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King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin has appointed partner Anne Quenedey and her team to the Tax department in Paris.

King & Wood Mallesons tax lawyer jobsAnne’s team includes one counsel and three associates, from Dentons. Joining with her is Carolle Thain-Navarro (Counsel) and associates Etienne Guillou, Arnaud Colson and Catherine Sambath. Prior to Dentons, Anne was co-head of Bird & Bird’s international Tax group.

Anne and her team advise large domestic and international groups in defining their tax strategy, as well as on their M&A and restructuring operations. Their expertise also extends to all kind of relationships with the tax authorities including audit, litigation and rulings.

Anne has a deep knowledge of the telecommunications and private equity sectors which complements our sectors strengths, as well as insurance sector capability. She advises family-owned groups on corporate and patrimonial aspects and works closely with the OECD on issues relating to transfer pricing of intangibles. Anne is also a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), along with many other key tax professional organisations in France.

Christophe Digoy, Managing Partner of the Paris office, said: “This team is a fantastic hire for the firm, reinforcing our strategy to grow our areas of strength. Our ability to attract Anne and her team is an endorsement of the vision and direction of the firm both in Paris and globally.”

Sylvie Vansteenkiste, partner and Head of the Tax group in Paris, added: “With excellent relationships with many multinational companies, Anne and her team add great strength, depth and capability to the global Tax practice. Their arrival positions us as one of the largest Tax teams in Paris in transactional taxation and in particular in private equity.”
Anne Quenedey said: “King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin has a top reputation in Tax law. I was particularly attracted by the dynamism of its team and by the recent combination with the leading Asia-Pacific firm King & Wood Mallesons.”

About the new team members:

Carolle Thain-Navarro, Counsel: previously worked at Dentons, Bird & Bird and Andersen Legal. Carolle works in particular on tax aspects of transactions, M&A and restructuring operations, for French or international groups. She has developed a particular expertise in private equity and regularly advises investment funds on their acquisitions. She also has extensive experience in assisting companies in their tax audit and litigation.

Etienne Guillou, senior associate: previously worked at Dentons, Bird & Bird and started his career at Fidal. Etienne mainly concentrates on patrimonial taxation and supports family businesses in their asset structuring and in their operations of transmissions and acquisitions.

Arnaud Colson, associate: previously worked at Dentons, Bird & Bird and Ernst & Young.

Catherine Sambath, associate: previously worked at Dentons and Bird & Bird.

The team join the existing Tax team of three partners (Sylvie Vansteenkiste, Fanny Combourieu and Raphaël Béra) and six associates (Gwenaël Kropfinger, Sarah Mordoff,Antoine Le Touzé, Thomas Guillier, Etienne Bimbeau and Olivia Sibieude).

King & Spalding has established a Paris tax practice with the addition of partner Aurélia de Viry, an expert in French real estate and corporate tax law, as the firm expands its tax offerings throughout Europe. De Viry joins King & Spalding from Clifford Chance, where she was a counsel.

king & spalding tax jobs“Aurélia has built a strong reputation in the marketplace over the past decade, and we are pleased to welcome her to the firm,” said Ken Fleuriet, managing partner of King & Spalding’s Paris office. “Her expertise in French tax law will be a great benefit to our international clients, especially those in Europe. We expect Aurélia to work closely with our offices in London, Frankfurt and the Middle East, as well as some of our U.S.-based international real estate fund clients, on a broad array of tax advice.”

De Viry advises in all areas of tax, including international taxation and the tax aspects of real estate investments, acquisition finance, structured finance, group restructuring and acquisitions. She is also an expert on VAT matters, particularly in relation to real estate and financial transactions. She received a Masters I degree in Management and Business Law from the Université Pantheon Assas Paris II, a Masters I degree in International Tax and Business Law from the Université Paris IX Dauphine and a Masters II degree in International Tax and Business Law from the Université Pantheon Assas Paris II.

King & Spalding’s tax practice covers the full range of tax issues presented in planning and executing complex business transactions in both domestic and cross-border settings, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financings, restructurings and investment fund formations. In addition to advising on corporate, partnership, and international tax matters, the firm’s tax practice provides advice on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of business transactions and post-transaction integration. Lawyers in the tax practice also work with the firm’s global real estate team — in Paris led by Benoît Marcilhacy, Pascal Schmitz and Alexandre Couturier — which has earned an international reputation for its creative structuring of clients’ transactions, from property acquisitions and development to mergers and acquisitions and complex equity and debt financing.

“King & Spalding’s growing real estate market share offers an attractive long-term platform for my tax practice, as does the firm’s strong European real estate finance practice,” said de Viry. “I am delighted to join a talented team of lawyers in Paris, and I look forward to contributing to the firm’s continued success in Europe.”

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ey tax jobsDavid H. Kirk, former tax attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), joined Ernst & Young LLP’s Washington, DC office as an Executive Director in the Personal Financial Services practice. While at the IRS, Kirk was one of the principal authors of the net investment income tax (NIIT) regulations under Section 1411 of the Internal Revenue Code and also with respect to guidance addressing S corporation issues.

As part of the firm’s National Tax Department, Kirk will lead efforts to assist clients in addressing the new net investment income tax from both a planning and compliance perspective. In addition to his role relative to Section 1411, Kirk will serve as a key subject matter professional in the EY Global Personal Tax Planning network and work more broadly on matters related to S corporation, trust and personal taxation.

“David’s 15 years of experience and his role at the IRS on key new tax regulations will help our clients gain valuable insights into planning and reporting considerations,” said Michael Mundaca, Co-Director of National Tax for Ernst & Young LLP and Co-Director of the EY Americas Tax Center. “His knowledge and experience will be especially valuable to clients and colleagues as they understand and address the new NIIT in particular.”

In the Passthroughs and Special Industries division since 2008, Kirk served as a technical resource to regional IRS attorneys and examiners and the US Department of Justice (Tax Division) in civil and criminal tax matters.

Throughout his career, Kirk has focused on the taxation of individuals, trusts, S corporations, partnerships and financial planning for high-net-worth family groups. Prior to joining the IRS, he was a tax attorney at Arnold & Porter LLP, where he provided tax and legal structuring advice to individuals, businesses and investors.

From 1998 to 2007, he worked at Deloitte Tax LLP and assisted private clients on domestic and international income and pass-through taxation issues. In 2005, he joined Deloitte’s National Tax Private Client Advisors practice in Washington, DC.

Kirk has spoken at industry conferences and participated on panels for universities, personal finance institutes and bar associations.

Kirk earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Syracuse University. He received a J.D. from University of Pittsburgh, where he was the co-founder of The Pittsburgh Tax Review. He also earned a LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, and has served as an adjunct professor in the same program since 2009. Kirk is the author of forthcoming tax treatise on the Section 1411 tax expected to be published later this year.

Kirk is licensed as a Certified Financial Planner and Certified Public Accountant in the District of Columbia and New York. He is a Bar Member for District of Columbia and Pennsylvania

Alex Pankratz has joined Baker & McKenzie’s Global Tax Practice in Toronto as a partner, further strengthening the Firm’s capabilities advising global, US and Canadian companies on Canadian tax planning and transactional matters.

“Alex’s tax planning and transactional capabilities will provide our clients with valuable insight as they pursue business opportunities in Canada,” said Len Terr, Chair of the Firm’s North America Tax Practice. “We are pleased to welcome him to the Firm.”

Mr. Pankratz has significant experience advising Canadian, US and global companies in the heavy manufacturing and sales, energy, real estate, private equity, pharmaceutical and retail industries. He frequently counsels clients on Canadian tax matters involving:

  • public M&A, including public company takeovers, going public transactions, significant asset purchases and Canadian aspects of foreign reorganizations;
  • private M&A, including private equity investments into Canada, joint venture structuring, asset and share purchases, renewable energy projects and real estate portfolio investments;
  • reorganizations, including loss consolidations, business unit transfers, divisive reorganizations and partnership reorganizations; and
  • tax advisory services, including doing business in Canada, ceasing to carry on business, tax disputes and advance tax rulings with the Canada Revenue Agency and lobbying for legislative change with the Department of Finance.

“Given the growing significance of the Canadian marketplace and economy for multinationals, we are focused on building a robust corporate and tax practice that offers the integrated and comprehensive support companies need to successfully expand in Canada and around the world,” said Kevin Coon, Managing Partner of the Firm’s Toronto office. “Alex’s joining greatly complements the team of corporate and tax partners we have in Toronto and we look forward to working with him.”

Mr. Pankratz is the latest in a series of partners to join the Tax Practice in North America. Earlier this month, Marc Kushner joined the Firm in Chicago. In addition, James Wilson relocated from the Firm’s London office to New York. The Toronto office has also recently added corporate and securities partner,Michael Smith.

“Baker & McKenzie’s unmatched global platform offers clients in Canada a unique perspective, and its tax practice is among the very best,” said Mr. Pankratz. “I am pleased to join such a dynamic Firm.”

Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, Mr. Pankratz was a partner at Osler in Toronto. He received his LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario in 1994 and his Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 1987. Mr. Pankratz has been admitted to practice law in Ontario since 1996. He is also a Chartered Accountant, and received his CA designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1989.

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proskauer tax jobsGlobal law firm Proskauer has announced that Robert Gaut has joined as partner and head of the firm’s Tax practice in London.

Mr. Gaut has represented many of the world’s preeminent multinational corporations, investment banks and private equity funds on a full range of   UK and international tax strategies relating to inbound and outbound transactions, capital market offerings and financing matters. He has advised on transactions with an aggregate value exceeding US$26 billion in the past 12 months alone. He also counsels clients on timely issues such as the UK’s proposed changes to the treatment of partnerships and LLPs structures, and tax considerations for technology companies investing in the U.S.

“Our clients come from a broad spectrum of industries and require a sophisticated understanding of the evolving tax environment and how to address challenges that can arise when operating on a global basis,” said Proskauer Chairman Joseph M. Leccese. “Robert’s extensive cross-border M&A and private equity experience and in-depth knowledge of UK tax schemes will be a great complement to our expanding Corporate and Private Investment Funds practices.”

Thomas W. Dollinger, head of Proskauer’s London office, stated “We have a robust corporate platform and Robert’s arrival is an important step forward in the continued development of our London office as we replicate the firm’s strengths globally. Having experienced and respected tax expertise is a critical component as we increase our presence in the UK and Europe.”

“Tax issues play an integral role in the successful execution of a deal, particularly in cross-border matters,” said Ira G. Bogner, Chair of Proskauer’s Tax department. “The international scope of Robert’s practice will be a valuable resource for clients and greatly enhance our continued efforts to broaden the reach of our tax practice across multiple jurisdictions.”

Mr. Gaut joins Proskauer from Fried Frank, where he was a partner since 2005.

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Jones Day promotes Patrick O’Brien to tax partner

On December 20, 2013, in jones day, by Chris Bale

jones day tax jobsJones Day has announced partner promotions across the Firm. Only one new tax partner is to be made up, Patrick O’Brien, who is based in New York. His new role takes effect 1 January.

Patrick’s practice focuses on providing U.S. federal income tax advice to U.S. and non-U.S. clients in connection with a variety of corporate and partnership transactions. His experience includes taxable and tax-free acquisitions and dispositions, complex capital restructurings, partnership formations and capitalizations, joint ventures, debt instruments and derivatives, foreign currencies, energy tax credits, real estate transactions, and foreign investments in the United States.

Patrick is a member of the New York State Bar Association.

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tax counsel jobsOlaf van der Donk, former Head of Tax at A&O in Amsterdam, is joining Clifford Chance as Counsel to the tax group.


Mr van der Donk has worked with the Dutch Revenue as a Tax Inspector before joining EY in 1991, where he later made partner. In 2002 he joined A&O and was with them for 10 years. Since leaving he has developed a property rental business in Piemonte, where he is also Head Gardener.

ropes & gray tax jobsRopes & Gray today announced that Brenda Coleman has joined the firm as a partner in its tax & benefits department. Ms. Coleman’s experience with a wide range of complex tax matters complements the private equity, restructuring, funds and finance capabilities of the firm’s London office, expanding its ability to serve clients on the execution of their global transactions.

Ms. Coleman joins Ropes & Gray from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in London. A highly regarded, and tier 1 Chambers ranked, tax lawyer, she brings to the firm’s clients comprehensive experience in corporate and restructuring matters, including advising on cross-border M&A transactions, private equity matters and tax litigation.

Maurice Allen, co-head of the London office said, “The London office has now grown to over 80 lawyers and the need for additional tax capability is a function of that growth and our commitment to developing our international tax capability.”

“We’re delighted that Brenda will be joining our outstanding London team,” said Christopher Leich, leader of the firm’s tax & benefits department. “Clients will benefit enormously from her sophisticated counsel and knowledge developed over more than 25 years of tax practice.”

Ms. Coleman’s arrival marks the latest high-profile hire at Ropes & Gray’s London office, with investment management partner Michelle Moran joining the firm in August this year.  This latest addition brings the London team to over 80 lawyers, including a senior team of 23 partners and counsel, and top-tier capabilities in debt finance, funds and investment management, high yield, restructuring, special situations, financial services regulatory, tax, corporate and private equity.

Ropes & Gray, a global law firm with more than 1,100 lawyers and professionals, provides clients with execution of their transactions from offices in the world’s major centers of business, finance, technology and government—London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The firm is highly and consistently ranked for its practices in private equity, M&A, finance, investment management, hedge funds, life sciences, health care, intellectual property, litigation, securities litigation and government enforcement.

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