Olaf van der Donk, former Head of Tax at A&O in Amsterdam, is joining Clifford Chance as Counsel to the tax group.
Mr van der Donk has worked with the Dutch Revenue as a Tax Inspector before joining EY in 1991, where he later made partner. In 2002 he joined A&O and was with them for 10 years. Since leaving he has developed a property rental business in Piemonte, where he is also Head Gardener.
The Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company today elected Robert J. Jordan Jr. as a Vice President. Jordan will succeed William D. Hawkins III as General Tax Counsel, who announced he will retire in March 2014 after 15 years of service with the Company.
In his current role, Robert J. Jordan Jr., 53, serves as Deputy Tax Counsel for the Company, focusing on international tax matters in the Pacific and Latin America Groups, and overseeing various other functions within the Corporate Tax Department.
Jordan began his career with the Company in 1994 and has assumed roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining the Company, Jordan was a tax manager in the New York office of Arthur Andersen. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, a Juris Doctorate from St. John’s Law School and a Master of Laws in Taxation from NYU Law School.
The Company today also announced Vice President and General Tax Counsel William D. Hawkins III will retire in March 2014. A well-respected leader within the organization, Hawkins, 57, joined the Company in 1998 as a Senior Tax Counsel working with North America and Western Europe. In 2008, he assumed his current role as Vice President and General Tax Counsel for the Company
Prior to joining the Company, Hawkins was a tax partner with the Washington office of White and Case LLP. Hawkins received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from Wake Forest University and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.
A.P. Moller Maersk has instructed headhunters to find 2 senior tax professionals. Both roles are based in Copenhagen but as they are global tax roles, the search for suitable candidates is also global. The two positions are:
Please click on the job titles to view the job specs. Relocation assistance and advice will be offered as it is envisaged that the right candidate could come from Europe or Asia, or be an international Tax Specialist looking to return to Europe from the US in a senior role.
David Foster (New York) and Alex Jupp (London) have been promoted to Counsel at Skadden Arps.
Alex Jupp Bio
Alex Jupp’s practice covers a broad range of U.K. and cross-border tax matters, with a particular focus on the tax aspects of corporate acquisitions and financings, restructurings, relocations, employee incentives, and asset management structures and related activities.
Mr. Jupp has represented a wide variety of clients in transactional and non-transactional planning, including:
- the acquisition of a European software group and its integration into the existing group structure of a worldwide media business;
- the restructuring of and capital raising for a major Latin American investment banking and asset management group;
- reviewing existing and proposed share-based incentive arrangements for compliance with the U.K. disguised remuneration rules;
- the acquisition of significant asset management businesses;
- the design and implementation of asset holding structures;
- a takeover offer for a major U.K.-listed exchange operator;
initial and follow-on U.K. listings of equity, debt and hybrid instruments;
- the formation and operation of funds and related advisory/management businesses and the investments made by those funds; and
planning for remittances of foreign income and gains to the U.K.
Mr. Jupp is a member of Share Plan Lawyers and of the Income Tax Sub-Committee of the Tax Law Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales.
Latham & Watkins has announced that Raymond Holst has joined the firm’s New York office as counsel in the Tax Department.
Holst is a leading tax attorney who has both law firm and financial institution experience. He joins Latham & Watkins from Morgan Stanley where he was an Executive Director in the Tax Counsel Group providing tax advice to a wide range of business units, including the principal investments, capital markets, investment banking, bank resource management (securities lending and repurchase transactions), securitized products, and wealth management groups. He has particularly deep experience in advising on an array of complex debt, equity-linked and hybrid structured products. He also has extensive expertise advising on withholding and Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) matters, and he served on the global FATCA steering committee of Morgan Stanley and as the chairperson of the Wall Street Tax Association’s FATCA committee.
Jimmy Brandt, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in New York, said: “Ray is a talented lawyer who brings a wealth of specialized experience to our practice. His background strongly complements both our tax practice and our financial institutions capability, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the team.”
“Ray’s deep institutional experience and understanding of complex financial products are great assets to our team,” said David Raab, Global Chair of Latham’s Tax Department.
Rafal Gawlowski, Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Financial Institutions Industry Group, added: “Over the last couple of years, we have added significant heft to the regulatory and financial institutions industry practice. Ray’s technical proficiency and advisory skills mark him as one of the truly leading practitioners in the field. His addition adds more momentum to the development of our practice and to our aim of servicing, on a cross-border basis, the top global financial products structurers and providers.”
“Latham & Watkins offers a compelling platform on which to further build my practice. The firm’s track record of advising financial institutions and the breadth of its corporate finance, banking, regulatory and tax practices make it one of the elite firms capable of advising on the most challenging and complicated matters. I look forward to joining the team and contributing to the continued expansion of the practice,” said Holst.
Latham & Watkins’ global financial institutions practice has extensive experience in transactional, regulatory and litigation matters. The team has earned a reputation for innovative legal counsel advising both sell-side and buy-side on complex, cross-border transactions involving cutting-edge financial products in both public and over-the-counter markets across various asset classes. Latham’s pre-eminent financial regulatory expertise makes the firm particularly well suited to handle such transactions in a rapidly changing regulatory environment.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Holst was an associate in the tax group of Davis Polk. He received his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar for academic achievement, and holds a B.A. from Union College.
Pinsent Masons has strengthened its practice in China with the arrival of partners Dr. Bernd-Uwe Stucken and Liu Wei from Salans. They are joined by their team of 13 lawyers and 12 support staff, adding real estate, tax and competition expertise to the firm’s existing corporate services in China.
The new team comprises: Michael Lin (Senior Associate), Yi Xiao (Associate), Ginger Zhou (Senior Associate), Jiazi Guo (Associate), Liang Xin (Associate), Furong Ren (Associate), Robbie Chen (Associate), Haiting Xu (Associate), Jane Ma (Translator), Weilan Zhou (Translator), Fei Yang (Associate), Yun Wei (of counsel – Head of Tax), Aiping Bao (Beijing) (of counsel).
Commenting on their arrival, Ian Laing, head of Asia at Pinsent Masons said, “This news marks another important step in the development of our Chinese practice. There are strong links between Shanghai, our Munich office and our German Desk in London, especially given the strength of manufacturing in Germany and the importance of both Germany and Shanghai to our Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Services Sector. The arrival of the team also coincides with the firm’s launch in Paris, strengthening our ability to support European clients across Asia.
Yun Wei’s new title is legal director and she provides integrated legal and tax advice for mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment and business restructuring. She is particularly knowledgeable in Chinese income tax, indirect tax, free trade zones, and international tax treaties. She also has experience in advising clients on strategic tax planning, financing structures, and tax controversies.
She is a frequent contributor to the CCH publication-China Tax Intelligence, BNA International’s Global Tax Watch, and other renowned publishers. She led Salans’ China Tax Practice Group to win the Legal 500 ranking from 2009-2011 and other awards including a recommendation by the International Tax Review World Tax Guide 2012.