Bruce H. Weinrib has joined Shearman & Sterling LLP as Of Counsel as of October 2014 and is a member of the firm’s Tax Group in New York.
Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Bruce was a Managing Director in Barclays’ Strategic Transaction Group where he worked on and developed a wide-variety of capital markets, financing and M&A transactions for both Barclays’ own account and for the benefit of Barclays’ clients.
Before joining Barclays in September 2007, Bruce was a National Office Tax Partner with Ernst & Young LLP. Over his 26 year career at EY, Bruce had a number of different roles, including leading E&Y’s International Capital Markets Practice.
GAMCO Investors, Inc. has re-hired Vince Capurso into the management team of GAMCO as General Tax Counsel.
He will also re-assume the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GGCP, GAMCO’s controlling shareholder.
Vince originally joined GAMCO in 2000 as Vice President and Tax Counsel and GGCP in 2001 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
“We are delighted to have Vince rejoin us and we are confident that his proven cross- functional skills will continue to provide great value to all our constituents, clients, teammates and shareholders”, said Mario J. Gabelli, CEO of GAMCO.
A CPA and tax attorney, Vince has led the tax function and participated in numerous transactions of Fortune 500 and multinational companies during his career of over three decades as a senior financial executive in multiple industries.
Most recently Vince was Senior Vice President, Tax and Senior Tax Counsel of AMC Networks Inc. (NASDAQ:AMCX). During Vince’s tenure of more than three years, AMC Networks was spun-off from Cablevision and completed a $1 billion international acquisition of Chellomedia from Liberty Global.
Before AMC Networks, Vince led the tax function of Barnes & Noble for over five years during its digital and international expansion. Prior to joining GAMCO in 2000, Vince led the tax function of global investment banking and private equity firm Wasserstein Perella Group, Inc. for over five years.
Ropes & Gray has announced promotions for partners and counsel.
Geoffrey Mason (Boston) has been made a partner.
He advises clients on all aspects of estate planning, including sophisticated gift and estate tax planning and trust administration, and serves as trustee of numerous family trusts. He also advises trust companies and major charitable organizations on charitable giving and charitable trust administration.
- Represented founder and executive of major technology company in estate, gift and charitable planning matters from early stages of company through IPO.
- Assisted with the development and implementation of plan to transfer ownership of privately-held company to second and subsequent generations over several years.
- Worked with donor to develop a $20 million charitable commitment to a university, including outright gifts, charitable remainder trusts and charitable lead trusts.
- Represents State Street Global Advisors’ Charitable Asset Management Group in connection with their administration of charitable trusts and gift annuity programs.
- Developed and implemented gift program, including taxable gifts and GRATs, for owner of large, privately-held company.
Kat Saunders Gregor (Boston) has been promoted to Counsel. She joined the firm in 2005.
She focuses her practice on tax controversy matters, as well as partnership and international tax issues. She regularly represents clients before the U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the IRS, as well as non-U.S. tax authorities. Ms. Gregor has worked extensively on fund investment and secondary transactions, and she advises private equity and hedge funds clients on a variety of tax issues relating to formation and investment activities.
Kat previously practised as a CPA with the Middle Market Advisory Services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where she advised venture capital funds and their portfolio companies on tax compliance, planning, and controversy matters.
The Policy Resolution Group (PRG) at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Curtis Beaulieu is joining PRG as Senior Counsel in its Washington, D.C. office. Beaulieu will provide federal legislative and regulatory advice to the firm’s industry and non-profit clients on a broad range of tax policy matters.
Beaulieu joins PRG from Capitol Hill, where he served since 2011 as tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee. As tax counsel, he co-wrote the Tax Reform Option Paper on energy taxes for Senate Finance Committee members, organized hearings on income distribution and oil and gas tax expenditures, including intangible drilling costs, dual capacity, and the Section 199 manufacturing deduction, and negotiated extension of expiring tax provisions involved in the “fiscal cliff,” including “tax extenders,” RA/JGTRRA tax rates, and the estate and gift tax.
Beaulieu has wide-ranging Capitol Hill experience working for both the Senate and the House. Prior to working on the Senate Finance Committee staff, he served as tax counsel to Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) from 2008-11 and, in 2007-8, to Representative Jim McCrery (R-Louisiana), who was then ranking member on the House Ways & Means Committee. He also worked in various legislative capacities for Representative Sam Johnson (R-Texas) and Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana).
“Curt is a dedicated professional with a proven track record in understanding the challenges and complexities of the U.S. tax code. I’ve always valued his expertise and counsel and know he’ll do well in this new endeavor,” said Senator Hatch.
“We are excited to have Curt join the team,” said PRG Head Scott Segal. “His experience on tax policy, particularly related to energy, natural resources and manufacturing issues, will greatly benefit our clients. As Congress and the Executive Branch continue to discuss and debate a wide range of tax issues, from comprehensive tax reform to extenders and inversions, Curt will strengthen our practice with his skills and almost decade-long experience in serving as a top tax policy advisor on Capitol Hill. He is also highly respected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and throughout the private sector.”
“We proudly welcome Curt to our firm’s tax team,” said Liz McGinley, head of Bracewell & Giuliani’s tax section. “Our corporate clients are increasingly focused on the federal tax implications of their current operations and strategic initiatives. Curt’s tax policy experience, together with our strong transactional tax capability, will allow us to provide exceptional service to our clients.”
“I am delighted to join Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group,” said Beaulieu. “I was attracted to PRG by the firm’s unique comprehensive service model of offering legal, advocacy, and communications services under one roof, as well as its outstanding reputation in Washington for substance and knowledge of tax and other issues.”
Beaulieu received an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center; a J.D. from the California Western School of Law; and a B.S. in Communications from the University of Texas.
Formed in 2011, the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell & Giuliani helps clients around the world navigate our complex federal landscape, creating and implementing successful strategies to achieve our clients’ government relations objectives. PRG provides counsel and services in Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Information Gathering and Political Analysis, Strategic Communications and Legal Representation.
McDermott Will & Emery has announced that Philip D. Morrison has joined the Firm as Counsel in its U.S. and International Tax Practice Group resident in the Washington, D.C. office.
Mr. Morrison recently retired as a principal at Deloitte Tax LLP where he led Deloitte’s U.S. international tax quality control effort. In that position he provided tax planning and compliance advice to international tax practitioners, directed training on international tax issues, and acted as a liaison with the federal government. Prior to joining Deloitte, Mr. Morrison was a partner at another leading international law firm.
From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Morrison served as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s international tax counsel, the government’s chief legal advisor on international tax matters (including international tax legislation and regulations), chief negotiator of tax treaties, and director of the Office of International Tax Counsel. He also represented the U.S. at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and at other multilateral tax fora. Earlier in his career, he served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.
Mr. Morrison has more than 30 years of experience as a tax lawyer, with over 20 years exclusively in international tax. He will focus his practice on international tax, including inbound and outbound planning, treaty issues, transfer pricing and controversy work.
“We are delighted to welcome Phil to the Firm,” said Lowell S. Yoder, partner and head of McDermott’s US & International Tax Practice Group. “Phil is a leading authority on some of today’s most complex international and U.S. tax issues. With the rapid growth of our international tax practice, Phil brings to the Firm considerable knowledge and expertise that will be of tremendous value to our clients with business interests around the globe.”
“With more than three decades of sophisticated tax experience, Phil further deepens our capabilities and strengths as a leading firm in international tax,” added McDermott tax partner Blake Rubin, partner and head of McDermott’s Washington Tax Practice. “Clients operating around the world today are facing increasing challenges and uncertainties in the tax arena. Phil enhances our ability to provide the best counsel and advice available.”
Mr. Morrison is a member of the Committee on U.S. Activities of Foreigners and Tax Treaties of the American Bar Association’s Tax Section, The Tax Council, the tax committee of the National Foreign Trade Council, the International Fiscal Association, and a Washington-based international tax study group. He has regularly been selected as a leading tax advisor and a leading transfer pricing advisor for the International Tax Review/Legal Media Group’s expert guides. He has spoken and published widely on various international tax subjects and is a regular contributor to the Tax Management International Journal’s “Leading Practitioner Commentary.”
Mr. Morrison received his J.D. from Harvard Law School (with honors) and his A.B. (with high honors) from Princeton University.
KPMG LLP has named John P. Gimigliano as principal in charge of the Federal Legislative and Regulatory Services (FLRS) group of its Washington National Tax (WNT) practice.
Gimigliano succeeds Hank Gutman, who is assuming other responsibilities within the firm.
“John’s outstanding career in government and here at KPMG makes him uniquely qualified to assume the leadership role in Federal Legislative and Regulatory Services,” said Steven R. Lainoff, principal in charge of the firm’s Washington National Tax practice. “His knowledge, leadership and skills will further enhance the work of this important part of our Tax practice, as it provides clients with news, issue-focused commentary and insights on breaking developments in tax legislation.”
Prior to joining KPMG, Gimigliano served as senior tax counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Ways and Means and as staff director for its Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures. During his tenure on the Committee he was involved in the drafting, negotiation and enactment of several pieces of tax legislation, including the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act, the Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act of 2005, the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 and several others.
Gimigliano’s principal responsibilities on the House Ways and Means Committee focused on issues involving energy, cost recovery, accounting methods, tax credits, corporate reorganizations, the corporate alternative minimum tax, net operating losses and several other areas.
“Tax touches almost every line of a company’s balance sheet, which means that the regulatory and legislative proposals and changes occurring almost every day in the U.S. and internationally are critical information for leaders in all businesses and industries,” said Gimigliano. “With the focus on tax and budgetary reform in the U.S., and tax transparency discussions around the world, this is an extraordinarily important time for KPMG to work with our clients in understanding why and how these changes may impact their companies,” he said.
Gimigliano received a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from Georgetown University Law Center, a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Miami University. An adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, Gimigliano is a frequent speaker at tax conferences and commentator in the media.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (we need an abbreviation please) has announced three counsel promotions within its Paris office, including tax lawyer Gwenaël Kropfinger.
Gwenaël specialises in the tax structuring of company acquisitions, leveraged buyouts (LBOs), real estate investments, restructurings and refinancings for investment funds and corporate groups. He has particular expertise in investment fund structuring, both French and foreign (FPCI, partnerships, SICAR, FIS) for various assets (private equity, real estate and infrastructure funds). He also assists funds in the implementation of co-investment schemes or incentive plans for their management teams.
He speaks French, Italian and English.
President Obama has announced his intent to nominate Cary Douglas Pugh as a Judge to the United States Tax Court.
“Cary has demonstrated unwavering integrity and a firm commitment to public service throughout her career,” said President Obama. “I am proud to nominate her to serve on the United States Tax Court.”
Cary D. Pugh works as Tax Counsel at Skadden Arps, based in Washington. She focuses her practice on a wide range of administrative and legislative matters. She represents clients in all stages of audit and controversy before the IRS and on published guidance and tax policy matters before the Treasury Department and Congress. She also advises clients on planning and compliance issues, as well as energy tax matters.
Prior to joining Skadden in June 2005 as counsel in the Tax Group, she served as special counsel to the chief counsel of the IRS where she advised on published guidance, tax administration and controversy matters, and led the chief counsel’s expedited guidance program. Ms. Pugh was responsible for coordinating chief counsel implementation of the American Jobs Creation Act and was involved in developing guidance relating to the domestic manufacturing deduction, nonqualified deferred compensation, dividend repatriation, tax shelter disclosure and reporting requirements and penalty provisions. While with the Office of Chief Counsel, Ms. Pugh also worked on the design of the revised Schedule M-3, the IRS policy regarding tax accrual workpapers and Circular 230. In addition, she was involved in tax shelter and tax-shelter promoter initiatives and administration of the penalty provisions. Previously, Ms. Pugh served as tax counsel to the Senate Finance Committee, where she was responsible for advising committee members on individual and business tax issues, including international tax, corporate tax, pass-through entities, S corporations, tax accounting, tax-exempt bonds, energy tax and tax shelters.
Ms. Pugh has been a frequent speaker on bar panels and before industry groups on a variety of published guidance and tax administration topics, including tax accrual workpapers, the tax shelter disclosure and reporting regulations, application of penalties, attorney-client privilege and Circular 230.