Eline Polak has joined Mazars in Amsterdam as a tax partner .
Following a 10 year career in the judiciary she will now focus on further strengthening the Mazars VAT and customs practice.
Eline started her career in 1993 with KPMG, working as a VAT and customs specialist. From 1996 to 2005 she worked as a tax lawyer for, amongst others, Baker & McKenzie, where she advised on matters of national and international VAT and customs.
In 2005 Eline was appointed a judge of the Tax and Customs Division of the Haarlem District Court. Mid 2010 she moved to the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal. Since January 2015 she was appointed a Justice of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal, handling VAT and customs cases.
She will remain with the Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal as a Deputy Justice.
Gareth Pritchard has been promoted to tax partner at Deloitte UK.
Mr Pritchard is an indirect tax specialist and leads the Deloitte Indirect Tax practice in the South West & Wales, the Firm’s national manufacturing industry group, the EMEA Indirect Tax Aerospace & Defence industry team as well as the UK Law Firm VAT advisory practice.
His role will involve managing a team of 18 indirect tax specialists.
Mr Pritchard trained with PwC before joining Deloitte in June 2005. He is a Chartered Tax Advisor.
Philip Munn has resigned from Deloitte, where he was a Director in the indirect tax practice, to join Baker Tilly as a tax partner. He is based in the Southampton office, with effect from September 2015.
Mr Munn has had broad indirect tax experience. He started life at Deloitte in 1999 where he specialised in indirect tax, rising to senior manager within 7 years. He then decided to move in-house and joined Vodafone as their Group VAT Manager. In 2008 he moved to Rank Group to lead the indirect tax team and later also took on an Investor Relations role.
In 2012 he decided to return to the profession, back to Deloitte, where he has worked for the past three years.
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The former head of VAT at Clifford Chance, Etienne Wong, has taken up fast track pupilage at Tax Chambers, 15 Old Square and is now able to accept instructions through the Chambers clerks. The pupillage formally required for a solicitor transferring to the Bar will be completed on 1 December 2014.
Etienne qualified as a solicitor in 1990, and was a partner and head of the international VAT unit at Clifford Chance LLP from 1999 to 2014. He was called to the Bar in 2014.
Etienne has been advising on all aspects of VAT since 1989, and appeared in Band 1 in Chambers Global as an “excellent choice for indirect tax matters”.
In particular, he advises on the VAT treatment of:
• financing transactions (including structured finance, securitisations, asset finance, commodities transactions, factoring and Islamic financing)
• real estate transactions
• insurance transactions
• corporate acquisitions and disposals
• private equity transactions
• outsourcing transactions
• transactions in the transport sector (including transactions in aircraft, vessels, trains and automobiles)
• e-commerce and other new media transactions
• transactions in the leisure sector
• transactions in the power and energy sectors (including solar panel financing, transactions in carbon credits and renewable energy projects)
He also advises on tax matters generally — in particular, the direct and indirect taxation of:
• real estate transactions (e.g. property development, property investment)
• outsourcing transactions
• transactions in the power and energy sectors (e.g. solar panel financing, biomass projects)
• e-commerce and other new media transactions and transfer pricing, insurance premium tax and customs and excise duties.
He also advises on disputes with HMRC.
Etienne has authored several articles and spoken at various conferences both within the UK and abroad, and was the author of the tax chapter of the Outsourcing Practice Manual and the co-author of the European Union chapter of the Inward Investment and International Taxation Review.
Lucy Lee has rejoined EY as a Partner with the Personal Client Services team of the National Tax Department.
Located in Washington, DC, she will lead the Individual Global Tax Planning group and will serve as the liaison with the International Tax Services team for cross-border client collaboration. Lee returns to EY after two years with General Electric and five years with Caplin & Drysdale where her experiences included inbound and outbound issues relative to individuals and families, particularly in the Asian and European markets. Lucy is fluent in Korean.
Michele Randall returns to EY Chicago’s Indirect Tax practice from Deloitte. She spent 14 years in Deloitte’s Multistate Tax group, becoming a Director in 2006. Building on her recent role as the lead of Deloitte’s multistate real estate industry group, she brings a focus on the real estate sector, including both asset management and REITs.
Whilst at EY from 1995 to 1998, Randall had been a member of the SALT Value Analysis restructuring group. She began her career at TTX, Company, where she managed tax in the payroll department.
Ashley Scheele has joined EY’s Indirect Tax practice as a Partner in the Southwest Region. Ashley joins from Deloitte, where she was a senior manager, and will be focused on growing the firm’s Excise Tax practice across the US.
Scheele’s background includes more than 18 years in public accounting (at PwC and then Deloitte) where she built a broad skill set, focusing predominately on multistate and indirect tax issues. In previous roles, she spent three years with Financial Services in New York City and served two years in a National Quality and Risk Management Practice before returning to Houston.
Ryan has announced that Nigel Mellor has joined the management team as a Principal to lead the Firm’s continued international expansion throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. Mellor will drive the sustained growth of the Singaporean practice and direct the delivery of goods and services tax (GST) recovery, advisory, and compliance solutions, as well as an integrated suite of comprehensive international tax and technology solutions to multinational clients operating in the Asia-Pacific region. He will be based in Ryan’s Singapore office.
Mr. Mellor has more than 20 years of international tax experience leading multinational teams supporting global corporations across every major industry sector and has been based in Singapore, Europe, and the United States. Prior to joining Ryan, he served as United States Value-Added Tax (VAT) Leader for Deloitte and also previously established and developed a VAT/GST team in Singapore, where he also led the Indirect Tax Service Line for the Asia-Pacific region.
“Ryan already provides tax services to leading global companies operating in Singapore, and the addition of Nigel Mellor will provide experienced leadership to drive our continued growth in this emerging market,” said Brendan F. Moore, Ryan President of Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America Operations. “The trust that Ryan has earned by delivering superior results for these multinational clients drives our commitment to rapidly expand our footprint across the Asia-Pacific region.”
“Nigel Mellor is a widely respected international tax professional, and his leadership will ensure that our global clients operating in the Asia-Pacific region have access to a more comprehensive suite of tax solutions for improving profitability and cash flow,” said G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. “We will continue to acquire the very best international tax talent to support our client demand in countries all over the world.”
BDO Australia has made up 3 new partners, including indirect tax specialist Leisa Rafter who is based in the Brisbane office.
Leisa has specialised in the field of indirect tax for over nine years, gaining extensive experience working in “big four” firms before joining BDO. Leisa has a particular focus on the financial services sector and regularly provides GST consulting and review services to a range of Managed Investment Schemes and funds.
Leisa is also a principal advisor on State duties and taxes.
- Preparation of advice in relation to the GST implications of various government grants received and levies, charges and fees imposed by a government department.
- Transaction support and GST compliance review services for various government related entities.
- Provision of stamp duty advice in relation to internal restructures.
Qualifications & memberships
- Solicitor, Supreme Court of Queensland
- Bachelor of Laws, QUT
- Bachelor of Business (Accounting), QUT
- Lecturer, Taxation Institute of Australia
- Member, Queensland Law Society Inc.