Stijn Janssen has joined Withers to set up their Middle East tax advisory office in Dubai (DIFC). The Dubai office will focus on international tax advisory services and private client tax services.
Commenting on his new role to Chris Bale, Editor of Tax Grotto, Stijn said:
“I believe the time is right for a firm of Withers’ calibre to make an entrance to the Middle Eastern market. I very much look forward to developing the Withers brand in the region and to build an international tax practice of the highest standards, serving corporates, private clients and governments, and be part of the reputable and fast expanding international tax practice of the firm.”
Stijn joins from EY Dubai where he was a Tax Partner and MENA Leader for Private Client Services since 2013. Prior to this his career was spent with Loyens & Loeff in Amsterdam, Tokyo and Dubai. From 2008 to 2013 he was the Local Managing Partner for Loyens & Loeff’s Dubai office.
Timothy Ryan will be the new chairman of PwC US with effect from 1 July and he recently announced on Linkedin his new leadership team.
Roy Weathers will be PwC’s new tax leader for the US Firm.
Mr Weathers is currently the NY Metro Regional Tax Partner and is a member of the PwC Extended US Tax leadership team. He has more than 23 years’ experience serving multinational clients in the Financial Services industry, providing a full range of tax services, focused principally on money center and investment banks.
He has managed a number of global tax teams around the world on engagements at large financial institutions. and Roy is currently the Tax lead partner on several of the firm’s larger clients.
Previously he served as the Chief Diversity Officer for the US with a focus on advising the Senior Partner on diversity strategy for the firm.
BDO USA has announced that it has entered into an agreement to expand its metro New York practice through the addition of 38 staff, including 6 partners, from Charles A. Barragato & Company, LLP (CAB).
Founded in 1998, CAB has offices in New York City and on Long Island. The firm has been a member of the BDO Alliance USA since 2009. It has a diversified client base with significant strength in high net-worth individuals, family offices, entertainers, healthcare providers and real estate investors and developers. The combination of BDO and CAB is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed on July 1, 2016.
Chuck Barragato, who has more than 35 years of experience in public accounting, will succeed Randy Schwartzman as the Office Managing Partner for BDO USA’s Long Island tax practice. This will allow Randy to focus his energies on his role as Regional Managing Partner for the Northeast Region tax practice, as well as serving his Long Island based clients. Chuck will also take on a leadership role in developing the Private Client Services practice in the Northeast region. Current BDO Partner, John Kyriakides, will continue to serve as the Office Managing Partner for the Long Island assurance practice.
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.”