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.’
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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.
London law firm Hamlins has recruited Fionnuala Lynch as a tax partner.
Fionnuala Lynch, who joins from Cubism Law, will add a tax specialism to Hamlins corporate practice, enabling the firm to provide clients with a full service offering on corporate and real estate transasctions.
Fionnuala Lynch has over 15 years’ experience as a tax lawyer at two Magic Circle firms and Goldman Sachs. Before joining Cubism Law as a tax lawyer, she spent 6 years as Counsel in the Tax Department of international law firm, Reed Smith LLP. Fionnuala advises on all aspects of corporate and individual tax with clients ranging from house-hold names such as Microsoft and BBC to high-net worth individuals. She is also particularly adept at advising tech and other start-ups.
Fionnuala also has experience acting as General Counsel for MBI International & Partners, a global organisation with a combined asset value of over £9bn which operates in the hotel and leisure industry throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
PwC US has announced the addition of John Walker, who has joined the Denver office as a tax partner.
Walker will be focusing on the private equity, venture capital and banking sectors of PwC’s financial services practice.
Prior to joining PwC, he served as the vice president of tax at Reyes Holding, LLC and before that, he spent 21 years as a tax professional with KPMG, serving as a tax partner for 9 of those years. He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and an MBA in accounting from the University of New Mexico. Walker is a CPA licensed in Colorado and New Mexico.
UK Law firm, Howard Kennedy, has strengthened its Corporate Tax team with the appointment of Partner Leigh Sayliss.
Leigh joined the firm’s Corporate Tax practice on 5 January from Stephenson Harwood, where he was a senior associate.
He brings to the firm considerable expertise in a wide range of UK tax matters, including tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, real estate acquisitions and development, tax issues surrounding employment, private equity and venture capital investments.
Leigh has a particular strength in Real Estate tax matters and is a member of the Stamp Taxes Practitioners’ Group, HMRC SDLT Working Together Steering Group and HMRC SDLT De-regulation Group, working with HMRC to improve the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) regime.
Ashley Reeback, Partner and Head of Corporate at Howard Kennedy said: “I am delighted Leigh has decided to join Howard Kennedy. He is an ambitious and talented tax lawyer and we look forward to working alongside him and to the contributions he will make.”
Heather Gething, Head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ London Tax Disputes practice, has been appointed a Judge in the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) in England. Her appointment took place with effect from 9 January 2015.
The First–tier Tribunal (Tax) hears appeals against tax-related decisions made by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) by both individuals and organisations, be they single tax payers or large multinational corporations.
A solicitor advocate and Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) Accredited Mediator, Heather was appointed after a rigorous process and on the recommendation of the Judicial Appointments Commission in England, which selects candidates on merit through fair and open competition.
The appointment represents a part time commitment of approximately 30 days per annum and Heather will continue practising at Herbert Smith Freehills.
Global Head of Disputes Justin D’Agostino said: “This highly prestigious appointment represents both a terrific personal achievement for Heather and a great honour for the firm. She joins an illustrious list of colleagues and alumni who hold or have held judicial office or who sit as arbitrators or mediators, and I am delighted that she will be continuing this proud tradition.”
With 30 years’ experience handling tax matters on behalf of clients in the retail, manufacturing, shipping, energy, telecoms, financial and insurance sectors, Heather is acknowledged as a leading top tier contentious tax practitioner in both Chambers UK 2015 and Legal 500 UK 2014.