Law firm Winckworth Sherwood has created a dedicated Tax team following the appointment of tax partner Simon Newsham.
Simon joined the firm on 10 February 2014 having for the past seven years led his own boutique tax law practice, Newsham Tax Solicitors. He was previously head of tax at Dorsey & Whitney and prior to that at Macfarlanes and KPMG.
Simon brings with him a strong client following, acting for ambitious and fast growing owner-managed, VC backed and publicly listed businesses. He also works with numerous international businesses, including UK subsidiaries of overseas groups and UK-headed multinationals, together with high net worth individuals, celebrities and overseas royalty. He will work closely with Winckworth Sherwood’s expanding Corporate and Commercial team, the firm’s highly rated Employment practice and the firm’s market-leading Real Estate team.
Commenting on his appointment Simon said: “I have known and worked alongside many of the Winckworth Sherwood’s partners and clients for some time. The firm has an impressive client base and leads the market in many areas. I am delighted to be part of the firm and to build its tax offering. We will be announcing further appointments shortly.”
Roger Fitton, Winckworth Sherwood’s Managing Partner said: “Simon is well respected and knows the firm well. He has strengths that compliment our many practice areas. His considerable experience and client following will be a real asset to the firm and further strengthen our Corporate and Commercial, Employment and Real Estate offer.”
Morgan Lewis today announced the arrival of a cross-practice team of lawyers—an energy regulatory attorney, a private equity and investment funds attorney, a tax attorney, and a securities and general corporate attorney—who will work together to serve the needs of energy sector participants, private investment funds, and global institutional investors that focus on investments in energy, infrastructure, and other real assets. The group, which joined from Bingham, includes Mark Williams, a partner in the Energy Practice in Washington, D.C.; Daniel Nelson, a partner in the Tax Practice in Boston; Gerald Kehoe, a partner in the Business and Finance Practice’s Private Investment Funds group in Boston; and Ann Chamberlain, of counsel in the Business and Finance Practice in New York.
The team has considerable experience advising clients that concentrate on energy and infrastructure on regulatory matters, fund formation, energy-sector mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, project finance investments, tax issues and an array of transactional and securities matters. Their arrival deepens Morgan Lewis’s existing energy and infrastructure capabilities across practices.
“This talented group of lawyers will enable us to serve even better our growing list of clients focusing on energy and infrastructure investments around the world,” said Firm Chair Francis M. Milone.
“The ability to leverage knowledge and experience across practices sets us apart and enables us to address the constantly evolving legal demands of our clients investing in energy and infrastructure,” said Kathryn Sutton, co-leader of Morgan Lewis’s Energy Industry Practice. “The addition of this multi-disciplined team deepens our bench in numerous areas of law related to the energy industry,” she added.
Mr. Nelson devotes a significant portion of his practice to advising global institutional investors, including investment managers for some of the world’s largest pension funds, regarding investments in real estate, infrastructure projects, and other real assets. He also advises sponsors regarding fund formation transactions, co-investment arrangements, and joint ventures involving pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and other institutional investors. In addition to his work with institutional investors and sponsors, Mr. Nelson also maintains a broad-based transactional tax practice. He advises on a wide variety of tax matters in transactional settings, including project finance transactions and other transactions in the energy sector, transactions involving U.S. real estate and REITs, and tax planning for cross-border transactions.
King & Spalding has established a Paris tax practice with the addition of partner Aurélia de Viry, an expert in French real estate and corporate tax law, as the firm expands its tax offerings throughout Europe. De Viry joins King & Spalding from Clifford Chance, where she was a counsel.
“Aurélia has built a strong reputation in the marketplace over the past decade, and we are pleased to welcome her to the firm,” said Ken Fleuriet, managing partner of King & Spalding’s Paris office. “Her expertise in French tax law will be a great benefit to our international clients, especially those in Europe. We expect Aurélia to work closely with our offices in London, Frankfurt and the Middle East, as well as some of our U.S.-based international real estate fund clients, on a broad array of tax advice.”
De Viry advises in all areas of tax, including international taxation and the tax aspects of real estate investments, acquisition finance, structured finance, group restructuring and acquisitions. She is also an expert on VAT matters, particularly in relation to real estate and financial transactions. She received a Masters I degree in Management and Business Law from the Université Pantheon Assas Paris II, a Masters I degree in International Tax and Business Law from the Université Paris IX Dauphine and a Masters II degree in International Tax and Business Law from the Université Pantheon Assas Paris II.
King & Spalding’s tax practice covers the full range of tax issues presented in planning and executing complex business transactions in both domestic and cross-border settings, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financings, restructurings and investment fund formations. In addition to advising on corporate, partnership, and international tax matters, the firm’s tax practice provides advice on the employee benefits and executive compensation aspects of business transactions and post-transaction integration. Lawyers in the tax practice also work with the firm’s global real estate team — in Paris led by Benoît Marcilhacy, Pascal Schmitz and Alexandre Couturier — which has earned an international reputation for its creative structuring of clients’ transactions, from property acquisitions and development to mergers and acquisitions and complex equity and debt financing.
“King & Spalding’s growing real estate market share offers an attractive long-term platform for my tax practice, as does the firm’s strong European real estate finance practice,” said de Viry. “I am delighted to join a talented team of lawyers in Paris, and I look forward to contributing to the firm’s continued success in Europe.”
DLA Piper has appointed Richard Hopkinson-Woolley, Laurence Rogers and Neville Wright to its Real Estate sector. The three partners join the firm from BLP.
Neville Wright is a tax lawyer with particular specialisation in property tax. He has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, structured finance, corporate reorganisations, all aspects of tax planning for property acquisitions and disposals, joint venture structuring, financing or refinancing of properties and capital allowances. Neville advises a wide range of property owners and occupiers including hoteliers, self-storage operators, care home operators and commercial property owners and developers.
Sir Nigel Knowles, Global Co-CEO at DLA Piper, said: “We are delighted to welcome Richard, Laurence and Neville to DLA Piper. The real estate market both in the UK and internationally has been growing steadily for the last year and this trend looks set to continue. The addition of this impressive team is a significant step in the implementation of the firm’s strategic commitment to the Real Estate sector.”
Wildeboer Dellelce LLP has announced that Richard Lewin will join the firm effective February 24, 2014, as a practising lawyer and partner in the firm’s Tax Group.
Richard practises exclusively in the area of taxation focusing primarily on the taxation of corporate reorganizations, M&A and corporate finance. Richard is also a trusted advisor to individuals and private family enterprises with respect to the inter-generational transferring of operating businesses.
He has worked for the past 34 years with Heenan Blaikie in Toronto.
Richard is a frequent writer and speaker at tax-related conferences and seminars on a broad range of income tax matters. He is a contributing editor of International Taxpublished by CCH and is also the Canadian editor for Carrying on Business in Canadapublished by the Centre for International Legal Studies.
Richard is also a member of the Order of the Chartered Accountants of Quebec.
Andrew Jupp has joined Cheltenham based Davies Mayers Barnett as a tax partner.
Andrew is a Chartered Accountant with 30 years experience of working with entrepreneurial businesses and the people behind them. He has held a number of senior leadership positions, including National Head of Tax for Tenon, equity partner with EY and Tax Partner with Smith & Williamson. He specialises in the interaction of corporate and shareholder taxation. A former PhD Research Scientist, Andrew has a particular interest in technology companies and the exploitation of intellectual property. He had advised on over 200 corporate transactions including IPOs, trade sales, and demergers.
He joins former colleague, Tim Davies, who was head of KPMG’s Cheltenham tax practice before co-founding Davies Mayers Barnett.
Ryan today announced the Firm’s international expansion into Hungary. Ryan’s Budapest office will serve as a base of operations providing a comprehensive suite of tax services to central and eastern European clients. The office will also support the growing European demand currently served by the Firm’s London and Amsterdam offices.
Ryan’s Hungarian operations is supported by a seasoned team of tax and law professionals with years of expertise in international tax, transfer pricing, tax technology, and value-added tax (VAT) recovery, advisory, and compliance solutions. The Budapest office will be led by Dr. Balázs Békés, who will serve as Ryan Principal and Practice Leader of Hungarian Operations. Dr. Békés has more than 20 years of experience providing specialized advisory services in international tax planning, European tax law, and cross-border transactions for domestic and multinational corporations. He has worked in several countries and was also a Member of the Cabinet of the Commissionaire responsible for Taxation for the European Commission in Brussels. Dr. Békés holds a Ph.D. degree from the Faculty of Law from Pázmány Péter University in Hungary and an LL.M. degree in International Tax Law from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. He is an active academic and lecturer, a registered tax expert, and a member of the Hungarian Bar and Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Most recently he was a partner at Faludi Wolf Theiss where he ran tax for the CEE region.
“Our Budapest, Hungary office will extend our European footprint, while delivering specialized service and results to an emerging group of multinational clients operating in central and eastern Europe,” said Todd E. Behrend, Ryan Principal and International Tax Practice Leader.
“Ryan continues to successfully execute an accelerated strategic growth plan for capturing worldwide market share through international expansion,” said Brendan F. Moore, Ryan President of Europe, Asia, and Latin America Operations. “The opening of our Budapest office continues our commitment to build new operations in those countries where our global clients operate.”
Pippa Clarke joined PwC in the Plymouth office this month, coming in as a tax director.
Pippa is very well known in the South West tax market and has been with Bishop Fleming since 2002.
Her focus has always been on international tax work.