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PKF Texas makes up 3 tax directors

On November 21, 2011, in PKF, by Chris Bale

Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas has announced the promotions of Rafael Carsalade, CPA, Alison Muecke, CPA and Mark Scimemi, J.D. to Tax Director.

“Rafael, Alison and Mark are all significant contributors to the success we have enjoyed at PKF Texas,” said Kenneth Guidry, CPA, President. “We are proud of their accomplishments with PKF Texas and congratulate them on their promotions.”

Carsalade specializes in international corporate and partnership taxation. He also provides tax and business consultation for domestic medium to large privately owned and publicly-held companies in the manufacturing, distribution, oil field services, energy and software/technology sectors. Carsalade is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Muecke’s experience includes tax consulting and compliance, working with closely held entities including partnerships, corporations and trusts with her primary focus on high net worth individuals. She also represents clients before the IRS related to tax controversy matters.

Scimemi advises clients in the energy, manufacturing and professional services sectors on sales and use tax solutions. He also has managed multiple discretionary and statutory credits engagements for large privately owned and publicly-held businesses.

“I am pleased to welcome Rafael, Alison, and Mark into the Tax Director group,” said Del Walker, CPA, Tax Director and Practice Leader. “They each have a unique skill-set that strengthens the Director group as a whole.

Muecke has been with the firm since 1998 and Carsalade and Scimemi joined in 2003 and 2009 respectively.

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Baker & McKenzie has announced the appointment of Christophe Clément as partner in the Tax practice. Christophe is registered with the Paris Bar and the Luxembourg Bar and joins the Firm after eight years at Clifford Chance.

Christophe advises on international taxation, direct tax, VAT and duties as well as on various legal and regulatory matters. He has a vast experience in advising a wide range of clients on the structuring of private equity, real estate and infrastructure funds, M&A, company reorganisations, structured finance, securitisation, debt restructuring, IP and employee share schemes.

Jean-Francois Findling, Luxembourg Managing Partner said, “The Luxembourg office has grown from strength to strength since its establishment in October 2010 and Christophe’s appointment is a testament to the success of the growth. He brings experience across complex tax transactions and a strong reputation in his field of work.”

Commenting on his appointment, Christophe said, “Baker & McKenzie is a strong reputable firm. I am delighted to have joined a team with such depth and breadth of expertise and a law firm renowned for its unrivalled international tax practice.”

Luxembourg is one of the worlds most important financial centres, with a strong presence in the fund management and banking sectors, as well as a European hub for international groups and companies specialising in innovative technologies. The Firm continues to build on its leading position in the region with its increased expertise in corporate and M&A, banking, funds and tax. Christophe will reinforce the successful team which has grown significantly since the office opened a year ago. The office now has 11 tax specialists, including two tax partners. Christophe has received high praise for his work in the leading legal directories, including Chambers Europe which recognizes Christophe as an up-and-coming key individual. Christophe is also a member of working groups of the Association of Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) and several other professional bodies.

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Ernst & Young LLP today announced that seasoned tax professional Tremaine “Trim” Smith joined its Indirect, State and Local Tax practice in Seattle, Washington.

Smith is the former Deputy Director of the Washington Department of Revenue, where he spent his entire career. At the Department of Revenue, Smith oversaw more than 90 state tax programs across a variety of businesses and industries. He will leverage his deep knowledge of Washington’s unique tax system as the office’s resident Business and Occupation tax technical resource.

Digital goods taxation and cloud computing are just two of Smith’s areas of focus. He is a highly respected tax resource on emerging business issues and recently represented Washington on the national stage in streamlining sales taxes across a number of states and creating common definitions.

“Trim’s 33 years of Washington State tax experience, coupled with his intimate knowledge of Washington’s biggest companies and of companies who do business in the state, make him an ideal fit for Ernst & Young’s growing Indirect Tax practice,” said Dan Smith, managing partner for Ernst & Young LLP’s Seattle office.

“Trim’s knowledge will help our clients as they confront emerging tax challenges in the state and across the country,” said Gary Holcomb, State and Local Tax Market Leader for Ernst & Young LLP’s Seattle office. “Adding Trim to our team of 11 Washington-based state and local tax professionals enhances the top-quality service we provide to companies across the state.”

In 2009, Smith received the Wade Anderson Memorial Medal for Leadership in Interstate Tax Cooperation. He received Governor’s awards for Distinguished Management Leadership in 2005 and for Quality and Performance in 2004. Smith earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington State University. He regularly speaks at industry-wide conferences and has authored numerous articles on tax and accounting-related issues.

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Goodwin Procter LLP, a national Am Law 50 firm, announced today that 17 attorneys have been elected to the firm’s partnership, including E. Kelsey Lemaster.

Lemaster’s practice is based in Boston and includes the qualification and operation of REITs, transactions involving REITs, investments in real estate by tax-exempt and foreign investors, joint ventures and other partnership transactions, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and private investment fund formations.

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Christopher Roman has joined King & Spalding as a partner in its tax practice in New York City, the firm announced today. Roman has extensive experience in the tax issues associated with private equity fund formation and investment, real estate investment trusts and regulated investment companies. He joined King & Spalding from Clifford Chance, where he was a partner in its tax practice.

“We welcome Chris to the firm,” said Jim Lokey, leader of King & Spalding’s tax practice group. “Chris’ experience in the private equity funds space adds to our already strong experience in that area, giving us greater depth in our global funds formation capabilities. In addition, his specialized skills in mortgage and hybrid REITs and in the taxation of RICs complement our extensive work with equity REITs.”

Roman also advises on the tax aspects of partnerships, mergers, acquisitions and capital markets transactions, representing issuing companies as well as underwriters. His REIT work also involves REIT securitization structures.

Roman received a J.D. degree from the University of Akron, an LLM degree from New York University and a B.S. degree from Indiana University. He is the chairman of the REIT committee of the American Bar Association and a member of the New York City Bar Association’s committee on the taxation of business entities.

“I am excited to be part of King & Spalding’s talented team of private equity, M&A and real estate experts,” said Roman. “I believe the firm’s platform in these areas provides me with an excellent base from which to expand my practice.”

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Renowned South African tax expert Roger Bramwell (65) joined the tax department of Rödl & Partner in Johannesburg, South Africa in July 2011 after leaving Ernst & Young South Africa, where he had practiced since 1984.

He was at this stage a senior tax partner. Bramwell is one of the most respected tax specialists in South Africa. The move is part of a strategic expansion plan for the advisory practice at Rödl & Partner in Southern Africa. The leading German firm with 86 offices worldwide is aimed to further grow their cross-border accountancy and consulting services for German and other European investors also in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“The tax environment in South Africa is extremely complex but Roger Bramwell brings extensive experience into the tax department. Our clients will hugely benefit from his enormous knowledge,” said Rödl & Partner’s global Managing Partner Dr. Marcus Felsner. “Roger has excellent relations with the South Africa Revenue Services and an unbelievable track record as an international tax specialist in Africa, and I am very, very proud to have him on board.“

Roger Bramwell, in his previous years, had consulted with leading international corporations such as AngloGold Ashanti, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Mitsubishi. Earlier in his career he had been with the financial department at Rand Mines and was a manager of the tax department at Hoechst Südafrika.

At Rödl & Partner he will be primarily advising large European corporate clients with their Southern African investments, mainly focusing on issues of cross-border tax planning, re-structuring and corporate transactions.

The Rödl & Partner offices in Johannesburg were founded in 2008. South African as well as German audit, tax and legal professionals assist foreign investors in Southern Africa with audit, accounting, compliance and transaction services. The Johannesburg and Cape Town offices of Rödl & Partner were the first offices of a German multi-disciplinary practice in Africa. Clients include some of the most prestigioues European automotive suppliers as well as suppliers to the mining industry of Southern Africa, explains Rödl & Partner Johannesburg’s Managing Partner Dieter Sommer. Following its leading industry expertise in Europe, Rödl & Partner also assists numerous European technology providers to the renewable energy sector of South Africa.

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Berman, Goldman & Ribakow LLP (BGR) announces that David Mugmon CPA, MST has rejoined the firm as a Partner and Chair of the firm’s Tax Department. He was originally with BGR from 1999 to 2009. He works extensively with business entities and high-net-worth individuals to help them achieve their goals. His areas of expertise are tax and succession planning, wealth transfer, mergers and acquisitions and other complex tax matters.

A graduate of American University’s Kogod School of Business, Mr. Mugmon holds a Masters of Science degree in Taxation. His professional affiliations include: membership in the Tax Section of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) and the Maryland Society of Accountants (MSA).

Mr. Mugmon has taught college level accounting courses. In addition, he has authored several articles for newspapers and the Tax Management Real Estate Journal. He also conducts seminars and has appeared on local TV and radio shows discussing various tax issues.

About BGR:
Since 1939, BGR has provided exceptional accounting and tax services to its clients. Service areas include accounting, auditing, tax planning/preparation, and business valuations. Headquartered in Columbia, the firm’s 30+ employees service clients throughout Maryland, Southern Pennsylvania, and Northern Virginia.

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Clarissa Potter joins AIG as Deputy Tax Director

On September 22, 2011, in AIG, IRS, by Chris Bale

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) announced today that Clarissa Potter, former U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Deputy Chief Counsel, Technical, has been named Deputy Tax Director for AIG.

In this role, Ms. Potter will be responsible for AIG’s global tax planning, including continued protection of AIG’s valuable tax assets. Ms. Potter will report to Tal Kaissar, Vice President and Director of Tax.

“Clarissa Potter brings to AIG’s tax function tremendous experience, knowledge, and an unmatched perspective on tax policy,” Mr. Kaissar said. “The complexity of AIG’s global structure requires a holistic approach to compliance with domestic and international tax law. Clarissa’s leadership within the IRS and first-hand understanding of tax policy makes her uniquely positioned to help AIG in this regard.”

Ms. Potter was most recently the Deputy Chief Counsel, Technical for the IRS, serving as the IRS principal representative on all non-litigation matters related to federal tax law and on implementing legislation and compliance initiatives. During her time with the IRS, Ms. Potter also notably served as the Acting Chief Counsel from December 2008 through August 2009.

Before joining the IRS in 2005, Ms. Potter was an Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Previously, she served in the Office of Tax Policy for the United States Treasury Department and had been Legislation Counsel to the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation. Ms. Potter began her legal career in the Tax Group of Sullivan & Cromwell in New York. She earned her law degree from Yale Law School and her bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio.

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