EY announced today that Laura M. Prendergast joined its Tax Controversy and Risk Management Services (TCRMS) group as an Executive Director located in the Iselin, NJ office. Prendergast brings 36 years of federal service, including senior executive and top-level management experience at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), most recently as Acting Deputy Commissioner (Domestic) of the Large Business & International (LB&I) Division.
At EY, Prendergast will assist clients on working effectively with the IRS to help resolve disputes and mitigate future controversy, along with assisting with pre-filing options.
“Laura’s extensive IRS experience in the LB&I Division is a significant addition to our strong team of tax controversy professionals and will benefit our clients as they interact with the IRS,” said Eric Solomon, co-director of EY’s National Tax Department. “She brings knowledge of the IRS organization, practices and procedures, including audit and issue management strategies.”
Prior to her leadership role with LB&I, as Acting Deputy Commissioner (Domestic), Prendergast held many positions at the IRS, including Industry Director overseeing examinations for Heavy Manufacturing and Pharmaceuticals (HMP) and Heavy Manufacturing and Transportation (HMT); assistant to Deputy Commissioner of Service and Enforcement for the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative; and Large and Mid-Size Business (LMSB), director of Field Specialists. Prendergast was the Executive Lead for several initiatives, most notably the new Information Document Request (IDR) process and the implementation for Uncertain Tax Positions (UTP) and the Quality Examination Process (QEP).
Prendergast holds a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting from Kean University and a Master’s Degree in taxation from Seton Hall University. Prendergast is a certified public accountant licensed in New Jersey.
KPMG Australia has announced the hiring of senior lawyers from Maddocks’ tax controversy practice.
The move represents a significant investment by KPMG Legal and Tax Services and confirms its position as the premier practice in Australia for tax controversy services.
The team joining KPMG is led by Angela Wood, a senior tax controversy partner at Maddocks. Ross Hocking and Angelina Lagana, also senior tax controversy lawyers at the firm, have decided to come to KPMG with Angela. The team have worked with each other for over 10 years, building what has become one of the leading tax controversy teams in Australia, with significant expertise in transfer pricing.
Nationally, with the recruitment of the new team, KPMG Legal and Tax Services will grow to a practice of nine partners and special counsel, specializing in tax controversy services, with dedicated offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Gary Wingrove, CEO of KPMG Australia, said “This team hire reflects KPMG’s investment-led growth agenda, and demonstrates our commitment to investing across all parts of our business. Companies are increasingly demanding specialist expertise and by meeting their needs we will achieve growth both for our own firm and for our clients. This recruitment will confirm KPMG’s position as the premier tax controversy practice in Australia.”
Rosheen Garnon, KPMG National Managing Partner – Tax, said: “We are seeing increasing interest in tax controversy, and in particular disputes with a cross-border element, including transfer pricing issues where the team has substantial expertise. The KPMG Legal and Tax Services practice has expanded rapidly over the past 12 months attracting leading professionals and the recruitment of renowned experts such as Angela, Ross and Angelina will give it real further momentum.”
She added: “Unlike other professionals in the field, who typically only act for taxpayers, Angela, Ross and Angelina offer clients a distinctive proposition and perspective, having represented the ATO for a number of years in leading tax cases. Applying this experience, they can offer clients a unique insight into how to manage their interaction with the ATO and formulate the most appropriate strategy to avert or achieve early resolution of any tax dispute.
“Joining KPMG will enable Angela, Ross and Angelina to work together with specialist tax partners to deliver complete solutions to clients, under one roof, whether it is preparing for tax audits, dispute resolution, or, if necessary, assisting with representation in court.”
KPMG has a focused growth strategy offering niche legal services focusing on tax. Tax dispute resolution is an area the firm has targeted for particular attention, as companies are increasingly looking for specialist advice to prevent and resolve tax audits and disputes.
Rosheen Garnon added: “A recent survey by KPMG International showed that 75 percent of tax executives globally were involved in a tax examination or dispute with a tax authority. In Australia the firm is seeing a rise in disputes with a cross-border element, which is why we are busy recruiting specialist tax lawyers who can help companies operating both domestically and internationally. The Maddocks lawyers joining will be of tremendous assistance in this respect.”
DLA Piper announced yesterday that Kathryn Keneally is joining the firm’s global Tax practice as chair of its Civil and Criminal Tax Litigation group. She arrives in October as partner in the New York office.
Recognized as a national leader in the tax and criminal defense bar, Keneally served as Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division of the US Department of Justice from 2012–2014, where she was responsible for the work of over 350 attorneys. During her tenure, she developed a groundbreaking program to redress past wrongdoing by foreign banks, and she worked closely with federal and state regulators on a precedent-setting prosecution of a large financial institution. She also developed and implemented a comprehensive approach to civil and criminal tax enforcement. Attorney General Eric G. Holder recognized her achievements by awarding her the Edmund J. Randolph Award for outstanding service to the Department of Justice and the nation, the highest honor that the Attorney General may award to a department employee.
“We are pleased to welcome Kathy, who served as the nation’s top tax prosecutor, to our tax and white collar teams,” said Heidi Levine, co-managing partner of DLA Piper’s New York office. “Her impressive accomplishments in government and private practice will be an asset to the firm and our clients here and around the world.”
Prior to her service at the Department of Justice, Keneally represented businesses and individuals before the IRS and other government agencies. She was the lead trial counsel in a precedent-setting gift tax case, and has litigated extensively in the Tax Court and before state and federal courts in tax, litigation, and criminal matters. She has served as a Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, and chaired two of the Section of Taxation’s Committees – the Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, which addresses matters relating to civil and criminal tax litigation, and the Committee on the Standards of Tax Practice, which addresses ethics standards for tax practitioners. She is currently a chair of the National Institute on Criminal Tax Fraud and the National Institute on Tax Controversy.
“Kathy’s in-depth tax and enforcement background uniquely positions her to handle the most complex matters, from both regulatory and litigation perspectives,” said David Colker, global and US chair of DLA Piper’s Tax practice. “She is an ideal fit for our global platform and will be a great asset for a broad range of international matters.”
Keneally earned her LL.M. in Taxation from NYU School of Law, her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, and her B.S. from Cornell University.
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Jeffrey Goldman has joined Holland & Knight’s Chicago office as a partner in the firm’s Tax Controversy practice. He has worked on a number of high-profile tax matters in a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, healthcare, manufacturing, insurance and automotive. Previously, he was a partner at Husch Blackwell in Kansas City, Mo.
“We are extremely pleased that Jeff is coming to Holland & Knight,” said Jenny Johnson, head of the Tax Controversy and Litigation team at the firm. “He will be an excellent fit for our current work representing clients with offshore financial interests and who may be facing controversy or criminal matters. Our practice continues to grow in this area, and his experience handling significant tax controversies will greatly benefit our ability to continue attracting more complex cases.”
Mr. Goldman has represented Fortune 500 companies as well as mid-sized and smaller companies on both tax and compliance issues. He has a great deal of experience advising U.S. and foreign-based insurers on tax and state regulatory matters, and in captive insurance. His background includes working with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, foreign bank account reporting and voluntary disclosures, and other international tax issues, including tax treaties, taxation of expatriates, foreign tax credits, transfer pricing and debt/equity issues.
“I am so happy to become a part of the team at Holland & Knight,” said Mr. Goldman. “The depth of the tax controversy practice as well as the variety of matters the lawyers handle attracted me. I can see how my work developing offshore referrals will enhance what Holland & Knight is already doing regarding tax compliance internationally.”
Gabrielle McParlin has joined EY in the Manchester office as an Executive Director. Her role will be to lead the Firm’s tax controversy and risk management offering in the North West.
She joins from Deloitte, where she has worked for the past 13 years, leaving at Director grade.
Chris Bowers has left Bingham McCutchen to join Skadden Arps.
He advises clients on all aspects of international tax planning and controversy, representing many of the largest U.S. and international financial institutions, as well as large, multinational companies. He focuses on issues arising in cross-border financings, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and foreign tax credit planning.
Before joining Skadden in 2014, he was a partner at Bingham McCutchen. Prior to that, he was a partner in the International Corporate Services Group at KPMG LLP’s Washington National Tax Office. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bowers clerked for Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and the Hon. Pamela Ann Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Bowers is listed as one of the country’s leading tax practitioners in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He also has been included in The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 U.S. and International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers.
Mr. Bowers has co-authored numerous articles on a wide range of international topics that have been published in leading tax journals, including Tax Management International Journal, Tax Notes and Tax Notes International. He also is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches international taxation, and served as an adjunct professor of law for corporate taxation at the George Mason University School of Law in 2004.
Ernst & Young LLP announced today that Richard McAlonan, Jr. has joined the firm as Director of National Tax Transfer Pricing Controversy in Washington, DC, and will also act as the Americas Director of Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs) after serving as the Director of the IRS’s Advance Pricing and Mutual Agreement (APMA) Program.
As director of the recently formed APMA program, McAlonan led a team of 120 lawyers, economists, accountants and staff. He was tasked with integrating the APA program staff with the Tax Treaty IRS group, improving productivity and efficiency while maintaining the high standards and strong image of the APA and mutual agreement programs. During his tenure, the IRS significantly increased the number of APAs completed.
“Dick’s experience with the new APMA program will bring tremendous value to our clients as they consider the most appropriate opportunities for increased tax certainty,” said Michael Mundaca, co-director of Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department.
Prior to joining the IRS, McAlonan spent two years as an Executive Director for Ernst & Young LLP’s transfer pricing controversy practice, where he advised clients on transfer pricing controversy risk management and resolution (including audit dispute resolution) as well as APAs, competent authority procedures and tax treaties.
He has spoken at industry conferences and authored a series of articles comparing APA procedures in different countries.
McAlonan received his Master in Business Administration from Temple University and his Master of Science in Taxation from Pace University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.
Withers London has hired Tessa Lorimer to strengthen its tax disputes and investigation practice. She joins as Special Counsel.
Tessa is a barrister who specialises in both civil and criminal tax fraud investigations and litigation conducted by the Special Investigation and Criminal Investigation departments of HMRC. Tessa has extensive experience in advising the Board of the former Inland Revenue and HMRC in relation to their most complex direct and indirect tax investigations and prosecutions.
Most of Tessa’s work is international in nature and she has considerable experience of mutual legal assistance, extradition, search warrants, judicial review, injunctions, SOCPA production orders and legal professional privilege issues. Tessa has also advised SOCA, HMRC and the SCDEA on sensitive cases involving money laundering and organised crime as well as strategic export control and regulatory offences.
Tessa comments, “Withers has a first-class reputation for assisting clients in regulatory investigations and the international reach of the team is a great platform for me to build my practice around the world. I look forward to putting my experience of working within and across from the tax authorities into effect at Withers.”
Tessa started her career with the CPS and spent 12 years as a Senior Lawyer based in the Thames Vallet. In 2001 she joined the Inland Revenue Solicitor’s Office and spent 4 years as a senior tax lawyer. In 2005 she moved across to the Revenue & Customs Prosecutions Office as a senior tax fraud prosecutor before returning to the CPS in a similar role. In 2012 she moved into practice and worked as a barrister with GSC Solicitors in London.