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.
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.