Stijn Janssen has joined Withers to set up their Middle East tax advisory office in Dubai (DIFC). The Dubai office will focus on international tax advisory services and private client tax services.
Commenting on his new role to Chris Bale, Editor of Tax Grotto, Stijn said:
“I believe the time is right for a firm of Withers’ calibre to make an entrance to the Middle Eastern market. I very much look forward to developing the Withers brand in the region and to build an international tax practice of the highest standards, serving corporates, private clients and governments, and be part of the reputable and fast expanding international tax practice of the firm.”
Stijn joins from EY Dubai where he was a Tax Partner and MENA Leader for Private Client Services since 2013. Prior to this his career was spent with Loyens & Loeff in Amsterdam, Tokyo and Dubai. From 2008 to 2013 he was the Local Managing Partner for Loyens & Loeff’s Dubai office.
Laurence Parry has joined Kreston Reeves to help drive forward the firm’s tax service offering. He joined on 1 November 2015.
Whilst working across a broad spectrum of tax issues, Laurence specialises in areas including dispute resolution, mergers and acquisitions and planning for non UK domiciles. He is also trained with CEDR as a mediator.
Laurence comments, “ I am really excited about joining Kreston Reeves. There is a well worn but true phrase about standing on the shoulders of giants and I am looking forward to doing just this – helping to take forward this firm’s ambitions by continuing to provide the exceptional client service for which Kreston Reeves is renowned.”
Andrew Griggs, Senior Partner at Kreston Reeves, comments, “ I am delighted to welcome Laurence and his considerable experience to the firm. His extensive skill set will serve to expand the unusual breadth and depth of UK and international tax expertise already present within Kreston Reeves. I look forward to working with Laurence to continue to provide a first class, personal service for all our clients.”
The early portion of Laurence’s career was spent at Big 4 firms, initially Ernst & Young and then KPMG. In 1999 he joined PM+M in Blackburn as Tax Partner, where he remained for the next 10 years. In 2009 he took the unusual step of moving to HMRC as an Anti-Avoidance Advisor, responsible for private client and owner managed business tax issues. This involved assisting customer teams with enquiries, training teams on commercial awareness, and providing support to policy teams on Budget measures. In 2012 he was recruited as Private Client Partner by HedgeStart Partners, a boutique advisory firm for the hedge fund industry. This merged with Cordium in February 2014.
Graham Scott has joined the private client team of Morton Fraser. He is based in the Edinburgh office.
Mr Scott has over 20 years experience in all aspects of capital tax and estate planning for individuals and their families, including Wills, Powers of Attorney and trust law. He also advises business owners on all matters relating to business succession planning and tax efficient structures.
He joins from Aberdein Considine, where he was also a partner. Mr Scott initially trained with Dundas & Wilson, then moved to Turcan Connell. In 2006 he joined Murray Beith Murray where he was made a partner.
Graham is qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and is also a Notary Public.
Kent based accountancy firm, Creaseys, has hired Simon Linley as head of the private client practice. He joined the Firm yesterday from the London office of Kreston Reeves, where he has been a tax partner for the past 5 years.
Creaseys’ chief executive Emma Roberts said:
“Our client base from London is extending rapidly and almost half of our personal clients live or work there. We have won significant local private business as well, so we needed an additional partner with the kind of expertise that Simon brings. He will have a major part to play in our taxation advice and compliance for high wealth individuals, heading up a 20-strong private client team.”
Simon has more than 25 years’ experience of capital gains tax, income tax, inheritance tax planning and non-dom tax planning.
A mathematics graduate from Imperial College in London, Simon is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners and a Tax Faculty member.
Simon commented “I am really pleased to be joining the award winning tax practice at Creaseys and contributing to its growth and development.”
Creaseys has won the Lexis Nexis award as the UK’s best single office tax practice twice and co-authored Tolley’s Property Tax Planning.
North London accountancy firm, Nyman Libson Paul, has recruited a new tax partner in the form of Mitch Young.
Mr Young joins from Adler Shine where he was Tax Director. He will retain his focus on private client taxation whilst being in charge of the creation of a new sports division.
Nyman Libson Paul was founded in 1933 and has 19 partners. Many clients have been involved in all aspects of the entertainment industry, including theatre, film and television.
Akin Gump has announced that Lucy Lee has joined the firm’s tax practice, where she will be a partner in its private client services group.
She will reside in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Ms. Lee joins from Ernst & Young LLP, where she led that firm’s cross-border private client services group in its National Tax Department.
Ms. Lee brings to Akin Gump substantial experience in international tax matters, with a particular concentration on the Asia-Pacific region. Her practice focuses on advising high-net-worth global individuals, families, trusts and multinational companies in an array of tax-related matters, including cross-border income, estate and gift tax planning and controversy.
“Our clients’ interests are expanding around the globe, and we understand the importance of offering truly cross-border services in areas such as tax and estate planning,” said Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “Lucy will fill an important role at Akin Gump and will prove an invaluable asset to our clients with interests both within the United States and abroad.”
Stuart Leblang, co-head of Akin Gump’s tax practice, added “Tax is an increasingly global practice, reflecting the environment in which our clients live and conduct business. Lucy brings significant experience providing sophisticated tax planning advice and services to companies and high-net-worth individuals—particularly in Korea and throughout Asia. These skills make her an outstanding addition to our private clients team and will allow us to enhance and expand the services we are able to offer our international and multinational individual clients and their families.”
Ms. Lee’s practice includes advising clients on U.S. tax law pertaining to entering and exiting platforms in bilateral or multilateral jurisdictions, and in planning and managing the U.S. tax and reporting implications of living and working on a global platform. She also provides counsel on improving the financial efficiency of closely held businesses and investments through proactive and effective planning and the management of tax attributes; preserving and managing wealth by providing U.S. tax advice to administrators and beneficiaries of trusts and estates; and preventing unrecoverable costs by managing tax risks and supporting business negotiations.
Ms. Lee also represents individuals (including athletes and entertainers), trusts and companies in a wide range of tax controversies.
“I’m excited to join Akin Gump, which has such a respected and established tax practice,” said Ms. Lee. “The firm’s strong international footprint and diverse base of clients, many of whom have a need for comprehensive, cross-border tax and estate planning counsel, make it an ideal platform for me and my practice.”
Prior to her tenure at Ernst & Young, Ms. Lee served as corporate tax counsel, international, for General Electric Corporation, where she supported the company’s capital and industrial businesses and investments in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Before that, she was a partner in a boutique law firm focused on providing tax and tax controversy advice. She has also served as U.S. attorney for a Korea-based law firm.
McDermott Will & Emery has announced that Jean-Marc Tirard, one of the best known private client lawyers in France, has joined as a partner in its international Private Client Practice Group, based in the Firm’s London office.
Carol Harrington, global head of McDermott’s Private Client Practice Group comments: “Developing an EU continental practice and enhancing our reputation as a top international private client firm in London is a key strategy for us. Having a renowned practitioner of Jean-Marc’s calibre join the team in London will support this goal”.
Henry Christensen, head of McDermott’s international private clients practice, notes, “I have worked with Jean-Marc for years and am simply delighted to have him join us in London, where he will continue to represent his continental European clients, as well as expatriates who have moved to London, working closely with our established London team of private client lawyers.”
Jean-Marc has advised French and non-French companies and private clients on French and international corporate and individual tax issues. He has negotiated with tax authorities and handled tax litigation for over three decades. Jean-Marc has advised on numerous high-profile corporate transactions and has extensive experience in tax and estate planning for French and non-French high net worth individuals. Originally specialising in French and international corporate tax through his unique knowledge of trusts in France, in the last 18 years his practice has developed into an international private client practice.
Jean-Marc began his career with the French tax administration before entering into private practice. He was in charge of the Paris tax department of Ernst & Whinney (Ernst & Young) for 10 years. In 1989, he joined Clifford Chance where he was the head of the Paris office tax practice before he co-founded Tirard Naudin (with Maryse Naudin) in 1997.
“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Jean-Marc to the team here in London. The growth of the London international Private Client team has been significant, trebling headcount since the group’s inception and giving us greater ability to serve our clients wherever they may be located” added Hugh Nineham, Partner and Head of McDermott’s London office.
Jean-Marc Tirard is rated as one of the leading French tax lawyers in various surveys (including Euromoney, International Tax Review and Chambers); cited as a leading tax lawyer in a number of publications including Best Lawyers in France, the Euromoney Guide to European Leading Tax Advisers, Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers and the Private Client Guide of Practice Law Company; named outstanding European Individual of the year by the CityWealth Magic Circle Awards 2009 and co-founded and was the former chairman of the French branch of STEP, The Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners, as well as the chairman of the Tax Commission of the French Committee and the former chairman of the Tax Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce. Jean-Marc is also an International Fellow of ACTEC (the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel) and also an Academician of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. McDermott has largest number of ACTEC members and Academy members of any other law firm.
Jean-Marc’s appointment follows the arrival of Partner David Adler last month to the Private Client group in London. David’s practice focuses on U.S. tax planning, wealth transfer, and trust and estate matters advising on the U.S. federal tax and compliance issues that arise for individuals and fiduciaries with a connection to multiple jurisdictions.
As part of the strategic plan to further expand its tax and private capital practice, Fladgate has announced the appointment of private client specialist, Matthew Bennett. Matthew joined in January from Wilsons, where he was head of the tax and trusts group and had been a partner since 2006.
Matthew specialises in advising business owners and entrepreneurs on the management of their wealth and personal affairs. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and has previously sat on the Camelot panel advising National Lottery winners.
Matthew’s expertise is recognised by the Legal 500 and the Citywealth Guide and he was included in the 2012 Top 50 of the most influential private client practitioners, published by Private Client Practitioner magazine.
Private capital is a significant contributor to Fladgate’s business, with the firm’s income stream split approximately 50:50 between private wealth and institutional stakeholders. The firm’s private capital client base comprises: individuals and families with significant personal assets, domiciled and non-domiciled; entrepreneurs and family businesses; international trust companies; fund managers; trustees of family and charitable trusts; and personal representatives of substantial estates.
Commenting on the appointment, Fladgate’s chairman Charles Wander said: “Many of our private capital clients are first and second generation entrepreneurs who instruct us on their commercial affairs and also look to us for advice on tax, estate planning, cross-border succession and a range of other issues including disputes arising over family wealth and matters such as structuring the ownership of family businesses. Matthew’s appointment, which takes the number of partners in the group to six, will add strength and depth to the range of services we are able to offer and we are delighted to welcome him to the firm.”
Matthew added: “In addition to joining a thriving private capital practice, Fladgate’s considerable expertise in complementary areas offers an exciting opportunity for me to further develop my client base.”
- Advising the trustees of a UK family trust holding trading assets worth approximately £50m on their duties and responsibilities.
- Advising non-domiciled individuals regarding valuable London residential property, and implementing holding structures.
- Advising in connection with the migration of three Liechtenstein Foundations to Jersey.
- Acting in relation to the estate of a UK resident and domiciled property entrepreneur and advising the family on executors’ trading responsibilities, reorganisation of the family company and the use of trusts to protect the family’s wealth.
- Advising the majority shareholder of both a substantial private trading and an investment company on strategies for transferring his interests down the generations.
- Advising a non-resident individual on the use of the UK/Swiss double tax treaty.