BDO LLP has announced the promotion of nine new partners across the UK.
The promotions will be effective as of 2 July 2016 and include four new partners in BDO’s tax practice, which has grown 20% in the last year.
The new tax partners are:
Lee Bijoux, Private Client Tax, London
Lee joined BDO in 2012 as a director. He specialises in the provision of advice to wealthy individuals with complex affairs, with a particular emphasis on residence, domicile and trust structures.
Prior to joining BDO he worked at Deloitte over a 10 year period.
Neil Brackstone, Tax, Reading
Neil trained with BDO and qualified as a chartered accountant in 2000, as a chartered tax adviser in 2004 and attained the Advanced Diploma in International Tax in 2012. He has strong mid-market and large corporate credentials. Neil advises businesses on cross border matters and undertakes international tax reporting and compliance projects.
James Pratt, Tax, London
James qualified as both a chartered accountant and a chartered tax adviser with Rees Pollock before joining BDO as a manager in 2004. He was promoted to director in 2010.
James is highly adept at knitting together complex private equity tax concepts with client’s key business needs and is integral to the growth of the firm’s private equity tax offering. He works with a variety of UK mid-market private equity houses and their portfolio groups and also have experience of US PE funds investing into the UK.
Glyn Woodhouse, Tax, Reading
Glyn began his career in 1992 as a VAT officer with HMC&E before joining Haines Watts as a consultant in 1996. He moved to PwC in 1998 and joined BDO in 2002. He leads the provision of VAT services in Reading and Gatwick and is recognised as an expert in land and property (particularly social housing) and private healthcare.
In his new role he will take national responsibility for VAT in the Not for Profit sector.
Watson Farley & Williams has hired Tom Jarvis as a new Tax partner in its London office. Tom joins from Deloitte, where he was a Director in the M&A and Funds Tax Group. Prior to joining Deloitte, Tom was an associate at Slaughter and May.
Tom has been named as one of the Tax Journal’s “40 under 40 to watch” where clients described him as going “above and beyond”, as well as “work(ing) extremely well with a multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional team”. He has extensive experience in advising corporates, private equity houses and inbound investors on a wide range of commercial transactions and tax consultancy matters.
WFW London Head of Corporate Jan Mellmann said: “Tom’s extensive experience across a broad range of tax services make him a great fit for Watson Farley & Williams. His practice and skills are complementary to the firm’s current tax practice and will strengthen the current offering of the tax team. He has extensive experience in our core sectors, meaning his skill sets will be a valuable asset to WFW.”
WFW Managing Partner Chris Lowe added: “As a firm our focus continues to be providing cross-border legal advice within our core sectors and, with the addition of Tom, WFW can continue to build on our ability to provide extensive tax services across the firm’s core sectors.”
Partner Tom Jarvis added: “WFW’s strategy and commitment to growing its London Tax offering makes this an exciting opportunity for me to develop a balanced and varied tax practice, benefitting both the firm and my clients.”
Krista Fox has joined Streets (a UK top 40 accountancy firm) as a Tax Partner. She started last month.
Krista’s particular area of specialism includes advising on tax efficient business structures, the implications of buying and selling businesses, incentive arrangements and optimising tax reliefs. She will look after clients across all eleven offices covering Yorkshire, the East Midlands, East of England and London. Streets has 27 Partners and Directors and employs over 100 members of staff.
Krista commented: “There has never been a better time to talk to businesses and their owners about tax planning. The days of more aggressive ‘packaged’ tax planning are behind us and this is welcomed as such planning was a distraction from focussing on tax planning strategies aligned to business and personal objectives.
“Each change to the tax legislation brings increasing complexity along with opportunities to structure the affairs of businesses and their owners more tax efficiently. I am very much looking forward to working alongside the experienced team at Streets to explore tax planning opportunities with their clients and contacts.”
Chairman and Managing Partner, Paul Tutin, said: “Over the last 12 months or so we have focused on the development of our tax practice through recruiting high end technical advisers and specialists. Krista’s appointment, along with those made in the field of VAT and personal tax, are very much a part of our strategy to ensure we respond to the changing, and if anything a more complex, environment for tax compliance, legislation and planning.
“We are especially pleased to have attracted her to the firm, given her expertise and affinity in looking after the needs of entrepreneurial clients. Her appointment as Tax Partner means that we can now boast a dedicated tax practice of eight specialist Partners and Directors, with a further ten consultants and specialist advisers. We can therefore comfortably say we have one of the most robust tax offerings of any multi regional accountancy practice.”
Laurence Parry has joined Kreston Reeves to help drive forward the firm’s tax service offering. He joined on 1 November 2015.
Whilst working across a broad spectrum of tax issues, Laurence specialises in areas including dispute resolution, mergers and acquisitions and planning for non UK domiciles. He is also trained with CEDR as a mediator.
Laurence comments, “ I am really excited about joining Kreston Reeves. There is a well worn but true phrase about standing on the shoulders of giants and I am looking forward to doing just this – helping to take forward this firm’s ambitions by continuing to provide the exceptional client service for which Kreston Reeves is renowned.”
Andrew Griggs, Senior Partner at Kreston Reeves, comments, “ I am delighted to welcome Laurence and his considerable experience to the firm. His extensive skill set will serve to expand the unusual breadth and depth of UK and international tax expertise already present within Kreston Reeves. I look forward to working with Laurence to continue to provide a first class, personal service for all our clients.”
The early portion of Laurence’s career was spent at Big 4 firms, initially Ernst & Young and then KPMG. In 1999 he joined PM+M in Blackburn as Tax Partner, where he remained for the next 10 years. In 2009 he took the unusual step of moving to HMRC as an Anti-Avoidance Advisor, responsible for private client and owner managed business tax issues. This involved assisting customer teams with enquiries, training teams on commercial awareness, and providing support to policy teams on Budget measures. In 2012 he was recruited as Private Client Partner by HedgeStart Partners, a boutique advisory firm for the hedge fund industry. This merged with Cordium in February 2014.
KPMG has appointed Rob Clayton as a new partner to its 25-strong UK insurance tax team with effect from 1 October 2015.
Rob Clayton has been leading tax teams in the insurance sector since 2006. Most recently he was Group Tax Director at Friends Life and, prior to that, Group Tax Director at RSA. Until April this year, Rob was also the Chair of the ABI’s tax committee, taking a key role in leading the industry’s response to relevant tax policy issues. His appointment as partner at KPMG in the UK is a return to the firm as he was with KPMG from October 1998 to September 2001 after training with the Inland Revenue.
In his role as insurance tax partner, Rob Clayton will be responsible for leading KPMG’s tax relationship with groups in the sector, with a particular focus in the short term on the general insurance market. Rob’s profile in and knowledge of the sector means he will be an important addition to the team as insurers embark on a new round of consolidation and continue to address the challenges presented by regulatory reform.
Commenting on Rob Clayton’s appointment, Phil Smart, Partner and Head of Insurance and Investment Management at KPMG in the UK, said:
“Rob brings to us a vast knowledge of tax in the insurance sector, is a highly respected and well known member of the insurance community and has excellent experience of the broader role tax has to play in our clients’ businesses. We are really looking forward to him joining the team as we look to build on the growth of the last two years.”
Rob Clayton added: “After 14 years in industry, I am delighted to be returning to KPMG. I have very fond memories of my previous time there when I joined as an assistant manager back in 1998 before leaving as a manager in 2001. The people in my team were enormously supportive to me and helped me build the foundations of my career in tax. Now that I am rejoining the firm as a partner I am looking forward to supporting the next generation of KPMG tax professionals and building on the great opportunity KPMG has to extend its reach into the insurance sector.”
, Head of Tax at KPMG in the UK, concluded: “I am delighted to welcome Rob back to KPMG. His industry expertise and experience significantly enhances our ‘bench strength’ in insurance tax.”
Cooley has announced that it will enhance its London business and finance practice with the hiring of Natasha Kaye, a leading London-based tax practitioner. Natasha is currently a partner of Olswang, where she has worked for over 17 years.
“Natasha is a highly-respected tax lawyer with a broad skillset across all areas of complex corporate tax work who will prove incredibly valuable to our corporate client base active in the UK,” said Justin Stock, managing partner of Cooley’s London office.
Kaye has a broad corporate tax advisory and transactional practice advising on UK and international direct and indirect tax issues in relation to corporate, real estate, outsourcing and IP transactions and planning. She has a particular focus on private equity transactions advising both institutions and management teams, as well as advising more generally on M&A, reorganizations, joint ventures and corporate restructurings.
Kaye sits on the Tax Committee of the Quoted Companies Alliance, is a member of the LexisPSL Tax Consulting Editorial Board and of the Stamp Taxes Practitioners Group. Kaye earned her LLB with honors from the University of Leeds and her LLM in tax from the University of London, Queen Mary & Westfield College.
Cooley opened its London office in January 2015, with 20 partners and more than 55 lawyers and other professionals. From the outset, the office has offered depth and expertise across key practice areas including corporate/M&A, complex litigation, venture capital, technology transactions, IP, tax, competition and privacy. In less than three months since its launch, Cooley has announced the hiring of three partners: corporate partner Stephen Rosen from Olswang, and life sciences partners John Wilkinson and Nicola Maguire from the London office of Reed Smith.
Baker Tilly has expanded its London tax team with the appointment of Dan Robertson as Tax Partner.
Dan is a corporate tax specialist with over 15 years business advisory experience across a broad range of clients, from multinational listed groups to owner managed businesses. He has advised clients on both UK and international tax matters, most recently specialising in the technology and media sector.
Dan joins from BDO, where he has worked since graduating from Birmingham University. He was a Tax Director at BDO, so this move represents a promotion for him.
In his new role, Dan will be focusing on supporting and growing Baker Tilly’s existing tax offering to the technology and media sector, as well as corporate international and cross border advisory work, and seeking to develop relationships with larger corporates.
Jim Meakin, Baker Tilly’s Head of Tax said: ‘I am delighted to welcome Dan to the team here in London, he brings with him a broad range of experience across a number of areas of corporate tax and I have no doubt he will be a major asset to the business going forward.’
If you wish to explore career options with Baker Tilly in the UK, please click on the following link: http://www.etaxjobs.com/candidate/recruiter-jobs-baker-tilly-tax-&-accounting-jobs-1379.html
Lattice Incorporated, a cloud-solutions provider of inmate management network systems for corrections facilities, has announced the appointment of Robert Wurwarg to its Board of Directors.
Robert Wurwarg is an attorney and business advisor with more than 35 years of experience in the tax and corporate law aspects of a broad range of sophisticated business transactions including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, restructurings, joint ventures and other investments.
He has a unique combination of international law firm, Big-Four accounting firm and business experience at senior levels. Most recently, until his retirement, he was a senior tax principal in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s Mergers and Acquisitions Practice in New York and had been a tax partner at Dechert for 10 years.
He has played a lead advisory role in hundreds of transactions and legal projects and wide ranging industries and subject matters, having a transaction value well in excess of $30 billion. Wurwarg received an LL.M in Taxation from New York University’s School of Law, a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.