King & Spalding has recruited UK/European tax specialist Daniel Friel as a partner in its international tax practice in the London office. Previously, Friel was a partner and vice chair of the tax and benefits practice at Latham & Watkins.
“We are excited that Daniel has joined the firm,” said Abraham N.M. Shashy, leader of King & Spalding’s tax practice group. “His tax expertise and extensive experience in building European tax practices at his previous firms make him a natural fit to help expand our European tax practices in London, Frankfurt and Paris.”
Friel has close to 30 years’ experience as a broad-based tax lawyer advising clients on complex, multi-jurisdictional tax planning matters, including cross-border mergers, disposals and acquisitions principally in the UK, US and Europe, tax-related financing and structuring and international structured finance transactions. He has represented many London Stock Exchange 100 companies, banks, private equity firms, creditor committees, sovereign wealth funds and high-net-worth individuals. Friel qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (now part of PwC) before becoming a lawyer.
Friel has worked for clients including SAB Miller, ITV, JPMorgan, Carlyle and the Qatar Investment Authority. He is also ranked in both Chambers Global and Legal 500.
“Daniel is a respected and well-recognized tax practitioner in London and Europe. He adds depth to our London tax practice and we are pleased to welcome him to our City team,” said Garry Pegg, managing partner of King & Spalding’s London office.
Friel said: “King & Spalding’s commitment to building out its international network presents a perfect opportunity for growing my practice. I look forward to working with my new international corporate, finance and tax colleagues around the world to help the firm grow its global tax practice.”
Friel becomes the third tax partner in King & Spalding’s London office, joining Kevin Conway and John Taylor. Friel is also the fifth lateral partner to join the office since November 2014, following Elisabeth Baltay from Bingham McCutchen, Tom O’Neill from Linklaters, Markus Bauman from Latham & Watkins and Stuart Isaacs QC from Berwin Leighton Paisner. Friel brings the total number of partners in King & Spalding’s London office to 21.
Niall Murphy has joined Clarke Willmott. He is a Partner in the Corporate team and heads the business tax department in Southampton.
Niall’s experience during more than 25 years covers corporate, real estate, employment, share schemes, international tax planning and tax litigation.
He previously headed up Shoosmith’s tax team and is a member of the Chartered Institution of Taxation and the VAT Practioners Group.
Kelvin Balmont, partner and head of the Southampton office, said: “We are delighted to welcome Niall to the firm, he brings with him 25 years of experience in corporate, real estate, employment, share schemes, international tax planning and tax litigation and will be an asset to our growing firm.”
- Structuring of various UK property funds involving individuals, corporates and pension funds.
- Creation of joint share ownership plans and share schemes.
- Structuring the disposal of farmland to obtain entrepreneur’s relief.
- Development of partnership/company structure to avoid capital gains tax/SDLT on sale of property.
- Setting up an offshore patent holding structure.
Andersen Tax has hired Brad McKinney as Managing Director in the New York City office. Brad will be joining the Private Client Services group.
Prior to Andersen Tax, Brad was a Partner at Raich Ende Malter & Co., LLP in the firm’s Private Wealth Services Group. He specializes in providing consulting services to high net worth individuals, fiduciary and estate planning, and multi-generational family income tax planning, global tax planning and wealth transfer services. Before his time at Raich Ende Malter & Co., LLP, Brad was a Partner with Marks Paneth, and tax manager at PwC.
Brad has over 20 years of experience working with real estate professionals, including due diligence, advisory, structuring and planning. He has extensive experience working with business clients in manufacturing, retail and construction both at the federal and state levels. He also advises clients on tax issues surrounding divorce and matrimonial tax matters.
“Brad has significant experience in entity structuring and business, our clients will certainly benefit from his expertise in international tax matters, including expatriation planning,” said CEO, Mark Vorsatz.
“We are thrilled to have Brad joining our team in the New York Metro,” said Jerry DesRoches, Office Managing Director in the New York office. “He is exceptionally skilled at the integration of family and business tax planning, which will make him a huge asset to the firm.”
Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Louisiana Tech University.
Andersen Tax is the founding member of Andersen Global, an international association of tax firms with more than 34 locations worldwide. Andersen Tax provides a wide range of tax, valuation, financial advisory and related consulting services to individual and commercial clients. Andersen Tax was previously known as WTAS before changing its name in September 2014 after acquiring the rights to the Andersen name.
Mayer Brown JSM has announced that Pieter de Ridder has joined the Tax Transactions & Consulting practice as a partner in Singapore.
Mr. de Ridder has over two decades of experience in Asia advising multinational companies and institutions with interests in one or more Asian jurisdictions on their inbound and outbound work. Prior to arriving Singapore in 1996, he was based in Jakarta and Hong Kong. He has worked for Loyens & Loeff for the past 29 years.
His practice focuses on advising tax matters such as direct investment, restructurings, financing arrangements, private equity and holding company structures into or from countries such as China, Hong Kong, India and the countries in Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia. Mr. de Ridder is an SIATP accredited Singapore tax adviser and regularly advises on the tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, private equity, administrative actions and tax rulings, coordinating unilateral and bilateral advance pricing arrangements, tax incentive negotiations with investment authorities, maritime, structured finance, trade and contract manufacturing, as well as real property investments.
Jason Bazar, Co-Chair of the firm wide Tax Transactions & Consulting practice said, “Pieter has established himself as a top-notch tax lawyer and adviser on cross jurisdictional work involving investments in or from Asia. His arrival has broadened our capabilities on many levels in terms of advising our global clients doing business in Asia. We are very pleased to have him on board.”
Pieter is a member of:
• Netherlands Council for Tax Advisers (Nederlandse Orde van Belastingadviseurs)
• International Fiscal Association (IFA) – vice president executive committee, Singapore Branch
• International Tax Planning Association (ITPA)
• International Bar Association (IBA)
• Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) – chair of the tax committee
• Association of Dutch Businesspeople in Singapore (ADB)
• Indonesia/Netherlands Association (INA)
• Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (co-founder and former director)
• Board of Editors of the Asia Pacific Tax Bulletin of the Bureau of Fiscal Documentation
• A group of advisors to an Indian law firm in connection with the proposed Indian Draft Corporate Tax Code legislation
Prior to joining Mayer Brown JSM, Mr. de Ridder was a partner and the head of Loyens & Loeff’s Singapore office where he was a member of the firm’s India and China committees, and he worked at one of the big four accounting firms in the Netherlands, Indonesia and Hong Kong. He received his LLM in tax law from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. He is a guest lecturer at the Singapore Management University (SMU) and is fluent in Dutch and English and fair in French and German.
BDO Australia has hired Chris Ball and Adele Townsend as tax partners in the Brisbane office.
They both join from Pitcher Partners and eight other tax professionals are moving with them.
Chris is an experienced domestic and international taxation adviser with both listed and private clients in a wide range of industries including mining, mining services, transport, biotechnology, property and agriculture. He holds Directorships in companies operating in the coal seam gas, property, agriculture and investment industries. Prior to joining Pitcher Partners (11 years ago) he was a tax partner with EY.
Adele has a broad-ranging background. She trained with Deloitte but also spent three years as the Australian Tax Director for Boeing. She joined Pitcher Partners in 2011 and was made a partner in July 2014.
Adele also works as a lecturer for both the Queensland University of Technology and the Tax Institute and am currently a member of the Tax Institute’s Education Committee.
As part of the strategic plan to further expand its tax and private capital practice, Fladgate has announced the appointment of private client specialist, Matthew Bennett. Matthew joined in January from Wilsons, where he was head of the tax and trusts group and had been a partner since 2006.
Matthew specialises in advising business owners and entrepreneurs on the management of their wealth and personal affairs. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and has previously sat on the Camelot panel advising National Lottery winners.
Matthew’s expertise is recognised by the Legal 500 and the Citywealth Guide and he was included in the 2012 Top 50 of the most influential private client practitioners, published by Private Client Practitioner magazine.
Private capital is a significant contributor to Fladgate’s business, with the firm’s income stream split approximately 50:50 between private wealth and institutional stakeholders. The firm’s private capital client base comprises: individuals and families with significant personal assets, domiciled and non-domiciled; entrepreneurs and family businesses; international trust companies; fund managers; trustees of family and charitable trusts; and personal representatives of substantial estates.
Commenting on the appointment, Fladgate’s chairman Charles Wander said: “Many of our private capital clients are first and second generation entrepreneurs who instruct us on their commercial affairs and also look to us for advice on tax, estate planning, cross-border succession and a range of other issues including disputes arising over family wealth and matters such as structuring the ownership of family businesses. Matthew’s appointment, which takes the number of partners in the group to six, will add strength and depth to the range of services we are able to offer and we are delighted to welcome him to the firm.”
Matthew added: “In addition to joining a thriving private capital practice, Fladgate’s considerable expertise in complementary areas offers an exciting opportunity for me to further develop my client base.”
- Advising the trustees of a UK family trust holding trading assets worth approximately £50m on their duties and responsibilities.
- Advising non-domiciled individuals regarding valuable London residential property, and implementing holding structures.
- Advising in connection with the migration of three Liechtenstein Foundations to Jersey.
- Acting in relation to the estate of a UK resident and domiciled property entrepreneur and advising the family on executors’ trading responsibilities, reorganisation of the family company and the use of trusts to protect the family’s wealth.
- Advising the majority shareholder of both a substantial private trading and an investment company on strategies for transferring his interests down the generations.
- Advising a non-resident individual on the use of the UK/Swiss double tax treaty.
Mark Kavanaugh, CPA, has joined CohnReznick LLP as a tax partner and member of the Firm’s Affordable Housing Industry Practice. He is based in the Firm’s New York, NY office.
Mark brings more than 24 years of public accounting experience developing expertise in partnership, corporate, and individual taxation for the real estate industry. He brings a comprehensive understanding of the significant impact, both beneficial and detrimental, that income taxation has upon real estate development and ownership. Mark’s areas of focus have included planning, research and compliance with respect to partnership allocations, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, historic rehabilitation tax credits, brownfield redevelopment tax credits, long-term contracts, IRC §1031 like-kind exchanges, cancellation of indebtedness, and taxation of high-net-worth individuals. In addition, Mark has experience in successfully representing clients through IRS tax examinations, as well as those of various state and local taxing authorities.
“Mark and I will work closely together to further the Firm’s significant expansion of the Affordable Housing Industry Practice in the New York metro area,” said Bill Riley, CPA, CohnReznick partner and Northeast Regional Director for the Firm’s Affordable Housing Industry Practice.
Prior to joining CohnReznick, Mark was a founding partner of a New York City-based accounting firm that provides deal structuring, audit, taxation, and financial analysis services to developers and owners of real estate.
“Mark’s vast experience with the tax issues impacting the affordable housing sector will have a great impact on our New York office, and our current and future clients. We’re delighted to have him on board,” said Steve Mayer, CPA, Office Managing Partner – New York.
Squire Patton Boggs has hired Linda Pfatteicher as partner in its global Tax Strategy & Benefits Practice Group. She will be based in the firm’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices. Ms. Pfatteicher was previously a partner at DLA Piper.
A specialist in international corporate tax, Ms. Pfatteicher focuses on tax and operational structuring, and US and foreign tax compliance, as well as large-scale cross-border mergers and acquisitions. She also supports clients on tax controversies and disputes, and on developing issues such as software-as-a-service revenue. After earning her LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown, Ms. Pfatteicher spent over a decade with KPMG in San Francisco and Century City, where she advised on international tax matters.
Ms. Pfatteicher advises a wide range of businesses, from startups to large multinational corporations, in industries such as technology, medical devices, entertainment software and gaming, communications, manufacturing, shipping, oil and gas and consumer products. Among her recent transactions, she has assisted a major technology company in the expansion of its business in Australia, China, Brazil, Argentina, UK, France and Germany; advised a large IT software company on the creation of an intangible holding company outside the US to enable global expansion; and supported a US manufacturer on the acquisition of several overseas businesses including the structuring of a new holding company and post-merger business integration.
Bernhard Gilbey, global head of Squire Patton Boggs’ Tax Strategy & Benefits Practice Group, said: “We are delighted to have Linda join us. International corporate tax is one of our core strategic growth areas and one in which we already have a significant global footprint. Linda’s experience and in-depth knowledge of the international tax arena will further strengthen our cross-border corporate tax capabilities in the US. She has advised an impressive array of companies on structuring their businesses and addressing complex tax issues around the globe, dealing with tax regimes as diverse as China, India, Switzerland and the Netherlands. At a time of seismic change in the world of international tax, this experience will be critical to our many multi-national clients.”
Michael W. Kelly, managing partner of the firm’s San Francisco and Palo Alto offices, commented: “Linda is a welcome addition to our California team. Not only is she a widely respected international tax attorney but Linda also has nearly 20 years’ experience and insight of working closely with companies across the West Coast and in Silicon Valley – really understanding their industries and their business needs. She is already known to a number of our colleagues in the Asia-Pacific region, and her sector expertise fits well with our Global Corporate and IP and Technology practices.”