taxand tax jobsDr. Arthur Pleijsier has joined Taxand in Amsterdam as Of Counsel.

His role will focus on Transfer Pricing & Business Restructuring. For example, advising on principal structures, commissionaires, LRD’s and the setting up of manufacturing strategies.

Dr Pleijsier started his career with the Dutch Tax Authority and left as an Inspector. He spend some time as a lecturer before joining Arthur Andersen as an International Tax Manager. After 7 years he moved to EY and then into industry, initially as Senior International Tax Director at Medtronic and latterly as Head of Tax, Legal & Strategy at Lombard International (based from Luxembourg).

He holds a PhD in International Tax Law from Maastricht University.

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Sharp Partners tax jobsAlan Granwell has resigned from DLA Piper to join Sharp Partners in Washington, DC.

Alan Granwell has practised in the area of international taxation for over 40 years. His practice encompasses representing multinational corporations on cross-border planning, to include acquisitions, dispositions and business restructurings, IP migrations, services arrangements, repatriation planning, international insurance, international transportation, cross-border leasing, transfer pricing and the use of bilateral tax treaties. He also advises high-net-worth individuals on cross-border tax planning and structuring, to include foreign persons becoming U.S. persons and U.S. persons moving offshore or expatriating.

In the past few years, Mr. Granwell has become active in advising investors from emerging countries engaged in cross-border transactions involving the United States and Europe and in advising financial institutions and their clients on international tax enforcement initiatives, with special emphasis on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

Mr. Granwell also conducts an active administrative practice, regularly representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the US Treasury Department (including negotiating advance pricing agreements, conducting competent authority proceedings, advising taxpayers on voluntary disclosures, assisting clients in obtaining regulatory changes and tax rulings and advising clients on tax legislation matters).

From 1981 through 1984, Mr. Granwell was the International Tax Counsel and Director, Office of International Tax Affairs at the US Department of the Treasury. In that capacity, Mr. Granwell was the senior international tax advisor at the Treasury Department and was responsible for advising the Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy on legislation, regulations and administrative matters involving international taxation and directing the US tax treaty program.

Mr. Granwell has written numerous articles and has been a frequent lecturer on international tax matters globally.

tax counsel jobsOlaf van der Donk, former Head of Tax at A&O in Amsterdam, is joining Clifford Chance as Counsel to the tax group.


Mr van der Donk has worked with the Dutch Revenue as a Tax Inspector before joining EY in 1991, where he later made partner. In 2002 he joined A&O and was with them for 10 years. Since leaving he has developed a property rental business in Piemonte, where he is also Head Gardener.

Maples and Calder Tax JobsThe Irish office of international law firm Maples and Calder has announced that David Burke has joined the Tax Group in Dublin as Of Counsel.

David is a highly experienced tax specialist and joins from Mason Hayes & Curran, where he was a partner since November 2011. Prior to that, David was a senior tax lawyer in London with international law firms Sidley Austin LLP and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP.

Andrew Quinn, Head of Tax in Maples said, “We are delighted to welcome David to the team. We advise the world’s leading companies, banks and investment firms on structuring investments in and through Ireland. We pride ourselves on our technical excellence and transactional capability. David’s experience and knowledge will further enhance our market leading group”.

David has experience gained at UK, US and Irish firms, advising on international tax issues arising from corporate and financing transactions of all kinds.

His specialties include: Structured finance and securitisation, debt restructuring, debt funds, leasing and asset finance, property finance, project finance, corporate M&A

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linklaters tax jobsLinklaters has announced that Professor Dr Georg Crezelius has joined the firm as Of Counsel.

“We are very pleased that Professor Dr Georg Crezelius is joining our firm. His prominence and expertise in corporate tax, accounting and succession law optimally complements Linklaters’ strategic market orientation”, commented Dr Sebastian Benz, head of Linklaters’ tax practice in Germany. “With Georg Crezelius we now have yet another excellent advisor for our clients – in particular the leading medium-sized enterprises – in the Linklaters team. Together with Dr Rainer Stadler, he will continue our expansion in the field of corporate succession.”

Linklaters already augmented its practice in February with the accession of Professor Dr Wilhelm Haarmann to the German partnership. Wilhelm Haarmann is a renowned expert in relation to strategic tax issues, advising principally on restructuring and corporate transactions (M&A, private equity, venture capital).

“Following my work at the University of Erlangen/Bamberg, I am very much looking forward to the next exciting stage in my professional career. Linklaters is a very prestigious international firm. Within this professional environment I will be able to contribute not only through my teaching experience but also from the experience gained in numerous arbitration proceedings and appraisal commissions. I’m very much looking forward to this collaboration”, said Georg Crezelius in relation to his move to Linklaters.

In his career to date, Georg Crezelius has largely concentrated on practice-related research and teaching. In 1978 he earned his doctorate in “Inheritance Tax Law and Civil Law”, in 1983 he gained his professorship with “The Application of Tax Law and the General Legal System”. In that year he also received his appointment to the University of Mainz and in 1985 to the University in Bamberg, where he held the chair for tax law for 28 years.

Georg Crezelius is Chairman of the Advisory Council of the German Institute of Tax Consultants. In 1990 he was a member of the German Federal Government’s Commission on Corporate Tax Reform. Until 2007 he was a supervisory board member of HCI Capital AG, and from 2009 to 2012 a member of the administrative board of BayernLB. As the author of approx. 400 publications on corporate succession law, the law of Germany limited liability companies and tax law, he has gained an outstanding reputation over a long period of time. In addition, he annotates practice-related provisions in well-known commentaries on corporate law and income tax law.

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The international law firm Salans strengthens its Frankfurt office with the addition of a new Counsel.

As of 1 February 2012, Dr. Sabine Walz will join the Private Equity team under Holger Scheer. Dr. Walz is a German lawyer and certified tax advisor. As part of the Frankfurt M&A practice, she will advise in the areas of general corporate as well as national and international transaction tax and corporate law.

Sabine Walz worked in the department of Commercial Law at the University of Tech-nology Ilmenau from 1996 to 1998, specialising in tax law. Subsequently, she began her career as a lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Frankfurt. After she received her LL.M. from the University of New York, she worked freelance as a corporate counsel for US-American companies in various industries as well as for interna-tional institutional investors in connection with their inbound investments.

“With the addition of Dr. Walz, we can draw on an even wider expertise in the area of Private Equity and M&A here in Frankfurt”, commented Holger Scheer, Managing Partner of Salans‘ Frankfurt office and Co-Head of Global Private Equity Group. “Sa-bine Walz is not only a welcome reinforcement to our rapidly growing transaction team, she also ideally complements our competence at the interface of corporate and tax law in the Frankfurt office.”

The Private Equity team in Frankfurt now encompasses eight lawyers and advises cli-ents such as BayernLB Capital Partner, EQT Expansion Capital, and AXA Private Eq-uity on their corporate transactions.

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IRS hires Judson from Steptoe & Johnson

On August 6, 2011, in IRS, steptoe johnson, by Chris Bale

The Internal Revenue Service today announced the selection of Victoria Judson for the position of Division Counsel/Associate Chief Counsel (Tax Exempt and Government Entities) effective Aug. 28, 2011.

“I am pleased that Vicki Judson is resuming her government service,” IRS Chief Counsel William Wilkins said. “She is a lawyer with exceptional breadth of experience, technical skill, and policy insight. I look forward to working with her as she takes on this important leadership position.”

Since 2001 Judson served as Of Counsel at the firm of Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, representing clients including large and medium size corporate employers, employee plans, financial institutions, service providers, insurance companies, plans of state and local governments and associations. From 1998 to 2001 she served as a consultant for the Treasury Department and served as Deputy Benefits Tax Counsel at Treasury from 1995 to 1998. Judson served as Of Counsel at Steptoe from 1991 to 1995 and as an associate from 1986 to 1990. From 1990 to 1991, she was a visiting Assistant Professor of Law, teaching income taxation and property law.

From 1984 to 1985, she served as a staff attorney for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law of the Boston Bar Association. She was a staff attorney from 1983 to 1984 for Business and Professional People for the Public Interest. From 1982 to 1983, Judson served as associate with Herrick & Smith in Boston. From 1981 to 1982, she did her clerkship with Judge John Ferren with the D.C. Court of Appeals. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School cum laude in 1981 and her A.B. from Harvard College magna cum laude in 1977.

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