Collins Barrow Calgary has hired Jim McEvoy, CPA (New York), who joins the firm as U.S. Tax Partner. With over 15 years of experience, Jim began his career in New York with KPMG and holds a Masters in U.S. Taxation. His practice helps Canadian clients enter or exit the U.S. market, acquire or transfer U.S. based property and plan for U.S. federal and state corporate tax compliance.
“Collins Barrow Calgary is pleased to have a U.S. tax expert of Jim’s calibre on board to enhance our practice,” says Dean Woodward, Managing Partner. “Having tenured at a multinational accounting firm south of the border, Jim’s deep knowledge of best practices and his entrepreneurial and pragmatic approach helps ensure our clients’ success in their stateside operations.”
KPMG has promoted Harinder Soor and Paul McCartney to the partnership. Both sit within the UK Tax & Pensions service line.
Harinder specialises in advising on capital allowances and has been a director with the Firm for the past 3 years.
Paul is a Private Equity tax specialist.
McGuireWoods LLP today announced that Barbara Spudis de Marigny has joined the firm’s tax practice as a partner in Houston. De Marigny brings more than 30 years of experience advising businesses on taxation of their operations, mergers and acquisitions, partnerships and joint ventures. She has extensive experience representing clients in the energy industry, including vertically-integrated majors, MLPs, and private equity investors in companies operating midstream, upstream or in the oilfield services sector.
“Barbara’s experience and understanding of tax matters relating to partnerships and MLPs will add great value to the work we are already doing for our MLP clients, as well as provide the tax support essential to our alternative energy clients that are often financed with tax equity,” said Tom Farrell, managing partner of the firm’s Houston office.
“Barbara is a very well-known tax lawyer who chaired the first ABA Committee on LLC Taxation. Her experience in structuring partnerships and LLCs will be very beneficial for our energy industry clients and will complement our existing tax practice,” added Craig Bell, chairman of McGuireWoods’ tax practice. “We are delighted to welcome her to the team.”
Prior to joining McGuireWoods, de Marigny was a managing director with the mergers and acquisitions tax practice at KPMG LLP in Houston. She earned her LL.M. in taxation from IIT Chicago – Kent School of Law in 1986 and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981. She is admitted to practice law in Texas, California and Illinois, as well as before the U.S. Tax Court.
McGuireWoods’ tax and employee benefits practice includes lawyers from many of the firm’s U.S. and international offices who cover the full spectrum of federal, state, and local taxes for clients ranging from closely held entities to Fortune 500 companies.
Gadens in Melbourne has announced the appointment of Peter Poulos within its Corporate Advisory & Tax Group. Peter joins Gadens as a partner from KPMG where he has been for 25 years, including as a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) tax partner since 1996, and for a number of years was the Chair of KPMG’s Global M&A Tax Practice.
“We are delighted with Peter’s decision to join Gadens. He is a highly accomplished and well respected practitioner who has lead numerous seminal transactions in Australia. His appointment strongly signals our strategic intent to continue enhancing and growing our Corporate Advisory & Tax specialisations”, says Grant Scott-Hayward, Gadens’ Chief Executive Officer in Melbourne. “Positioning Gadens as a premier commercially-minded provider of M&A and corporate legal services is a key objective, and securing someone of Peter’s calibre bodes extremely well for the future for this practice area and for the firm as a whole.”
Commenting on the move, Peter says “Gadens is not your usual law firm. They are creative, proactive and concise in their approach to providing clients with a tailored solution, and are committed to being a great place to work in. It is this business mantra and culture that attracted me to the role. There is a great opportunity for Gadens as a mid-size, yet top ten, legal firm to really stand out in the corporate space in Melbourne, and I am looking forward to the opportunities this move will create”.
Peter has advised on the structuring and / or due diligence of more than 500 domestic and cross-border transactions across all industry sectors, as well as the structuring of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for social and economic infrastructure projects. His clients have included Australian and international corporates, global and domestic private equity houses, and other sponsors of M&A or infrastructure transactions.
Commenting further on Peter’s appointment, head of Gadens’ Corporate Advisory & Tax Group in Melbourne – Jeremy Smith – says, “Having someone of Peter’s stature and reputation in the marketplace is truly an asset to our firm and a very exciting appointment. He adds significantly to the growing profile and reputation of the Gadens tax practice, as well as our corporate M&A capability and coverage, particularly in the private equity space”.
Legalweek reported today that Mark Bevington is leaving EY to join Baker & McKenzie in London. Mr Bevington is not a lawyer and will therefore be joining the Firm as a Principal Tax Advisor, rather than a partner.
The move is seen as part of Bakers’ strategy to hire individuals outside of mainstream law firms, with a view to competing with the Big 4 firms’ tax service offerings.
He will report to Alex Chadwick, Head of London Corporate Tax.
Accountancy and business advisory firm, BDO LLP, has announced two new partners joining its tax team.
Karen McGrory and Jane Mulholland are both joining the firm in November. Karen joins the expatriate team in London, while Jane will be part of the corporate tax team in Southampton.
Karen McGrory trained with Coopers & Lybrand prior to working at Deloitte & Touche and KPMG, where she progressed to senior tax manager. She joined RSM Tenon in 2008 as an Associate Director and progressed to partner in 2010. Over the last 22 years, Karen has specialised in international mobility tax and HR issues, with deep expertise on expatriate tax matters. As a partner, she will work within BDO’s expatriate team in London, headed by Andrew Bailey.
Jane Mulholland qualified with PwC, where she progressed to tax manager. Following a period as an accountancy lecturer with Manchester Metropolitan University and self-employment, she joined Arthur Andersen as a senior corporate tax manager. Jane joined BDO in Southampton in 2003 as tax director, before holding the same post at PwC in Southampton from 2009. Jane returns to BDO with 25 years’ experience of the corporate PLC and SME markets, advising clients across all areas of corporate and personal tax, including considerable experience of acquisitions and disposals in international and UK markets.
Paul Eagland, Head of Tax, BDO LLP said: “We’re seeing an increasing amount of work within corporate tax and specialist areas such as expatriate services. Though much of the tax work that ambitious businesses need is still UK-based, there’s an uplift in international tax requirements from our clients, both in London and regionally. Following our merger, and as we further grow our client base across the UK, we’re continuing to actively recruit high-calibre advisers at various levels to cater for this demand. Karen and Jane bring considerable and relevant experience to their local offices and the partnership as a whole.”
Mazars has promoted David Prestwich to Head of Tax for its London office.
Mr Prestwich joined Mazars in March 2013 as a tax partner and this promotion took effect from September this year.
Prior to joining Mazars he was a partner at KPMG where he held 2 management posts, UK Tax Head of Innovation and Head of Tax for Transport & Leisure. His focus is international tax, M&A tax, large corporate tax governance and tax strategy advice.
Crowe Clark Whitehill has hired Tax Partner Rob Gunn to lead tax services within the Midlands region.
Rob joins from RSM Tenon where he was a tax partner. Prior to this he was a Director with RSM Bentley Jennison and a Senior Tax Manager with PwC.