TaxChambers LLP has hired Professor Vern Krishna, renowned legal scholar to continue his practice as Of Counsel with the firm’s Toronto office. Krishna was a former Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada and currently serves as a Commissioner of the Ontario Securities Commission.
“Professor Krishna brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that perfectly complements our core focus on providing high quality, sophisticated tax advice to our clients,” said TaxChambers’ partner Sunita Doobay.
Listed in the Lexpert Directory of Best Lawyers in Canada, Professor Krishna is a prolific writer who has authored some fifteen texts in tax, international tax, and business law. His work is often cited by the Supreme Court of Canada, Canada’s highest court.
“I am pleased to be associated with a firm of enterprising tax lawyers who are dedicated to serving their clients and who have the highest professional standards,” Professor Krishna stated.
TaxChambers LLP is a boutique tax law firm located in the heart of Toronto’s business district. The partners at TaxChambers LLP advise and represent clients from Canada and internationally in all areas of Canadian and U.S. tax law.
King & Wood Mallesons has announced the appointment of former Eversheds tax partner, Clive Jones .
Clive, who was London Head of Tax at Eversheds, had planned to establish a boutique firm on leaving the Firm, offering both high-end structuring and mainstream real estate services to clients. Instead he has decided to join KWM as part of a team move with William Naunton (real estate) and Corneliu Medevi (structured real estate).
He will be starting in January and all three new hires will support the firm’s strategy focussing on structured, high-end real estate.
Clive advises on both direct and indirect tax and has particular expertise relating to real estate and finance transactions. In his role as Head of Tax he spent much of his time advising on structured real estate transactions and investment structures.
Clarke Willmott has recruited Jane Halton as a Partner in the Private Client Team. She joins from Gateley LLP in Birmingham, where she worked in the Private Client Team for the last 14 years.
Jane specialises in wills, trusts, estate planning, estate administrations and powers of attorney. She also deals with the creation and administration of trusts, as well as dealing with the winding up of complex and taxable estates.
- Working with Accountants and Financial Advisors to produce Estate Planning Solutions for those clientswho have sold businesses and related generational planning.
- Deputyship applications and addressing the need for a statutory will.
- The Administration of estates subject to Inheritance Tax using Deeds of Variation where appropriate.
Jane will be working alongside Anthony Fairweather, Liz Smithers and Carol Cummins who are supported by a further 13 lawyers, paralegals and administrative assistants.
Anthony Fairweather, Partner and Managing Director of the Private Client team, said: “I am delighted that Jane has joined us to further strengthen our presence in the Bristol market where our client focused clear thinking approach has led to a 65% growth in turnover in the last three years making us one of the largest Private Client teams in the area”.
Eversheds has appointed established funds and real estate tax lawyer Cathryn Vanderspar as the new head of its London tax team. Cathryn joins the firm from Berwin Leighton Paisner where she has been a tax partner for over sixteen years.
Cathryn’s extensive experience covers unauthorized and authorized funds and listed vehicles (including REITs), across the various asset classes, including real estate, debt and private equity. Her real estate work includes both direct and indirect structuring across the sector, from development to joint ventures and inward investment, working for a wide variety of clients. Specific sector experience includes healthcare, residential and hotels.
Cathryn is actively involved in working groups with HM Revenue and Customs and HM Treasury, as well as with industry committees, such as the British Property Federation REITS committee and the Association of Real Estate Funds. She has been closely involved in the development of new fund structures including the new property authorised investment fund.
Commenting on her appointment, Cathryn said:
“I am really looking forward to working with the excellent Eversheds’ team and the opportunity of helping further develop the Eversheds offering.”
David Jervis, International Head of Eversheds’ tax team added:
“Cathryn is a highly regarded funds tax specialist who has vast, cutting edge experience in this key area for the firm, where Eversheds has a market leading reputation. Cathryn’s appointment will further enhance this reputation and our ability to deliver first rate specialist tax services to our funds and real estate clients.”
Pamela Thompson, London Senior Partner added:
“The team is already doing fantastic work for its clients and I am excited to continue to develop Eversheds City tax practice for funds, real estate and corporate clients.”
Reed Smith has hired an experienced tax partner, Simon Gough. He joined the Firm in London in October.
Simon has broad tax experience advising financial institutions, funds, corporates and individuals on tax matters, often with an international element. In particular, Simon has a wealth of experience in the banking, funds, transportation and media sectors.
He joins from DLA Piper where he was a partner from 2005.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Bradley as its new Head of Corporate Tax. She started the role on 1 November 2014 and continues to be based in London.
Elizabeth was made a Partner in May 2008. She advises in all areas of corporate taxation both in the UK and on cross-border transactions, with particular specialism in real estate tax. Her clients include Land Securities, Canary Wharf Group, Tesco and BlackRock. Elizabeth takes over the role of Head of Corporate Tax from John Overs who will now concentrate on client work.
Michael Wistow, Head of Tax, commented: “It is always exceptionally rewarding to promote our own home grown talent and we welcome Elizabeth as our new Head of Corporate Tax. She brings a wealth of experience and understanding of the market which will benefit us as we navigate the constantly changing needs of our clients. I’d like to publicly thank John for everything that he’s done for the practice group in this role. It has been a real pleasure working so closely with him to develop such a highly respected group.”
Commenting on her new role, Elizabeth said: “Becoming Head of Corporate Tax is an exciting challenge. It gives me a great opportunity to help grow and increase the strength in depth of the practice to ensure that we continue to work for some of the largest companies in the UK and across the globe. In this new role I will place great emphasis on the service we deliver to both existing and new clients to ensure that we continue to provide clear, concise, timely and commercial advice on all tax related matters.”
BLP’s Tax team has over 70 tax practitioners across five offices, including Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, London, Moscow and Singapore. The practice includes a dedicated contentious tax team, which is unique in advising across corporate tax, international tax, private client and VAT. It also works closely with the firm’s Private Client team and has been ranked in tier one in Chambers UK and Legal 500 UK for contentious tax.
At the end of October the Garrigues partner meeting named 7 new partners bringing the total in the Firm to 292. Of these 3 were in tax or transfer pricing:
Francisco Lavandera (Barcelona – Tax).
Francisco specializes in international taxation, providing tax advice to Spanish business groups in processes for their internationalization, as well as to foreign investors, both industrial and financial, on setting up for business or investing in Spain. He has participated in numerous M&A transactions and has advised foreign financial institutions and funds in the analysis of the tax aspects of their products or investment schemes.
He provides recurring tax advice to multinational groups with presence in Spain and to Spanish family-run businesses in the context of their business activities.
He is a lecturer in international taxation on the Master’s Degree in Tax Management and Consulting at ESADE and on the Introductory Course in International Taxation offered by the Barcelona Bar Association. He also regularly takes part in seminars and conferences at academic, business and legal institutions and forums.
Mario Ortega (Madrid – Transfer Pricing).
Mario Ortega is the partner in charge of the Transfer Pricing Department at Garrigues’ Madrid office, where he has pursued his entire professional career.
He specializes in tax law, mainly in the area of transfer pricing and international taxation.
In particular, he is an expert in the design and implementation of transfer pricing policies, above all at an international level, reorganization and value chain analysis, business restructuring, the valuation of related party transactions, mutual agreement procedures, advance pricing agreements, tax inspections and the performance of global documentation projects relating to multinationals operating in various economic sectors. Mario was named in “Tier 1” in the 2014 and 2015 editions of “World Transfer Pricing”, forming part of the team singled out by the directory, which ranked Garrigues as a firm of choice in Spain in this specialist area.
He is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences staged by the Firm and an array of specialist centers (Instituto de Estudios Fiscales, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, etc.) and lectures at Centro de Estudios Garrigues on various postgraduate programs (Master’s Degree in taxation, Executive Master’s degree in taxation, Executive Master’s Degree in International Taxation) and training courses (Virtual Classroom, Specialist Transfer Pricing Course, Specialist International Taxation Course).
Javier Calatayud (Valencia – Tax).
Javier joined the Firm in September 2002 following a year and a half in the audit department at Arthur Andersen.
He is the Partner in charge of the Accounting Law practice at the Valencia office. He has taken part in numerous company and business acquisition, corporate restructuring and refinancing transactions. He provides recurring tax advisory services to family groups and multinationals, in industries such as ceramics, food, concessions and real estate.
He has spoken at a host of taxation-related courses and seminars staged by both the Firm and third parties (Fundación Universidad Empresa, Centro de Estudios Financieros, the Valencia Economists’ Association, Universidad Europea de Madrid, the Valencia Bar Association, etc.).
Javier is a member of the Valencia Economists’ Association and the Valencia Bar Association, and has sat on the Tax Law Committee since 2013.
He was singled out by “Best Lawyers 2014” in the Tax–Valencia category.
In addition the following tax lawyers were promoted to tax counsel:
Cesar Acosta (Santa Cruz de Tenerife).
Arantxa de Luis (Madrid ).
Martín Pedre (La Coruña).
Bartolome Úbeda (Murcia ).
Latham & Watkins has announced its annual promotions. These include a new tax partner and new tax counsel.
Adam L. Kestenbaum is based in the Washington DC office and is now a tax partner. He specializes in executive compensation and employee benefits matters and advises public and private companies, private equity sponsors and executives on all types of compensation arrangements and benefit plans, often in connection with M&A transactions and securities offerings. Kestenbaum works in a variety of industries with extensive experience advising oil and gas companies and master limited partnerships. He received his JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2006.
Maj Vaseghi is based in the Silicon Valley office and now holds the position of counsel within the Tax Department. Her practice focuses on benefits and compensation and company representation and she advises clients on securities law reporting and compliance, executive compensation matters, employee benefit plans and registration and corporate governance compliance. Having both law firm and in-house experience, Vaseghi has developed an expertise in public company representation. She received her JD from Columbia University School of Law in 2002.