Equiom has announced the appointment of Kevin Renshaw as Tax Director. He joined in April. This news follows the appointment of John Nugent in October 2013.
Previously a board member at IOMA Group, Kevin joins the recently established Equiom Solutions direct tax team. The team provides tax and estate planning services to Isle of Man residents and offers added value for Equiom’s fiduciary services. He brings over 15 years’ experience advising high net worth individuals and companies on all aspects of Isle of Man taxation.
He specialises in the establishment and maintenance of international tax structures and has extensive experience in property structures, non domiciliary planning, tax efficient investment into UK assets and treaty planning.
Reflecting on his appointment, Kevin commented: “It is exciting to be joining such a dynamic and progressive company that is actively expanding its international footprint whilst having in-house technical VAT and tax expertise that can service the needs of the local market. I look forward to working with the team and supporting them in growing the business.”
Sheila Dean, Group Managing Director, commented: “I welcome Kevin to the Equiom Group Board and Solutions team. He brings with him a wealth of experience and reinforces Equiom’s commitment to providing the highest quality service to our clients”.
Equiom is an international trust and corporate services provider, headquartered in the Isle of Man, with offices in Jersey and Malta. Services offered include:
- Trust establishment and administration
- Company formation and administration
- Foundation establishment and administration
- Yacht registration and management services
- Aviation registration and administration services
- Crew management and administration services
- e-Gaming licensing and administration
- Property Services
Hai Tang has joined WTAS as a Director in the Alternative Investment Funds Practice in the San Francisco office. Prior to joining WTAS, Hai was a Tax Director at PwC, where he has worked for the past 10 years.
Hai has more than 10 years of experience in professional tax and accounting services. His practice area focuses on partnership, international and M&A tax for venture capital and private equity clients. He also has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of partnership, corporate and international tax, encompassing compliance, consulting and provision.
“Hai will be a great asset to the alternative investment funds practice, and our team will benefit from his extensive skills and expertise,” said Frank Cassidy, Office Managing Director for the San Francisco office.
“The addition of Hai to the San Francisco alternative investment funds team further enhances our ability to provide best-in-class service to funds, fund principals and portfolio companies and is indicative of our firm’s growth in this area,” said CEO, Mark Vorsatz.
Hai received his Bachelor of Science degree and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Science and Technology of China and University of Chicago, respectively. He received his master’s degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, and CFA Institute. Hai is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Robert Verona joined Volvo Cars in January as Tax Director for North America.
Mr Verona in a seasoned industry tax guy who spent 8 years with Verizon, 9 years with Sumitomo Corp and the last 8 years with GE Capital. His most recent role with GE was as Senior Tax Controller within the Treasury Tax team.
His new responsibilities at Volvo include:
• Completion and monitoring of all tax filing requirements, including federal, state/local income tax, sales and use taxes, property taxes, miscellaneous taxes and other filing requirements (e.g., annual reports, business licenses, fuel and environmental taxes, etc.)
• Support and monitor all tax compliance and audit requirements
• Conduct transactional consulting and interface with business unit personnel for the purpose of providing tax efficient advice for ongoing activities
• Identify, develop and implement tax planning initiatives
• Participate in and/or lead projects or initiatives involving tax issues
• Completion of quarterly tax provision and related financial statement reporting to the Volvo Car Group
• Maintain finanical controls of the tax function consistent with Sarbanes Oxley requirements
• Support the annual transfer pricing analysis and advise on matters impacting our profit split and permanent establishment exposure
Exelis Mission Systems has hired Mike Abramovitz as Director of Tax, based in Colorado Springs.
Mike is a highly experienced tax professional who has operated at senior levels in industry and practice. He worked for Arthur Andersen early in his career before joining TeleTech Holdings, where he became Exec Director of Tax. From 2005 to 2010 he was Tax Partner as RSM McGladrey and most recently has been Managing Partner, Colorado for TaxOps LLC.
Mission Systems delivers innovative, cost-effective service solutions for some of the world’s most demanding challenges in facilities management, logistics and communications networks.
Michael Tobin, formerly vice president – tax for Vertis Communications, has joined Lee Enterprises, Incorporated (NYSE: LEE), as director of tax.
Carl Schmidt, Lee vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer, said Tobin will lead all aspects of tax planning and compliance spanning the company’s local media operations in 22 states.
“Mike brings an impressive record of leadership and achievement in managing the continually growing complexities of federal, state and local tax requirements, and we’re delighted to gain his extensive expertise.” Schmidt said.
Before joining Vertis Communications in Maryland in 2007, Tobin was tax director at Banta Corporation in Wisconsin. Both are international commercial print and supply companies. He joined Banta in 1994 after 11 years as a senior tax officer at General Dynamics Corporation in St. Louis. His career includes accountant positions in St. Louis, Kansas City and Ireland. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas.
Lee Enterprises is a leading provider of local news and information, and a major platform for advertising, in its markets, with 46 daily newspapers and a joint interest in four others, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 300 specialty publications in 22 states. Lee’s newspapers have circulation of 1.2 million daily and 1.6 million Sunday, reaching nearly four million readers in print alone. Lee’s websites and mobile and tablet products attracted 25.6 million unique visitors in December 2013.
Thames Valley accountants and business advisers, James Cowper, has announced the promotion of Alex Nicholson to Tax Director.
Alex joined the Firm’s tax team just over two years ago and has developed a strong client-base acting for both owner-managed and listed businesses, providing advice on all aspects of business taxation.
James Cowper’s 20-strong Business Tax team advises on a wide range of matters from structuring companies to the disposal and acquisition of businesses. Alex spends a considerable amount of his time working with fast-growing ambitious businesses, including many in the technology sector, with a particular emphasis on both tax efficient financing and international tax issues.
Commenting on his promotion, Alex said: “The Thames Valley is vibrant and home to many great companies. I have been privileged to help many of them structure and arrange their tax affairs in the most efficient way. I am delighted with the promotion and look forward to developing my career further over the coming years.”
Steve Clarke, James Cowper’s Managing Partner adds: “All of the firm extends its congratulations to Alex. He was worked hard to develop a strong client base.”
In November 2013 James Cowper’s Business Tax team was named Tax Team of the Year at the prestigious British Accountancy Awards for the second time in three years.
GBQ has announced that Cassie Shearer has joined the firm as Director, Tax & Business Advisory Services.
Cassie is a graduate of Otterbein College and comes to the firm with 14 years of tax and accounting experience. Prior to joining GBQ, Cassie was the Tax Director at DSW, Inc. after spending nine years with KPMG in their Federal Tax group.
“We are extremely excited to have someone with Cassie’s depth of experience and knowledge join our growing tax department. She is a proven professional in the central Ohio tax community and we are very pleased that she is now part of our team,” says Mark LaPlace, Director of Tax Services.
Cassie has had extensive experience serving clients in the retail, manufacturing, distribution and service industries. Her experience ranges from income tax accounting, federal and multi-state tax compliance, audit defense and tax research and planning. Cassie’s focus at GBQ is to provide tax compliance and consulting for middle market, closely-held businesses and to assist clients with their business planning, compliance and tax examination needs.
Cassie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Menzies LLP has announced that Stephen Hemmings has joined the Firm as Tax Director in its London office. He joins Menzies from KPMG where he spent seven years in its corporate tax, real estate and infrastructure teams.
Stephen specialises in tax advice to corporate entities and partnerships, and his initial focus will be advising clients on tax planning issues, particularly regarding group reorganisations, acquisitions and disposals. As part of his role, he will also work alongside the Menzies corporate finance team providing due diligence on vendor and acquisition side tax.
Dick Watson, partner at Menzies LLP, said: “Stephen brings the ideal mix of capability and experience to our expanding team. His broad SME and corporate tax experience combined with his expertise in real estate, infrastructure and international sectors is the perfect combination for the London market and supports our vision to be the leading adviser to these sectors.”
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