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baker tilly tax partner jobsPhilip 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.

Baker Tilly is actively recruiting into its tax practice right across the UK. To explore opportunities please click here

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Tax Barrister JobsThe 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
• funds
• 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 and Michele Randall return to EY Tax

On September 20, 2014, in Deloitte, Ernst Young, EY, GE, by Chris Bale

EY Private Client JObsLucy 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.

Real estate tax jobsMichele 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.

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Excise Tax Partner JobsAshley 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.

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ryan tax jobsRyan 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.”

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Leisa Rafter joins BDO partnership in Australia

On July 12, 2014, in BDO, by Chris Bale

BDO Australia tax jobsBDO 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.

Key assignments

  • 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.


EY China tax jobsStéphane Rinkin has resigned from PwC Geneva where he led the indirect tax team. He is joining EY Shanghai and will start with the Firm on 1st April.

Stephane specialises in International VAT and has significant experience with complex Indirect Tax issues for multinational companies. These include large projects involving business restructuring and supply chain organization implementation. His work focuses on the design, development and delivery of business solutions with optimised Indirect Taxes strategies.

Stephane will assist Chinese and multinational clients manage and streamline their Indirect Tax positions in Asia Pacific and more specifically in China.

EY has the leading Indirect Tax practice in China with 6 partners and more than 90 fully dedicated professionals with differing backgrounds (VAT, customs officers, industry).

Note: This article was first published on Jan 9th 2014. It was updated with additional information provided by Mr Rinkin on 18th March 2014.

Eversheds Tax JobsEversheds has appointed Deloitte Indirect Tax Litigation Director, Giles Salmond, as a partner in its London tax team. He will lead the VAT disputes and Indirect Taxes practice.

An indirect tax litigation specialist, Giles has represented a wide variety of companies across all sectors including multinationals and UK PLCs.

After being called to the Bar, Giles practised for 6 years at the Solicitor’s Office for HM Customs and Excise where he undertook complex prosecution work and latterly civil VAT and customs duty litigation, including many appearances before the VAT and Duties Tribunals. Giles then joined Garretts, the law firm associated with Andersen, before transitioning to Andersen and then Deloitte in 2002, where he became a Director in 2006.

A highly experienced litigator, Giles has a significant profile in the market having acted in a large number of cases both before the UK courts and tribunals and the European Court of Justice. His wealth of experience includes appearing as an advocate before the ECJ in a complex customs valuation case relating to the EU’s international agreements on trade (GATT and WTO).

Giles has been at the forefront of many landmark VAT cases, including acting for Condé Nast in the leading VAT case on time limits which established that the introduction of the three year cap in 1997 without transitional provisions was unlawful.

Giles has also been intrinsic in the mediation of tax disputes. He was involved in the first UK tax mediation and has since acted in a number of successful tax mediations.

Commenting on his appointment, David Jervis Head of tax said:

“Giles has developed a strong reputation in the market having acted for a wide range of clients across all sectors including consumer business, leisure and the financial services sector, having been involved in a number of high profile disputes with the tax authorities. We have recruited him to lead our VAT disputes practice at Eversheds.

“Giles’s appointment is a great addition to the team, to provide our UK and multinational clients with market leading expertise in complex VAT disputes.”

Giles Salmond commented:

“I look forward to joining Eversheds in the new year and working with the existing team to expand its capabilities and take on new mandates.”