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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To support growing demand across Asia, Glen Wei has joined the Firm to launch the Chinese Tax Solutions Group. Mr. Wei has more than ten years of experience handling a wide variety of Chinese tax matters and foreign investments, assisting United States multinational corporations in establishing and structuring their international operations in China. Prior to joining Ryan, Mr. Wei worked as a tax attorney in China and then as a Tax Director in the China and United States offices of an international accounting and consulting firm with a global network in 138 countries. He has published more than 150 articles on Chinese tax news and analysis, sharing thought leadership and best practices across the global tax community. Mr. Wei is a member of the All China Lawyers Association, Chinese Certified Tax Agents Association, and Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He will be based in Ryan’s San Jose office.
To further extend Ryan’s emerging presence across Europe, Patrick Reitbroek has joined the Firm’s International Tax practice as a Director based in the Amsterdam, Netherlands office. Prior to joining Ryan, Mr. Reitbroek worked for an international full-service law firm, serving clients from 35 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. While at the law firm, Mr. Reitbroek was a key member of the team led by John Linders and Mark van der Linden, who also recently joined Ryan’s International Tax practice as Principals to lead the Firm’s European Tax Services group. The reunion of these three industry-recognized tax experts within Ryan’s International Tax practice is a significant milestone in the Firm’s initiative to build the leading European tax group capable of delivering the most comprehensive integrated suite of tax services throughout the European Union (EU). Mr. Reitbroek has 15 years of experience as an international tax advisor and attorney at law, specializing in international tax structuring, tax audits, tax litigation, cross-border restructurings, private equity, and tax planning for compensation and benefit plans. He holds a Master of Tax and Civil Law degree from Leiden University in the Netherlands.
“Ryan’s International Tax practice is committed to the continued growth of services and geographic expansion to support the growing demands of our premier multinational clients,” said Todd Behrend, Ryan Principal and International Tax and Transfer Pricing Practice Leader. “Adding these talented professionals to launch our new China Tax Solutions Group and additional expertise to our European Tax Group improves our ability to provide the most comprehensive integrated international tax offering in the industry today.”
“The high-velocity growth of Ryan’s International Tax practice will ensure our clients operating in the global market have direct access to the most innovative suite of international tax services for improving profitability and cash flow,” said G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. “We will continue to acquire the most seasoned international tax talent in those countries where our premier global clients operate to best serve their needs.”
Janice Kong has joined CBH as Tax Director of the Firm’s Transaction Advisory Services Practice.
Janice will work closely with clients in designing tax efficient acquisition structures and executing tax due diligence designed to identify key risks to be considered in any acquisition or divestiture. Janice has extensive experience in addressing the tax aspects of complex transactions. She has advised private equity firms, public companies, and strategic parties in a variety of industries such as government contracting, professional services, manufacturing and distribution, renewable energy, and life sciences.
Prior to joining CB&H, Janice served as a tax director in the transaction advisory services practice of a national accounting and consulting firm. Additionally, Janice has Big Four experience advising clients on merger and acquisition matters covering a wide range of issues such as E&P analysis, Sec. 338 elections, Sec. 382 limitations, and post-merger integration.
Janice earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University and a Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Tax Law from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, Maryland Bar Association, U.S. District Court for Maryland, and U.S. Tax Court. Janice is also a frequent speaker and published author on tax law matters.
Throgmorton, one of the UK’s largest specialist accountancy and back office service providers, has announced a major hire in Neil Oliver, formerly a senior director with Ernst & Young and a tax consultant with over 20 years’ experience advising the investment management sector. The appointment reaffirms the company’s ambitions and continued expansion.
Immediately prior to joining Throgmorton, Neil, a Chartered Tax Advisor and Fellow of the Association of the Chartered Certified Accountants, spent 24 years with Ernst & Young where he gained extensive experience in the fund management and wider financial services industries and has advised at the highest level on audit, tax and regulatory matters. From August 2009 to October 2011 Neil headed up Ernst & Young’s Jersey office and is a former Chairman of the Alternative Investment Management Association’s (AIMA) tax committee.
Neil, who has been appointed Tax Director, will be working with senior management at Throgmorton to enhance the company’s outsourced Tax and CFO services and support the dedicated multi-disciplinary client teams in implementing tax best practices. This will allow Throgmorton to provide a greater breadth and depth of service for both new and existing clients.
Neil will facilitate Throgmorton’s efforts to expand its client base in the hedge fund, private equity and wider financial service markets, having worked extensively within this industry.
Throgmorton has taken significant steps in strengthening its team from its foundations. Among the recent recruits there are several senior hires in the accounting, VAT, HR & Payroll functions and new hires at the junior level across all disciplines. Throgmorton now has a total of 63 employees working with 230 corporate groups across three offices in London, New York and Reading.
Andrew Rubio, CEO at Throgmorton, said:
“Neil brings with him invaluable experience at the highest level and we see his joining as a natural development for Throgmorton. His ambitions are aligned with ours as we expand the resources available to our clients and provide a comprehensive outsourced tax service for the alternative investment management community. His wealth of experience will be an asset to Throgmorton and clients alike.”
“The growth Throgmorton has experienced in the past twelve months is a reflection of a trend in the fund management industry as a whole. Trading desks at major investment banks have continued to spin-out and set up their own investment management businesses with increasing regularity. These companies are turning to outsourcers to help them establish, operate and control their back and middle office functions with the purpose of managing operational costs and cutting time-to-market.”
Neil Oliver, Tax Director at Throgmorton, added:
“The outsourcing industry has been growing exponentially over the past five years with more institutional investors demanding third party service providers and the need to cut costs greater than ever. I have been impressed with the way Throgmorton has approached this niche and hope I can aid them in their ambition for expansion in both its services and client base.”
Throgmorton provides business, financial and administrative outsourcing and offers clients accountancy, tax, company secretarial, payroll and human resources services. Throgmorton has extensive experience with helping US fund managers establish operations in the UK.
Jhan I. Mattox has joined Atkins—one of the world’s top-ranked design and engineering consultancies—as tax director for the company’s North American business.
In his new role, Mattox will manage all federal and state tax matters for Atkins’ North American region, which is headquartered in Tampa. His responsibilities will include ensuring Atkins’ compliance with all federal and state tax laws, providing tax research, and planning and managing tax audits.
Mattox comes to Atkins from Parsons Corporation, where as a vice president he led the tax function for 15 years. Before joining Parsons, he was a vice president with British Gas Holding, Inc., where he was responsible for providing tax advice, overseeing acquisitions, and managing the company’s U.S. and host-country tax functions.“We’re glad to have Jhan join us in this important position for our company,” said Lynn Behler, chief financial officer for Atkins’ North American business. “His tremendous experience in both private industry and public accounting will be a great asset to Atkins as we develop a robust tax capability in the U.S.”Mattox is a certified public accountant who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in professional accounting (MPA) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Leading South West chartered accountants Francis Clark have further boosted their Cornish operation with the appointment of Erin Davis to the posiiton of Tax Director.
Erin joins Francis Clark after seven years with international firm BDO where she was senior tax manager in the Southampton office. Before that she trained with and worked for Deloitte UK for four years.
Erin is a corporate specialist whose expertise ranges from mergers, acquisitions and disposals to shareholder planning, company tax issues, property tax and detailed capital allowance claims.
Speaking about her new appintment Erin said: “I was looking for a new opportunity and jumped at the chance to work with a nationally recognised firm in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. I’m looking forward to helping Cornish businesses with all their tax needs.”
Erin will work closely with Francis Clark’s corporate team in Truro.
Scott Bentley, partner in the corporate team said: “We remain committed to providing the best possible advice to businesses in Cornwall and Erin brings a wealth of experience to the Francis Clark Truro office, from advising small owner-managed businesses to large privately owned corporates and fully listed companies. We’re delighted to have her on the team.”
Outside of work Erin enjoys walking, swimming and yoga, and is kept busy by her four year-old daughter.
Francis Clark’s tax team is nationally recognised for the quality of its services. Earlier this year the firm won two categories in the LexisNexis Taxation Awards 2012 including Best Tax Practice in a regional firm and Tax Writer of the Year for Truro-based partner John Endacott.
The double triumph follows the firm previously winning the LexisNexis award in the category of Best General Tax Practice in 2009 and the Financial Directors’ Excellence Awards as mid-tier Auditor of the Year 2011.