Crowe Clark Whitehill has doubled the number of VAT partners with the appointments of Robert Marchant and Keri Pay.

Robert Marchant has joined Crowe’s London office from PWC, where he was a Director. He has 15 years’ experience advising UK and multinational businesses on their indirect tax obligations. Robert will lead a team providing a full range of VAT consulting and compliance services.

Keri Pay has 27 years’ VAT experience working with large corporate and international companies, including some of the largest businesses in the Midlands region. Keri will be based in Crowe’s Midlands office. He joins from BDO where he was a Principal

Keri Pay Crowe Clark WhitehillRobert Warne, National Head of VAT at Crowe says: “Both Robert and Keri are respected and established advisors and we are extremely pleased to have them on board to spearhead our services for corporate clients.”

Chief Executive, David Mellor also commented: “I am pleased to see the expansion of our already successful national VAT offering. We have a strategic desire to grow our tax and advisory services, and I welcome both Robert and Keri as we embark on this journey.”

Nigel Bostock, International Liaison Partner says: “As ever, we look to help our clients make smart decisions that provide lasting value. We welcome Keri and Robert at a time when the drive for even greater international trade against the background of Brexit will make VAT and excise duty even more important than in the past.”

These tax hires follow Lisa Mead appointment to the partnership earlier this year.

PKF Littlejohn VAT JobsNick McChesney has joined PKF Littlejohn, the London member firm of PKF International.

McChesney, who is Chair of the ICAEW’s VAT and Duties sub-committee, is a respected indirect tax expert with more than 26 years’ experience.  Since leaving PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2009, where he was a VAT Partner, he has been an independent indirect tax consultant advising national and international clients in the not for profit, real estate, information technology, waste management and travel sectors. Since September 2013 he has worked with Rosetta Tax, a boutique tax law firm.

“The opportunity to work on varied and complex domestic and international VAT challenges across a range of industry sectors provided by PKF Littlejohn clients and the PKF International network is compelling”, commented McChesney. 

Managing partner, Carmine Papa, said: “Over the past 18 months the firm has grown considerably, adding new practice areas such as forensic and counter-fraud services and an inward investment specialist team.  Our clients are increasingly international in their outlook and Nick’s appointment will strengthen the VAT and Customs team that provides essential support to these corporate and not-for -profit clients’ national and international business activities.   Nick’s appointment is another big step towards the firm’s target to grow its income and recruit high-performing people to help our clients succeed.

“VAT specialists with strong international experience will always be in great demand as trading with our international partners continues to grow.  I am delighted that Nick has agreed to join the firm.”


baker tilly tax partner jobsPhilip Munn has resigned from Deloitte, where he was a Director in the indirect tax practice, to join Baker Tilly as a tax partner. He is based in the Southampton office, with effect from September 2015.

Mr Munn has had broad indirect tax experience. He started life at Deloitte in 1999 where he specialised in indirect tax, rising to senior manager within 7 years. He then decided to move in-house and joined Vodafone as their Group VAT Manager. In 2008 he moved to Rank Group to lead the indirect tax team and later also took on an Investor Relations role.

In 2012 he decided to return to the profession, back to Deloitte, where he has worked for the past three years.

Baker Tilly is actively recruiting into its tax practice right across the UK. To explore opportunities please click here

Hat tip: BLT

kpmg meijburg tax jobsMax Van de Ven has been promoted to tax partner at Meijburg & Co, the KPMG member firm in the Netherlands. He is based in Rotterdam.

Max sits in the indirect tax practice and is a qualified lawyer. He leads the international VAT team in the Netherlands and is a member of the global KPMG Indirect Tax Process & Technology steering group.

His international work involves projects such as Value Chain Management (VCM) and mergers & acquisitions. He is also involved in indirect tax function reviews, data analytics projects, ERP implementation projects, compliance outsourcing projects, VCM, M&A, and various high impact cross border VAT technical matters.

If you are interested in a leadership role within KPMG’s indirect tax practice globally, please click here: KPMG Indirect Tax Leadership Opportunities

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Taxand indirect tax jobsAlain Recoules has been promoted at Taxand following Richard Baxter’s recent move to FTI Consulting. Alain was formerly the deputy leader of Taxand’s global indirect tax team since.

He is based in Taxand France where he is a partner of Arsene Taxand. After obtaining a DESS (post-graduate degree) in company tax management, Alain joined Arthur Andersen in 1989. He worked for several years in the financial services practice, and in 1998 he became the partner in charge of the VAT/customs practice that he created at Andersen Legal.

While at Andersen Legal, he also helped build a team that specialised in tax audit of computerized accounting systems. In addition to his proficiency in VAT and international trade regulations, Alain has acquired particular expertise, in both France and Europe, of the retail and leisure sectors and computer services companies, along with solid knowledge of the banking and fund management company sector. In 2002, he applied his knowledge to the Landwell VAT/customs practice, of which he was joint head. Alain was actively involved in developing the financial services practice at Landwell as well. He has been with Arsene Taxand since 2005.


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Richard Baxter left Alvarez & Marsal Taxation (in London) this month to join FTI Consulting as Senior Managing Director.

Richard was a tax partner with Andersen then Deloitte. He joined Taxand in 1998 and was a Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal Taxand and head of the Global Indirect Tax practice. Over the course of his career he has led global assignments with a focus on international VAT for major US and European multinational companies. He also has particular expertise in managing VAT technology applications projects and leading the implementation of indirect tax reporting tools globally. He is well versed in negotiating at senior levels with tax authorities and managing tax cases to ECJ, VAT Tribunal and the High Court.

No formal press release has been provided as yet by FTI Consulting but Tax Grotto assumes he will be leading the global indirect tax practice for the Firm. He will be joining former Andersen UK tax colleagues like Marvin Rust, Toni Dyson and Ian Mackie.

Postscript 7th October. 

Press release issued with some quotes..No mention that Baxter will actually lead the indirect tax practice…..

Marvin Rust, Head of the European Tax Advisory practice, said, “Richard has more than 25 years’ experience of advising large corporates on how best to navigate the complex world of indirect taxation management and compliance as well as frequent regulatory changes. He makes an excellent addition to our team and will enhance our service offering to clients looking to manage tax risk, maximise cash-flows and achieve a competitive advantage.”

On his appointment, Richard Baxter said, “I am delighted to be joining the Tax Advisory practice at FTI Consulting. I look forward to working with the team, which includes a number of highly renowned experts and an impressive list of international clients.”

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Leisa Rafter joins BDO partnership in Australia

On July 12, 2014, in BDO, by Chris Bale

BDO Australia tax jobsBDO Australia has made up 3 new partners, including indirect tax specialist Leisa Rafter who is based in the Brisbane office.

Leisa has specialised in the field of indirect tax for over nine years, gaining extensive experience working in “big four” firms before joining BDO. Leisa has a particular focus on the financial services sector and regularly provides GST consulting and review services to a range of Managed Investment Schemes and funds.

Leisa is also a principal advisor on State duties and taxes.

Key assignments

  • Preparation of advice in relation to the GST implications of various government grants received and levies, charges and fees imposed by a government department.
  • Transaction support and GST compliance review services for various government related entities.
  • Provision of stamp duty advice in relation to internal restructures.

Qualifications & memberships

  • Solicitor, Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Laws, QUT
  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting), QUT
  • Lecturer, Taxation Institute of Australia
  • Member, Queensland Law Society Inc.


Jarlath O’Keefe has moved from EY to Grant Thornton.

Mr O’Keefe has been with EY Dublin since 1997 and has been an indirect tax partner since 2006. His initial training was in the UK with HMRC, where he was a VAT Inspector.

It is understood that Mr O’Keefe’s new role at Grant Thornton involves national responsibility for all indirect tax issues across all of the Firm’s offices (ie Dublin, Limerick, Kildare, Galway, Cork and Belfast).