Reed Smith has announced the appointment of Simon Gough to its partnership. Simon joins the firm’s Tax, Benefits and Wealth Planning Group from DLA Piper, where he was a partner and a former head of UK Tax.
Praised in the legal directories for his “creativity and knowledge”, Simon’s practice is wide-ranging. He has a particular interest in structured and asset finance transactions and in various investment funds and structures, where he has a large client base including banks, fund promoters and media, transportation and financial services companies. Simon also advises on contentious tax matters.
Caspar Fox, head of Reed Smith’s European tax practice, commented:
“Simon is a renowned figure in the tax market. His welcome arrival will bolster our European offering, providing immediate benefits to our clients across our key sectors of media, financial services and shipping. His expertise will dovetail neatly with our current practice and provide valuable additional resource to our team.”
“I am delighted to be joining Reed Smith’s outstanding team. The firm’s practice and industry focus offers an excellent platform for my clients and I look forward to growing relationships across the firm.”
David Halpert and Travis Blais have launched a new tax boutique called Blais & Halpert LLC. The firm is focused on tax-sensitive structuring and implementation of high-value business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital investments, fund formations, and executive compensation arrangements.
A cornerstone of the practice is serving as U.S. tax co-counsel to corporate boutiques and small to moderately sized law firms without their own in-house tax staff.
David Halpert is one of Boston’s most experienced tax lawyers. For over 30 years, David was a tax partner in a large, multi-city law firm (Mintz Levin) where he advised on mergers and acquisitions, partnership and joint venture structures, private equity investments, finance, executive compensation, and insolvency proceedings.
David also teaches partnership tax at the Boston University School of Law, where he has the title of Adjunct Professor. He has published in the Proceedings of the New York University Institute on Federal Taxation, the Federal Tax Institute of New England, and the Boston Bar Journal.
Travis Blais is a business tax lawyer with more than a decade of experience in large, international law firms (Jones Day and Mintz Levin). He has served as lead tax counsel on transactions up to $500 million and materially contributed to deal teams conducting multi-billion dollar transactions. He advises, directly or with co-counsel, on high-value business transactions for corporations, pass-through entities, non-U.S. entities, and individual executives and entrepreneurs.
For nonprofit institutions, Travis has niche experience with tax-exempt organizations, particularly in the education, health care, philanthropy, political, and trade association areas. He advises their compliance and business functions on alternative investment activities, unrelated business income tax, joint ventures, reporting and disclosure issues, executive compensation, and general operations.
He has a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University (1995) and a J.D. From the University of Virginia School of Law (2000).
David McLellan will be joining Withers in Zurich with effect from January 2015.
David is an English / Australian qualified lawyer specialising in private client, fiduciary and international tax advisory. He assists global financial institutions, trustees and wealth owning families with international taxation, estate planning, asset protection and succession planning. He is well versed in the complex international taxation, legal and regulatory issues faced by global wealth owning families and has a special interest in cross-generational succession planning & risk management.
David also has significant business leadership experience in relation to strategy, change & operational management.
Talking to Tax Grotto about his new role, David commented:
“I am absolutely delighted to join Withers and look forward to helping them further build up their Zurich wealth planning operation as well as to use their Zurich office to champion Withers’ global expertise and work with colleagues around the world on complex international mandates.
While I have had over 20 years of experience in various roles in the private banking and wealth management sphere and have always worked closely with wealth owning families, I am very excited to get back into legal practice and once again become the independent and trusted advisor to clients. Switzerland still has its challenges but it will always remain a key global financial centre – risks have simply moved to the individual with an ever higher need for advice. So an extremely interesting time to join Withers.”
Prior to joining Withers, David was Executive Director & Head of the UK Family Office at Stonehage. He is also the former Group Chief Executive Officer of the Rothschild Trust Group and member of the Executive Board of Rothschild Private Bank & Trust (where he responsible for 200 plus staff & 10 offices). Prior to that, David had worked as an international tax & trust lawyer with Baker & McKenzie and Ernst & Young; and was also involved with the launch and establishment of LawInContext (Baker & McKenzie’s online legal knowledge management arm) as General Counsel & Chief Operating Officer.
David has worked in each of London, Zurich and Melbourne and is a dual Swiss Australian national.
David Patterson, who resides in the Wellington office of Chapman Tripp, has been promoted to tax partner. The promotion takes effect today.
David is an internationally-recognised tax practitioner who specialises in the structuring of commercial transactions and taxation law, with a focus on corporate and international taxation. As one of New Zealand’s leading tax advisers, David has advised on the commercial and tax structuring and financing of a wide range of commercial arrangements and their negotiation and documentation.
Prior to joining Chapman Tripp as a consultant, David was with Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and was Chairman of the firm from 2004 – 2008. He is also a director of
Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd, a state owned enterprise.
Chapman Tripp is the largest legal partnership in New Zealand, with 54 partners and 180 other legal staff across offices in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has announced that Thomas Gray has joined the firm as a partner in the New York City office.
Mr. Gray joins the firm from Bingham McCutchen, where he advised clients on the tax aspects of corporate and partnership transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, restructurings, spin-offs and equity and debt financings. He also advised clients on the special tax considerations related to hedge funds, private equity funds, regulated investment companies and real estate investment trusts. At Drinker Biddle, Mr. Gray will work closely with the firm’s M&A and Investment Management teams.
“We are delighted to welcome Tom to our corporate practice,” said Neil K. Haimm, Chair of Drinker Biddle’s Corporate & Securities Group. “His particular experience with the tax aspects of corporate transactions and investments will be extremely valuable to our team and to our clients.”
“We are excited to have a lawyer of Tom’s considerable experience join us as we continue to flourish in New York City and expand our office’s capabilities,” said James M. Altieri, a Managing Partner of the firm and the Regional Partner in Charge of the New York office.
Alex Pham has joined KLEYR GRASSO as Counsel and Head of Tax with effect from 17th November 2014.
Alex has 13 years’ tax experience in Luxembourg and has worked within the tax departments of Deloitte and most recently with the law firm Ogier. His work will focus on:
– International Tax structuring, Private Equity, Cross-border transactions, holding and financing activities, Wealth planning, IP.
– Corporate Tax
– Expatriates and Directors’ remunerations taxation.
– Assistance to M&A, Employment and Investment Funds departements
– Tax litigation
– Tax seminars
He is also advising clients in tax litigation matters.
KLEYR GRASSO is a medium sized law firm in Luxembourg and launched in 1994. The firm undertakes significant client work hand in hand with leading audit and tax firms, and regularly works on crossborder cases with foreign magic circle firms.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP has announced the arrival of senior counsel Alan Kennard to the firm’s Corporate department in Chicago.
Kennard joins the firm from the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP where he served as Chair of the New Markets Tax Credit practice.
Kennard’s practice focuses on Tax, Public Finance and Real Estate. He has substantial experience in federal, international, state and local tax matters involving corporations and partnerships, innovative investment structures and tax-exempt entities, and concentrates on tax credit financing, including new markets tax credits, historic tax credits, low-income housing tax credits and energy tax credits, as well as public finance.
Kennard regularly counsels and represents investors, lenders, community development entities and borrowers on a variety of complex matters, including transactions involving new market tax credits, historic tax credits, low-income housing tax credits, investment tax credits and production tax credits.
A frequent publisher on many tax and real estate issues, Kennard received his B.A. from The Ohio State University and his J.D. from the The Ohio State University, Mortiz College of Law. He is admitted to practice in Illinois, Florida, New York and District of Columbia.
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.