Irish law firm William Fry today announced the appointment of three new Partners including Cliona Donnelly in Tax.
Cliona has over ten years experience in advising clients in tax structuring including corporate reorganisations, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and is also a key member of the Firm’s Foreign Direct Investment Group.
She trained with KPMG before joining William Fry in 2003
PLMJ has launched an Italian desk under the leadership of tax partner Serena Cabrita Neto.
The PLMJ Italian Desk features a team of lawyers with extensive knowledge of the Italian language, market and culture as well as the experience that comes from many years advising clients and companies from Italy or with Italian capital.
PLMJ is one of Portugal’s leading law firms and a key reference in the country’s legal sector because of its dynamism, capacity for innovation and quality of service. PLMJ is a full service firm dedicated to specialisation and offering a complete range of legal services.
Dentons Europe has appointed Michael Graf to its German tax practice group, based in the Frankfurt office.
Graf has strong expertise in the field of international tax law and is experienced in advising multinational enterprises as well as private equity funds. He is also a certified tax advisor.
Graf joined Dentons on May 1, 2013 from the HAARMANN Partnership Company. He is an MBA (Diplom-Kaufmann), a lawyer admitted to the German Bar and a certified tax advisor. He specializes in tax law and mainly advises multinational corporations with respect to their national and international tax questions. His advice comprises tax optimized structuring, monitoring tax field audits, filing administrative appeals as well as representing clients before finance courts and the Federal Finance Court (Bundesfinanzhof). Furthermore he advises on tax optimized structures in connection with M&A deals.
Sarah Priestley has resigned as Head of Corporate Tax at Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ London office, to join Shearman & Sterling’s PE team.
Sarah’s work focuses on complex UK, multijurisdictional and pan-European M&A and private equity transactions. Ms. Priestley has been involved in many high-profile deals for private equity and hedge funds in Europe and the US. She has a wide range of experience in the corporate tax, VAT, and stamp duty aspects of commercial transactions, including take privates, private equity investments, private and public company takeovers, and corporate restructurings and spin-offs. She also advises on management packages and employment taxation. Ms. Priestley has been recognized as a leading corporate tax lawyer by Chambers UK, Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, Legal 500 UK andEuromoney.
She, Mark Soundy and Simon Burrows are all moving to Shearman from Weil Gotsal, following Jeremy Dickens move in April to the New York office.
Sullivan & Worcester has announced that Joseph B. Darby III has joined the Tax Group as a partner in the Boston office. Mr. Darby is an accomplished author and well-known tax attorney who focuses his practice on individual, business and transactional tax law. He was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Tax Law.
Mr. Darby is the author of the highly regarded “Practical Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions and Business Sales,” published by CCH (formerly Commerce Clearing House), and he is a recognized authority in the structuring of mergers, acquisitions, business sales and related business transactions. He teaches a course entitled “Tax Aspects of Buying and Selling a Business” at the Boston University School of Law Graduate Tax Program.
Mr. Darby is also an authority on the taxation of intellectual property, including the migration of valuable intellectual property to offshore jurisdictions, and the tax-efficient licensing and/or sale of intellectual property rights. He is rated as AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ in the areas in which he practices, including Intellectual Property.
Before joining Sullivan & Worcester, Mr. Darby was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig.
Saffery Champness has promoted Robert Langston in the London office with effect from April.
Robert, who joined the firm in 2011, is a Chartered Tax Adviser specialising in corporate and international tax. He advises UK companies expanding outside the UK, non-UK companies coming to the UK, tax efficient group restructuring and cross-border transactions. He has worked with leading companies from industries as diverse as property, mining and consultancy services.
Jonathan Fox, Managing Partner of Saffery Champness, commented:
“I am very pleased to be able to welcome Roger, Jonathan and Robert to the partnership. As a firm, we are committed to ensuring we retain and attract the most talented individuals to better serve the complex and often international needs of our private and corporate clients.”
Alistair Hunt joined the partnership in May. He is based in the Peterborough office and joins from RSM Tenon where he was Director of Audit, Tax and Advisory.
His clients include AIM listed businesses, further education colleges, Limited Liability Partnerships, as well as limited companies. Many of his clients have international dimensions to their businesses, with foreign ownership and interests. Alistair acts as the relationship and audit partner to ensure that his clients are serviced to the highest standards. Alistair is the responsible individual on audit assignments.
His experience is varied, covering due diligence, listing work, restructuring, international, family business, succession, tax planning, corporate governance and risk management. He specialises in the agricultural businesses, wholesalers, information technology, manufacturing, education and legal practice sectors.
Clare Munro has joined Lubbock Fine in London as Senior Tax partner.The firm is a founder member of Russell Bedford International, a global accountancy network and Clare provides advice on tax issues to companies, businesses and individuals. Particular areas of expertise are estate planning and inheritance tax.
“I’m looking forward to driving Lubbock Fine’s tax department to add further value to the excellent service already delivered to business and private clients,” said Munro. “In an arena where it’s so easy for people to trip up, we can offer real protection and added value whilst at the same time arranging clients’ business affairs to mitigate tax liabilities.”
Lubbock Fine managing partner Mark Turner comments: “We are very lucky to have persuaded Clare to join us. Her in-depth skill across the owner-managed business and private client sectors is a perfect fit with our client portfolio.”
Tom Cartwright, formerly a legal director at Pinsent Masons, has joined the partnership.
Tom’s practice focuses on all areas of corporate tax, including the tax aspects of corporate acquisitions and reconstructions, involving the financing and structuring of UK and cross-border buy-outs, mergers and acquisitions. He has considerable expertise in tax structuring for debt restructuring and corporate recovery for distressed businesses. Tom has advised extensively in the energy sector for oil and gas companies. He has worked on private equity transactions and refinancing, on opco-propco structures and specialises in all direct taxes, as well as VAT.
Tom also has experience in contentious matters and resolving disputes with HMRC. He is a member of the UK Oil Industry Tax Committee and the VAT Practitioners Group.