PwC in Atlanta has hired Kurt Koons into its FTS group (Federal Tax Services).
Kurt was previously a Senior Manager at EY, so this move also represents a step-up for Mr Koons. He had worked with EY for over 12 years before resigning.
Kurt works primarily with large multinational public companies in various industries, including: manufacturing, consumer products, technology, and pharmaceuticals. His range of responsibilities include identification and implementation of tax planning opportunities, tax accounting consultation, assistance with tax compliance functions, federal and state tax controversy, and management of his clients overall relationship with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mazars has recruited Melanie Orriss from Baker Tilly.
Melanie has been with Baker Tilly for over 11 years and specialises in advising family and owner-managed businesses and their associated private individuals, both in the UK and internationally. At Mazars she will focus on developing the firm’s work in these areas across the London region.
She will report to Tim Davies, Head of Tax.
Grant Thornton has admitted Ray Werth, 42, as Tax partner in the firm’s New York office effective Aug. 1.
Werth joined the firm in 1999 and has nearly 15 years of tax experience with commercial and service companies. His technical knowledge includes corporate, partnership and s-corporation taxation, as well as extensive experience with ASC 740, accounting for income taxes and accounting for uncertainty in income taxes. He works extensively with manufacturing, cloud-based and professional service entities. He assists clients with ASC 740, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, tax optimization strategies for flow-through entities and foreign tax analysis.
Werth is a CPA in New York and New Jersey and a member of the AICPA and the New Jersey Society of CPAs.
Orrick announced today that Edward Denny has joined the firm as a partner in the firm’s Tax Practice Group, resident in London.
Formerly with Norton Rose Fulbright, Mr. Denny focuses on the tax aspects of corporate finance transactions and structures, in particular, mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies. Mr. Denny has recently advised on the tax issues in connection with HSBC’s £12.5 billion underwritten rights issue; Iberia’s £4.4 billion merger with British Airways; AXA’s £2.75 billion disposal of its UK life insurance business and Delta’s acquisition of a £220 million stake in Virgin Atlantic.
“Ed is a deeply-respected tax lawyer with the right skill set and experience to support our domestic and cross-border corporate and finance practices in London,” said Alex Janes, Managing Partner of Orrick’s European offices. “With the growth this year of our London office transactional practices, we are delighted to add Ed to our team.”
Mr. Denny was selected as one of the UK’s 2012 leading young tax practitioners by Tax Journal, a leading journal for the business tax community, in its ‘40 under 40’ list of tax specialists to watch and has been published regularly in Tax Journal, PLC Magazine, BNA International and Financier Worldwide.
Before joining Norton Rose he spent 6 years with Slaughter & May.
KPMG Germany has hired Oliver Mattern.
Oliver specialises in international tax and will be based in the Firm’s Berlin office.
He has moved from PwC where he has worked since 2001 and was at Tax Director grade when he left. He joins KPMG as a tax partner.
EY has hired Mark McCormick into the Atlanta office as a Partner within National Indirect Tax Services. His title is National Domestic Structuring Leader.
Mark joined in July from Alvarez & Marsal Taxand where he worked for the past 9 years as the Firm’s National State and Local Tax Practice Leader.
He advises clients on multi-state income and franchise tax and transaction tax matters. He has extensive experience in state tax planning and specifically the state tax implications of mergers, acquisitions and other significant transactions.
Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, Mark was the Partner in Charge of the Southeast state and local tax practice at KPMG and Arthur Andersen.
Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Occidental College and his MBA from Emory University. He is a frequent speaker on state and local tax topics for the Georgetown University State and Local Tax Institute, the NYU State and Local Tax Conference, the Paul J. Hartman Memorial State Tax Forum, COST, Interstate Tax Corporation, and the Tax Executives Institute. He also serves on the advisory board for the Paul J. Hartman Memorial State Tax Forum. He is a CPA and a member of the AICPA.
Rich Koenenn has resigned from Deloitte after 24 years. He has decided to join PwC and will operate in the Greater Atlanta region.
Rich focuses on providing tax consulting services to multinational companies. Over his career he has served clients in a variety of industries, including technology, life sciences, aerospace & defense. His primary focus is tax planning and analysis for multinational companies, both public and private. He has significant experience in international tax, M&A, and other complex areas of tax.
David Sofra has returned to KPMG Melbourne as a tax partner with effect from September 2014.
David has advised many of Australia’s largest listed national and multinational public companies in all facets of employment taxes. I have served on numerous advisory committees and panels of industry, and am currently a member of:
– Commissioner of Taxation’s ATO National Tax Liaison Group FBT Subcommittee
– Commisioner of State Revenue’s State Taxes Consultative Council
– CPA Australia’s National Indirect Taxes Committee
– Taxation Institute of Australia’s State Taxes Committee
David worked with KPMG from 2004 to 2007, leaving as a tax manager. After a year spent travelling he returned home and joined PwC, where he has worked for the past 6.5 years. He was a director at PwC, so this move is also a promotion for David.