National Australia Bank has hired Mahesh Lakhani. Mahesh joined NAB in July and will initially lead the UK tax team.
Mr Lakhani is a highly experienced banking tax professional. In his early career he worked with JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Enron. He was London Head of Tax at Commerzbank from 2001 to 2005 and then a Director at Credit Suisse from 2005 to 2008, where he focussed on Front Office tax support. Most recently he was Head of Tax at KBC Financial Products, running teams in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and New York.
Commenting on his new role Mahesh said “I am delighted to join National Australia Bank in London. There is a fantastic global tax team and I am looking forward to being a key member of the team and adding value to the NAB group.”
Valad Europe, the leading diversified real estate investment manager, has announced the appointment of Claire Treacy as Chief Financial Officer.
In this role, Claire will be responsible for Valad Europe’s corporate finance functions, debt origination and ongoing management of the company’s finance operations across Europe. Prior to her promotion, Claire was Head of Tax and Risk at Valad for 10 years. During this time she was closely involved in the launches of the VEDF, V+ Germany, V+ Nordic, V+ Nordic 2 and Parc d’Activités funds, both during their establishment and in the acquisition phases.
Before joining Valad Europe, Claire was a Senior Tax Manager in KPMG’s Real Estate group, specialising in European fund structuring. She has a Degree in Economics and Mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin.
Commenting on the appointment, David Kirkby, Managing Director of Valad Europe, said: “Claire has been an integral part of the team for a number of years and throughout this time has demonstrated an exemplary track record supporting all of our major transactions. This appointment provides important continuity to our business as we embark on the next ambitious phase of our growth as part of Cromwell Property Group.”
Claire Treacy, newly appointed Chief Financial Officer at Valad Europe, said: “We have worked hard over the last few years to build a world-class investment management platform with an international network of capital partners. This is an exceptional opportunity to play a key role in the future expansion of the business.”
Valad Europe manages €5.3 billion of real estate assets and investment capacity across its 24 funds and mandates in Europe, comprising in excess of 400 assets and approximately 3,700 tenants, managed by local teams totalling 180 people in 22 offices and 13 European countries. –
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has announced a new global leadership team, effective Jan 2016, with tax partner Stephan Eilers becoming joint managing partner.
The team will assume their new roles from January 2016 when current senior partner Will Lawes steps down from his post and David Aitman steps down as managing partner.
Eilers is stepping up to the joint managing partner role from his current position as the Firm’s executive partner. A tax partner in Cologne, Stephan is one of the leading tax structuring lawyers in Germany. He provides practical solutions to his clients (especially in the private equity sector) and ensures that these solutions are recognised by tax authorities, e.g. in tax audits.
Dan Russo has joined Purdie Pharma as Tax Officer with responsibility for all tax matters, including business development tax structuring.
Dan most recently was Vice President Tax, Americas for Diageo; Tax Director for ITT Corporation; and Tax Counsel at Xerox Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from Rutgers University, a JD from Boston College Law School, and an LLM in Taxation from Boston University Law School.
Purdue Pharma and its associated U.S. companies are privately-held pharmaceutical companies known for pioneering research on chronic pain. Headquartered in Stamford, CT, Purdue is engaged in the research, development, production, and distribution of both prescription and over-the-counter medicines and hospital products. .
Mrs Garnon will move into a new role which will include leading two key growth initiatives for the firm – launching a new ‘people advisory’ collaboration offering between the firm’s Tax and Advisory practices, and continuing to build out KPMG’s legal services practice.
Mr Linke’s appointment follows a rigorous process of consultation and market analysis, considering internal and market candidates domestically and internationally.
“I am delighted to be able to promote from within after such a tough validation process. It is a credit to the quality of our upcoming leaders that ultimately the best candidate came from within the firm,” said CEO, Gary Wingrove. “David will drive an aggressive investment program for the Tax practice. His strengths are respected within the firm and the Australian market and will be critical for pursuing the market leading position for KPMG’s Tax practice.”
Mr Linke joined KPMG as a graduate and rapidly progressed in seniority. He is currently the Head of Corporate Tax. Client focused and results driven, he is a lead partner on several of the firm’s major tax accounts and has almost 20 years’ experience advising financial sponsors and Australian listed companies on transactions, as well as international and M&A tax issues. Mr Linke brings a wealth of client experience across a range of sectors and industries to the role.
Mr Wingrove acknowledged the significant contribution Mrs Garnon had made while holding the leadership role
“Rosheen is a highly respected senior partner with KPMG internationally. In her capacity as a member of the KPMG International Tax Steering Group, she has been a strong contributor to the firm’s global strategic tax agenda, most recently leading a review of KPMG’s global tax technology. She has been passionate and prominent in advocating for reform of Australia’s tax laws, including representing the firm last month at the Senate Inquiry into tax avoidance and minimisation.”
To ensure a smooth, effective transition Mr Linke will immediately join the firm’s National Executive Committee alongside Mrs Garnon. As a member of KPMG Australia’s Board, Mr Linke will now step down from that role.
Baker Tilly has expanded its Guildford tax team with the appointment of Hannah Lloyd as Partner and Head of Corporate Tax for the Guildford region. Hannah joins from BDO Southampton where she was a Tax Director.
Hannah has over 15 years’ experience advising companies of varying sizes including those with multinational operations, owner managed businesses and AIM, NASDAQ and FTSE listed entities. She has extensive expertise in advising businesses on the Substantial Shareholdings Exemption, R&D tax relief and international tax matters.
In her new role, Hannah will be responsible for the further development of the firm’s existing corporate tax offering in the region.
Martin Rossiter, OMP at Baker Tilly’s Guildford office said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Hannah to the team here in Guildford. She brings with her a broad range of experience across a number of areas of corporate tax and I have no doubt she will be a major asset to the business going forward.’
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Sascha Christoph has resigned as Head of Tax at Gigaset Communications to join ARVOS Group in Heidelberg, with effect from May 2015.
Mr Christoph trained with EY in Germany before joining WTS, where he worked for 3 years. In 2008 he moved in-house with Gigaset where he had worldwide responsibility for tax, reporting to the CFO.
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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