alliantgroup has announced the addition of Ashley Fingarson, former Manager of Legislative Affairs at the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), to the firm’s Washington national office. In her new role as alliantgroup’s Director of Legislative Affairs, Fingarson will continue advocating for the rights of small and midsized businesses, ensuring that their voice is heard in Congress with respect to legislation and tax policy.
“I am thrilled to be joining such a first-class organization,” said Fingarson. “Since I began my career, supporting small businesses has always been my true passion. As the daughter of a small business owner, this issue has always had a personal connection for me and I am looking forward to continuing this work with alliantgroup.”
Fingarson has held a number of policy and advocacy roles during her career. As the Manager of Legislative Affairs for NFIB from 2012-2014, Fingarson served as the organization’s chief liaison to the U.S. Senate, working with congressional members on tax, budget, immigration, labor and other key policy issues. Prior to her tenure with NFIB, Fingarson was a legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson and advised the senator on major budget and tax policy issues.
“”Ashley’s track record as an advocate for small and midsized businesses speaks for itself,” said Dean Zerbe, former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and alliantgroup National Managing Director. “Ashley will be playing an important role in ensuring the concerns of small business owners are brought to Congress and I cannot wait to see her contributions to the future of our firm.”
The International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) announced that Blake Marshall, a leading specialist on Russia and Eurasia, has joined its senior management team as Vice President. Marshall will direct policy and programs for ITIC’s initiatives in 85 countries, led by professionals in 12 offices around the globe. Marshall will also spearhead ITIC’s expansion into new markets such as Brazil.
Founded in 1993, ITIC is a Washington-based nonprofit research and educational organization promoting tax reform and public-private efforts to improve the investment climate in transition and developing economies. The organization works closely with ministries of finance and tax authorities in non-OECD countries, as well as international financial institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank. ITIC’s analytic agenda and capacity-building efforts are supported by more than 100 corporate sponsors.
In announcing the appointment, ITIC President Daniel A. Witt remarked, “I am thrilled to have someone of Blake’s caliber join ITIC – our organization continues to grow, and Blake brings to ITIC the breadth and depth of experience needed to help us achieve our next-level objectives. Our Board shares my enthusiasm, and we are excited about 2015 and beyond.”
Prior to joining ITIC, Mr. Marshall was Senior Vice President and Managing Director of PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a strategic communications firm specializing in the markets of Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, where he advising Western companies on their investment strategies in Russia and the former Soviet Union, and assisted Russian/CIS firms in expanding their businesses into global enterprises. Mr. Marshall’s advisory work primarily focused on government relations, public affairs, crisis management, business strategy, and market entry.
Previously, Mr. Marshall served as Executive Vice President of the U.S.-Russia Business Council, a Washington-based trade association representing the interests of 300 American companies operating in the Russian market. In this capacity, he authored numerous Council policy statements on trade and investment concerns faced by member companies, managed the Council’s policy agenda and lobbying initiatives with both the U.S. and Russian governments, and directed the day-to-day operations of the organization.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Marshall served as Director of Graduate Admissions and Assistant Director of Graduate Studies at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he also taught international relations undergraduate policy seminars. His previous experience also includes positions as Senior Editor of the Journal of International Affairs and Research Associate at the Commission on U.S.-Soviet Relations.
The author of various articles and book chapters on political and economic developments in Russia, Mr. Marshall has testified before the U.S. Congress and in Executive Branch hearings related to Russia and U.S.-Russian relations. He regularly provides both background briefings and for-attribution statements to members of the press in both the U.S. and Russia, with broadcast appearances on networks such as CNN, C-SPAN and CNBC, and commentary appearing in print outlets such as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Moscow Times, and The Washington Post.
Mr. Marshall received his undergraduate degree in political science from Swarthmore College, and he did his graduate work in Soviet politics and international affairs at the University of Essex (England), as well as Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and Harriman Institute. His professional affiliations include the Council on Foreign Relations and The Atlantic Council of the United States.
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.
Ernst & Young LLP announced today that Arlene Fitzpatrick, who served as an Attorney Advisor in the US Department of Treasury’s Office of Tax Policy, has joined the firm as a Principal in the National Tax Department’s International Tax Services group, located in Washington, DC.
As Attorney Advisor, Fitzpatrick helped formulate international tax policy, draft international tax guidance and negotiate income tax treaties. Fitzpatrick was also a Treasury Department representative on a number of Organisation for Economic Co?operation and Development (OECD) working parties, most recently engaged in the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project.
“Arlene has spent her career dedicated to providing clarity, practicality, and reasonableness around international tax rules, both in government and in the private sector,” said Michael Mundaca, co-director of the firm’s National Tax Department. “Her knowledge regarding the OECD’s BEPS project will be particularly valuable to our clients who need to prepare for and become engaged in the development of new international tax standards.”
Prior to her four-year tenure with Treasury, Fitzpatrick spent 11 years with Ernst & Young LLP primarily with the International Tax Services group. In that role she was focused on analysing the impact of US income tax treaties and helping clients manage the US taxation of foreign corporations and international reorganizations and restructurings. She also worked with clients on Internal Revenue Service ruling requests.
Fitzpatrick served as an adjunct professor of Law at Georgetown University, has co-authored numerous articles, and was named a John S. Nolan Fellow for the American Bar Association Section of Taxation. She earned her Master of Laws from the University of Iowa College of Law as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University College Galway in Ireland. She is a member of the American Bar Association.
The Policy Resolution Group (PRG) at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that Curtis Beaulieu is joining PRG as Senior Counsel in its Washington, D.C. office. Beaulieu will provide federal legislative and regulatory advice to the firm’s industry and non-profit clients on a broad range of tax policy matters.
Beaulieu joins PRG from Capitol Hill, where he served since 2011 as tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee. As tax counsel, he co-wrote the Tax Reform Option Paper on energy taxes for Senate Finance Committee members, organized hearings on income distribution and oil and gas tax expenditures, including intangible drilling costs, dual capacity, and the Section 199 manufacturing deduction, and negotiated extension of expiring tax provisions involved in the “fiscal cliff,” including “tax extenders,” RA/JGTRRA tax rates, and the estate and gift tax.
Beaulieu has wide-ranging Capitol Hill experience working for both the Senate and the House. Prior to working on the Senate Finance Committee staff, he served as tax counsel to Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) from 2008-11 and, in 2007-8, to Representative Jim McCrery (R-Louisiana), who was then ranking member on the House Ways & Means Committee. He also worked in various legislative capacities for Representative Sam Johnson (R-Texas) and Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana).
“Curt is a dedicated professional with a proven track record in understanding the challenges and complexities of the U.S. tax code. I’ve always valued his expertise and counsel and know he’ll do well in this new endeavor,” said Senator Hatch.
“We are excited to have Curt join the team,” said PRG Head Scott Segal. “His experience on tax policy, particularly related to energy, natural resources and manufacturing issues, will greatly benefit our clients. As Congress and the Executive Branch continue to discuss and debate a wide range of tax issues, from comprehensive tax reform to extenders and inversions, Curt will strengthen our practice with his skills and almost decade-long experience in serving as a top tax policy advisor on Capitol Hill. He is also highly respected by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress and throughout the private sector.”
“We proudly welcome Curt to our firm’s tax team,” said Liz McGinley, head of Bracewell & Giuliani’s tax section. “Our corporate clients are increasingly focused on the federal tax implications of their current operations and strategic initiatives. Curt’s tax policy experience, together with our strong transactional tax capability, will allow us to provide exceptional service to our clients.”
“I am delighted to join Bracewell’s Policy Resolution Group,” said Beaulieu. “I was attracted to PRG by the firm’s unique comprehensive service model of offering legal, advocacy, and communications services under one roof, as well as its outstanding reputation in Washington for substance and knowledge of tax and other issues.”
Beaulieu received an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center; a J.D. from the California Western School of Law; and a B.S. in Communications from the University of Texas.
Formed in 2011, the Policy Resolution Group at Bracewell & Giuliani helps clients around the world navigate our complex federal landscape, creating and implementing successful strategies to achieve our clients’ government relations objectives. PRG provides counsel and services in Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Information Gathering and Political Analysis, Strategic Communications and Legal Representation.
Covington & Burling has announced that Sam Maruca, most recently the Director of Transfer Pricing Operations for the Large Business and International Division at the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, has returned to the firm as a partner.
Mr. Maruca will be resident in the firm’s Washington D.C. office, and will advise clients on all facets of federal income tax controversy and risk assessment, including transfer pricing matters.
“We are delighted to welcome Sam back to the firm,” said Timothy Hester, chair of the firm’s management committee. “Sam has been at the heart of U.S. transfer pricing policy and enforcement over the last three years. He adds another dimension to our regulatory and risk management strategy, and a timely one given the growing importance of transfer pricing to multinational corporations and governments.”
Mr. Maruca has practiced in the field of federal income tax for more than 30 years. He has represented clients in numerous business sectors, including information technology, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, communications, specialty materials and retail.
“Sam is a top-flight international tax lawyer, whose exceptional experience in transfer pricing and transfer pricing controversies will again enhance our existing practice,” said Dan Luchsinger and Reeves Westbrook, co-chairs of the firm’s tax practice.
During his tenure at the IRS, Mr. Maruca instituted changes that resulted in a more sophisticated and comprehensive approach to transfer pricing audits and resolutions; new internal processes to leverage the IRS knowledge base; and improvements in the dialogue and relationships between the U.S. and its key trading partners throughout the world.
“I am delighted to return to Covington,” said Mr. Maruca, who spent three years in the firm’s tax group before being selected by the IRS to run its newly-formed transfer pricing unit. “Given the firm’s justified reputation as one of the top litigation and dispute resolution firms in the country, and the deep substantive strength of its existing tax practice, I cannot imagine a better place to grow a premier controversy practice. I believe I can help the firm position itself as a global trouble-shooter and risk manager for multinational enterprises, wherever they may be headquartered or doing business.”
Mr. Maruca earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his law degree from Georgetown University.
Back in February 2014 Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, named Mr. Vitor Gaspar to the position of Director, Fiscal Affairs Department. Mr. Gaspar has now started work and succeeds Mr. Carlo Cottarelli, who resigned from the IMF last year.
“Mr. Gaspar brings with him impressive management credentials and a formidable record of public policy experience at the European and national levels,” Ms. Lagarde stated.
“My management team and I look forward to working with Mr. Gaspar on public finance matters and in providing vital fiscal policy advice to our member countries.”
Mr. Gaspar, a Portuguese national, has held a variety of senior policy positions in Banco de Portugal, including most recently as Special Adviser. He served as Minister of State and Finance of Portugal during 2011-2013. He was acting director-general of the European Commission’s Bureau of European Policy Advisers during 2007-2010 and director-general of general research at the European Central Bank from 1998-2004. Mr. Gaspar holds a Ph.D and a post-doctoral agregado in Economics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa; he also studied at Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
The OECD has appointed David Bradbury as Head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division. He will be based from Paris.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Bradbury said “I am particularly excited about the opportunity to join the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, under the leadership of Mr Pascal Saint-Amans, at a time when the OECD, in co-operation with the G20, is leading the way in driving some of the most important reforms to global tax policy in generations.”
Prior to joining the OECD Mr Bradbury was Assistant Treasurer at the Treasury department in Australia. He trained in tax with law firm Blake Dawson before his election to Federal Parliament. In March 2012, he was appointed as the Assistant Treasurer and Minister Assisting for Deregulation where his responsibilities include the design and administration of taxation law, foreign investment and implementation and administration of competition and consumer policy.