Fitzgerald & Law, the global expansion and UK inward investment firm, today announced the appointment of Carla Graves, Keeley Stock and Louise Morriss as Directors.
Carla Graves (pictured right) will handle the UK tax affairs of the group’s corporate and personal clients, including continued responsibility for the Expatriate Tax affairs of their clients’ globally mobile workers, alongside existing Partner, Kiki Stannard.
Carla joined F&L from PKF in 2009 and, as well as being FCA and CTA qualified, she earned the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation in 2012 – a specialist qualification in international and cross-border taxation.
Gabriel Parrish, Senior Partner, commented: “The Partners are so pleased to have such fantastically capable and highly qualified employees become Directors following a recent and much needed reorganisation.
We’ve always been keen to nurture talent from within the organisation and their leadership has contributed immensely to the firm over the years.
All three have a proven track record for successfully leading large scale projects, driving innovation and providing superior client care. These promotions are thoroughly deserved.”
Early Growth Financial Services (EGFS), an accounting and financial services firm that specializes in providing a range of outsourced financial support to early-stage companies, announces the hiring of Andy Kapur to head its Tax Practice. Andy will direct tax efforts for the nine markets that EGFS currently operates in, bringing his 15 years of global tax experience to bear in working with EGFS’ 450+ clients.
Kapur is a licensed CPA with over 15 years of financial experience serving publicly traded and private companies whose operations often span international tax jurisdictions. He has extensive experience advising clients and devising tax strategies, managing tax reporting and analyzing corporate tax structures. His domain expertise spans a number of industries including computer software, medical devices, and biotech. His specialities include preparing tax disclosures for SEC filings, implementing stock option plans, sales and use taxes, advising on deferred tax assets, revenue recognition standards, tax audits, R&D and other tax credits, and income tax accounting.
“We are excited to welcome Andy to the EGFS team. His impressive background with both early-stage and publicly traded companies reflects our commitment to providing expert small business tax support — from strategic planning to consulting to filing,” said David Ehrenberg, CEO of EGFS. “Andy’s oversight of our tax practice will enhance EGFS’ capability to provide a comprehensive financial solution.”
Allen Plass returns to EY Global Compliance and Reporting practice as an as an Executive Director in the Irvine, CA office. Plass spent most of his 30 years of experience with EY focused on accounting for income taxes, tax planning for business transactions and taxation of multinational organizations. He joined Kieckhafer Schiffer & Company LLP as a Partner in 2012 before returning to EY.
Varun Vig comes to EY from Deloitte Tax LLP where he spent 12 years. Varun joins as an Executive Director in the Financial Services Office specializing in Asset Management and Private Client Services. Varun is based in New York City with a focus on ultra-high net-worth individual, private equity fund and hedge fund space. Varun has a BA (Honors) in Economics from University of Delhi, MA in Economics from University of Kumaon and MS in Accounting from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Varun is a member of the AICPA, Illinois and New York Society of CPAs.
Neelu Mehrotra rejoins EY as an Executive Director in National Tax focused on Quantitative Services in the International Tax practice. Relocating to the Providence, RI office, Mehotra had been a Senior Manager and Tax Account Leader at EY in Boston before joining Kahn Litwin Renza in 2012, where she was a Principal, Director of International Tax and led its regional practice on US international tax issues.
Daniel Robert Mullins joins EY in Washington, DC, as an Executive Director in the Quantitative Economics and Statistics (QUEST) practice in National Tax. Mullins comes to EY from American University where he was a tenured Associate Professor and the Director of the Center for Public Finance Research since 2008. Previously he was an assistant professor at Indiana University. Mullins also conducts in-country advising for the World Bank, most recently for the Republics of Serbia and Croatia.
The Singapore headquartered accounting firm, Nexis TS, has hired Edwin Leow as Tax Director.
Edwin joins from PwC Singapore, where he has worked for almost 14 years, specialising in corporate tax. He trained with Arthur Andersen and had a brief spell working in-house with Schneider Electric as Regional Tax & Treasury Manager.
Nexia TS was founded in 1993 by two experienced chartered accountants – Henry Tan and Sitoh Yih Pin. It is a member of the Nexia International, a global network of independent accounting firms with over 600 offices. and it operates in Singapore and China. Smith & Williamson in the UK (also part of Nexia international) has acquired a significant interest in Nexia TS.
Samuel Kinslow has joined EY’s National Tax Department as an Executive Director for Indirect Tax Services.
He is located in the Houston office, taking the role of property tax leader for the Southwest region. He joins EY from Grant Thornton where he has worked since 2011. He began his career as a real estate appraiser, and was a real estate tax manager for Walmart Stores from 2002 – 2006 before joining tax advisory firms, gaining property tax experience.
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