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PKF Littlejohn has strengthened its corporate tax team significantly with two senior appointments bringing the number of tax partners and staff to 25.

Tom Gareze has joined the firm as a corporate tax partner, bringing over 25 years’ experience. He was formerly a tax partner with Deloitte, before moving to PwC in 2004. For the last 4 years he has run hos won tax consultancy called Griffin Tax.

pkf littlejohn tax jobsTom specialises in working with private companies with UK and overseas shareholders, AIM listed and private equity backed businesses. He has considerable experience in advising companies and their shareholders on structuring their activities and on undertaking tax efficient reorganisations, mergers and acquisitions and disposals. Commenting on his appointment, Tom said: “I am delighted to be joining PKF Littlejohn at this time when the tax landscape remains complex and challenging for many of their clients, and I look forward to working with them and my new colleagues”.

Catherine focuses on providing tax compliance services to SMEs, and specialist advice around R&D, patent box, exit strategies and share schemes. Her experience includes employment taxes, share buy-backs, reorganisations, tax investigations and SEIS/EIS structuring.

Carmine Papa, PKF Littlejohn’s Managing Partner, said “We are delighted to bring two such experienced professionals into PKF Littlejohn. Their specialist knowledge will be a major asset as we continue to grow our tax practice both here in the UK and internationally.”

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Baker & McKenzie has announced the appointment of Maricla Pennesi as a partner in its tax practice in Italy.

baker mckenzie tax jobsMaricla Pennesi comes from DLA Piper where she was a partner and has been head of the tax practice. She has 20 years of experience within the context of the Big 4 accountancy firms. Her practice focuses on international taxation, business reorganization, digital economy and tax risk management, providing assistance to multinational corporations on matters often subject to tax litigation, such as the existence of hidden permanent establishments, profit allocation and transfer pricing.

Massimo Giaconia, head of Baker & McKenzie’s tax practice in Italy, commented, “We are excited about Maricla’s joining. She complements an already strong tax team as we look to continue to grow the practice here in Italy.”

With the arrival of Maricla Pennesi, the total number of professionals in the Italian tax team increases to 30, of which four are partners.

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luther tax jobsDr Axel Mühl (42) joined Luther’s Stuttgart Team as a partner on 1 April 2014. Dr Mühl is a specialist in corporate and corporate-related tax law. In his 13 years of practice, Dr Mühl has focused on advising internationally oriented medium- sized enterprises and groups on M&A transactions, complex restructurings and succession planning procedures.
“Luther offers the ideal platform for me to provide comprehensive advice to my clients”, said Dr Axel Mühl about his move to Luther: “In particular, my clients will benefit from Luther’s excellent infrastructure, full-service approach and international focus”.

As a graduate in commercial law (Wirtschaftsjurist), a specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law (Fachanwalt für Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht) and a specialist lawyer for tax law (Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht), Dr Mühl focuses on providing corporate law and corporate-related tax law advice. These expertises are invaluable when dealing with corporate restructurings and succession planning. The same applies to the transactions that Dr Mühl handles. He advises both German clients on foreign investments and also foreign investors, from, for example, Russia, China, the United Arab Emirates or Switzerland, on investments in Germany.

“Our strategy in Stuttgart is to further develop the comprehensive advice that we already offer to large mid-sized companies and family-run enterprises. Therefore, it is extremely important that we strengthen our corporate practice area further”, said Dr Ulrich Philippi, Head of Luther’s Stuttgart office. “With the addition of Dr Mühl, we are coming one step further to achieving our goals: he is an experienced and knowledgeable colleague who will contribute greatly to developing the Stuttgart office further.”

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Dr Axel Mühl worked for Haver & Mailänder, one of the most prestigious law firms in Stuttgart, since 2003; he became a partner in 2007. Dr Mühl studied law in Bayreuth (Germany), where he also obtained his doctorate in European law in 2003. He was admitted to the German Bar in 2000. He is a specialist lawyer for tax law (Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht), a graduate in commercial law (Wirtschaftsjurist) and a specialist lawyer for commercial and corporate law (Fachanwalt für Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht).

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KPMG’s UK Tax and Pensions Practice announces the appointment of one new partner and five directors/associate partners as it continues to strengthen the breadth and depth of technical expertise it offers clients.

John Cox recently rejoined KPMG as partner, having spent a period at Deloitte, focused on the Private Equity area of the business.

This hire complements the previously announced recent recruitment of Victor Abrams from PWC to KPMG’s Tax Value Chain practice and Nick Roome from DLA Piper who will join to lead KPMG’s Legal Services practice in Manchester in the late spring.

In addition, five new directors/associate partners join KPMG’s Corporate Tax and People Services teams.

KPMG UK Head of Tax and Pensions, Jane McCormick, commented:

“These latest hires add further to the depth and breadth of the technical advice we are able to offer to our clients and in particular, they enhance our capabilities in advising on tax compliance issues, which now account for most of our revenues across the tax and pensions practice.

“Tax authorities are ever more focussed on tax governance and compliance and businesses are keen to ensure that they adhere to best practice in these areas.  This is driving demand for advice in these areas which, with these latest hires adding to our existing capabilities, we are well placed to provide.

“In addition to these senior hires, we continue to recruit across our business, including at more junior levels.”

The new director/associate partner recruits are:

Corporate Tax

  • Justin Blackburn will be joining us in April as a director in KPMG’s Tax Management Consulting team.  He was previously a director at Macquarie with responsibility for EMEA tax reporting.
  • Iain Butler joins from Deloitte as a director in our R&D team.
  • Chris Davidson joins from HMRC as a director in KPMG’s Tax Management Consulting team where his focus will be on helping clients ensure that they meet best practice standards on tax governance and compliance.

People Services

  • Kathryn Harding and Mike Nagle have both recently rejoined KPMG from PwC. Mike joins as an Associate Partner to lead our Employment Taxes practice in the South and Kathryn joins as a Director to lead our International Executive Services practice in the North.

King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin has appointed partner Anne Quenedey and her team to the Tax department in Paris.

King & Wood Mallesons tax lawyer jobsAnne’s team includes one counsel and three associates, from Dentons. Joining with her is Carolle Thain-Navarro (Counsel) and associates Etienne Guillou, Arnaud Colson and Catherine Sambath. Prior to Dentons, Anne was co-head of Bird & Bird’s international Tax group.

Anne and her team advise large domestic and international groups in defining their tax strategy, as well as on their M&A and restructuring operations. Their expertise also extends to all kind of relationships with the tax authorities including audit, litigation and rulings.

Anne has a deep knowledge of the telecommunications and private equity sectors which complements our sectors strengths, as well as insurance sector capability. She advises family-owned groups on corporate and patrimonial aspects and works closely with the OECD on issues relating to transfer pricing of intangibles. Anne is also a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), along with many other key tax professional organisations in France.

Christophe Digoy, Managing Partner of the Paris office, said: “This team is a fantastic hire for the firm, reinforcing our strategy to grow our areas of strength. Our ability to attract Anne and her team is an endorsement of the vision and direction of the firm both in Paris and globally.”

Sylvie Vansteenkiste, partner and Head of the Tax group in Paris, added: “With excellent relationships with many multinational companies, Anne and her team add great strength, depth and capability to the global Tax practice. Their arrival positions us as one of the largest Tax teams in Paris in transactional taxation and in particular in private equity.”
Anne Quenedey said: “King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin has a top reputation in Tax law. I was particularly attracted by the dynamism of its team and by the recent combination with the leading Asia-Pacific firm King & Wood Mallesons.”

About the new team members:

Carolle Thain-Navarro, Counsel: previously worked at Dentons, Bird & Bird and Andersen Legal. Carolle works in particular on tax aspects of transactions, M&A and restructuring operations, for French or international groups. She has developed a particular expertise in private equity and regularly advises investment funds on their acquisitions. She also has extensive experience in assisting companies in their tax audit and litigation.

Etienne Guillou, senior associate: previously worked at Dentons, Bird & Bird and started his career at Fidal. Etienne mainly concentrates on patrimonial taxation and supports family businesses in their asset structuring and in their operations of transmissions and acquisitions.

Arnaud Colson, associate: previously worked at Dentons, Bird & Bird and Ernst & Young.

Catherine Sambath, associate: previously worked at Dentons and Bird & Bird.

The team join the existing Tax team of three partners (Sylvie Vansteenkiste, Fanny Combourieu and Raphaël Béra) and six associates (Gwenaël Kropfinger, Sarah Mordoff,Antoine Le Touzé, Thomas Guillier, Etienne Bimbeau and Olivia Sibieude).

Barber Harrison & Platt (BHP), Yorkshire’s largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants, has announced the appointment of new tax partner Chris Humphreys.

BHP tax jobsChris joins BHP from BDO (formerly PKF) where he previously acted as Head of Tax for the Yorkshire region, and also Partner in Charge of the Sheffield office. Chris’ appointment follows the retirement of tax partner Peter Cross and forms part of the firm’s succession planning. In his new role at BHP Chris will provide advisory services that cover the full range of taxes.
Managing Partner John Warner said “We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the team. His experience of advising high net worth individuals and owner managed entrepreneurial businesses fits perfectly with BHP’s advisory ethos.”
Chris added “I am delighted to join BHP, which is growing throughout Yorkshire. The firm’s down to earth, straight forward approach supports my own focus on looking at tax issues with a commercial eye and explaining them in a way that takes the jargon out of complex tax legislation.”
Chris is based in the firm’s Sheffield office, but will be working to support clients throughout the region.

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Grant Thornton LLP has announced that Erich Pugh has joined the firm’s Minneapolis Tax Services practice as a partner.

grant thornton us tax jobsPugh has substantial experience with global income tax reporting, related financial statement disclosures, and structuring acquisitions and dispositions. His experience also spans tax accounting, federal, state and local tax, and compensation and benefits.

“Erich brings extensive knowledge and diverse experience, particularly in federal and international tax for both the public and private sectors,” said Amy Roberts, leader of Grant Thornton’s Minneapolis Tax practice. “His insights and understanding of complex tax laws and regulation, both here and internationally, will be invaluable assets to our firm and clients.”

“Erich’s arrival highlights our commitment to growing the firm’s tax presence in Minnesota,” said Jarod Allerheiligen, managing partner of Grant Thornton’s Minneapolis office. “In the last year, we have added two partners in our Tax practice, named a new Tax practice leader, and promoted two outstanding contributors to partner. These key leaders bring deep experience across a wide range of tax issues and we look forward to leveraging their experience on behalf of our clients.”

Prior to joining Grant Thornton, Pugh served as a partner with Ernst & Young LLP. He is a certified public accountant in Minnesota and Illinois, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Throughout his career, he has been involved in numerous community and charitable organizations.

Pugh received a master’s degree in tax from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Winona State University.

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thompson coburn tax jobsPaul Patrow has joined Thompson Coburn’s tax practice as a partner in the firm’s Chicago office. Formerly a partner at Fox, Swibel, Levin & Carroll LLP, Patrow concentrates on tax aspects of business formations, acquisitions, dispositions and financings. He also counsels clients in connection with partnerships and LLCs, including private equity transactions and domestic and international joint ventures.

Patrow has substantial experience representing private equity and hedge fund sponsors in connection with the formation and operation of investment funds and the acquisition and disposition of investments. Additionally, he advises venture capital investors on the tax implications of their investments in operating companies and operating companies on their funding by venture capital and angel investors.

Patrow also provides tax planning for domestic and international real estate investment transactions and represents companies in connection with tax aspects of bankruptcy and private workouts.

About Thompson Coburn’s tax practice

Thompson Coburn provides a full range of federal, state, local and foreign tax planning and tax transactional services, and representation before governmental agencies and tribunals in tax controversies. The firm’s tax practice received a national Tier 3 ranking in U.S. News-Best Lawyers 2014 “Best Law Firms” survey.

The group includes attorneys who have experience as in-house tax counsel and managing federal and state tax authorities, including a former director of tax planning for McDonnell Douglas Corp., a former international tax partner at Deloitte & Touche, and a former director of the Missouri Department of Revenue.

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