People in the news: DFK, Kingston Smith, RSM, Park Capital

This week's news of professional moves in the sector includes partner promotions at RSM and Kingston Smith, CBW chief appointed chair of DFK International

Peter Winter, managing partner of CBW, has taken over as chairman of DFK UK and Ireland. CBW joined DFK International in 2015. Winter succeeds Bob Law, former chief executive of Langdowns DFK based in Hampshire, who has held the post for the last three years.  As chairman, he also becomes a member of the DFK International board of directors.

Kingston Smith has promoted Guy Sterling and Chris Purkiss to partner and appointed Vijay Tanna as partner in its Heathrow office. Sterling has been advising on personal tax for more than 20 years. He works closely with trading and professional partnerships advising individual partners on the tax treatment of their income including issues relating to double taxation relief and planning for tax payments. Purkiss works in Kingston Smith & Partners (the corporate recovery and insolvency arm of the firm). He is a qualified accountant and licensed insolvency practitioner with more than 15 years’ experience in corporate and personal insolvency. Tanna has 30 years’ experience of adding value to help entrepreneurs and not for profit organisations succeed in business. His advice to clients includes providing audit and assurance, accounting and tax compliance services as well as strategic business and tax planning. Alongside this the firm has also promoted Roger Ogden and Trushit Patel as directors in its St Albans office.

Milsted Langdon has announced that Mike Bagg, tax director, will be promoted to partner with effect from 1 May 2018. He is based in the firm’s Yeovil office and specialises in personal tax planning, with a strong focus on inheritance tax and trusts and estate planning. James Hughes has also joined Milsted Langdon as an adviser. He started his career in banking and has specialist knowledge of investments, pensions and insurance. In his new role Hughes will assist clients including individuals, families, businesses and sole traders.

RSM has appointed Paul Dearsley as partner at the firm’s Chelmsford office, where he joins from Grant Thornton where he headed up a new satellite office for the mid-tier firm. He has provided financial and commercial advice to both local and international businesses since 1989.  He will have responsibility for growing the business locally and is supported by a highly skilled office of five partners and over 50 staff.

Debbie Clarke has joined Park Capital Corporate Finance as a consultant corporate finance adviser. Clarke has worked within M&A since 1996 and has a depth of experience having transacted a range of Management Buy Outs, debt fundraising, private equity fundraising, acquisitions and disposals for both corporate businesses and not for profit organisations.  Starting her career in investment banking with James Capel, she moved into practice with Mazars, Chantrey Vellacott and most recently was head of M&A at Moore Stephens prior to setting up as a consultant.

GSM has appointed Reema Mistry and Rob Smith as partners. Mistry joined the firm in 2009 as a graduate trainee and now works with a wide range of clients with expertise in FCA regulated companies, fashion houses and not-for-profit organisations. Smith also joined as a trainee accountant in 2011 after a career change. He specialises in construction and property, technology and FCA regulated clients.

Carey Olsen has appointed Matthew Crawford as a consultant in its Cayman Islands dispute resolution and insolvency practice. Crawford, who has broad commercial litigation and insolvency experience, particularly in the financial services sector, joins Carey Olsen after 11 years working at Maples and Calder's Cayman Islands office where he was partner from 2009. Prior to that, he worked for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and Russell McVeagh in New Zealand.

Kingsley Napley has appointed Nicola Finnerty as a partner in its criminal litigation team. Finnerty is a criminal defence expert in both business and general crime. She has experience of fraud and corruption matters, tax, insider dealing, financial compliance, money laundering, asset seizure and confiscation cases. She was previously a partner at corker Binning for over 13 years after starting her career at Peters & Peters.

International law firm Gowling WLG has strengthened its global tax and funds team with the appointment of Ian Mason as head of UK financial services & regulatory (FSR). With over 20 years' experience, Mason joins Gowling WLG as a partner from DLA Piper. His primary focus will be to build up the firm's established FSR practice to grow the strength and depth of the team.

Report by Amy Austin

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