BDO 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.
- 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).
Jeffreys Henry LLP, the London based accountancy firm, has appointed Daphne Hemingway as its new specialist VAT partner.
Daphne (pictured) will head up a new VAT department to broaden the firms’ service offering for new and existing clients from 1 May 2014.
Daphne joins Jeffreys Henry having previously worked at Deloitte, Baker Tilly, Ernst & Young and PwC.
She is a highly experienced CTA qualified VAT practitioner with experience in Property, Financial Services, Not for Profit, Litigation and M&A.
2014 – VAT Partner, Jeffreys Henry LLP
2011 to 2013 – Indirect Taxes Senior Manager, Deloitte
2008 to 2011 – Associate Director, Baker Tilly
2006 to 2008 – Senior VAT Consultant, Barclays
2000 to 2005 – VAT Senior Manager, Ernst & Young
1991 to 2000 – Senior Manager, PwC
Roman Namyslowski has joined Crido Taxand in Warsaw to lead the Firm’s indirect tax practice. He joins from EY where he was an Associate Director.
Roman started his tax career in 1997 with Arthur Andersen, moving to EY in 2003. His fellow tax partners at Crido all followed this route as well.
Roman is a co-author of Poland’s first commentary on European Value Added Tax law, the author and co-editor of a commentary to Directive 2006/112, one of the most frequently-cited commentaries by Polish administrative courts concerning compliance of Polish regulations with European law as well as the author and co-editor of the definitive commentary on the VAT Directive from the perspective of Polish regulations and their compliance with EU law. He is also the author and co-editor of a commentary to the most extensive amendments to the VAT Act in effect since 1 January 2014, which was published in January 2013.
Eversheds has appointed Deloitte Indirect Tax Litigation Director, Giles Salmond, as a partner in its London tax team. He will lead the VAT disputes and Indirect Taxes practice.
An indirect tax litigation specialist, Giles has represented a wide variety of companies across all sectors including multinationals and UK PLCs.
After being called to the Bar, Giles practised for 6 years at the Solicitor’s Office for HM Customs and Excise where he undertook complex prosecution work and latterly civil VAT and customs duty litigation, including many appearances before the VAT and Duties Tribunals. Giles then joined Garretts, the law firm associated with Andersen, before transitioning to Andersen and then Deloitte in 2002, where he became a Director in 2006.
A highly experienced litigator, Giles has a significant profile in the market having acted in a large number of cases both before the UK courts and tribunals and the European Court of Justice. His wealth of experience includes appearing as an advocate before the ECJ in a complex customs valuation case relating to the EU’s international agreements on trade (GATT and WTO).
Giles has been at the forefront of many landmark VAT cases, including acting for Condé Nast in the leading VAT case on time limits which established that the introduction of the three year cap in 1997 without transitional provisions was unlawful.
Giles has also been intrinsic in the mediation of tax disputes. He was involved in the first UK tax mediation and has since acted in a number of successful tax mediations.
Commenting on his appointment, David Jervis Head of tax said:
“Giles has developed a strong reputation in the market having acted for a wide range of clients across all sectors including consumer business, leisure and the financial services sector, having been involved in a number of high profile disputes with the tax authorities. We have recruited him to lead our VAT disputes practice at Eversheds.
“Giles’s appointment is a great addition to the team, to provide our UK and multinational clients with market leading expertise in complex VAT disputes.”
Giles Salmond commented:
“I look forward to joining Eversheds in the new year and working with the existing team to expand its capabilities and take on new mandates.”
DLA Piper yesterday announced that Matthew Cridland has joined the firm’s Tax practice as a partner in Sydney.
Matthew joins from KPMG, where he was a Director, providing advice to clients on a wide range of Goods and Services Tax (GST) related issues including Real Property, Energy and Resources, Public Private Partnerships and Telecommunications.
Matthew brings with him an impressive track record of advising global Financial Services companies, particularly on securitisation transactions, funds management, superannuation, life insurance, securities lending, cross-border finance, syndicated finance transactions, credit card arrangements, equipment leases and hire purchase arrangements.
Matthew also has significant experience and expertise on major infrastructure projects and has acted for government agencies, structuring transactions, and evaluating bids for the sale of infrastructure or other assets. He also has a strong relationship with the Australia Taxation Office and Treasury, engaging with them on a number of industry related issues.
Roderik Bouwman, International Group Head for Tax said: “With the expansion of the Australian tax group under the leadership of Jock McCormack, DLA Piper’s uncompromising commitment to build a leading tax platform for its clients, whether national or international, has taken another step forward. Matthew’s recognised expertise in the GST area is a clear testimony to this commitment.”
Jock McCormack, Head of the Tax Group for DLA Piper in Australia added: “Matthew’s appointment is reflective of the increasing importance of GST/VAT to tax planning and tax risk management issues and considerably strengthens our broad and full tax service offering in Australia and globally. With the proposed reform of Australia’s International GST regime and the on-going modernisation of various GST regimes, including in China and India, we expect that Matthew’s joining is timely and that he will be very active across our global GST/VAT practice.”
Prior to his role at KPMG, Matthew worked for King & Wood Mallesons, Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Ernst & Young. Matthew also has a Masters of Laws from the University of Sydney, where he graduated from in 2003.
Darren, who joins as a (non lawyer) Partner and will be appointed as Head of Indirect Tax Advisory, is one of the UK’s leading indirect tax practitioners operating within the Financial Services sector. He will take on responsibility for growing Pinsent Masons’ overall VAT advisory practice.
Darren joins from KPMG, where he was an Associate Partner within the Indirect Tax Team, heading up their Banking and Funds team. Prior to this Darren was Head of VAT at UBS. He trained with HMRC and joins the growing number of senior members of the team who have an accountancy, in-house or HMRC background, bolstering the firm’s multi-disciplinary Tax practice’s position as the largest in a UK law firm.
Commenting on the appointment James Bullock, Head of Litigation & Compliance at Pinsent Masons, said: “Darren’s arrival demonstrates Pinsent Masons’ commitment to being a “one stop shop” for all tax services. We are delighted that Darren shares our vision for the delivery of tax advisory services from a law firm – and he brings the extra dimension of having held a senior in-house role, something which our clients really value. Darren will help us to build on our excellent tax reputation and our strength as an emerging force in the Financial Services sector.”
Commenting on his appointment Darren said: “I am delighted to be joining Pinsent Masons’ award-winning tax team and to help build a market leading VAT advisory practice in a law firm. Pinsent Masons has shown an incredible commitment to tax and the Financial Services sector generally. I have instructed the firm as a client before and I am delighted now to be one of the team.”
Darren’s arrival follows the appointment of financial services disputes specialist Michael Isaacs from Addleshaw Goddard, energy disputes expert John Gilbert from BP, and infrastructure disputes Partner Frederic Gillion from Fenwick Elliot.
International accountancy firm Mazars is delighted to announce that VAT specialist Vincent McCullagh has joined its tax practice as a Partner.
Previously a Director with Deloitte Ireland, Vinny has over 12 years experience in VAT, having worked extensively in the UK and Ireland. His particular areas of expertise lie in financial services, VAT issues facing the multi- national and indigenous listed sector, and VAT on property. He has written and presented widely on indirect tax and is the author of VAT on Property, the leading text on Irish VAT on property.
Mazars’ National Head of Tax Tim Davies says: “I’m delighted to welcome Vinny on board. He has accomplished a great deal in his career to date and I have no doubt he will prove a major asset to the team, and to our clients.”
Vinny comments: “I chose to join Mazars because I believe it’s a firm uniquely positioned to serve clients across all sectors, from the very largest multi-nationals to start-ups in the owner managed business sector. There is a quality indirect tax team here in the UK, at the forefront of delivering unique and innovative solutions to clients, supported by an extensive international network that allows us to meet client needs wherever they may be.”