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Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced the following appointment:

The Honourable Eugene Rossiter, Associate Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada since 2008, has been appointed Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada. He was first appointed to the Tax Court as a Judge in 2006 after a long and successful career in private practice. He replaces Chief Justice Gerald J. Rip.

Justice Rossiter received a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University in 1974 and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University in 1978. He was called to the Bar of Prince Edward Island in 1978, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1991. Justice Rossiter has been President of the Prince Edward Island Law Society, member of the Prince Edward Island Supreme Court Rules Committee, Director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Governor of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, Governor of the Prince Edward Island Junior Achievement, member of the Partnership Board of Stewart McKelvey, and Chairman of the Partnership Board of Stewart McKelvey.

Justice Rossiter is a founding Director and Secretary-General of the International Association of Tax Judges, and has served as its President since 2011.


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PwC ireland Tax JObsPwC has announced that Feargal O’Rourke has been elected as the Irish Firm’s new Senior Partner succeeding Rónán Murphy for a four year term from 1 July 2015.

Feargal has served on the PwC Leadership Team and has been Head of the Firm’s Tax practice for the last four years. Feargal has worked extensively with technology and multinational companies, mostly concentrated on the US West coast, where the Firm has developed a successful practice. He also advises some of Ireland’s leading public companies.

Feargal has been a Partner since 1996. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, an Associate of the Irish Tax Institute and a graduate of University College Dublin.

Speaking on his election, Feargal O’Rourke, said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been elected by my fellow Partners to lead the Firm for the next four years. I look forward to supporting our clients and ensuring we continue to be the Firm of choice for the best people and the best organisations.”

Commenting on Feargal’s election, outgoing Senior Partner, Rónán Murphy, said: “I congratulate Feargal on his election as Senior Partner and I wish him every success. This is an exciting time and the improving economy provides a strong base for the Firm to continue to grow and prosper. I look forward to supporting Feargal and the Firm through the transition and in the future.”

PwC is Ireland’s largest professional services Firm with total revenues of over €300 million on an all-Ireland basis and employing over 2,800 people.

FTI Consulting tax jobsFTI Consulting announced today the appointment of Clare Hartnell as a Senior Managing Director in the Company’s European Tax Advisory practice. Clare will focus on real estate tax, working closely with Marvin Rust.

Clare has more than 25 years of experience in advising businesses in the real estate sector on taxation. Most recently, Clare sat as Global Leader of Grant Thornton’s Real Estate & Construction practice, where for 13 years she helped companies augment their value and navigate changing taxation policies. At FTI Consulting, Clare will advise property businesses ranging from regeneration projects to significant investors and developers on commercial and tax issues.

Commenting on today’s announcement, Marvin Rust, Head of the European Tax Advisory practice at FTI Consulting, said, “Clare is the perfect fit for our practice. The team currently provides a range of services to the real estate sector, including tax advisory, due diligence and transactional support. Clare’s experience in providing commercially-driven tax advice complements the service we provide to clients looking to increase the value of their businesses.”

Commenting on her appointment, Clare Hartnell said, “I am delighted to be joining FTI Consulting, a leader in real estate advisory services. The Company’s Tax Advisory practice and Strategic Communications segment both act for a number of household names in the real estate sector, whom I look forward to working with.”

The Australian Government has announced four new appointments to the Board of Taxation.

Mr Michael Andrew has been appointed as Chair with Mrs Peggy Lau Flux, Mr Mark Pizzacalla and Mr Craig Yaxley appointed as members of the Board.

The Board of Taxation consists of up to 10 members and is a non-statutory advisory body charged with contributing a business and broader community perspective in improving the design of taxation laws and their operation.

kpmg tax leadership jobsMr Michael Andrew brings a deep understanding of the business community and tax law from his time as Chairman and CEO of KPMG International from May 2011 to July 2014 and Chairman of KPMG Australia from 2007 to 2011. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Australian B20 Working group on Anti-Corruption and Transparency.

Mrs Peggy Lau Flux has experience working in corporate banking for Citibank and Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, where she led initiatives such as the installation of the first electronic banking system in China. She has served on a number of boards, including the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Council for International Trade and Commerce of South Australia and the Australia China Council.

Mr Mark Pizzacalla has experience in small business tax issues, with over 30 years in practice. He is currently a Partner in BDO’s tax practice. He has also recently completed his PhD on the taxation of Small and Medium Enterprises in Australia. He is the former Chair of The Tax Institute’s National SME Sub-Committee.

Mr Craig Yaxley has business taxation experience, with over 30 years corporate tax experience in the mining and resources industry. He was appointed KPMG Western Australia Lead Tax Partner on 1 July 2013. He is an Executive Councillor of the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies and Chair of the AMEC Tax Committee.

All appointments are for three years. These appointments follow the expiration of the terms of a number of current Board members.

Withers Tax Partner Jobs in ZurichDavid 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.

Mills & Reeve Tax Partner JobsJustin Ripman has been promoted to Senior Partner at Mills & Reeve

Justin joined Mills & Reeve in 1991 and is a private tax and landed estates expert. He has previously headed-up the firm’s private tax team and has been a key player in building private client work as a core sector at Mills & Reeve.

He is a member of the Country Land and Business Association, National Tax Committee. He also sits on the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Technical Committee.


Russian tax jobsThe International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) announced that Blake Marshall, a leading specialist on Russia and Eurasia, has joined its senior management team as Vice President. Marshall will direct policy and programs for ITIC’s initiatives in 85 countries, led by professionals in 12 offices around the globe. Marshall will also spearhead ITIC’s expansion into new markets such as Brazil.

Founded in 1993, ITIC is a Washington-based nonprofit research and educational organization promoting tax reform and public-private efforts to improve the investment climate in transition and developing economies. The organization works closely with ministries of finance and tax authorities in non-OECD countries, as well as international financial institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank. ITIC’s analytic agenda and capacity-building efforts are supported by more than 100 corporate sponsors.

In announcing the appointment, ITIC President Daniel A. Witt remarked, “I am thrilled to have someone of Blake’s caliber join ITIC – our organization continues to grow, and Blake brings to ITIC the breadth and depth of experience needed to help us achieve our next-level objectives. Our Board shares my enthusiasm, and we are excited about 2015 and beyond.”

Prior to joining ITIC, Mr. Marshall was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a strategic communications firm specializing in the markets of Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, where he advising Western companies on their investment strategies in Russia and the former Soviet Union, and assisted Russian/CIS firms in expanding their businesses into global enterprises. Mr. Marshall’s advisory work primarily focused on government relations, public affairs, crisis management, business strategy, and market entry.

Previously, Mr. Marshall served as Executive Vice President of the U.S.-Russia Business Council, a Washington-based trade association representing the interests of 300 American companies operating in the Russian market. In this capacity, he authored numerous Council policy statements on trade and investment concerns faced by member companies, managed the Council’s policy agenda and lobbying initiatives with both the U.S. and Russian governments, and directed the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Marshall served as Director of Graduate Admissions and Assistant Director of Graduate Studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he also taught international relations undergraduate policy seminars. His previous experience also includes positions as Senior Editor of the Journal of International Affairs and Research Associate at the Commission on U.S.-Soviet Relations.

The author of various articles and book chapters on political and economic developments in Russia, Mr. Marshall has testified before the U.S. Congress and in Executive Branch hearings related to Russia and U.S.-Russian relations. He regularly provides both background briefings and for-attribution statements to members of the press in both the U.S. and Russia, with broadcast appearances on networks such as CNN, C-SPAN and CNBC, and commentary appearing in print outlets such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Moscow Times, and The Washington Post.

Mr. Marshall received his undergraduate degree in political science from Swarthmore College, and he did his graduate work in Soviet politics and international affairs at the University of Essex (England), as well as Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Harriman Institute. His professional affiliations include the Council on Foreign Relations and The Atlantic Council of the United States.

M&A Tax Partner JobsKing & Wood Mallesons has appointed Michael Barker to the role of Managing Partner, M&A and Tax following the relocation of Tim Bednall to the UK where he will join the London M&A practice.

Michael comes to the role with a track record of over 20 years’ private equity and M&A transaction experience and is known for his exceptional client and practice building skills. He also has significant leadership experience within the firm, performing the role of Sydney Staff Partner for 5 years.

He will form part of the Australian Executive team and will be supported by David Friedlander who will become the Head of Public M&A and Mark McNamara who will become the Head of Private Equity. Both are regarded as leaders in their respective fields and together they will work alongside Justin Cherrington, Head of Tax to support Mike in executing our client and market strategy for the M&A and Tax practices, with a focus on client and sector opportunities, strengthening and deepening client relationships and delivering on the practice strategy.

Commenting on the appointments, Managing Partner Australia, Sue Kench said:
“Tim leaves the practice in a position of considerable strength and I am confident that Michael will continue this momentum and use his leadership skills to grow the practice and cement the group’s client focussed strategy.”

Michael, David and Mark’s appointments are effective 1 January 2015 and they will continue to work closely with Tim Bednall in his role as Global Coordinator, M&A.

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