Mr Eric Williams, a highly regarded Private Client Tax practitioner, has joined Mazars. He will be based in the Birmingham office.
Mr Williams has spent the last 18 years with Grant Thornton where he has specialised in tax, estate planning and wealth structuring advice for wealthy individuals, entrepreneurs and their companies. He lead the Firm’s UK private client team.
He was named in the 2012 and 2013 Private Client Practitioner list of the “50 most influential” in the Private Client Advisory field and for the last 3 years in the CityWealth Leaders List.
Speechlys has opened its fourth international office in a little over two years, following its expansion into Geneva, Zurich and Luxembourg.
The new operation will initially consist of a team of four partners and seven associates. The offering will focus on tax planning for wealthy families and entrepreneurs as well as corporate and litigation services to these clients, private equity investors and corporates. Such an offering complements Speechly Bircham’s existing strength in international private wealth and corporate work, and will serve as a solid platform to add complementary disciplines in Paris in the future.
The partner team comprises Stéphane de Lassus and Anne-Marie Berthault-Boissonnas, both formerly of STC Partners, who specialise in international tax planning for wealthy families, entrepreneurs and management teams; Thibaut Caharel of PDGB Avocats (corporate) and Frédéric Jeannin, also from STC Partners (litigation).
Stéphane commented, “We are all very excited about this fantastic opportunity. The partner team here in Paris has a clear focus on the private wealth, private equity and entrepreneurial market, which fits perfectly with Speechlys’ international practice. Our clients expect high quality, responsive, and independent advice from their lawyers, with access to an international offering. Becoming part of Speechly Bircham is a perfect way to achieve that.”
The resident team will be supported by a number of London partners from across Speechly Bircham’s other European offices: Nathalie Moreno (a dual qualified TMT partner who has recently been appointed as representative of the Paris Bar in London) and corporate partner Martin Wright have significant expertise acting for French corporates in the UK and overseas. Paul Henty, who graduated from Strasbourg University and specialises in EU & Competition law, and John Ward, one of the firm’s leading international tax and estate planning partners with experience of the French market, will also support the new office.
Responsible for developing the firm’s international operations, Speechlys’ Senior Partner, Michael Lingens, said “Building on the success of our first international offices, Paris feels like a natural next step due to its importance as a European commercial centre. Speechly Bircham has invested in growing its international private wealth, investment management and funds offering and we are delighted that this very talented team has joined us. The addition of Paris will enable us to broaden our offering to wealthy families and successful entrepreneurs as well as private equity houses and corporates.”
Anne-Marie advises entrepreneurs, private equity investors, family and private groups and company directors and managers on French and international taxation.
She assists with the implementation of legal and tax optimisation strategies, at French and international level, with a particular focus on the structuring and transfer of private and family groups (creation, transfers, private equity or fund investments, transmissions and donations of companies), taxation of family shareholders and managers of companies (wealth tax, capital gains, financial products, remuneration optimisation and diversification, etc), creation of hybrid entities (partnerships etc), investment (life insurance, financial products, real estate investments, etc) and international mobility.
Anne-Marie holds seminars for French and foreign banks and organisations specialising in asset management, tax engineering and property investment.
Anne-Marie began her career in 1997 as a tax lawyer at Baker & McKenzie where she practised until 2005. She joined STC Partners in 2005 and became a partner in 2008. Anne-Marie joined Speechly Bircham in 2013.
Anne-Marie holds a Masters in business law and taxation (Université Paris II Panthéon Assas) and a DESS in Company Taxation (Université Paris IX Dauphine).
Stéphane de Lassus advises family and private groups, company directors and managers on LBO transactions.Stéphane is also a lecturer in international tax law at the University of Paris IX Dauphine as part of the Master of “Professional Assets Law” programme.Stéphane began his career as a tax specialist at Archibald Andersen in 1995, where he managed the asset management and family business department. He joined Landwell in 2002 and, in 2005, participated in the creation of STC Partners where he became a partner. Stéphane joined Speechly Bircham in 2013.Stéphane is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Law (Université Paris II -Panthéon Assas) and a DESS in taxation (Université Paris IX Dauphine).
Foot Anstey has hired Deborah Carrivick from Burges Salmon, where she has worked for the past 15 years. She will be based in the Bristol office.
Deborah sits in the Wealth and Succession team and has extensive experience of advising clients on UK and international tax, trust and succession matters. She has acted for individuals, trustees and financial institutions.
Her work involves advising individuals on the UK tax implications of being UK resident and of owning assets in the UK, looking at domicile issues and advising on the UK taxation of offshore trusts and companies. She also advises international financial institutions and global trust companies on international tax and trusts matters, including the preparation of standard trust documents for use worldwide.
David Kilshaw has joined EY, following his retirement from KPMG’s Private Client team.
He will work with John Cooney, Carolyn Steppler and Caspar Noble to strengthen the family office business in the UK.
Head of UK & Ireland Tax at EY, John Dixon, commented
“As well as growing our family office practice, he will take an active role in developing and mentoring new talent coming through the team. We have ambitions to grow the tax business significantly, and it’s imperative that we have the best people at the helm and coming through every level of the organisation.”
Catherine Desmond has been part of the team at the Saffery Champness Manchester office since 2003 and is a member of the firm’s Landed Estates Group. In her new position as partner, she will play a leading role in the firm’s work with rural businesses and estates across Cheshire and Derbyshire.
Saffery Champness managing partner, Jonathan Fox, said that her appointment would see the firm widen its reach across the north west, particularly in its key specialisms of landed estates and owner-managed businesses. He said:
“We are fortunate to have the benefit of Catherine’s expertise in succession, inheritance and trust issues. Her understanding of the specific issues facing private clients, landed estates and their businesses and families has made her a key member of our senior team.
“We know what we’re good at and by sharpening our focus and strengthening our expertise in our tried and trusted specialisms of landed estates and other rural sector businesses, owner-managed businesses and private wealth we have managed both to grow our business and invest for the future.”
Graham Scott has joined Edinburgh law firm Aberdein Considine as a Private Client Partner.
He moves from Murray Beith Murray where he has spent the last 7 years as a partner. Mr Scott is an Edinburgh man through and through – educated at George Watson’s Colleage and Edinburgh University his first job was with Dundas & Wilson in Edinburgh.
His specialisation is tax & estate planning and he is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in trust law.
Evans has joined Stonehage Law Limited as a director, effective from September 2013.
Prior to this Michael was a partner at Burges Salmon LLP where he headed up the firm’s International Tax & Trust practice, with a particular focus on advising international fiduciary companies and their clients.
Michael qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and is a member of the STEP International Committee.
He is based in the London office and reports to Len Durham.
Geldards is set to strengthen its nationally recognised Private Client team with the appointment of Claire Johnson as a Partner.
Based at the law firm’s Cardiff office, Claire brings a wealth of experience to a rapidly expanding team that’s already recognised as a market leader in the Legal 500 rankings.
Sian Williams, Head of Geldards’ Private Client team in Wales, said she was delighted to welcome her to the team.
“Claire has developed a formidable reputation in private client work most recently with law firm Morgan Cole LLP and her arrival will complement what is already one of the most highly regarded private client teams in Wales.” Sian explained.
“By working closely with colleagues in our Corporate and Commercial teams, her knowledge of tax planning wills and trusts will help us to expand and deliver a comprehensive service to clients.”