MetLife has recruited Tamara Saverine as Senior Counsel, Tax & ERISA team. She started in February and is based in the US.
Ms Saverine joins from Guardian Life where she was Senior Tax Counsel with broad responsibility to advise internal business clients on product (annuity and life insurance), employee benefits (including deferred compensation), state and federal corporate tax issues.
She has over 10 year’s tax experience, all of which has been gained in-house, initially with United Technologies, then The Hartford and most recently with Guardian Life.
Alexandra Minkovich, a highly regarded tax attorney in both government and private practice, has joined Baker & McKenzie as Counsel in the Firm’s North American Tax Practice.
Based in Washington, DC, Ms. Minkovich brings over a decade of experience advising on a variety of important tax issues at the legislative and policy level and working with U.S. and multinational clients on tax controversy issues in the financial services and other industries. She most recently served as Associate Tax Legislative Counsel with the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Tax Policy. In that role, Alexandra was responsible for governmental and legislative compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act, providing advice with respect to litigation regarding the validity of Treasury and IRS regulations, and advising the Assistant Secretary (Tax Policy) and General Counsel regarding tax policy considerations in regulations and Internal Revenue Bulletin guidance. Prior to joining the Treasury, Ms. Minkovich was in private practice in New York with Dewey & LeBoeuf and Cadwalader Wickersham and Taft.
“Alexandra’s experience with tax regulatory issues, and in particular with issues of regulatory validity, which is an area of growing significance to many of our clients, will be a valuable asset to our clients. In addition, her first-hand insight into today’s tax policy, tax legislation, and regulatory trends will both enhance and strengthen our global tax policy practice,” said Tom Linguanti, Chair of the North American Tax Practice. “We are thrilled to bring Alexandra on board.”
“Alexandra’s experience working for Treasury, as well as her time in private practice addressing various issues for the financial services industry, complements our already strong tax presence in Washington ,” said Rich Dean, Managing Partner of the Firm’s Washington, DC office. “I’m proud to have her join our office and our renowned Tax practice.”
Ms. Minkovich is the latest in a series of prominent hires for the Tax Practice in North America. Experienced transfer pricing attorney Barbara Mantegani recently joined in Washington, DC, and economists Brian Cromwell and Shane Koball recently joined in Palo Alto and New York, respectively. Renowned M&A lawyer Jerred Blanchard recently joined in Houston and Daniel Rosen joined the Firm’s New York office from the IRS.
Baker & McKenzie’s Tax Practice Group is one of the most highly rated and recommended among law firms worldwide. The practice provides a strong network of tax professionals offering domestic and multinational companies with a full complement of tax planning services from analysis to implementation, as well as a full range of tax dispute resolution services in the US and abroad, as well as advice on US and global tax policy, transfer pricing, customs, local and indirect tax and employee benefits tax issues. The US tax practice was recently recognized by US News & World Report and Best Lawyers as the 2014 “Tax Law Firm of the Year” and by Law360 in its inaugural listing of “Tax Practice Groups of the Year.” International Tax Review named the practice Tier One in World Transfer Pricing.
“I am eager to return to private practice and join Baker & McKenzie’s outstanding Tax team,” said Ms. Minkovich. “I look forward to using my experience to further enhance the services the practice provides to clients.”
Ms. Minkovich received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Columbia Law School. She received her Masters of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law.
Jerred Blanchard has recently joined Baker & McKenzie’s Tax Practice as Counsel in the Houston office, bringing with him more than 30 years of experience advising U.S. and multinational corporations in the area of complex M&A transactions, US consolidated return regulations and a multitude of international tax planning issues.
“Jerred is considered one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in the US on corporate M&A transactions and particularly on consolidated return issues, having co-authored one of the leading treatises on that subject” said Thomas Linguanti, Chair of the Firm’s North American Tax Practice. “With his deep experience in complex transactional tax issues, Jerred will be an outstanding asset to our clients.”
Mr. Blanchard’s practice will continue to focus on federal income tax planning for corporations and shareholders, consolidated return regulations, the preservation of tax attributes in connection with insolvency proceedings and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
“Jerred will augment our long-established and full service transactional practice in Houston. His prominence in the tax field, as well as his broad skill set, will further bolster and complement our highly-regarded tax practice in Houston and across North America,” said Jonathan Newton, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Houston office. “We are proud to welcome him to the Firm and Houston office.”
Mr. Blanchard joins Baker & McKenzie from the Houston office of EY He received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1973, his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School in 1976, and his Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1980. He was a member of the 11th District Advisory Committee to the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank at Dallas from 2010 through 2013. In addition to his being co-author of one of the leading treatises on consolidated returns, Federal Income Taxation of Corporations Filing Consolidated Returns, Mr. Blanchard has written numerous articles in professional journals on multiple corporate tax topics. He is also a frequent speaker at continuing legal and professional education programs around the US.
Dykema, a national US law firm, has announced the addition of Gina M. Torielli to its Taxation Group as senior counsel in the firm’s Ann Arbor office.
Torielli, who was an associate with Dykema from 1991-96, rejoins the firm after serving as a consultant on municipal finance and state tax issues arising in the court-ordered mediation of the City of Detroit’s bankruptcy.
After her time as an associate with Dykema, Torielli went on to become the first woman to serve as president of a major Michigan law firm when she became President and CEO of Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, a position she held for more than five years. After Howard and Howard, she served more than 10 years as a professor and Director of the Graduate Tax program at Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she taught courses about tax practice and procedure, standards and ethics of tax practice, and tax-exempt organizations.
Torielli’s practice focuses on taxation and public finance, advising nonprofit organizations and governmental entities on issues relating to tax exemption, tax-exempt financing, and state and federal tax issues.
“We are very fortunate to add an attorney of Gina’s caliber to our taxation practice and our group” said Michael G. Cumming, Leader of Dykema’s Tax Practice Group. “Her reputation and substantial background precede her. The firm and its clients will benefit greatly from her knowledge of public finance and tax-exempt financing.”
Torielli is a past chairperson of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She was designated one of the Top 10 Business Women of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners in the spring of 2003, and was also named one of Corp! Magazine’s 95 most powerful women in 2002.
Torielli received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and her B.S., with high honors, from Michigan State University.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has announced that William D. Alexander, associate chief counsel (corporate) of the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel, is joining the firm. Mr. Alexander, who will join Skadden’s global Tax Group as of counsel in April 2015, will focus on tax aspects of complex transactions, including U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, corporate restructurings and other business transactions.
Mr. Alexander has been with the Office of Chief Counsel since 1990, serving as associate chief counsel (corporate) since February 2003. In this role, he was the chief adviser to the IRS on interpretations of the corporate tax laws, such as provisions dealing with corporate mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, corporate-shareholder relationships, the use of corporate losses and consolidated returns of corporate groups. Mr. Alexander played a major role in the government’s development of published and private guidance, and in the development and implementation of the IRS’s enforcement positions, in these areas. Mr. Alexander is well known for having run a successful private letter ruling program in the corporate tax area.
“Bill’s 25 years of service and leadership with the IRS will further strengthen our transactional tax practice and enhance our ability to help resolve clients’ tax issues creatively and efficiently,” said Matthew A. Rosen, co-head of Skadden’s Tax Group.
“I am excited to be joining Skadden, which is renowned worldwide for its preeminent tax practice in a broad range of areas and contexts,” Mr. Alexander said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to offer clients strategic solutions to their most complex business and tax needs.”
“Bill’s technical knowledge and experience also make him an ideal complement to our litigation and tax controversy practice, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the firm,” said Fred T. Goldberg, Jr., also co-head of Skadden’s Tax Group.
Mr. Alexander is a frequent speaker on corporate tax issues at bar association programs and other tax conferences.
A graduate of Cornell University, Mr. Alexander received his law degree from Columbia Law School, and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law.
Mr. Alexander, while based in Skadden’s Washington, D.C. office, will closely collaborate with other attorneys handling matters in the firm’s global Tax Group, including those located in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, London, Frankfurt and Paris.
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.