King & Wood Mallesons has announced the promotion of Jerome Tse to the partnership, with effect from 1 December.
Jerome has been with the Firm in Sydney since 2008 and has specialised in tax since 2001, when he trained with PwC. He focuses on corporate tax advice and tax controversy issues.
George Abney has joined Alston & Bird as a partner in the firm’s Tax Controversy Group.
Mr. Abney has significant trial and appellate experience gained from years as a federal prosecutor with the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Florida. In private practice, he has successfully represented clients in civil tax controversies before the IRS, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. district courts and the U.S. bankruptcy courts, as well as in federal grand jury investigations and IRS criminal investigations.
Mr. Abney was recognized by former Attorney General John Ashcroft as a Tax Division Outstanding Attorney, and he has received special recognition from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, for his work in successfully prosecuting United States v. Dugas, a case that involved kidnapping, Mann Act and firearms charges.
Mr. Abney earned his J.D. from the Florida State University College of Law, with high honors, where he served as executive editor of the law review, and his B.A. from Columbia University.
Brown, PC, the Texas-based boutique law firm with a nationwide US practice handling tax controversies and tax litigation, has announced the addition of experienced tax attorney Cynthia Cook as senior counsel.
Ms. Cook has special expertise representing clients in civil and criminal tax cases, IRS audits and appeals, and business and employment tax matters. With more than two decades of experience, she provides sophisticated and effective counsel for clients in matters before the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Courts, 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
In addition to her law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law, Ms. Cook earned her Master of Laws in Taxation from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She secured her undergraduate degree from Wichita State University..
“At Brown, PC, our experienced attorneys and veteran former IRS investigators and accountants take a team approach to high-level, high-stakes litigation involving civil and criminal tax matters,” says firm founder Lawrence Brown. “Cynthia’s extensive legal experience and specific tax expertise will make her a key member of our team.”
Founded in 1992, Brown, PC, represents clients in the most complex IRS audits and appeals, civil tax litigation, asset forfeiture actions, IRS criminal tax matters and IRS tax collection disputes. The firm’s clients include ultra-high-net-worth individuals and businesses located throughout the United States and around the world.
King & Spalding has recruited Nathan E. Clukey as a partner in its tax practice to help expand the firm’s tax controversy and tax litigation practices. He will be resident in the Washington, D.C., office. Clukey had been a trial lawyer in the tax division of the U.S. Department of Justice since 2008.
At the Justice Department, Clukey tried an array of tax cases in federal district courts, serving as lead counsel in both jury and bench trials. He litigated several case tax shelter cases, including the first 743(f) distressed debt shelter case. He has prosecuted civil injunction actions nationwide, including the first-ever injunction suit referred by the large business and international division of the Internal Revenue Service. He also has extensive experience handling parallel civil and criminal proceedings as well as international tax investigations and litigation, with a focus on transfer-pricing tax actions.
“Nathan’s litigation experience and technical knowledge of the tax law give him a unique ability to serve clients in complex and demanding tax controversy contexts,” said Hap Shashy, leader of King & Spalding’s tax practice. “We are very lucky to have Nathan, and we welcome him to the firm.”
Clukey is a three-time recipient of the DOJ tax division’s outstanding attorney award and the recipient of IRS chief counsel’s Mitchell Rogovin award for outstanding support by the Department of Justice. He received a J.D. degree from Catholic University Columbus School of Law, an LL.M. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Clukey is an adjunct professor in the master of laws in taxation program at Georgetown University Law Center.
Liesl Fichardt, BLP’s Head of Contentious Tax, has resigned and will be joining Clifford Chance in London.
Ms Fichardt has been with BLP since 2008 and prior to this was a tax partner at Dorsey & Whitney. She has extensive experience in tax litigation, negotiation with revenue authorities, and settlement of disputes.
She is dual qualified as a solicitor and solicitor-advocate in England and Wales, and previously acted as a High Court Judge in South Africa. She is also a certified mediator, accredited with the CEDR.
Bingham McCutchen LLP has expanded the capabilities of its tax group with the hiring of insurance tax lawyer Susan E. Seabrook as a partner in the Washington office.
Joining Bingham from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Seabrook focuses on tax controversy relating to insurance companies, financial institutions, and financial and insurance products. She also advises on tax issues unique to insurance company M&A transactions, reinsurance matters and product issues. Prior to entering private practice, she was an attorney adviser in the National Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service, Financial Institutions and Products, where she served as industry counsel for the life insurance industry and assisted in identifying and developing issues related to insurance company and product tax matters.
“Susan is a talented lawyer who brings exceptional experience and keen perspective to insurance-specific tax matters,” said John Magee, leader of Bingham’s Tax Group, noting that the IRS and the U.S. Department of the Treasury are focusing more on the insurance industry in light of President Obama’s health care law and increased regulation. “Susan’s arrival will further enable us to proactively identify tax controversy issues for clients. She’s a terrific complement to our robust team.”
For Seabrook the attraction to Bingham is the caliber and collaborative culture of its tax lawyers, their deep experience in tax controversy work with major financial institutions, and the firm’s entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated by its successful growth from a regional player to a global enterprise in little more than a decade.
Seabrook has successfully resolved tax controversies at all levels of tax administration and in court and has assisted her clients in responding to congressional, regulatory and other governmental inquiries in connection with tax-related issues and provided advice in connection with insurance company or product-related tax implications of complex transactions.
Crowe Clark Whitehill has increased its number of partners working on tax investigations by 100%, welcoming investigations specialist John Cassidy to the team on 2 April.
John, who joins the firm from PKF, is a high profile figure in tax investigations, with wide-ranging experience in the field covering offshore evasion, fraud investigations, the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility, disputes with HMRC, professional negligence claims and expert witness work. A regular writer and lecturer, he wrote chapters on tax investigations in the Zurich Tax Handbook and ICAEW’s TAXLine Tax Planning, and sits on a number of tax committees.
John joins Crowe Clark Whitehill partner Sean Wakeman, whose team won last year’s Lexis Nexis Best Tax Investigations team award – with John’s team at PKF coming in as hotly-contested runners up.
John says: “I am very pleased to be joining Crowe Clark Whitehill at what is clearly a great time in the firm’s development. I hope that my experience will complement the sterling work done by the tax investigations team, and that my appointment will be beneficial for both the firm and its clients. The Crowe Clark Whitehill team is already of the highest quality as demonstrated by them winning the Lexis Nexis tax award last year, and I hope to add to that.”
Sean Wakeman says: “I am delighted that John and his team are joining us. Their arrival marks another step in our strategy to build on our success by recruiting the very best tax investigations talent. John is at the very top of the tree in terms of his knowledge, experience and ability to deliver first class solutions to clients”.
“John’s recruitment to jointly head the team will help us to continue our positive trajectory. John is a well-known industry figure and a first class tax partner with whom I am looking forward to working for many years to come.”
Tom Cryan recently joined WTAS in McLean, Virginia as Managing Director in the National Tax Office.
Cryan has extraordinary experience in the area of tax controversy. He also has experience and strong technical skills in TEFRA partnership procedures, international information reporting, IRS procedural matters, and periods and methods. Cryan has spent the last 10 years in Deloitte’s National Tax Office and spent the prior 11 years in Arthur Andersen’s National Tax Office. His previous experience also includes 10 years working at the District Counsel and Chief Counsel offices of IRS in Washington, D.C.
WTAS Commercial Practice and National Tax Office Managing Director, Chris Rice commented, “Having Tom join our National Tax Office is a demonstration of our commitment to enhancing and broadening our firm’s technical expertise in areas of tax controversy and IRS procedural matters.”
Cryan received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Canisius College in Buffalo, his law degree from Boston College and his LLM from University of Miami.