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ryan tax jobsRyan has announced that Nigel Mellor has joined the management team as a Principal to lead the Firm’s continued international expansion throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr. Mellor will drive the sustained growth of the Singaporean practice and direct the delivery of goods and services tax (GST) recovery, advisory, and compliance solutions, as well as an integrated suite of comprehensive international tax and technology solutions to multinational clients operating in the Asia-Pacific region. He will be based in Ryan’s Singapore office.

Mr. Mellor has more than 20 years of international tax experience leading multinational teams supporting global corporations across every major industry sector and has been based in Singapore, Europe, and the United States. Prior to joining Ryan, he served as United States Value-Added Tax (VAT) Leader for Deloitte and also previously established and developed a VAT/GST team in Singapore, where he also led the Indirect Tax Service Line for the Asia-Pacific region.

“Ryan already provides tax services to leading global companies operating in Singapore, and the addition of Nigel Mellor will provide experienced leadership to drive our continued growth in this emerging market,” said Brendan F. Moore, Ryan President of Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America Operations. “The trust that Ryan has earned by delivering superior results for these multinational clients drives our commitment to rapidly expand our footprint across the Asia-Pacific region.”

“Nigel Mellor is a widely respected international tax professional, and his leadership will ensure that our global clients operating in the Asia-Pacific region have access to a more comprehensive suite of tax solutions for improving profitability and cash flow,” said G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. “We will continue to acquire the very best international tax talent to support our client demand in countries all over the world.”

trust jobs in channel islandsJersey Finance has appointed Robert Christensen as the new Chairman of its Board in succession to Jonathan White, as effective from June 2014.

Robert Christensen, who has had over 35 years of experience in trust and company management services within Jersey, has been the Managing Director of Volaw Group since 1988, having been a founding director of Volaw in 1982.

He was instrumental in the establishment of Jersey Finance and served as a non-executive Director for Jersey Finance from 2000 until 2008.

A member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners and holding the Trustee Diploma of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Robert has been a long established specialist in advising on trust, company and fund structures for corporate clients and is frequently called upon for his knowledge and expertise with real estate structuring and innovative Islamic finance transactions.

Jonathan White, who enjoyed a legal career spanning more than 20 years and was Group Chairman of Ogier until 2009 when he retired as a Managing Partner, has been Chairman of Jersey Finance since 2009 and was a board member before then.

Acknowledging the contribution of both in the development of Jersey Finance, Geoff Cook, CEO, Jersey Finance, commented:

“Jonathan’s contribution to Jersey Finance has been immense. As a senior figure from Jersey’s finance industry, he brought a wealth of first-hand experience to the role of Chairman and his advice has been invaluable. He has been a superb ambassador for the industry both at home and abroad during his tenure as Chairman and his wide ranging international contacts have been very beneficial as we have stepped up our international programme. We are extremely grateful for his time and his commitment to the role.

“I am delighted also to welcome Robert, whose international experience and specialist knowledge of the workings of the finance industry have already been appreciated by us for many years through his membership of the Board. There are few in the finance industry that has given more to the development of Jersey Finance than Robert and I am delighted that he has agreed to follow on from Jonathan as Chairman.”

New Global Tax Leader at EY is Jay Nibbe

On August 12, 2014, in EY, by Chris Bale

tax leadership jobsEY announced today the appointment of Jay Nibbe to Global Vice Chair for Tax, leading more than 35,000 tax professionals around the world. He chairs EY’s Tax Executive Committee and continues his role as a member of EY’s Global Executive, the organization’s highest management body.

Nibbe, who joined EY in 1985, was most recently the Chair of EY’s Global Accounts Committee and Deputy Area Managing Partner for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA). Nibbe also previously served as Americas Vice Chair of Tax and Americas Tax Managing Partner.

He takes charge at a time when tax is commanding more attention in the C-suite and in the boardroom. These executives increasingly understand how getting tax right is critical to growing successfully in the global economy. EY’s network spans more than 140 countries, providing clients with the right approach, specialization and resources to address all of their tax needs, both globally and locally.

Nibbe remains actively engaged in client services, and continues to work as a senior advisory partner to several clients.

Prior to his leadership roles in the Americas, from 1995 to 1999, Nibbe was based in Moscow where he led Tax in the Commonwealth of Independent States for four years, developing EY practices in Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Ukraine.

Nibbe received an Accounting and Finance degree from Minnesota State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Taxation from the University of Minnesota.

PwC Switzerland Transfer Pricing jobsBenjamin Koch is assuming responsibility for PwC Switzerland´s Transfer Pricing and Value Chain Transformation Team with immediate effect.

He has been working in this field at PwC for ten years and replaces Norbert Raschle, who will continue as a PwC partner.

Benjamin Koch will also continue to lead PwC Switzerland´s Tax Controversy and Dispute Resolution Team.

Abbey Tax Protection, the tax fee protection division of the Abbey Protection Group, has acquired Sheffield based HowarthLynch, one of the UK’s providers of R&D tax consultancy services to SME’s throughout the UK.

Abbey Tax is a leading provider of professional fee insurance which reimburses fees incurred by businesses and high net worth individuals when HMRC undertakes an enquiry or investigation into a taxpayer’s tax, VAT or PAYE affairs.

HowarthLynch’s team of ten staff, advises over 500 clients throughout the UK. In addition to providing advice on R&D tax credits, the firm also specialises in the Patent Box.

Abbey Tax has an existing advisory business offering specialist advice in areas such as capital allowances, business valuations and IR35 for personal service company contractors. Together with HowarthLynch’s products, this will further enhance the offering of specialist tax consultancy services which are offered only to accountancy firms throughout the UK and not directly to taxpayers.

Alison Lynch, who founded HowarthLynch in 2009, will manage the new consultancy business.

Colin Davison, Chief Executive Officer of Abbey Protection Group, said: “We are one of the UK’s leading providers of fee protection insurance with our policies widely distributed through a network of over 2,000 accountants across the UK. Building our advisory portfolio gives us the opportunity to provide this network with a range of products which are valuable and attractive to their clients and many of which create recurring revenue opportunities for professional firms.”

Alison Lynch said: “Abbey is a highly respected and well-known brand amongst accountants and affinity groups throughout the UK. This is a great platform from which to market our expanding portfolio of specialist tax consultancy products. We see a number of opportunities to extend the range of products we offer and so broaden the specialist expertise that accountants in our network are able to offer their clients.”

Abbey Protection Group was acquired at the beginning of 2014 by Markel Corporation, a US based diverse financial holding company with combined assets of $24 billion and $6.7 billion of shareholder’s equity.


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After 20 years at Staples Rodway, Roger Thompson has become a founding partner at Bentleys Chartered Accountants Ltd. This is the first New Zealand office of the Bentleys association of independent accounting firms throughout Australia and New ZealandBentleys Tax Jobs

Roger will lead the taxation, trusts and corporate administration teams.

Roger has more than 30 years’ experience both as a chartered accountant and a lawyer. He has acted as professional advisor to a diverse range of high net worth individuals, small and mid-market businesses, as well as larger corporates including those in retail, property development and investment, manufacturing, superannuation, and professional services.

Roger’s specialist area in taxation consulting includes individual, trust and corporate taxation as well as FBT (fringe benefit tax) and GST (goods and services tax). He has particular expertise with the tax issues concerning trusts, property development and investment, trans-Tasman businesses, cross-border structures, PIEs (portfolio investment entities), CFCs (controlled foreign companies), FIFs (foreign investment funds), amalgamations, and other business restructuring.

Roger regularly presents seminars on a wide range of taxation issues and is co-author of CCH publications A Practical Guide to Taxing Property Transactions (all editions) and Fringe Benefits – A Practical Guide to Managing your Tax Costs (4th edition).

Roger’s also advises on and assists with the formation and administration of complying trusts, foreign trusts, LTCs (look through companies), and limited partnerships.

Taxation consulting and compliance
Trusts, LTCs, LPs formation and administration

Property development and investment
Construction, engineering and related services
Trust and fiduciary providers

Professional memberships:
Member – Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
Fellow – CPA Australia
Member –Institute of Directors in New Zealand Inc
Member(non-practising) Auckland District Law Society
Member STEP (Society of Tax and Estate Practitioners)
Member – IFA (International Fiscal Association)

R&D Tax Partner jobsDominic Preston has had an impressive tax career since his return to Grant Thornton. He joined the firm in 1998 as a trainee and then left to spend 8 years at EY in London, leaving as a senior tax manager.

He returned to GT in 2009 in the Belfast office and was immediately made a corporate tax partner and also managing partner for Northern Ireland. In March 2014 he was given a national management role with the Firm, as UK Innovation Group Leader.

This new move into Milton Keynes will sit alongside his existing Innovation leader role, but here at Tax Grotto we expect that the Firm has further plans for Mr Preston. His appointment brings the number of tax partners in Milton Keynes to four.


Grant Thornton LLP has named Mark Arrigo as leader of the firm’s Atlanta State and Local Tax (SALT) practice, effective Aug. 1.

Most recently, Arrigo was based in Grant Thornton’s Tampa office and led the Florida SALT practice since 2010. He will continue to serve as the Southeast region SALT leader after his relocation to Atlanta. He has nearly 25 years of experience providing both public and private companies with a variety of services, including controversy resolution, analysis of mergers and acquisitions, tax provision consulting and state tax planning and restructurings.

“Mark has been instrumental to the success of the firm’s Florida SALT practice for the past four years,” said Mike Stokke, office managing partner of Grant Thornton’s Atlanta practice. “We’re confident that his vast experience and proven leadership skills will be key to leading the growth and driving the strategy of the Atlanta SALT practice. He will be an invaluable asset to our office, our clients and the Atlanta business community.”

Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Arrigo served as the partner-in-charge for the Florida SALT team at KPMG LLP. He is a frequent speaker at SALT conferences, including the National Multistate Tax Symposium, the Georgetown State and Local Conference and various Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) Tax Conferences.

Arrigo is a certified public accountant in Florida and Louisiana, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and past chair of the FICPA State Tax Section. He serves on the Florida State University accounting advisory board, is a graduate of Leadership Tampa and a board member and first vice-chair of Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry.

He received a master’s of business administration degree from Tulane University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University.


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