Covington & Burling has announced that Sam Maruca, most recently the Director of Transfer Pricing Operations for the Large Business and International Division at the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, has returned to the firm as a partner.
Mr. Maruca will be resident in the firm’s Washington D.C. office, and will advise clients on all facets of federal income tax controversy and risk assessment, including transfer pricing matters.
“We are delighted to welcome Sam back to the firm,” said Timothy Hester, chair of the firm’s management committee. “Sam has been at the heart of U.S. transfer pricing policy and enforcement over the last three years. He adds another dimension to our regulatory and risk management strategy, and a timely one given the growing importance of transfer pricing to multinational corporations and governments.”
Mr. Maruca has practiced in the field of federal income tax for more than 30 years. He has represented clients in numerous business sectors, including information technology, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, communications, specialty materials and retail.
“Sam is a top-flight international tax lawyer, whose exceptional experience in transfer pricing and transfer pricing controversies will again enhance our existing practice,” said Dan Luchsinger and Reeves Westbrook, co-chairs of the firm’s tax practice.
During his tenure at the IRS, Mr. Maruca instituted changes that resulted in a more sophisticated and comprehensive approach to transfer pricing audits and resolutions; new internal processes to leverage the IRS knowledge base; and improvements in the dialogue and relationships between the U.S. and its key trading partners throughout the world.
“I am delighted to return to Covington,” said Mr. Maruca, who spent three years in the firm’s tax group before being selected by the IRS to run its newly-formed transfer pricing unit. “Given the firm’s justified reputation as one of the top litigation and dispute resolution firms in the country, and the deep substantive strength of its existing tax practice, I cannot imagine a better place to grow a premier controversy practice. I believe I can help the firm position itself as a global trouble-shooter and risk manager for multinational enterprises, wherever they may be headquartered or doing business.”
Mr. Maruca earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his law degree from Georgetown University.
WilmerHale has welcomed Matthew Schnall as a partner in the Boston office and a member of the Tax Practice Group.
Mr. Schnall represents clients in tax controversies, transactional planning, administrative ruling requests, and tax regulatory compliance. Mr. Schnall boasts substantial experience advising clients on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs and split-offs, equity and debt financings, registered and private investment funds, business liquidations, restructurings and workouts, as well as international and partnership tax issues. He has handled tax controversies before a variety of state and federal tribunals and joins WilmerHale from the Boston office of a major law firm.
“WilmerHale is a highly successful and widely-respected firm, I look forward to joining them.” noted Mr. Schnall. “I have worked with and across from WilmerHale’s tax lawyers in a number of contexts over many years. I have the utmost respect for them, and am excited to work as part of their team.”
Since 2004, Mr. Schnall has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading tax lawyer in Massachusetts. He is also consistently ranked as a top tax lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America and among the list of Massachusetts Super Lawyers.
Mr. Schnall is an adjunct professor in the Boston University Law School Graduate Tax Program and speaks frequently on topics in federal, state and international taxation. He earned his JD from Harvard Law School and his AB from Harvard College.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP has announced that Dean S. Shulman has joined the Firm’s New York office as a partner in the Tax Practice Group.
“Dean is a top-of-market tax lawyer with a perfect blend of intellect, experience and energy that complements and bolsters our existing strong tax practice,” said Jeffrey C. Hammes, Chairman of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee.
Mr. Shulman is among the country’s preeminent tax attorneys. He represents clients on a wide range of U.S. and international tax matters, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, tax-free spin-offs, leveraged buyouts, initial public offerings and fund formation. He has represented public companies, private equity firms, real estate developers, regulated investment companies, publicly traded partnerships and investment partnerships, among other clients. Mr. Shulman was previously a partner in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Mr. Shulman has been recognized repeatedly as a leading tax lawyer by Chambers USA, and his work has been featured in the Financial Times’ U.S. Innovative Lawyers Report, The American Lawyer’s “Big Deals” column and in Law360. He earned a LL.M. in taxation and a J.D., cum laude, from the New York University School of Law.
“Dean will provide immediate and valuable contributions to our Tax Practice Group, an important area for our New York transactional practice,” said David Fox, a corporate partner and member of Kirkland’s Global Management Executive Committee.
Ernst & Young LLP announced today that Ann Burgess Cammack, former senior tax counsel on the US Senate Finance Committee and tax advisor to Chairman Baucus, has joined the Washington, DC office as a principal in the National Tax Department.
Cammack worked for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Senator Baucus since 2011, advising on issues such as insurance, financial products, retirement and pension issues, tax administration, IRS oversight, and tax practice and procedure. She worked on matters regarding the budget and deficit reduction, and participated in drafting tax legislative initiatives, including tax reform efforts, the 2012 Fiscal Cliff legislation and the 2011 Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction.
“Ann’s extensive government and private sector experience will help our clients understand many of the recent and ongoing policy changes and directives,” said Eric Solomon, co-director of Ernst & Young LLP’s National Tax Department as well as co-director of the EY Americas Tax Center. “Her focus on tax and compliance issues related to the insurance industry will be invaluable to many EY clients.”
Cammack held executive positions at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and the American Council of Life Insurers. In addition, she worked on insurance tax issues at the US Treasury Department in the Office of Tax Policy, and before that she worked as an attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel at the IRS. She also held positions at PwC and Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan in Washington.
Cammack received her AB from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and earned her JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and an associate member of the Virginia State Bar.
Belgian law firm, Laga, today announces the integration of Greenille, the leading law firm in tax and legal services for high-net-worth families and individuals. This strengthens Laga’s ties with family businesses and their shareholders. More than thirty lawyers and staff will make the transfer on the 1st of September 2014.
“Greenille’s talented team, expansive network and specific expertise will be a considerable complement to Laga’s existing services,” says Danny Stas, Managing Partner at Laga. “The integration allows us to offer our clients a unique all-in approach.”
Since 2003 Greenille has grown into a leading law firm with an exceptional national and international reputation. The firm values interaction between business practice and academic research. Together with Alain-Laurent Verbeke (KU Leuven and Harvard), Greenille’s of counsel lawyers and scientific advisors are all associated with various universities, embodying the close ties Greenille maintains with the academic community.
“Greenille’s mission is to provide high-net-worth families with peace of mind,” says Managing Partner Alain Nijs. “Our key asset is our holistic approach. Alongside our tax and legal services we pay close attention to the psychological and communicative factors impacting family, wealth and business matters. At Laga we can imbed our growing practice into a strong and complementary organisation.”
Also after the integration, the Greenille team will continue to provide services through offices in Brussels, Antwerp and Kortrijk. The Dutch offices of Greenille in Amsterdam and Rotterdam will continue to exist but will move forward independently and under a new name.
David Marschke has joined KPMG Tax Law to launch an office in Brisbane.
David Marschke was previously a tax partner at McCullough Robertson, where he has worked for almost 12 years. His new position is that of special counsel. KPMG Tax Law is a boutique tax law firm affiliated with KPMG.
This follows the appointment last October of the Herbert Smith Freehills litigation partner, Sarah Dunn, who joined KPMG Tax Law in Sydney as a partner.
We reported on TaxGrotto about the departure of Peter Poulos from KPMG last year, which one assumes triggered these two senior hires.
Legal Business reported yesterday that Clive Jones and William Naunton resigned from Eversheds in Jan 2014 with a view to launching their own real estate boutique in Jan 2015.
Naunton has been with Eversheds for 24 years and was Head of International Real Estate. Jones joined the firm in 2008 from Clifford Chance and was appointed London Head of Tax in 2011 (http://www.taxgrotto.com/2011/03/12/clive-jones-to-be-new-head-of-london-tax-at-eversheds/).
He recently advised Evans Randall Investment Management on the £452m acquisition of the Rhodium companies and the 5 Canada Square office building in Canary Wharf from RBS . He also advised Metrovacesa on its £240m acquisition of Walbrook Square, London from Legal & General.
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Elandre Brandt is joining WWB as Head of Corporate Tax with effect from 1 July 2014.
Mr Brandt is a partner within the international tax group at PwC Johannesburg. He has been with the firm for just under 3 years. Prior to this he was a Senior Tax Manager with Deloitte.
Commenting to Tax Grotto on his move, Mr Brandt said “I look forward to joining Webber Wentzel (in alliance with Linklaters) on 1 July 2014 and returning to my legal roots after 12 years in the Big 4 environment. Webber Wentzel is a leading law firm in South Africa and its tax practice is highly regarded, with some of the best practitioners in the business. I look forward to making a contribution to the firm.”