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.
SRZ has announced the election of Noah D. Beck as partner.
Noah’s practice focuses on tax aspects of domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spin-offs, restructurings and workouts, and private equity fund formation issues. He has advised on complex transactions including the recent public acquisition of Safeway Inc. by Albertsons and a consortium led by Cerberus Capital Management LP; the acquisition by Cerberus of the automotive interiors business of Visteon Corporation; Tiptree Financial Inc.’s sale of subsidiary Philadelphia Financial Group Inc. to funds managed by the Tactical Opportunities Group of The Blackstone Group LP; and the agreement by Cerberus Capital Management, its affiliate The Traxis Group BV and Blue Bird Corporation to sell all of the outstanding capital stock of School Bus Holdings Inc., an indirect parent company of Blue Bird, to Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. Prior to joining SRZ, Noah practiced at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where he represented private equity funds, including Blackstone and KKR, in a variety of transactional and fund-related matters.
A member of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association, Noah is recognized as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 United States and as a Rising Star, from 2012 to 2014, by New York Super Lawyers. He is the co-author of “The Demise of CoCos and the Tax Consequences of Exchanging Convertible Debt” (Practising Law Institute, Corporate Tax Practice Series). Noah earned an LL.M. and a J.D., cum laude, from the New York University School of Law, where he was a Robert McKay Scholar and a staff editor for the Annual Survey of American Law. He holds a B.A., cum laude, from Duke University, where he made the Dean’s List with Distinction.
ATOZ, the Luxembourg has announced the promotion of three new Partners from 1 January 2015.
Hugues Henaff, Jérémie Schaeffer and Romain Tiffon joined the Partnership on 1 January 2015.
“It’s truly an honor to join this group of brilliant and experienced Partners” said Hugues Henaff. Jérémie noted, “Our clients are our number one focus and I am happy to be able to continue to work with them closely in my new role as Partner.” “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to become a steward of the next generation of ATOZ tax advisors” added Romain.
Hugues Henaff is a Partner in the International & Corporate Tax department of ATOZ. Hugues has a decade of experience in advising on tax matters for Multinational Corporations as well as Private Equity and Real Estate sectors. Hugues has a special interest in intellectual property regimes and tax law issues in sport. A member of the ALFI BEPS working group, Hugues holds a Master’s Degree in International Business Law from the University of Rennes.
Jérémie Schaeffer is a Partner in the Corporate Implementation services of ATOZ. With nine years of experience in complex corporate structuring, M&A transactions, and restructuring, Jérémie has advised some of the planet’s leading private equity and asset management firms. Jérémie also has extensive experience in the set-up and operation of both regulated and unregulated investment funds, intellectual property regimes venture capital and turnaround capital. Jérémie is a graduate of the University of Nancy II where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Business Law.
Romain Tiffon is a Partner in the International & Corporate Tax department of ATOZ. Romain has nine years of experience advising diverse clients: from institutional investors in the Private Equity and Real Estate sectors to multinational firms in telecommunications and oil & gas industries. Romain also handles advisory issues relating to structured finance, restructuring, and family offices. Holding a an LLB from the London School of Economics, a Master’s in Tax law from the Université Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris I) and a Master’s Degree in Business Law from the Université Panthéon Assas (Paris II), Romain was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2009 as an Attorney and Counselor-at-law.
“On behalf of all Partners, we are pleased to welcome these three exceptional professionals” commented Keith O’Donnell, Managing Partner of ATOZ. “We are delighted to see our firm grow and evolve with each passing year and we are proud to continue to offer our clients superb, partner-led, bespoke tax solutions. The addition of Hugues, Jérémie, and Romain as Partners in 2015 is a testament to the high level of service we strive towards, as well as a hallmark of our confidence in the Luxembourg market at large.”
Mark Fielden has joined Kingston Smith in London as a Tax Partner, effective December 2014.
Mark joins from Grant Thornton, where he held the title Tax Director. He had been with GT for just under 17 years.
His areas of focus include:
- Larger corporates and international tax services
- Tax efficient remuneration and profit extraction planning
- Fund, investment manager and portfolio company structuring
- Financial service industry tax issues
Mark is CTA qualified.
Julie Walsh, Managing Partner of Kingston Smith, said: “It’s great to welcome Mark to the tax team as we expand our services to clients in this area. Mark’s extensive experience in advising owner-managed businesses through to large corporate clients will complement that of our existing team and help further the development of our tax offering.”
Mark added: “I am delighted to be joining Kingston Smith’s tax team at this exciting time of growth. I look forward to helping clients succeed by providing them with technical and commercial advice on their business and tax issues.”