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Baker Tilly has appointed Adam King as Head of Tax for its office in Milton Keynes.

baker tilly tax jobsAdam joined the Milton Keynes office in 1999, and since then has qualified as a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor. More recently he has been managing the day to day operation of the tax team in the Milton Keynes office.

Adam specialises in exit and succession planning, profit extraction, capital allowances, research and development tax credits and international tax-assistance for UK businesses – as well as for non-UK companies coming to the UK.

Adam King said, ‘I’m delighted to be taking this role at such an exciting time for Baker Tilly. Our merger with RSM Tenon last year has provided us with new opportunities for growth, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to further strengthen and expand our tax offering for both new and existing clients within Milton Keynes.’

Terry Saunders, Office Managing Partner for Baker Tilly in Milton Keynes, said, ‘Adam is a great example of ‘home grown talent’, and it’s wonderful to see how far he has progressed during his fifteen years at the Milton Keynes office. With his many years of experience dealing with businesses within the region and significant knowledge of the local market, Adam will continue to be a real asset to our already successful tax team in Milton Keynes.’

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Baker & McKenzie has announced the appointment of Maricla Pennesi as a partner in its tax practice in Italy.

baker mckenzie tax jobsMaricla Pennesi comes from DLA Piper where she was a partner and has been head of the tax practice. She has 20 years of experience within the context of the Big 4 accountancy firms. Her practice focuses on international taxation, business reorganization, digital economy and tax risk management, providing assistance to multinational corporations on matters often subject to tax litigation, such as the existence of hidden permanent establishments, profit allocation and transfer pricing.

Massimo Giaconia, head of Baker & McKenzie’s tax practice in Italy, commented, “We are excited about Maricla’s joining. She complements an already strong tax team as we look to continue to grow the practice here in Italy.”

With the arrival of Maricla Pennesi, the total number of professionals in the Italian tax team increases to 30, of which four are partners.

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linklaters tax jobsLinklaters has announced the election of 21 new partners including tax partner Michael Ehret. His promotion take effect on 1 May 2014.

Michael is based in Frankfurt and his main areas of practice include international and European tax law, mergers & acquisitions, tax-oriented restructurings of businesses; tax treaties and EC tax law.

Professional experience

2008 – 2014 Counsel, Linklaters
2004 – 2008 Managing Associate, Linklaters
2000 – 2004 Associate, Clifford Chance Pünder


2005 – Tax Adviser
2000 – 2. Juristisches Staatsexamen (Second Legal State Examination)
1999 – Dr.jur. (legal thesis), University of Konstanz
1998 – 2000 Referendariat (legal traineeship)
1997 – 1998 Magister Juris in European and Comparative Law (M.Jur.), Oxford University, England
1996 – 1. Juristisches Staatsexamen (First Legal State Examination)
1991 – 1996 Law Studies, University of Konstanz

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KPMG’s UK Tax and Pensions Practice announces the appointment of one new partner and five directors/associate partners as it continues to strengthen the breadth and depth of technical expertise it offers clients.

John Cox recently rejoined KPMG as partner, having spent a period at Deloitte, focused on the Private Equity area of the business.

This hire complements the previously announced recent recruitment of Victor Abrams from PWC to KPMG’s Tax Value Chain practice and Nick Roome from DLA Piper who will join to lead KPMG’s Legal Services practice in Manchester in the late spring.

In addition, five new directors/associate partners join KPMG’s Corporate Tax and People Services teams.

KPMG UK Head of Tax and Pensions, Jane McCormick, commented:

“These latest hires add further to the depth and breadth of the technical advice we are able to offer to our clients and in particular, they enhance our capabilities in advising on tax compliance issues, which now account for most of our revenues across the tax and pensions practice.

“Tax authorities are ever more focussed on tax governance and compliance and businesses are keen to ensure that they adhere to best practice in these areas.  This is driving demand for advice in these areas which, with these latest hires adding to our existing capabilities, we are well placed to provide.

“In addition to these senior hires, we continue to recruit across our business, including at more junior levels.”

The new director/associate partner recruits are:

Corporate Tax

  • Justin Blackburn will be joining us in April as a director in KPMG’s Tax Management Consulting team.  He was previously a director at Macquarie with responsibility for EMEA tax reporting.
  • Iain Butler joins from Deloitte as a director in our R&D team.
  • Chris Davidson joins from HMRC as a director in KPMG’s Tax Management Consulting team where his focus will be on helping clients ensure that they meet best practice standards on tax governance and compliance.

People Services

  • Kathryn Harding and Mike Nagle have both recently rejoined KPMG from PwC. Mike joins as an Associate Partner to lead our Employment Taxes practice in the South and Kathryn joins as a Director to lead our International Executive Services practice in the North.

2 New Tax Partners made up at Macfarlanes

On April 11, 2014, in MacFarlanes, by Chris Bale

Macfarlanes has announced that 2 tax lawyers will join the partnership with effect from 1 May:

Macfarlanes tax lawyer jobsJames McCredie

James joined as a trainee and qualified as a solicitor in the tax group.  He advises on a wide range of tax matters, including the establishment of private equity, property and other investment funds and their deal and investment structuring as well as partnership and LLP tax issues.

Jenny Smithson

Jenny joined the firm as a trainee and qualified into private client. She advises on all areas of personal tax and succession planning, with a particular emphasis on cross border tax planning, especially with a US or French aspect. She also advises on the establishment and management of international asset-holding structures, has experience in planning for entrepreneurs and senior executives, and regularly works with clients in relation to complex HMRC enquiries.

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Todd Koransky has been named partner at Williams Benator & Libby, LLP, Russell Bedford’s member firm in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

russell bedford tax jobsTodd is a member of the firm’s tax planning and consulting practice with more than 14 years’ experience focused on serving clients in the software, technology, manufacturing, distribution, staffing and professional services industries. He works directly with key clients providing tax services to corporations, partnerships, trusts, estates, individuals and several publicly-traded companies. He also specialises in business transaction services as well as tax planning and compliance for high net worth individuals.

“Todd lives the values that our firm is built on, specifically ethics, passion, openness and a focus on relationships,” said Bruce Benator, managing partner of Williams Benator & Libby (WBL). “He is very well liked by his clients and is always incredibly responsive to their needs. In addition, he has been very involved in developing and training our staff and is a key player contributing to our tax department management. My fellow partners and I congratulate him on his well-deserved promotion.”

Todd received his Bachelor of Accounting degree and Master of Accounting degree, with specialisation in tax, from the University of Georgia. He began his career at WBL as a college intern in 1999 and became a member of the firm after graduation.

Todd is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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Barber Harrison & Platt (BHP), Yorkshire’s largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants, has announced the appointment of new tax partner Chris Humphreys.

BHP tax jobsChris joins BHP from BDO (formerly PKF) where he previously acted as Head of Tax for the Yorkshire region, and also Partner in Charge of the Sheffield office. Chris’ appointment follows the retirement of tax partner Peter Cross and forms part of the firm’s succession planning. In his new role at BHP Chris will provide advisory services that cover the full range of taxes.
Managing Partner John Warner said “We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the team. His experience of advising high net worth individuals and owner managed entrepreneurial businesses fits perfectly with BHP’s advisory ethos.”
Chris added “I am delighted to join BHP, which is growing throughout Yorkshire. The firm’s down to earth, straight forward approach supports my own focus on looking at tax issues with a commercial eye and explaining them in a way that takes the jargon out of complex tax legislation.”
Chris is based in the firm’s Sheffield office, but will be working to support clients throughout the region.

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Grant Thornton LLP has announced that Erich Pugh has joined the firm’s Minneapolis Tax Services practice as a partner.

grant thornton us tax jobsPugh has substantial experience with global income tax reporting, related financial statement disclosures, and structuring acquisitions and dispositions. His experience also spans tax accounting, federal, state and local tax, and compensation and benefits.

“Erich brings extensive knowledge and diverse experience, particularly in federal and international tax for both the public and private sectors,” said Amy Roberts, leader of Grant Thornton’s Minneapolis Tax practice. “His insights and understanding of complex tax laws and regulation, both here and internationally, will be invaluable assets to our firm and clients.”

“Erich’s arrival highlights our commitment to growing the firm’s tax presence in Minnesota,” said Jarod Allerheiligen, managing partner of Grant Thornton’s Minneapolis office. “In the last year, we have added two partners in our Tax practice, named a new Tax practice leader, and promoted two outstanding contributors to partner. These key leaders bring deep experience across a wide range of tax issues and we look forward to leveraging their experience on behalf of our clients.”

Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Pugh served as a partner with Ernst & Young LLP. He is a certified public accountant in Minnesota and Illinois, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Throughout his career, he has been involved in numerous community and charitable organizations.

Pugh received a master’s degree in tax from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Winona State University.

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