People in the news: MHA MacIntyre Hudson, KPMG, Mayer Brown

This week's news of professional moves in the sector includes MHA MacIntyre Hudson appoints a partner to lead its transfer pricing service line, KPMG strengthens its legal services line with three hires, Mayer Brown gains two partners in its restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency practice

MHA MacIntyre Hudson has appointed Batanayi Katongera as a partner to lead its transfer pricing service line. With almost 20 years of transfer pricing experience across industry sectors including financial services, manufacturing, media and technology, life sciences and telecommunications, Katongera will work with MHA MacIntyre Hudson clients to prepare and manage transfer pricing policies, with a focus on resolving disputes. Katongera joins MHA MacIntyre Hudson from Transfer Pricing Inside Africa, a platform for news, analysis and technical articles, and was previously head of transfer pricing at law firm Macfarlanes.

KPMG has announced two appointments and further details of its new legal advisory business to address the rapidly changing requirements of in-house lawyers. The new service, Legal Operations & Transformation Services (LOTS), will be headed up by director Nicola Brooks, who joins from Travers Smith where she was operations director. During her time at Travers, Brooks was responsible for driving quality, efficiency and innovation to Legal Service Delivery. James Thomas joins Brooks as the new head of legal technology & innovation, having been the global lead of legal technology at KPMG International since 2016, and will help to support the LOTS proposition as part of his role.  KPMG has also hired Peter Workman from PwC to further strengthen KPMG’s legal services hub in the Midlands as the firm targets further growth. Workman joins as a partner from PwC where he led the Midlands corporate legal practice and PwC’s flexible lawyer offering. He will lead a team of nine business structuring and transactions lawyers in the Midlands hub. The team will specialise in a range of domestic and cross-border group reorganisations and business structuring activity as well as M&A and transactions, working closely alongside KPMG’s tax, accounting, consulting and deal advisory teams. Workman has built up a wealth of experience having spent 15 years in the London corporate teams of international law firms King & Wood Mallesons, Herbert Smith and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. 

Michael Fiddy and Amy Jacks have joined Mayer Brown’s restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency practice in London as partners. Fiddy will co-lead Mayer Brown’s global restructuring, bankruptcy & insolvency practice alongside New York-based Brian Trust and Hong Kong-based John Marsden. Jacks will co-lead the UK and European restructuring, bankruptcy & insolvency practice alongside Devi Shah. Both partners will join the firm from DLA Piper, where Fiddy is the global co-chair of the restructuring group. Between 2000 and 2002, he also served as the managing director of Fulham Football Club and its associated companies. Jacks is the UK head of restructuring at DLA Piper.

RSM has hired four partners including Sheena McGuinness and Paul Clark in the tax faculty, Peter Allen in the accounting and business advisory practice and Theresa Guermellou in the technology consulting team. McGuinness has spent over 20 years, both in practice and in industry, working with a range of companies in the renewables, consumer and TMT sectors. Her work will encompass all aspects of managing the life cycle of tax; from acquisition, tax filing and advice, through to divestment preparation and readiness. Clark joins RSM after 21 years at Big Four firms and will focus on providing tax consulting and reporting services to the private equity market covering the funds, general partners, carried interest vehicles, executives and investors. Allen has joined the firm as a new partner in the financial services team based in London. He brings wide experience as an insurance industry expert including corporate finance, risk, governance and consulting. Guermellou, who joins RSM from Deloitte, is a consulting partner brought in to lead the firm's finance transformation practice. She is a finance professional with extensive experience leading organisational change, primarily in finance. The firm has also appointed Peter Williams as a VAT partner in its Birmingham office. He joins RSM from Deloitte where he was a director in their indirect tax practice. Starting his career at HMRC in 1993, he is a chartered tax adviser with over 25 years’ experience of advising a wide variety of businesses on VAT matters, from owner-managed and private equity backed businesses, through to some of the largest and most influential corporates in the Midlands market.

Smith & Williamson has appointed Jules Porter as a director in its Guildford office’s investment management team. Porter joins from Investec and has worked in the industry for 25 years. He specialises in discretionary investment management for individuals, families and family trusts, as well as charities. His main area of expertise is constructing and managing bespoke portfolios and he works closely with clients to help them achieve their financial objectives over the long term.

Report by Pat Sweet

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