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Boodle Hatfield has strengthened its Private Client and Tax team with the appointment of Baker & McKenzie partner Salpy Kouyoumjian.

Salpy, who joins the firm on 27 January, has a strong international client base with a particular focus in advising ultra high net worth individuals and families and trustees in Russia, CIS and the Middle East. She is fluent in Arabic, French and Armenian.

Salpy brings to Boodle Hatfield considerable experience in designing and establishing bespoke international asset-holding and wealth management structures including private trust companies, limited partnerships and family offices. She also has experience in advising entrepreneurs and senior executives on exit strategies for disposing of investments, share options and structuring and deferring UK tax in relation to both income tax and capital gains tax.

Commenting on her move Salpy said: “Boodle Hatfield is one of the world’s leading private client law firms with a first class domestic and international client base. I am looking forward to continuing my career with the firm and supporting its continuing growth.”

Sara Maccallum, Head of the Private Client and Tax and Senior Partner at Boodle Hatfield said: “We are delighted with Salpy’s decision to join Boodle Hatfield. We continue to be focused on further expanding our international private client offering and her excellent skills and client-base will be a great asset to our international team.”

luxembourg tax jobsThe partners of Elvinger, Hoss & Prussen have announced that Olivier Gaston-Braud has been made a partner as of 1st of January 2015.

Olivier Gaston-Braud has specialised for more than ten years in corporate tax, transactional and investment related tax matters including international tax planning, M&A, private wealth planning, both in direct and indirect taxes, as well as in transactional corporate aspects, and regulatory matters.

He is also a member of the IFA (International Fiscal Association) and of the IBA (International Bar Association). Olivier is one of the founders of Young IFA Luxembourg.

Before joining Elvinger, Hoss & Prussen, Olivier worked with another Luxembourg law firm (Molitor, avocats à la Cour) for four years, and before that was the head of corporate and tax structuring within a Luxembourg bank active in the Nordic market (Kaupthing Bank).


newcastle tax partner jobsHay & Kilner has appointed Wealth Management & Tax Planning lawyer, Alice Clewes, as a partner.

Alice, who joined Hay & Kilner 6 years ago, is one of a few solicitors in the region to hold the Chartered Tax Adviser qualification. She is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Alice advises clients on all aspects of private capital work including:

Advising on and drafting Wills
Advising clients on lifetime Inheritance Tax planning which will involve optimising available reliefs and may include the creation of trusts and planning in respect of life policies and pension death benefits
Advising on and preparing powers of attorney and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney with the Court of Protection
Estate and succession planning including advising on passing assets to the next generation
All aspects of estate administration and advising beneficiaries on redirecting entitlements under Deeds of Variation
Advising on and drafting trusts including trusts to protect assets from attack, trusts to utilise Inheritance Tax reliefs, trusts to pass assets to the next generation and shareholder trusts in respect of cross option agreements
Advising existing trustees on their obligations and responsibilities and assisting in the administration of on-going trusts
Alice is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and a committee member of the North East England branch of the Chartered Institute of Taxation where she is involved with arranging the yearly education programme of seminars.

Hay & Kilner has one of the leading and largest Wealth Management teams in the North East and provides advice to an extensive private client base, including entrepreneurs and owner managers. Independently researched legal guide, Chambers UK praises the team for being “solid, pragmatic and dependable” and singles out Alice for being “keen and dynamic with impressive technical skills and the ability to prioritise”.


Mubeen Khadir returns to Middle East with KPMG in Al-Khobar

On January 14, 2015, in KPMG, by Chris Bale

Tax Jobs in Saudi ArabiaMubeen Khadir has returned to the Middle East with KPMG Saudi Arabia, joining them in their Al-Khobar Office.  Mubeen’s recent recruitment follows that of Rupert Agius-Pease, who joined KPMG Saudi Arabia in May 2014 as the Head of Tax and Legal, based in the Riyadh office.

As a senior corporate and tax lawyer, Mubeen has worked with Big 4 professional services firms and Tier 1 law practices in the Middle East and Australia.

Mubeen will be advising clients on a range of different tax issues, including cross-border transactions, transfer pricing, M&A and Saudi Arabian tax issues, while also having a mandate to grow the KPMG Saudi Arabian Tax & Legal practice. Mubeen has recent, relevant experience of this, having successfully set up the International & Transaction Tax practice for Ernst & Young’s Bahrain office between 2008 and 2011, before returning to Australia.

Mubeen has significant experience covering tax structuring, due diligence, international tax advice (such as inbound and outbound investment into and from the Middle East), tax controversy and disputes and the taxation of Islamic finance transactions. As a lawyer, his experience includes corporate structuring, M&A transactions, drafting and negotiating asset and share sale agreements and company law advice, while also dealing with capital management issues, drafting and negotiating shareholder and JV agreements and the set-up of trusts.

munich tax lawyer jobsMilbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP has announced the election of nine new members to the firm’s partnership, effective January 1. Only one new tax partner has been made up.

Matthias Schell is a new member of the Tax Group in Munich. Dr. Schell’s practice comprises all aspects of German and international tax law, including tax aspects of cross-border transactions and corporate reorganizations. He also advises on tax court and tax-related arbitration proceedings. The author of numerous publications on tax law and a regular panelist at tax conferences,

Dr. Schell attended the University of Augsburg, where he earned a doctorate and a Magister Legum in International Commercial Law. Dr. Schell is also a tax advisor and a certified tax lawyer. He joined Milbank in 2006.

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Howard Kennedy Tax JobsUK Law firm, Howard Kennedy, has strengthened its Corporate Tax team with the appointment of Partner Leigh Sayliss.

Leigh joined the firm’s Corporate Tax practice on 5 January from Stephenson Harwood, where he was a senior associate.

He brings to the firm considerable expertise in a wide range of UK tax matters, including tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, real estate acquisitions and development, tax issues surrounding employment, private equity and venture capital investments.

Leigh has a particular strength in Real Estate tax matters and is a member of the Stamp Taxes Practitioners’ Group, HMRC SDLT Working Together Steering Group and HMRC SDLT De-regulation Group, working with HMRC to improve the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) regime.

Ashley Reeback, Partner and Head of Corporate at Howard Kennedy said: “I am delighted Leigh has decided to join Howard Kennedy. He is an ambitious and talented tax lawyer and we look forward to working alongside him and to the contributions he will make.”


paris tax partner jobsEdouard de Lamy has been made a partner in the Tax Department of Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ Paris office.

Mr. de Lamy’s practice focuses on international and domestic taxation, with particular emphasis on the tax aspects of leveraged buy-outs and other M&A transactions (for both public and private groups) as well as corporate reorganizations, including tax structuring of transactions, management packages, personal estate and income tax matters. He also has particular expertise in the tax aspects of distressed M&A situations and debt restructurings.

Mr. de Lamy joined the Firm in 2003. He received a Master degree (DESS) in corporate law and taxation from Université Paris I- Panthéon Sorbonne in 2003 and also graduated from HEC (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) Business School in 2003.

Mr. de Lamy is a member of the Paris Bar Association. His native language is French and he is fluent in English and Spanish.

Pinsent tax partner jobsFranck Lagorce joins Pinsent Masons’ Paris office from Winston & Strawn, where he was a partner.

He has nearly 30 years’ experience advising institutional investors, pension funds, investment funds and multinational corporations on a broad range of corporate tax matters. He has provided general tax advice on both direct and indirect tax matters and has a particular specialism relating to international taxation and the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) programme for change, in addition to extensive experience in the Real Estate investment arena. His arrival follows the appointment of fellow tax-specialist Eugenie Berthet, who specialises in advising Ultra High Net Worth and business owners, as partner to Pinsent Masons Paris office in 2013.

Arthur Lovitt, a Partner and Head of the Real Estate sector at Pinsent Masons commented “We are particularly glad to add Franck to the team. Tax structuring is critical to Funds investing in Real Estate. We have made significant headway in developing our credentials for real estate finance and structuring work across Pinsent Masons international network over the past 12 months, not least following the addition of Mark Leonard to our team in Munich as a partner towards the end of 2014.”

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