Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has announced that Thomas Gray has joined the firm as a partner in the New York City office.
Mr. Gray joins the firm from Bingham McCutchen, where he advised clients on the tax aspects of corporate and partnership transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, restructurings, spin-offs and equity and debt financings. He also advised clients on the special tax considerations related to hedge funds, private equity funds, regulated investment companies and real estate investment trusts. At Drinker Biddle, Mr. Gray will work closely with the firm’s M&A and Investment Management teams.
“We are delighted to welcome Tom to our corporate practice,” said Neil K. Haimm, Chair of Drinker Biddle’s Corporate & Securities Group. “His particular experience with the tax aspects of corporate transactions and investments will be extremely valuable to our team and to our clients.”
“We are excited to have a lawyer of Tom’s considerable experience join us as we continue to flourish in New York City and expand our office’s capabilities,” said James M. Altieri, a Managing Partner of the firm and the Regional Partner in Charge of the New York office.
Antoine Van Horen, a Partner with EY since 2000, is relocating to New York as a member of the National Tax Department’s International Tax Services.
Van Horen had been a Partner in the organization’s UK International Tax Services practice since 2000 and most recently in EY Sweden’s Transaction Tax Services practice since 2002.
Dominique Gallego joins EY’s Financial Services Office as a Principal in New York to focus on international tax and asset management. Gallego spent the last 18 months acting as the legal and business consultant for several family-owned corporations in the Philippines.
Previously, she was a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel, LLP in New York providing strategic tax planning on US Federal income tax issues. Primary client base consisted of financial asset managers, private equity and hedge funds (with a wide range of investment strategies and liquidity constraints).
Andersen Tax is expanding its presence in California, opening an office in Irvine in January 2015.
Chad Thiel has joined the firm as Managing Director and will lead the new Orange County practice. Prior to joining Andersen Tax, Chad spent six years at McGladrey as a tax practitioner and leader of the Family Wealth Services practice for the West Region.
Chad has over 16 years of experience with international professional services firms serving a wide variety of high net worth families and their related corporate, partnership, trust and charitable entities. Chad’s primary focus is advising closely-held business owners, entrepreneurs and wealthy family groups in all areas of income, gift and estate taxation. He has extensive experience providing sophisticated advice and creative solutions to high net worth individuals and families, closely-held companies and family investment entities. Chad provides a unique approach to serving closely-held businesses by aligning the tax goals and objectives of the owners with those of the company.
“I have known Chad for many years, he was previously with our firm at the time of inception in 2002. He is a very talented tax practitioner and dynamic leader,” said CEO, Mark Vorsatz. “Chad not only brings his deep technical expertise and relationships to the firm, but his strong commitment to train and develop our future tax practitioners. He will be a great asset to the practice, and most of all, our firm.”
Seyfarth Shaw LLP has announced the arrival of senior counsel Alan Kennard to the firm’s Corporate department in Chicago.
Kennard joins the firm from the Chicago office of Locke Lord LLP where he served as Chair of the New Markets Tax Credit practice.
Kennard’s practice focuses on Tax, Public Finance and Real Estate. He has substantial experience in federal, international, state and local tax matters involving corporations and partnerships, innovative investment structures and tax-exempt entities, and concentrates on tax credit financing, including new markets tax credits, historic tax credits, low-income housing tax credits and energy tax credits, as well as public finance.
Kennard regularly counsels and represents investors, lenders, community development entities and borrowers on a variety of complex matters, including transactions involving new market tax credits, historic tax credits, low-income housing tax credits, investment tax credits and production tax credits.
A frequent publisher on many tax and real estate issues, Kennard received his B.A. from The Ohio State University and his J.D. from the The Ohio State University, Mortiz College of Law. He is admitted to practice in Illinois, Florida, New York and District of Columbia.
Armanino LLP, the largest independent accounting and business consulting firm based in California, has announced the appointment of Gerry Clancy as tax partner, effective immediately.
Gerry’s practice areas include tax planning and preparation of corporation, s-corporation, partnership, individual, trust and estate tax returns. Gerry also performs general business advisory and strategic planning services for clients assisting them with entity selection and structure, structuring mergers and acquisitions and he also represents clients before federal and state taxing authorities.
“Gerry’s experience with integrated financial solutions fits perfectly with our vision of deploying a full basket of accounting and consulting solutions for our clients,” said Andy Armanino, managing partner of Armanino. “His two decades of knowledge in business advisory, tax planning and compliance brings an understanding of the needs and issues faced by the CFO organization.”
Before joining Armanino, Gerry served as a partner at Comyns Smith McCleary & Deaver LLP, where he advised clients on entity selection, tax planning, compliance and mergers and acquisitions. He also held various tax and audit roles at Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Gerry received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Polytechnic State University and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, California Society of CPAs and the Surety & Fidelity Association of America.
Experienced tax partner, Paul Falvey, has joined BDO’s Bristol office.
Paul has worked in tax since 1992, when he started with Deloitte. He was a partner with Grant Thornton for many years before joining Baker Tilly in 2009. He started with BDO in September.
In terms of experience, he advises businesses and their owners on all aspects of tax. He has particular experience in advising on the tax implications of business transactions such as acquisitions and disposals, mergers and demergers and shareholder exit planning.
Many of his clients are involved in international business.
EY announced today that Ray Beeman, formerly tax reform advisor to Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp, has joined Ernst & Young LLP as a principal in the National Tax Department and will serve as one of the leaders in its Washington Council-EY (WCEY) practice in Washington, DC.
As Tax Counsel and Special Advisor for Tax Reform, Beeman developed discussion drafts related to international tax, financial products and pass-throughs, and coordinated tax reform hearings and working groups. He helped prepare The Tax Reform Act of 2014 released by Chairman Camp in February.
“Ray’s experience with tax policy discussions span his tenure with the House and previous years with the Joint Committee on Taxation, earning him a reputation for focusing on the broad issues the US faces in order to compete globally,” said Kate Barton, EY Americas Vice Chair of Tax Services. “He has also helped businesses to understand the impact of tax changes and the need to engage and provide their perspective on issues related to tax policy and administration.”
Prior to joining the Ways and Means Committee staff, Beeman was a partner with Venable LLP from 2005 to 2011. Previous to that, Beeman spent four years on the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, where he focused on federal tax legislation and policy.
Earlier in his career, Beeman worked in the firm’s National Tax financial services industry group. He has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center since 2005 and has lectured extensively and authored several articles.
Beeman earned his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law, his Master of Laws in Taxation from Boston University and Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Moore Stephens is being surprisingly quiet about a team it has extracted from Baker Tilly. Given the calibre of the people, you would have thought this is something to shout about.
Vince Wood, Tim Fussell and Kevin Philips all joined Moore Stephens this month, having previously been tax partners at Baker Tilly in London.
Vince Wood trained with Arthur Andersen and moved to Baker Tilly in 1999, where he has been a partner ever since. He advises listed, AIM and private companies across a range of sectors and offers international as well as domestic tax planning.
Typical work would include advising owner-managed businesses on CGT planning and employee share incentives. Also, providing tax advice on property matters and investment structures including offshore funds and REITs.
Tim Fussell was Head of Corporate Tax at Baker Tilly for the London and Eastern Regions. He had worked at the firm for 17 years, having previously trained with Ernst & Young. He too focuses on OMBs and he would typically advise on: Shareholder planning for company disposals, entrepreneurs relief planning, structuring both corporate sales and acquisitions, share buy backs, demergers and reconstructions and capital allowances.
Kevin Phillips joins Moore Stephens as an International Tax Partner, a role he held at Baker Tilly for 10 years. Kevin spent 18 years at Ernst & Young before he joined Baker Tilly.
There was an article in Accountancy Age in September 2014 that made reference to Jon Randall (former COO and tax partner at Baker Tilly) joining Moore Stephens with 3 (unnamed) fellow partners.
I received a press release today from Moore Stephen’s PR chaps. Couple of quotes have been copied below:
“Moore Stephens already has a strong Business Tax team,” says Timothy Fussell, who becomes head of the firm’s Business Tax Group. “By joining them, we see great potential to build on this capability, providing additional expert resource to help meet clients needs, both in the UK and internationally.”
The tax partners plan to build contacts and raise awareness of Moore Stephens business tax services in the UK and overseas. “We also see great potential to develop opportunities for clients – as well as for the firm – by working closely with the Moore Stephens International network,” says Kevin Phillips, who has particular experience in cross-border tax issues, especially UK-US. “By building relationships with colleagues internationally, we can advise clients looking to expand overseas, and those wanting to invest in UK operations.”