Australian law firm, Hall & Wilcox, has recruited tax partner Marina Raulings and senior associate, Amanda Leong.
Marina advises corporate clients on several fronts, including in relation to stamp duty, tax disputes and the tax treatment of intangibles. She also brings specialist expertise on tax issues relevant to the digital economy and e-business. She was formerly Special Counsel at Minter Ellison’s Tax Group where she advised some of Australia’s largest listed corporates and acted on large, complex transactions. She is based in the Melbourne office.
Tony Macvean, Managing Partner of Hall & Wilcox, said tax has long been a strength of the firm. “Our tax practice has an enviable reputation. We are pleased to be able to further build our corporate and transactional tax capability nationally.
“Marina and Amanda’s experience continues to increase our corporate tax strength, complementing our market leading mid-market and private tax capabilities. Marina’s specialisation in tax for digital and e-commerce is a particularly unique offering and is aligned with our focus on smarter law and new economies.”
Hall & Wilcox Tax practice head, Peter Murray, said Marina’s stamp duty experience would be a great asset to the tax practice. “Stamp duty is an especially important capability in our practice, given our sector strength in areas such as property development, funds management, corporate restructures, and M&A.”
US law firm Quarles & Brady announced last week that Dawn Gabel has re-joined the firm’s Phoenix office as a partner in its Tax Law Practice Group. She was formerly with the Firm from 1989 to 2002, leaving as a partner to join Steptoe & Johnson, where she has worked for the past 13 years.
Gabel focuses her practice on sales and use tax advice and litigation, property tax advice and litigation, and multistate income tax advice and litigation. She represents clients across a broad range of industries, including energy, construction, retail, manufacturing, low-income housing, remote vending, and development of golf courses and resorts.
Gabel has been recognized by her peers inThe Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500 US andSouthwest Super Lawyers.
She received her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Arizona College of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University.
Stradley Ronon has announced that it has recruited tax lawyer Roger S. Wise from K&L Gates. He joins the Washington office.
Wise counsels clients on tax issues affecting the investment management and financial services industries, as well as the federal income tax ramifications of business transactions. His experience includes structuring open-end and closed-end mutual funds, hedge funds, real estate funds (including REITs) and private equity funds, insurance products and financial transactions. Wise advises clients on qualification issues for registered investment companies (RICs) and on the tax consequences of swaps and other derivative instruments, information reporting requirements and penalties, and in-kind redemptions by ETFs.
In addition, Roger counsels clients on the federal income tax aspects of business transactions, including inbound and outbound investments, joint ventures, corporate restructuring and complex partnership transactions. He regularly handles private letter ruling requests with the IRS, works on contested matters at the IRS Audit and Appeals level and counsels clients on the tax consequences of settlements with private litigants and governmental entities.
Roger has written numerous articles and client alerts, is a frequent speaker at industry and in-house conferences on tax and investment management topics, and has served as an adjunct professor in the Georgetown University School of Law LL.M. tax program.
“Roger’s experience aligns well with our client base and our expanding roster of legal talent, and we are excited to add someone of his caliber to our growing investment management group, corporate practice and Washington office,” said Stradley Ronon Chairman William R. Sasso. “A strategic, forward-thinking adviser like Roger can be critical to a business’s growth, and I am excited for our clients to leverage his skills and experience.”
“Stradley Ronon has long had a stellar reputation within the tax and investment management industries, and I am thrilled to be able to grow my practice at such a well-respected firm,” said Wise. “I was drawn to Stradley Ronon because of the sophistication of its work, combined with its collegial culture, close-knit partnership and strong leadership.”
Akin Gump Strauss & Feld has lost one of its tax counsel, Hugo Webb.
Hugo started his career with Olswang, moving to Bingham McCutchen after 5 years. He joined Akin Gump in October 2014.
The new job title at Ambridge Europe is Underwriting Manager – Tax.
Norton Rose Fulbright has announced the appointment of Marcin Matyka as a partner and head of its Polish tax practice. Marcin joins from DLA Piper in Warsaw where he led the tax team.
Marcin is an experienced advocate and tax adviser. He predominantly advises clients on strategic and international tax projects, in particular relating to income tax and tax proceedings. He also assists clients on issues relating to white collar crime, PPP structures and intellectual property.
He is joined by lawyers Monika Poteraj and Grzegorz Gole?, and advocate trainee, Anna ?aszczuk. The team is also looking to further expand in the coming months.
Dominic Stuttaford, head of tax, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Brazil comments:
“Our European team has grown in the last twelve months and Marcin’s wealth of experience in international matters will add further depth to our multinational offering to clients. Marcin’s work across a range of sectors is also a great fit with our industry strengths.”
Piotr Strawa, the managing partner at Norton Rose Fulbright’s Warsaw office, said:
”We are delighted to welcome Marcin Matyka and his team aboard who are held in extremely high regard by industry and clients alike. We look forward to working together to further develop and expand the practice in the coming months.”
Marcin Matyka said:
“My practice has a focus on the energy, financial institutions and pharmaceutical sectors, which have great synergy with Norton Rose Fulbright’s strengths. I look forward, along with our team, to contributing to and strengthening our capabilities in Warsaw.
Marcin’s appointment follows the recent addition to the tax team of Bart le Blanc, a partner in Amsterdam. Norton Rose Fulbright’s global tax practice comprises over 50 partners. The team advises in all areas of commercial and international taxation and on complex, high-value transactions and structuring spanning a wide range of industries and jurisdictions.
Alston & Bird has expanded its federal and international tax capabilities with the addition of Scott Harty as partner in the firm’s Atlanta office.
“Our tax practice has experienced vibrant growth in recent years, and Scott’s addition to the team is an important continuation of that trajectory,” said Sam Kaywood, Alston & Bird partner and co-chair of the Federal Income & International Tax Group. “With tax authorities the world over seeking to increase tax revenue to bridge budget deficits, Scott’s extensive experience and know-how further deepen our bench capacity to advise multinationals who are facing increasing challenges and uncertainties in the areas of tax planning and dispute resolution.”
Harty’s practice focuses on complex domestic and cross-border commercial transactions, including taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. He has substantial experience advising corporate and private clients on all facets of U.S. inbound and outbound investments, including private equity investments, treaty planning, Subpart F and withholding tax issues arising under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA).
“Given the complexity and cross-border nature of today’s global economy, Scott’s outstanding track record of creating innovative solutions to sophisticated international tax issues will enhance our ability to serve our clients,” said Edward Tanenbaum, co-chair of the Federal Income & International Tax Group. “He brings remarkable insight to the legal and business intricacies of tax planning and disputes and will be a tremendous resource for clients as they look to achieve their business goals without tax friction.”
Harty also represents clients in domestic and international tax controversy matters, including Internal Revenue Service administrative audits and appeals, as well as negotiation and settlement of taxes and civil penalties. He handles tax audits for public and private companies, income and gift tax audits for individuals and cases with significant offshore trust and foreign corporate tax issues. He will also collaborate with the firm’s private client practice on similar matters, including the tax implications of cross-border wealth transfer planning, advising families on their business and private equity investments and handling IRS controversies.
“Scott’s addition gives us even more firepower to meet the demand for sophisticated tax planning by our multinational clients both locally and on a global scale,” said Janine Brown, partner in charge of Alston & Bird’s Atlanta office. “He will have an important role to play in a market where uncertainty about forthcoming tax reform will drive demand for thoughtful and creative tax counseling.”
A frequent speaker on domestic and international tax issues, Harty joins from the Atlanta office of Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP, where he was a partner and head of the Tax Practice.
Bär & Karrer has announced that it has hired a new tax partner, Susanne Schreiber.
Susanne joins from KPMG Switzerland where she headed the M&A tax team. She has wide-ranging expertise in corporate, international and M&A tax and has been involved in numerous domestic and international high-profile M&A transactions, post-acquisition reorganizations, restructurings, recapitalizations, acquisition financing and other tax planning.
Susanne has also vast experience in leading multinational tax teams in cross-border transactions. She worked for Hogan Lovells as a German attorney-at-law and tax advisor before she qualified as a Swiss tax expert. Susanne will join Bär & Karrer as co-head of the tax practice group.
Commenting on the appointment, senior partner Daniel Hochstrasser said: “We are delighted about the appointment of Susanne. She has a great market recognition, a reputation for excellence and a strong client following, which make her a valuable addition to our existing practice. We have ambitious plans for our tax practice group and we are confident that Susanne will play a key role in helping us deliver on them.”
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan has announced that Ellen McElroy has joined the firm’s Tax Practice Group as a partner in Washington, DC, expanding the firm’s tax accounting services. Prior to joining Sutherland, Ms. McElroy was a partner at Pepper Hamilton LLP.
Ms. McElroy has more than 25 years of experience advising clients on federal tax matters for businesses, primarily tax accounting concerns, accounting method considerations, and compliance and reporting issues. She regularly counsels clients on the proper tax treatment of costs associated with tangible property (including the treatment of repair costs), intangible property (including acquisition costs and recovery) and corporate transaction costs.
“We are very pleased to have Ellen join our tax practice,” said Sutherland Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman. “She adds considerable value to a practice that has long been one of our firm’s areas of strength. Bringing Ellen on board highlights the firm’s continued commitment to providing the highest quality service to our clients for all of their federal, international, and state and local tax issues across the U.S.”
Ms. McElroy regularly represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including representation at the IRS National Office with private letter rulings and technical advice. She also represents a number of clients in controversy matters before the Examination and Appeals divisions, including matters involving Pre-Filing Agreements, Fast Track Appeals and the Compliance Audit Program.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. McElroy led the transaction cost review practice for EY, where she worked on accounting methods and inventory matters for Fortune 500 companies. She also worked for the IRS Office of Chief Counsel where, over an eight-year government career, she developed and drafted legislative and regulatory proposals, supervised congressional investigations and administered Government Accountability Office audits involving the IRS.
“Ellen is a strong addition to our growing tax practice,” said Sutherland Partner and Tax Practice Group Leader W. Mark Smith. “Her exceptional knowledge and experience complements our nationally recognized team and will be of great use to our clients.”