Mishcon de Reya has announced that it is to completely restructure its Tax offering, launching a consolidated practice that encompasses all related services, including: Real Estate Tax; Corporate Tax, as well as Private Tax & Wealth Planning.
Mirroring the firm’s broader strategy, the launch of Mishcon’s new Tax practice recognises the changing needs of its clients, as their personal and business concerns increasingly overlap.
As part of the firm’s commitment to this area, it continues to invest in securing the best talent, with two new appointments in the last week alone: Partner, John Skoulding and Solicitor, Charlie Sosna.
John, previously a partner at SJ Berwin (now King & Wood Mallesons), specialises in a wide range of corporate, private equity and individual taxation. Focusing on UK and international M&A, management buy-outs and corporate restructurings, amongst other issues, John has worked across sectors including betting and gaming, fashion, retail, IP and financial services.
Charlie joins from boutique firm Berkeley Law, where he specialised in UK and international tax, trusts, asset protection structuring and lifetime planning, for high-net and ultra-high net worth individuals, families and their trustees.
John commented: “I am very excited to have joined what is clearly an increasingly valued practice area at Mishcon de Reya. I’m looking forward to working with the rest of the team to help develop it even further.”
Charlie added: “I am thrilled to be joining such a prominent practice and firm, and to be working with a great team of people.”
Andrew Goldstone, Head of Private Tax and Wealth Planning, commented: “John and Charlie are great additions to the team – they are joining at a busy and exciting time, not just for our Tax practice, but also the firm more broadly. We’ve expanded from 300 employees in 2009, to over 500 in 2012, and have seen a 75% revenue rise within this period. This was achieved by investing in people and securing the best talent, and these new hires demonstrate our on-going commitment to this strategy. Both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their respective roles and we look forward to working with them.”
Mishcon is due to announce further additions to its new Tax practice – which now employs 13 lawyers – in the New Year.
Speechlys has opened its fourth international office in a little over two years, following its expansion into Geneva, Zurich and Luxembourg.
The new operation will initially consist of a team of four partners and seven associates. The offering will focus on tax planning for wealthy families and entrepreneurs as well as corporate and litigation services to these clients, private equity investors and corporates. Such an offering complements Speechly Bircham’s existing strength in international private wealth and corporate work, and will serve as a solid platform to add complementary disciplines in Paris in the future.
The partner team comprises Stéphane de Lassus and Anne-Marie Berthault-Boissonnas, both formerly of STC Partners, who specialise in international tax planning for wealthy families, entrepreneurs and management teams; Thibaut Caharel of PDGB Avocats (corporate) and Frédéric Jeannin, also from STC Partners (litigation).
Stéphane commented, “We are all very excited about this fantastic opportunity. The partner team here in Paris has a clear focus on the private wealth, private equity and entrepreneurial market, which fits perfectly with Speechlys’ international practice. Our clients expect high quality, responsive, and independent advice from their lawyers, with access to an international offering. Becoming part of Speechly Bircham is a perfect way to achieve that.”
The resident team will be supported by a number of London partners from across Speechly Bircham’s other European offices: Nathalie Moreno (a dual qualified TMT partner who has recently been appointed as representative of the Paris Bar in London) and corporate partner Martin Wright have significant expertise acting for French corporates in the UK and overseas. Paul Henty, who graduated from Strasbourg University and specialises in EU & Competition law, and John Ward, one of the firm’s leading international tax and estate planning partners with experience of the French market, will also support the new office.
Responsible for developing the firm’s international operations, Speechlys’ Senior Partner, Michael Lingens, said “Building on the success of our first international offices, Paris feels like a natural next step due to its importance as a European commercial centre. Speechly Bircham has invested in growing its international private wealth, investment management and funds offering and we are delighted that this very talented team has joined us. The addition of Paris will enable us to broaden our offering to wealthy families and successful entrepreneurs as well as private equity houses and corporates.”
Anne-Marie advises entrepreneurs, private equity investors, family and private groups and company directors and managers on French and international taxation.
She assists with the implementation of legal and tax optimisation strategies, at French and international level, with a particular focus on the structuring and transfer of private and family groups (creation, transfers, private equity or fund investments, transmissions and donations of companies), taxation of family shareholders and managers of companies (wealth tax, capital gains, financial products, remuneration optimisation and diversification, etc), creation of hybrid entities (partnerships etc), investment (life insurance, financial products, real estate investments, etc) and international mobility.
Anne-Marie holds seminars for French and foreign banks and organisations specialising in asset management, tax engineering and property investment.
Anne-Marie began her career in 1997 as a tax lawyer at Baker & McKenzie where she practised until 2005. She joined STC Partners in 2005 and became a partner in 2008. Anne-Marie joined Speechly Bircham in 2013.
Anne-Marie holds a Masters in business law and taxation (Université Paris II Panthéon Assas) and a DESS in Company Taxation (Université Paris IX Dauphine).
Stéphane de Lassus advises family and private groups, company directors and managers on LBO transactions.Stéphane is also a lecturer in international tax law at the University of Paris IX Dauphine as part of the Master of “Professional Assets Law” programme.Stéphane began his career as a tax specialist at Archibald Andersen in 1995, where he managed the asset management and family business department. He joined Landwell in 2002 and, in 2005, participated in the creation of STC Partners where he became a partner. Stéphane joined Speechly Bircham in 2013.Stéphane is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Law (Université Paris II -Panthéon Assas) and a DESS in taxation (Université Paris IX Dauphine).
Hunton & Williams (Thailand) Limited continues its focused expansion in key practice areas, adding partner Chinawat Assavapokee to its global corporate, energy and infrastructure practice from Baker & McKenzie. Mr. Assavapokee brings more than 15 years of experience in tax planning advice with respect to cross-border business transactions, including corporate income tax, import and excise duties, privatization plans, and tax planning and structures for a wide range of inbound investment projects. He joins Hunton & Williams’ 50-lawyer Bangkok office, the center of the firm’s Asia-Pacific practice that includes energy and infrastructure development, M&A and capital markets, finance, banking and lending regulations, stock market regulations, securities, tax, government regulations, and foreign direct investment matters.
“Khun Chinawat has a strong, impressive tax practice. We look forward to working with him to build on the success of our domestic practice in Thailand and our cross border inbound and outbound M&A and energy practices,” said Edward Koehler, managing partner of the firm’s Asia-Pacific offices.
Mr. Chinawat is a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy at Chulalongkorn University. He is a member of the Lawyers Council of Thailand, and was recognized in 2012 by Chambers Asia as a “Tier 1 Individual.” He earned his LLB from Thammasat University and his LLM in tax from the University of Washington.
Chinawat’s experience includes:
- Representation of various companies regarding the corporate restructuring prior-to IPO.
- Representation of Auto Alliance (manufacturer of Ford and Mazda) regarding the excise tax dispute in the Tax Court on open–cab pick-up trucks whether the vehicle was considered pick-up trucks or passenger cars for excise tax purposes (1 Billion Baht).
- Representation of Auto Alliance regarding the investigation of Department of Special Investigation (“DSI”) on customs issue (1 Billion Baht).
- Representation of Asian Honda in a Tax Court Case with respect to the tax issues arising from the Entire Business Transfer Structure advised by an accounting firm (500 million Baht).
- Representation of a beverage company in various customs investigations on the classification issues and rule of origin issues (200 million Baht).
- Representation of Yum in various customs investigations on the classification issues.
- Representation of The Federation of Thai Industries and its members in the Administrative Court to assist the clients in a landmark accusation on the importation of sulfur without obtaining import license (Billions Baht). This case is an example to use the Administrative Court to cope with customs investigation.
- Representation of Samsung Engineering (Thailand) dealing with Custom Department, DSI and public prosecutes on several customs cases (i.e. engineering fees, hazardous substances, and BOI issues) (Billion Baht).
- Representation of Minebea and its affiliates and Bangkok Airways in landmark court cases with respect to the calculation of tax loss carried over after tax holiday (BOI has a different view from Revenue Department) (Billions Baht).
- Representation of Bangkok Airways in several court cases regarding the House and Land Tax. The dispute arose because Bangkok Airways set up a property fund and undertook a lease-and-lease back structure. This same assessment could happen with other funds.
It is all change at Saffery Champness in Manchester this month. They have hired Mike Hodges from Mazars.
Mike specialises in advising high net worth individuals and business owners. He had been with Mazars as a Tax Partner for the last 4 years and prior to that spent 13 years at Chadwick.
Hogan Lovells has recruited prominent Spanish tax partner Javier Gazulla Ascoz into its Madrid tax team. Javier joined the firm on 1 November.
Javier joins Hogan Lovells from KPMG Legal (Madrid), where he was appointed partner in 2011 and has lead the M&A tax department. Prior to this he has been at both Garrigues and Freshfields. His appointment follows the recruitment earlier this year of Fabrizio Lolliri, Cameron Cosby, Gerard Neiens and Rupert Shiers into Hogan Lovells’ global tax practice.
Javier specialises in the field of corporate taxation and advises high profile Spanish and international clients such as Telefónica, Shell, Mitsui and Macquarie Infrastructure on complex transactions.
Javier will advise on the tax planning of M&A, private equity, debt restructuring and real estate transactions and his arrival will complement Hogan Lovells’ existing expertise in these areas in Madrid.
Commenting on Javier’s arrival, Fulvia Astolfi, global Co-Head of Hogan Lovells’ tax practice, said:
“Hogan Lovells has a first class global tax practice which prides itself on recognising and responding to market demand. This has increased for transactional tax support over the last year and will continue to do so as the result of the improvement of economic conditions not only in Spain but also internationally. Hiring Javier, and also Fabrizio Lolliri and Rupert Shiers (London) and Gerard Neiens (Luxembourg) earlier this year, reflects our continuing commitment to grow and strengthen our tax practice across Europe.”
“Hogan Lovells has a highly regarded global tax practice with access to high end transactional work and clients, as well as the legal support of a full service global law firm. I look forward to returning to a legal practice environment at an exciting economic time for Spain and to furthering the growth and reputation of the practice globally”.
Morrison & Foerster today officially opened its 17th office, located in central Berlin at One Potsdamer Platz. It is the firm’s first office in Germany and third in Europe.
The Berlin team, comprised of approximately 30 German lawyers and a like number of staff, was formerly the Berlin office of Hogan Lovells.
Of the 8 new partners Jens-Uwe Hinder will lead tax (and real estate). He is also the co-managing partner of the office.
Morrison & Foerster opened its first European office in London more than 30 years ago, and has developed extensive corporate, litigation and capital markets experience in the UK, along with strong transactional capabilities. The firm has a significant presence in Brussels, providing regulatory support for global transactions. The Berlin addition complements those capabilities and will help fuel growth in Europe and globally.
Joseph Landolfi has joined Akerman Senterfitt as a shareholder in the firm’s Tax Practice Group in Boca Raton.
Landolfi focuses his practice on estate planning for high-net-worth individuals utilizing entities, trusts, and advance directives. He has experience with drafting operating agreements and formation documents for limited liability companies, drafting partnership agreements and organization documents for limited partnerships, incorporating subchapter s-corporations, drafting shareholders agreements and buy-sell agreements, asset and stock purchase agreements, employment agreements, and non-solicitation and non-compete agreements.
Landolfi joins Akerman from Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP.
Akerman advises domestic and foreign corporations, partnerships, individuals, and nonprofit institutions on a wide range of international, federal, and state and local tax issues, tax audits, and tax litigation. Our team represents clients on complex transactions and adds value by creating tax efficient structures and offering innovative and practical solutions. Akerman also provides tax planning associated with in-bound and out-bound investments in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as counsel to foreign companies and individual investors looking to do business in the U.S.