Blusource has announced the merger of fellow accountancy recruiter Raynorwest into its group, forming Blusource Accountancy.
This new division will cover all levels and disciplines in professional practice firms and in house tax.
Blusource a prominent brand with the professional services community, throughout the Midlands, currently recruits within the Legal, Finance and Banking sectors from offices on Colmore Row, Birmingham.
Blusource Accountancy will build on what Raynorwest and Blusource has successfully been a part of for many years; continuing to support and develop the local business communities with regular events and sponsorship. Blusource are Patrons of Birmingham Forward, incorporating Birmingham Future.
Marie Weston joins as Managing Partner of the new business, whom will spearhead the growth of the practice in the West Midlands overall including two new sub divisions Blusource Tax and Blusource CF – a boutique recruiter for the Corporate Finance world.
Andrew Springhall CEO, added “the scale of Blusource’s operation gives the newly formed company: Blusource Accountancy, the opportunity to further improve the relationships and services offered to firms across the region, whilst maintaining the independence and flexibility that our clients both value”
Photo: Marie Weston, Managing Partner of Blusource Accountancy
Eversheds has hired partner Karolina Stawowska to head up the newly established tax law practice in Warsaw. Karolina comes from PricewaterhouseCoopers tax department where she worked with the consumer brands team and the mergers and acquisitions team.
With the M&A team Karolina was responsible for tax advice on transactions conducted by private equity and venture capital funds, restructuring of capital groups, development of tax-effective structures for acquisition and financing of investments, and for tax-optimal exit strategies for sale of enterprises and shares by institutional and individual investors.
Currently, Karolina serves as the vice-chair of the National Audit Board of the Polish National Chamber of Tax Advisers.
David Jervis, Eversheds global head of tax commented:
“Karolina is well known in the Polish marketplace and having worked with Eversheds a number of times before, we knew she would be a great asset to the team. Karolina has been tasked with growing our Polish tax practice over the coming months to build on our European tax capabilities in line with our client service excellence strategy.”
Patton Boggs LLP has tapped veteran tax attorney Richard E. Andersen to serve as managing partner of its New York office, citing his extensive experience in the nation’s leading business and financial market to spur further growth.
“I am honored to have this opportunity and look forward to building on the work that has already been accomplished to position the firm’s New York office as the adviser of choice for businesses and investors from across the country and around the world,” said Mr. Andersen, who assumes his new role immediately.
“Patton Boggs enjoys a unique reputation among U.S. law firms, providing innovative solutions to the issues facing leading national and international enterprises at the intersection of law, business, regulation and public policy,” Mr. Andersen said.
The attorneys in the New York office bring experience and fine-tuned skill sets to bear on transactions and controversies connected to the nation’s financial hub, Mr. Andersen said. The office provides a gateway to the firm’s resources for international companies seeking to open or expand a presence in the United States.
In his new role, Mr. Andersen will work closely with James E. Tyrrell, Jr., who serves as the regional managing partner for the New York and New Jersey offices.
“Richard brings sharp business acumen to the table,” Mr. Tyrrell said. “We expect the office to grow in new directions under his leadership with more clients seeking law firms that possess a strong grasp of pending federal regulations and the intersection of Wall Street and K Street.”
Stuart M. Pape, the managing partner of the firm’s nine offices, noted that Mr. Andersen’s deep well of experience and knowledge about tax, finance and international law make him an invaluable asset to clients.
“Richard will play a vital role on our leadership team as our New York office continues to grow in both size and prominence,” Mr. Pape said.
The New York office is active in domestic and international corporate reorganizations; acquisitions and divestitures; joint ventures and technology transfers; commercial, asset-based and structured finance; securities offerings and other corporate finance transactions; project financings and privatizations; and private equity and investment funds. Its experienced litigation team provides advice and representation in civil, commercial and criminal law matters, including securities disputes, mass tort actions, commercial arbitration and internal and governmental investigations.
Mr. Andersen has nearly three decades of experience in both domestic and international tax matters. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Columbia University and his law degree from Columbia Law School. Mr. Andersen received his L.L.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law, where he has taught international tax law in the Graduate Tax Program.
Charles River Associates, a worldwide leader in providing management, economic, and financial consulting services, has announced that it has strengthened its Transfer Pricing practice globally with the addition of eight new senior-level consultants during the past nine months.
These new hires include: Vice Presidents Richard V.L. Cooper and Debashis Ghosh in Chicago; Vice President Kathrine Kimball and Principal Aaron Bone in California; Vice President Brad Rolph in Toronto; Principal Nicole Bordeleau in Boston; Principal Alberto Pluviano in Paris; and Principal Paul Wilmshurst in London. In addition, Guy A. Kersch and Gregor Bruggelambert have become senior consultants to the Transfer Pricing practice in London and Frankfurt respectively.
“The global economy requires that international businesses address a range of transfer pricing concerns, and Charles River Associates offers comprehensive transfer pricing services to assist companies around the world,” said CRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Maleh. “The consultants we have hired in our Transfer Pricing practice bring exceptional expertise in their field and deep knowledge about the unique transfer pricing issues facing many industries. It is our pleasure to welcome them to CRA.” “We view transfer pricing as an excellent long-term growth opportunity for CRA,” Maleh said. “These new consultants greatly expand our practice’s global capabilities in both North America and Europe.”
The senior-level consultants who have joined the Transfer Pricing practice since September 2009 include:
Vice President Richard V.L. Cooper has more than 30 years of transfer pricing experience. Dr. Cooper has testified as an expert witness before such bodies as the US Tax Court, the US International Trade Commission, and the US Congress. He was named “one of the world’s leading transfer pricing advisors” by The International Tax Review/Legal Media Group. Dr. Cooper has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in such areas as international business, international tax, econometrics, and price theory at Georgetown University, the University of California at Los Angeles, and the Rand Graduate Institute, among others. He lectures regularly on such topics as international business strategy, transfer pricing, international finance, countertrade, doing business in China, and export trading companies. Prior to joining CRA, he was a managing director with Houlihan Lokey. He holds BA and MA degrees in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a PhD degree in Economics from the University of Chicago.
Vice President Debashis Ghosh has 14 years of experience providing business advisory services in transfer pricing and business analytics, using analytical approaches to leverage internal and external data, and developing customized tools to assist in strategic decision making. Dr. Ghosh has started and led economic consulting and business analytics practices, and he has participated in projects involving transfer pricing, business process improvement, strategic costing, business process outsourcing, and litigation support/expert testimony. Prior to joining CRA, Dr. Ghosh was a director with Houlihan Lokey. He holds a BA degree in Economics from Presidency College in Calcutta, India, and MA and PhD degrees in Economics from Rice University.
Vice President Kathrine Kimball has 16 years of experience in international and domestic transfer pricing, including documentation, planning, and controversy defense as well as supply-chain-based tax planning. She has served multinational clients in a range of industries and managed a multitude of global, pan-European, pan-Asian, and North American international supply chain projects. Prior to joining CRA, Ms. Kimball was a partner with Ernst & Young, where she was responsible for building the Global Transfer Pricing and Tax Effective Supply Chain Management (TESCM) Practice in San Francisco, which earned the 2008 International Tax Review Best Transfer Pricing Practice in North America during her tenure. She was also the founding practice leader of the Global Transfer Pricing and TESCM Group as well as the US Transfer Pricing Desk in Belgium. Ms. Kimball holds a BBA degree from Loyola Marymount University, and a MBA degree from the College of William and Mary.
Vice President Brad Rolph has over 20 years of experience as an economist, including 15 years as a transfer pricing specialist. Mr. Rolph is one of Canada’s leading transfer pricing advisors; he has helped numerous multinational companies prepare for and defend a variety of intercompany transactions across diverse industries. In addition to preparing transfer pricing studies for documentation and audit purposes, Mr. Rolph has led planning, implementation, taxpayer-initiated adjustments, voluntary disclosure, litigation, competent authority, and advance pricing arrangement (APA) assignments. Prior to joining CRA, Mr. Rolph was a partner and the chief economist of the National Transfer Pricing Group at Deloitte & Touche in Canada. Before that, he was an economist with the tax policy and fiscal policy branches of the Ontario Ministry of Finance. He holds a BA degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a MA degree in Economics from Queen’s University. Mr. Rolph has also completed the course work and theory comprehensive exams in Economics at the PhD level.
Principal Aaron Bone has 10 years of experience participating in global transfer pricing remediation for Fortune 500 companies and coordinating global transfer pricing engagements including documentation, planning, headquarters cost allocation, IP migration, FIN 48 analyses, and provision review. Prior to joining CRA, Mr. Bone was with Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he assisted with various international tax planning projects as well as transfer pricing and international tax services. Mr. Bone is also a licensed attorney with the State Bar of California. He holds a BA degree in English and Political Science from Drew University, and a JD degree from the University of California Davis School of Law.
Principal Nicole Bordeleau has 10 years of experience as a transfer pricing expert specializing in strategizing, managing, and implementing corporate transfer pricing policies that help clients mitigate risk, optimize efficiency, and support business operations. She has provided transfer pricing consulting services for national and multinational companies in an array of industries, including industrial equipment, consumer products, medical equipment, pharmaceutical, financial services, computer software, management services, and retail grocery. Prior to joining CRA, Ms. Bordeleau was the director of transfer pricing at Covidien, a multi-national healthcare products company, and before that, she was with KPMG’s economic consulting services group. She holds a BA degree in Economics from Dalhousie University, and a MBA degree from Loyola University.
Principal Alberto Pluviano has over 18 years of transfer pricing experience with extensive international experience in the development and implementation of transfer pricing policies. Mr. Pluviano has dealt with challenging transfer pricing issues in many countries, including developing new methodologies, supporting business restructurings, and managing large transfer pricing audits to successful conclusions. He has led centralized transfer pricing teams, directed country teams, and liaised regularly with tax authorities in many countries. Prior to joining CRA, Mr. Pluviano was head of transfer pricing in Europe for IBM. He holds a degree in Business Administration, specialization in Finance from Universita’ Bocconi, Milano, Italy.
Principal Paul Wilmshurst has over 10 years’ experience helping multinational groups in a variety of industries with many different transfer pricing issues. His experience ranges from designing practical documentation solutions to efficiently mitigate risk, to helping companies defend contentious transfer pricing arrangements. Mr. Wilmshurst’s tax efficient supply chain work has included identifying and valuing different types of intangibles, assessing and modeling economic risks, and designing commercial transfer pricing policies. Prior to joining CRA, Mr. Wilmshurst was a senior transfer pricing economist at KMPG and Deloitte. He holds a BSc degree in Economics from Manchester University, and a MSc degree in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from London School of Economics.
Senior Consultant Gregor Bruggelambert is professor of economics and international business relations at the Dortmund University of Applied Science and Arts. Dr. Bruggelambert is a transfer pricing expert and economist with more than a decade of experience. He has authored many articles on topics in the field of transfer pricing and is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars. Dr. Bruggelambert is highly experienced in all aspects of transfer pricing, from cost allocation over the design of controlling based transfer pricing systems to the remuneration of intangibles. His work has been prepared in the context of documentation studies, planning assignments, and in the audit defense of transfer pricing systems. In addition, he has extensive experience dealing with the German tax authorities, including in relation to APA negotiations. Previously, Dr. Bruggelambert held positions at Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, including as head of global transfer pricing and head of supply controlling. At KPMG, Dr. Bruggelambert co-led the creation of the transfer pricing team in Dusseldorf. He holds a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Essen.
Senior Consultant Guy A. Kersch is a tax and transfer pricing professional with more than 25 years of experience. As a current member and former vice-chair (business) of the European Joint Transfer Pricing Forum, he is actively involved in developing pragmatic, non-legislative solutions to transfer pricing issues within the EU. Mr. Kersch has applied his transfer pricing expertise in many areas such as mergers and acquisitions, tax optimization planning, and tax audit in various industries, including chemicals, agricultural products, construction, engineering, and pharmaceuticals. He is a member of the Tax Policy Group of BusinessEurope, the Tax Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Working Group Ecofin and the Tax Committee of the Business Federation Luxembourg, and the International Bar Association. He is also a founding member and former president of the European Chapter of the Tax Executive Institute. Mr. Kersch is a former senior transfer pricing counsel at Grant Thornton. He is fluent in English, German, French, and Luxembourgeois.
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Baker & McKenzie has announced the addition of Omar Chang Camacho as a Partner in the International Trade & Customs practice in the Firm’s Monterrey office.
Mr. Chang Camacho practices tax and customs law and has worked at Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa y Cía. S.C. as an associate in its international trade practice and at Deloitte & Touche, where he opened the firm’s Guadalajara foreign trade and customs practice. He was also national managing partner for the customs and trade practice at national level at BDO Hernández, Marrón y Cía. as well as managing director for the firm’s Guadalajara office.
Mr. Chang Camacho graduated from Universidad de Guadalajara.
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (DTT) is an organization of member firms around the world, devoted to excellence in providing professional services and advice, focused on client service through a global strategy executed locally in nearly 150 countries. With access to the deep intellectual capital of over 160,000 people worldwide, Deloitte delivers services in four professional areas – audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services – and serves more than half of the world’s largest companies, as well as large national enterprises, locally important clients and successful, fast-growing global growth companies.
This is an excellent opportunity to join an established, collaborative, highly regarded, successful, 150 strong and growing Transfer Pricing practice and make your mark as a strong leader. Given the revenue opportunities in the local Chinese TP market, this role represents a genuine opportunity to be promoted to Partner within 1 -2 years.
To build on our successes, leverage our global tax network and local clients, solve complex problems, build and grow a successful team, develop client relationships, nurture talent, create value for our top clients and ultimately, play to win in the market. In meeting this challenge, you will receive full support from Transfer Pricing leaders and the wider Tax practice in China.
Specific responsibilities include:-
• Driving growth by developing long term profitable relationships with high value clients
• Accountability for client relationship management with key teams, exercising appropriate risk management
• Negotiation of all business deals and pricing strategy
• Leading and managing the execution of TP tax engagements
• Building and developing a team of TP specialist tax professionals in a ‘hands on’ collaborative manner
Fundamental to success will be strong business development, talent development and client management skills. First class communication skills are a must, as is technical competence, inspirational leadership and an acute orientation to client service excellence.
The ideal candidate will be an Economist, with 8-12 years in the tax or transfer pricing arena. He or she will have a professional services background or served as an in-house specialist. ACA/CA/Tax Inspectors with full Technical Training course/Law qualification/CTA (or equivalent), Economics PhD are all advantageous.
Proficiency in Mandarin is a pre-requisite for the role. Experience of working in China is advantageous, as is international experience in Transfer Pricing.
Ideal location is Beijing, but Shanghai may be an option.
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This is a critical position for the firm. As such, it offers an attractive compensation package, including base salary, performance related bonus and company benefits.
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Deloitte, today announced a number of senior appointments within its tax practice, with the promotion of eight senior tax specialists to partner, and three to associate partner.
David Sproul, UK head of tax for Deloitte, commented: “Deloitte strives to provide clients with a consistently high quality service. These promotions demonstrate our commitment to invest in talent of the highest calibre to continually strengthen the depth of specialist knowledge within the tax practice, even in a tough economic environment. Congratulations to these eight new partners and three associate partners for gaining this achievement.”
There have been eight promotions to partner:
Pippa Booth – based in London, Pippa is a member of the tax transformation, risk and co-sourcing team and has extensive experience of tax accounting and compliance and reporting outsourcing. She also specialises in tax risk and transformation of tax compliance and reporting processes including implementation of technology solutions. Pippa leads the Deloitte tax accounting competency group for the UK and EMEA and is a corresponding member on the Tax Advisory Panel for the Accounting Standards Board. Pippa joined Deloitte in 1998.
Andy Brook – a member of the tax depreciation team with over 12 years experience. Andy specialises tax issues in respect of property expenditure and heads up this team in the regions. He has extensive experience of working with a broad range of sectors, with particular expertise in the utility, gaming and health care sectors. Andy joined Deloitte in 2002 and is based in Birmingham.
Stephen Brown – based in the mergers & acquisitions practice in London, Stephen specialises in advising private equity and infrastructure fund clients on the tax aspects of their international acquisitions and disposals. A graduate of the University of Manchester, Stephen joined Deloitte in 2001 after initially training with the National Audit Office.
Christie Buck – based in Reading, Christie is an international corporate tax specialist. His particular expertise lies in providing tax advice to overseas headquartered groups investing into the UK. A graduate of Oxford University, Christie has been with Deloitte for eight years, including three years leading the Deloitte UK tax desk in New York.
Sue Holmes – a corporate tax specialist in our national financial services team, Sue leads our financial services tax practice across the North. Sue advises on a wide variety of tax issues for building societies, retail banks, insurers and investment and wealth management businesses. During the last 12 months, she has been extensively involved in providing tax advice on a number of restructuring transactions, particularly in the building society sector. Sue joined Deloitte in 2002 and is based in the Leeds office.
Anbreen Khan – based in London, Anbreen is an indirect tax specialist and lawyer with expertise dealing with tax disputes. Anbreen has an impressive record for successfully advising on landmark VAT cases including Marks & Spencer Plc; Association of Investment Companies; and, The Rank Group Plc. She has been at the heart of some fundamental changes in UK VAT law, winning The ‘Tax Journal Rising Star Award’ in 2008 and with her team twice the Best VAT team award in 2007 and 2009. Anbreen is responsible for indirect tax dispute resolution and has built an EMEA Deloitte team of experts in tax disputes and controversy across the network.
David McNeil – based in Geneva, David leads the tax accounting and tax management consulting group for Deloitte in Switzerland. He has over 14 years of experience working with multinational groups on both UK, Swiss and international tax projects including, tax process and risk management projects, as well as in tax reporting and compliance under IFRS, US GAAP, UK GAAP and Swiss GAAP. Prior to commencing his training as a chartered accountant, David studied pharmacology at University College London at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and worked with Glaxo within their Neuropharmacology research team.
Marcus Rea – based alongside the reorganisation services practice in London, Marcus specialises in providing tax advice on reorganisations and reconstructions (particularly under-performing companies) and to companies in or facing insolvency. He has over 14 years’ experience dealing with corporate transactions and providing tax consulting advice in this area. He also sits on the tax committee of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals. Marcus joined Deloitte in 2005.
In addition, three tax specialists have been promoted to associate partner. They are:
Andrew Cox – based in London, Andrew provides corporate tax advice to the energy sector. Focussing primarily on utility companies, Andrew advises both UK based and inbound companies on tax planning opportunities, tax related M&A advice and tax accounting support.
Ashley Hollinshead – a member of the business tax team in Birmingham specialising in entrepreneurial businesses. Ashley advises businesses and their owners on the complex interaction of corporate and personal taxes. He has a particular focus on taxes in the real estate market and matters affecting professional practices. Ashley joined Deloitte in 2002.
Claire Wayman – a member of the global employer services team, specialising in international personal tax and advises multinational employers on all areas of global mobility. Claire has over 20 years of experience working with a wide range of global expatriate populations in a diverse array of sectors having spent 12 years working overseas herself. Claire joined Deloitte in 2001 and is based in London.