Loyens & Loeff has announced the appointment of Marieke Bakker and Gert Wim van de Meent as members of the Executive Board, for a term of two years. Willem Jarigsma was reappointed as Managing Partner for a second term of two years. Fred van der Leije did not stand for reappointment.
Willem Jarigsma: “Two years ago, when we first started as the new Executive Board, we mapped out the changes that were required for our firm to meet our clients’ changing demands. Next, we implemented the first changes on the basis of those insights. For example, we grew internationally by adding Switzerland as a new home market, and we are now working with office-wide practice groups and sector teams from our four home markets. With the new Executive Board, the focus for the coming years will be on further expansion of our integrated services and innovations.”
Marieke Bakker explains: “The strength of Loyens & Loeff lies in the integrated services of lawyers, tax advisers and notaries. Since the merger in 2000, our firm has developed tremendously. We are now seeing that our clients’ world is changing more and more rapidly, because of technological developments. That is why we must keep making stronger connections with our clients, in order to really understand these changes and to offer distinctive solutions. It is an honour to work on that together.”
Marieke Bakker has been leading the Zurich office for the past four years and specialises in cross-border tax issues. She used to teach at the LLM tax programs of the Universities in Zurich and Lausanne, and at the Dutch Association for Tax Advisers, teaching on mergers and split-offs. She also worked as a research associate at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and of the Dutch Tax Advisors Association (NOB).
Mr Attalla joins the Firm from General Electric, where he was most recently the MEA corporate tax director, spearheading GE’s tax strategy across the Middle East & Africa.
Before joining GE in 2009, he was senior tax partner at KPMG Egypt and also worked as Chief Operating Officer for KMPG’s tax practice across the whole Middle East region. Fluent in English and Arabic, Abdelhamid is both a US CPA and Egyptian Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting (Cairo University 1981), Master of Accountancy (Texas A & I University 1984) and Master of Taxation (American University in Washington D.C. 1986).
Abdelhamid has spoken at numerous events over the years and attended various groups in the region including the Tax Executives Institute, International Fiscal Association, and the International Tax & Investment Centre. He has been published on numerous occasions; including International Tax Review, and he also appeared in their largest deals/acquisitions table whilst at KPMG. Abdelhamid has served and continues to serve as a leading figure in the region’s tax community.
He will work alongside the rest of the high-profile tax team at Cragus, namely: Mark Stevens, Dominic Treasys, Robert Peake, Matthew Moriarty, Reggie Mezu, Clarence Ellis and William Brown.
The Cragus Group is recognized as a leading independent tax advisor in the Arabian Gulf.
Reto Savoia has been appointed Deputy CEO of Deloitte in Switzerland. He has been part of the Swiss Leadership team since 2011 and is a member of the Board of Deloitte LLP. Under Reto’s leadership as Managing Partner for Tax, the practice has been awarded Swiss Tax Firm of the Year for the last three consecutive years.
His appointment coincides with Simon Owen becoming the CEO, effective 1 April.
“I believe we have a rare opportunity to claim absolute leadership in many of our core competencies, and to keep building the Deloitte brand in Switzerland through client impact and market presence. I am really looking forward to working with Reto and the Executive team to deliver on this potential,” states Simon Owen.
The new 10-strong Executive Team has Jackie Hess taking on responsibility for leading the tax practice.
Ms Hess formerly lead the international tax practice and has extensive cross-border tax planning experience, in particular with U.S. multinationals that have or are in the process of establishing business operations in Switzerland as well as serving Swiss multinationals on a global basis.
She holds an A.B. from the University of Chicago; J.D. from Cornell Law School; and a LL.M. from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. She is a Swiss Certified Tax Expert and is admitted to practice law in both D.C. and Illinois.
Here is a list of the full Exec Team:
Thierry Aubertin, Managing Partner, Audit
Bjørnar Jensen, Managing Partner, Consulting
Jean-François Lagassé, Managing Partner, Financial Advisory
Mark Carter, Managing Partner, Risk Advisory
Jackie Hess, Managing Partner, Tax
Anna Samanta, Managing Partner, Talent
Nick Davies, Managing Partner, Growth, Strategy & Performance
Anna Celner, Managing Partner, International
Reto Savoia, Managing Partner, Clients & Markets / Deputy CEO
Stuart Diack, Quality, Risk & Security Leader
DLA Piper has announced that Sang Kim, regional managing partner for Northern California, has been appointed chair of the firm’s US Tax practice. Kim succeeds David Colker of Silicon Valley, who remains co-chair of the firm’s Global Tax practice.
Kim, also a member of DLA Piper’s Executive Committee, has extensive experience in international tax issues and operational structuring, global transfer pricing, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He regularly works with clients as managing international legal counsel for multijurisdictional and multi-disciplined projects and on matters involving employment, intellectual property, corporate formation and governance, foreign exchange, transaction taxes and import duties.
Additionally, Kim has led more than 100 international expansion and structuring projects in a wide array of jurisdictions for various types of companies, from emerging enterprises to Fortune 500 multinationals. He is also active in DLA Piper’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.
Kim received his B.A. from Columbia University, his L.L.M. Taxation from New York University School of Law and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, where he serves on the Law Board.
KPMG has appointed Michelle Quest as its UK Head of Tax, Pensions and Legal Services with immediate effect.
Michelle Quest succeeds Karen Briggs, who now leads KPMG’s Solutions practice in the UK and sits on the Executive Committee of the Board.
Michelle joined KPMG in 1997 and has been a tax partner for the last 12 years. During that time she has worked across a broad spectrum of clients from mid-market corporate and private equity clients right through to leading on some of KPMG’s largest global accounts.
Michelle has also previously held a number of senior roles at KPMG including Head of the UK Private Equity and EMA M&A Tax Practices. She has also served as Head of People for the UK firm, leading CSR initiatives linked to education and championing the firm’s commitment to promoting fair access to the profession.
Commenting on her appointment as UK Head of Tax, Pensions and Legal Services, Michelle Quest said:
“I have worked at KPMG for 19 years and I am delighted to be taking on this new role. This is an exciting time for the tax, pensions and legal services practice as the backdrop in which we operate is rapidly evolving. We are seeing significant market disruption from the implementation of the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Actions, EU audit reform, the change in regulation of legal services, and the advance of digital processes, to name a few.
“Added to this, there is increasing public interest in the tax debate and closer scrutiny of the tax profession. As a firm, we have already taken a leading role in the, often heated, public debate about tax and morality, actively bringing people together to understand different viewpoints in an effort to build shared views on responsible tax. I am committed to continuing to champion our position in this debate.”
Simon Collins, Chairman of KPMG in the UK, said: “I am pleased to appoint Michelle to the head of our tax, pensions and legal services practice. She brings significant leadership experience to the role both from within tax and beyond. As one of our most experienced tax partners, I am confident that Michelle is ideally placed to lead our growth ambitions for the practice and our continued commitment to the responsible tax agenda.”
Leading global law firm Baker & McKenzie has further strengthened its London Tax practice with the appointment of leading transfer pricing specialist Jukka Karjalainen as Tax Leader of the Firm’s UK Business Transformation practice. He joined the Firm last month.
Jukka, who was represented by Greg Dadson of search firm Nebula Partners, joins from Deloitte where he was tax leader of the UK Business Model Optimization practice and a partner in their London Transfer Pricing group. He has over 20 years experience dealing with transfer pricing and international corporate tax issues from both practice and industry and has practiced in a number of jurisdictions including Finland and Australia. Jukka advises multinational clients from across industries, in particular metals, mining, telecommunications and pharma.
As Tax Leader of the UK Business Transformation practice, he will be advising clients on the design, implementation and defence of complex cross-border restructurings, working closely with the Corporate Reorganisations practice group. His appointment is the latest Big Four hire for the Firm following the appointments of Kate Alexander and Mark Bevington from EY in July 2015 and May 2013 respectively.
Baker & McKenzie London Head of Tax, Alex Chadwick said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jukka to our growing tax practice. Clients are increasingly looking to their advisors for multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary business transformation expertise. Jukka’s unique skillset, which covers the full range of business transformation and transfer pricing services, provides this in abundance and will significantly enhance our offering to large UK and multinational clients. He will work closely with business transformation experts from across our tax, corporate, employment, IP and regulatory practices.”
Baker & McKenzie’s London Tax Group, which includes lawyers, full time economists, transfer pricing and VAT advisors advises on a wide range of cross-border matters, including transactions and the structuring of cross-border investments. As well as advising on the UK tax aspects of international projects, the London Tax Group has particular experience in the coordination of tax advice from many countries in multi-jurisdictional projects such as international group structuring and mergers and acquisitions. Jukka’s partner-equivalent appointment brings to over 50 the total number of professionals specialising in tax in London.
Tax Grotto confirmed with KPMG’s Global PR team this evening that the Firm’s new Global Head of Tax is Jane McCormick.
Ms McCormick started her tax career with the UK Inland Revenue (now HMRC) and for the last 24 years has worked at KPMG.
Having taken a number of leadership roles within KPMG’s financial services tax practice, Ms McCormick decided upon a change in direction and began to work with a broader range of clients. This lead to her becoming Head of the UK corporate tax practice for KPMG. In 2012 she was appointed head of the whole Tax and Pensions practice in the UK and late in 2014 she was promoted once again to Head of Tax for the firm’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMA) region. At this time she also became a member of KPMG’s EMA board, as well as the Senior Tax Partner for KPMG in the UK.
For the past 12 months she has driven KPMG’s strategy and response to EU audit reform, capitalising on the opportunity which this has given the firm for growth across the EMEA region. She has also taken responsibility for KPMG’s professional conduct in tax and led the Firm’s engagement with government, HMRC, professional bodies and clients.
Her EMA replacement has not yet been announced, but Tax Grotto is betting that Karen Briggs gets the job.
EY has appointed Partner Katherine Bullock to lead its UK and Ireland Private Client Services practice (outside of London). Prior to taking up this role she was actively involved in directing private client services in Europe, Middle East, Africa and India in her capacity as Deputy Leader for Private Client Services for EMEIA region.
Katherine has advised some of the wealthiest individuals in the UK on their business, family and charitable interests. She is a barrister, chartered tax adviser, certified financial planner and member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, with an MA in Law from Cambridge University.
Katherine said: “EY places real importance on the role of entrepreneurial and mid-market business owners, and I’m pleased to be joining such a talented team of private client specialists, who are dedicated to making EY the natural home for entrepreneurs and private clients.
“We’ve got great plans for helping our clients really maximise the UK’s economic upturn, working across our worldwide network with our global colleagues to support those with international interests. I’m looking forward to getting out there and starting to help our business owner and private company clients solve their tax and wealth planning challenges.”
Jason Lester, EY’s Head of Tax in the UK and Ireland, commented: “By continuing to invest in our people, we’re targeting new tax opportunities. Katherine’s industry leading expertise advising individuals, families and businesses, her proven leadership skills and ability to build long-term client relationships will help us deliver on our growth plans in Private Client Services across the UK and Ireland, and internationally.”
Before joining EY in May 2015, Katherine was UK Head of Private Client at PwC. She is based from EY’s Leeds office.