. trade or business thresholds, tax treaty application, withholding taxes, entity classification, debt/equity characterization, Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC), Controlled Foreign Corporations (CFC) and Subpart F, Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA), the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) regime, and a broad range of domestic tax rules. Ms. Tollis also has significant experience in related non-tax transactional work, including general corporate and secured transactions.

Jason Lester is the new UK & Ireland Head of Tax at EY

On September 8, 2014, in Ernst Young, EY, by Chris Bale

head of tax jobsJohn Dixon has left EY UK and been replaced by Jason Lester (pictured).

Mr Lester was formerly Head of Business Tax Services and part of a 7 strong tax leadership team for the UK and Ireland. He also has international experience gained with the Firm’s New York office.

Steve Varley is quoted as saying  “Having worked in both our London and regional markets, Jason brings a broad perspective to the role which will be critical in driving our growth plans. He has made his name as one of our strongest partners in the market and, having worked with EY outside of the UK, has developed a strong appreciation of the strength of our global firm.”

Jason adds: “This is a really exciting time to be leading our tax practice, particularly when the firm is growing significantly and has set out bold plans for the future. Key to our growth plans will be continuing to adapt to the evolving needs of our clients. Most of our clients continue to expand globally and we are developing many new client relationships as the attractiveness of the UK tax regime increases the level of investment into the UK. Supporting our clients’ growth ambitions by investing heavily in new partners and our people is a major priority,” he added.

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Legal Week and The Lawyer both reported today that Graham Iversen has resigned from Slaughters.

According to the respective articles, Iversen has resigned and will start work in November to lead the UK tax practice of GTM. Justin Hamer decided last year to step down from his management role but will remain as a consultant to the Firm.

This is the second high profile tax partner to leave Slaughters – in 2012 Richard Carson retired from the Firm but then popped up at Taylor Wessing.

Iversen’s areas of expertise are mergers and acquisitions (public, private, domestic and cross-border), structured finance, private equity, corporate reconstructions, and public debt and equity issues.

Highlights include advising:

  • Kesa Electricals plc on the sale of Comet Group plc, its subsidiaries and Triptych Insurance N.V. to entities advised by OpCapita LLP
  • UK Asset Resolution Limited, the single holding company for Northern Rock (Asset Management) plc and Bradford & Bingley plc, in connection with the sale of Northern Rock plc by HM Treasury
  • INEOS on the formation of a joint venture with PetroChina relating to refining operations in the UK and France

Graham is listed as a leading individual in the Tax sections of Chambers UK 2014, Chambers Europe 2014 and Chambers Global 2014.

He joined Slaughters in 1990 and was made a tax partner in 2000.


tax leadership jobsRené Schöb is the new country managing partner of Mazars Romania, with effect from September. He replaces Jean-Pierre Vigroux, who is retiring.

This is a rapid promotion for Mr Schob, who has only been with Mazars since September 2013.

René, a Swiss national, is a Certified Tax Advisor and member of the Romanian Chamber of Tax Consultants (CCFR).

His field of expertise encompasses Romanian and international taxation, with an emphasis on direct taxation: profit tax, withholding tax, financial and tax due diligence, mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance. He advises clients from various industries such as: automotive, insurance, production, pharmaceuticals, retail, agriculture, services providers, energy, E-business, Technology and IT.

René is a well-known expert for foreign and particularly German-speaking investors in Romania, having offered support to well over 150 firms during their market entry stage.

Before joining Mazars, he co-founded the professional services firm “Adevaris”, which merged with Mazars in 2013. Prior to that, he worked as a Project Management Advisor with KPMG Consulting / BearingPoint and as a director in corporate planning and controlling with a Swiss stock listed company.

He is fluent in English and German, with a sound knowledge of Romanian and knowledge of French.

Grant Thornton Head of Tax JobsGrant Thornton in the US has named Doreen Griffith as office managing partner of its Greater Bay Area practice. She will oversee the growth and operations of the San Francisco and San Jose, Calif. offices.

Most recently, Griffith served as national managing partner of Tax Services for Grant Thornton. She succeeds Jeff Pera, who will continue to support the Greater Bay Area practice.

Since joining Grant Thornton in 2003, Griffith has served in a number of roles with increasing responsibility, including Tax practice leader for the Greater Bay Area and regional Tax partner. She also served as the office managing partner of the firm’s Honolulu practice.

“Doreen brings to this role proven leadership coupled with an extensive knowledge of tax issues and a deep familiarity with many of the regional resources available to best serve our clients,” said Jacqueline Akerblom, managing partner of Grant Thornton’s West region. “She will be integral in maintaining and building upon the momentum that Jeff established for the firm’s Greater Bay Area practice during the last 11 years.”

As the firm’s Tax Services leader, Griffith played a key role in setting the firm’s tax strategy, launching the Grant Thornton Shared Services Center, serving as senior sponsor for many of the firm’s largest tax clients and prospects, and developing talent for the practice. She has extensive experience in tax consulting, structuring, business operations and compliance for companies and individuals in the real estate, manufacturing, not-for-profit, hospitality and high-technology industries. She also has experience in federal and state taxes for corporations, individuals, partnerships and bankruptcy estates.

Griffith is a certified public accountant (CPA) in California, Illinois, Arkansas and Hawaii. She is a former chair of the Hawaii State Board of Public Accountancy, a member of the California State Society of CPAs and a member of the American Institute of CPAs. She is also a member of the advisory board for the College of Business at Louisiana Tech University. Griffith received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Louisiana Tech University.

global head of tax jobsMSCI Inc, a leading provider of investment decision support tools to investors globally, has appointed Robert Beynon as Global Head of Tax.

Rob joins from GFI Group, where he has worked as Global Head of Tax for the past 3 years. Before this he was US Tax Director at ICAP. His earlier commercial tax career was in the UK.

Rob is a UK Chartered Accountant and a New York attorney. He has a detailed knowledge of both the US and UK tax laws as well as a good understanding of the tax laws in many other countries including Brazil, and other Asian and European financial centers.

Rob’s background is primarily corporate tax, whether federal, state and local or international, but he is a generalist and has had in depth experience in payroll taxes, sales and use taxes, executive compensation, transfer pricing and VAT among others.

Rob has built a number of corporate tax departments and is responsible for quarterly reporting and tax compliance as well as tax planning across multiple geographies. Rob is equally experienced in US GAAP and IFRS.

Rob’s career has also exposed him to many corporate transactions and he has significant experience in mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring. He has also had a commercial role considering the impact of corporate transactions and was the leader of the cross functional committee assessing the impact of corporate transactions.

Rob is an adjunct professor in the Masters of Tax program at Baruch College, CUNY

New Global Tax Leader at EY is Jay Nibbe

On August 12, 2014, in EY, by Chris Bale

tax leadership jobsEY announced today the appointment of Jay Nibbe to Global Vice Chair for Tax, leading more than 35,000 tax professionals around the world. He chairs EY’s Tax Executive Committee and continues his role as a member of EY’s Global Executive, the organization’s highest management body.

Nibbe, who joined EY in 1985, was most recently the Chair of EY’s Global Accounts Committee and Deputy Area Managing Partner for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA). Nibbe also previously served as Americas Vice Chair of Tax and Americas Tax Managing Partner.

He takes charge at a time when tax is commanding more attention in the C-suite and in the boardroom. These executives increasingly understand how getting tax right is critical to growing successfully in the global economy. EY’s network spans more than 140 countries, providing clients with the right approach, specialization and resources to address all of their tax needs, both globally and locally.

Nibbe remains actively engaged in client services, and continues to work as a senior advisory partner to several clients.

Prior to his leadership roles in the Americas, from 1995 to 1999, Nibbe was based in Moscow where he led Tax in the Commonwealth of Independent States for four years, developing EY practices in Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Ukraine.

Nibbe received an Accounting and Finance degree from Minnesota State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Taxation from the University of Minnesota.

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