People in the news: KPMG, Andersen Tax, PD Tax Consultants

This week's news of professional moves in the sector includes the appointment of a technology, media and telecoms head and chair at KPMG, three partners have joined Andersen Tax in the UK, PD Tax Consultants recruits a graduate tax consultant

KPMG has appointed Ian West as UK Head of its technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) practice, effective immediately. Alongside West’s appointment, the firm has appointed David Elms as chair of TMT. West is a global client lead partner for some of the firm’s largest clients in the sector, including a global telecommunications provider and an IT giant, and succeeds Alex Holt who is moving to the US to continue his role as KPMG’s global head of media and telecommunications. Since joining KPMG in 2001, West has become one of the firm’s leading professionals supporting TMT businesses. West has also been a joint lead for KPMG’s c-suite programme, which supports senior clients on their development to the c-suite. He began his career with NatWest working on technology-driven projects related to smartcards and new digital delivery models. West later became a founding member of a fintech start-up backed by Goldman Sachs and has since undertaken placements in Japan, US and Europe. Elms has 30 years of unrivalled experience across TMT, with especially deep boardroom relationships in media. He specialises in advising clients on strategy and corporate finance transactions. Elms joined KPMG in 1984 and has been a partner since 1998 and UK head of the media sector since 2008. 

Laura Hayes has joined PD Tax Consultants as part of their graduate recruitment programme. Hayes will primarily assist with tax research and preparing tax advice and tax returns for clients. She graduated from the University of Bristol in 2014 with a First Class Honours degree in German and Spanish. As part of her year abroad, Hayes completed an internship at the German Federal Central Tax Office. During this time, she was able to increase her knowledge of national and international tax law and develop her skills in interpreting legislation, independent research and liaising with clients. She is currently studying towards the ATT tax qualification.

Partners George McCracken, Julian Nelberg, Paul Lloyds have joined Andersen Tax LLP in the UK. The team specialises in inbound and outbound cross-border income and estate planning as well as personal tax services to alternative asset managers. McCracken joins Andersen Tax with more than 20 years of experience advising both ultra-high net worth individuals and larger companies on complex international tax matters. He was formerly the head of tax at Arthur Andersen in Scotland and later worked for both Deloitte and Grant Thornton. McCracken has expertise in corporate restructuring, takeovers, mergers, and joint ventures. In addition, he has extensive experience advising on international corporate tax advisory services, cross-border acquisitions, and transfer pricing issues. Nelberg and Lloyds join Andersen Tax from PwC. Nelberg has more than 20 years of experience and the reputation of being one the best in his field. He has experience helping high net worth individuals identify and solve complex cross border tax issues. He covers all areas of UK and US personal taxation, for example, investment into the UK/US, pre-immigration planning, real estate transactions, partnership taxation, trust and estate planning, private equity and hedge funds, closely held businesses, tax issues on divorce. Lloyds has more than 10 years of experience and delivers expert advice to high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs, senior executives, trusts and estates with complex cross border tax issues. He has extensive experience in UK tax residency and domicile matters, and in the taxation of trust/company structures where there is an overlapping UK and US tax interaction.

The Treasury appointed Graham Love as non-executive chair of the Royal Mint. Love will take on the role in January, for a three-year term, succeeding Peter Warry who has served as chair since December 2012. He will oversee the direction of the Mint and its 800 employees.

Carey Olsen has promoted restructuring and insolvency lawyer David Jones into the partnership, with effect from 1 January 2019. Jones, who joined Carey Olsen as an associate in 2010 before being promoted to senior associate and counsel in 2012 and 2016 respectively, will lead the Guernsey restructuring and insolvency team providing specialist advice in relation to business restructuring and insolvency in contentious, non-contentious and multi-jurisdictional matters.

Report by Amy Austin

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