People in the news: KPMG, BDO, Alvarez & Marsal Taxand

This week's news of professional moves in the sector includes the appointment of a partner and various directors in KPMG’s tax disputes team, BDO has appointed an audit partner to join its East Midlands team and Alvarez & Marsal Taxand gains a managing director in its tax advisory practice

KPMG has hired a partner to its tax disputes team and new directors to its transfer pricing division in the UK as it looks to meet rising demand with more integrated legal and tax services for clients. Angela Savin joins the disputes and investigations team as partner having worked at Norton Rose Fulbright as a tax partner and specialising in the resolution of tax disputes, overseeing some significant and complex cases. Kriti Velji and Nick Stevart both join as directors in the transfer pricing team having worked on Competent Authority engagement at the New Zealand and the UK Tax authorities respectively. These recruits add to KPMG’s transfer pricing focused disputes team which also includes Peter Steeds, former head of transfer pricing at HMRC; and Graeme Webster, who joined KPMG as a director in 2018 to focus on financial services.

BDO has appointed Laurie Hannant as an audit partner to join its East Midlands team. Hannant joins the firm, following 15 years’ experience at EY leading complex audits for clients going through change and transformation, supporting businesses from fast-growth SMEs to global listed businesses. With a track record across the retail, manufacturing and engineering sectors, Laurie will join the team in BDO’s Nottingham office and continue to build upon her experience.

Pension audit and assurance provider Assure UK has strengthened its North Oxfordshire team with six new members of staff. Grace Tayebwa has joined the firm as a manager. Her experience includes evaluating and monitoring risk management, governance and control processes and reporting back to the board, committee or trustees on whether the controls are effective in their design and operation and advising management on how to improve their systems and processes. Jade Brooker, Ashley Freeman, Luke Borsch, Harriet Turner and Olivia Bailey have all joined as associate accountants.

Alvarez & Marsal Taxand has strengthened its tax advisory practice with the appointment of Jason Clatworthy, who joins as a managing director and will serve as global lead for the firm’s infrastructure investors service offering. Prior to joining A&M Taxand, Clatworthy was a partner at Deloitte in London where he founded and led the infrastructure investors team since its inception in 2006. He was also the tax lead for the European M&A practice and global Infrastructure and capital projects group, advising infrastructure funds and direct investors on transactions across a range of asset classes.

Hunton Andrews Kurth has appointed David Klass as a partner in the firm’s London office. Klass brings more than 15 years of experience advising on a wide range of tax issues and transactions, particularly those with an international element. Klass has extensive experience advising clients on the tax aspects of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, structured finance transactions (advising both asset originators and arrangers), as well as the UK and international tax aspects of corporate group reorganisations. Most recently, he advised a major international pharmaceuticals producer in a European trade receivables securitisation, and also advised several European multinationals on the UK tax aspects of their UK energy projects.

Brendan Clarkson has joined CVR Global from a top ten accountancy firm where he was head of creditor services. With more than 20 years’ experience working with trade creditors, government bodies and lenders, he plans to use his expertise to further expand some of CVR’s established service lines. This will include developing existing relationships with leading UK asset based lenders.

Haslers has promoted Christine Inch to the position of partner. For more than a decade Inch, who is a qualified CIPD professional, has led the firm’s HR service offering SME clients a broad range of HR advice. As an alternative to clients employing their own HR departments, Inch and her team support businesses by offering advice on employee relations, policies and procedures, redundancy, TUPE, staff engagement, motivation and retention.

Irwin Mitchell has appointed Simon Owen as national head of banking and finance. Owen joins from Trowers & Hamlins where he was a banking and finance partner and the head of real estate finance. He will be based in Irwin Mitchell’s London office. He has experience in real estate finance, corporate banking and restructuring and refinancing, advising both lenders and borrowers. Particular sector specialisms include development finance, healthcare and hotels.

Carey Olsen has made five senior promotions across its Jersey, London, Hong Kong and Singapore offices. In the firm's corporate practice, Claire Brazenall and Rebecca McQuillan (Jersey), Bryony Bird (London) and Alastair King (Singapore) have each been promoted to senior associate. Dhanshuklal Vekaria, a member of the Hong Kong dispute resolution and insolvency team, has also been made a senior associate. Brazenall advises on all aspects of the establishment, regulation and operation of investment funds. She also has considerable experience advising clients on a wide range of restructurings, co-investments and portfolio acquisitions and financings. McQuillan joined the corporate team in 2014 and has a diverse finance practice, with a particular focus on acquisition finance, fund finance and restructuring. Bird, who joined the Jersey corporate team in 2012 before moving to Carey Olsen's London office in 2016, specialises in debt capital markets and structured finance transactions for a range of clients including global financial institutions, private equity firms and issuers. King joined the Singapore corporate team in 2017, having previously qualified and practised in the London funds team of a global law firm before spending a year in Carey Olsen's Cayman office. He advises on a wide range of investment funds, general corporate and commercial law matters. Vekaria has a broad range of offshore and general commercial litigation experience, advising and acting in relation to the liquidation and winding up of a number of offshore private corporates, trust and fund structures, disputes in relation to private client trusts and probate, fair valuation disputes, injunction and freezing orders and corporate restructuring disputes.

Report by Amy Austin

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