FTI Consulting adds three KMPG tax advisers to London office

11 November 2016 Consultancy.uk

FTI Consulting has recently picked up three senior advisers from KPMG, who all join as Senior Managing Directors based in the firm’s London office. Sarah Lane takes on the role of leader of the Tax team’s financial services group, Peter Scholes has been appointed leader of the Tax team’s treasury tax services and Ben Tausig will serve as head of FTI’s insurance tax offering. 

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Sarah Lane worked at KPMG, where she was a Partner and worked on issues pertaining to financial services and international tax during her more than 15 years at the firm. Previously, from 1998 until 2001, Lane worked at EY within the firm’s international and treasury tax group. Earlier in her career, Lane worked in the legal industry, serving law firm Eversheds between 1996 and 1998 and Linklaters, where she started her career in 1987. In between the two spells, Lane worked as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Leeds for around five years. 

Peter Scholes has more than 25 years of experience in UK and international tax. Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Scholes worked at KPMG, where he was Head of Financing and Treasury Tax in the firm’s International Tax and Treasury practice. Scholes was responsible for supporting the firm’s clients, both inbound and UK outbound, with group financing and international structuring. Previously, from 2001 until 2010, Scholes worked for French multi-national bank BNP Paribas, managing the bank’s UK and international tax teams.

Marvin Rust - Sara Lane - Ben Tausig - FTI Consulting

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ben Tausig worked as a Director within the Financial Services Tax practice of KPMG, holding responsibility for the Lloyd’s and London Market Tax practice of the accounting and consulting firm. Tausig started his career at Deloitte in 2002, working his way up to Senior Manager within the firm’s Financial Services Tax practice. At the Big Four firms, he has gained experience in advising multinational insurance groups on tax and capital efficient group structures, overall tax strategy, as well as advising private equity firms on acquisitions, and providing tax due diligence. Tausig holds a Master of Arts in Mathematics from Cambridge University.

The three new hires join as Senior Managing Directors within the firm’s Company’s European Tax Advisory practice, part of its Corporate Finance & Restructuring segment. Lane leads the Tax team’s financial services group, Scholes heads FTI’s treasury tax services within the Tax team and Tausig brings his experience in insurance to the role of lead of the Tax team’s insurance arm. They join a team of 65 professionals in London.

Commenting on the appointments, Marvin Rust, Head of the European Tax Advisory practice at FTI Consulting, says that he is “delighted” to welcome the highly regarded and experienced group of professionals to the firm. He adds, “Their appointments reflect the significant growth and progress we have made in recent years as we position FTI Consulting as a leading independent provider of international tax services. With clients required to separate their advisory work from traditional audit services, Sarah, Peter and Ben’s arrival will ensure that we are fully able to offer clients the highest possible levels of expertise and advice.”

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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Jen Speirs is set to take over from Alan Kelly as the Executive Creative Director of Accenture Interactive-owned agency Rothco. Speirs arrives as Kelly takes up the role of Chief Creative Officer at the firm.

Rothco is a full-service creative agency based in Dublin. Founded in 1995, the firm contains more than 150 strategic, creative, technology, design, project management and production professionals located in Ireland’s capital city. The agency strategically plans, designs and produces powerful communications campaigns across Europe for numerous iconic brands, including Tesco, Heineken and Lyons. Internationally recognised for its prowess in the sector, Rothco notably found success at the Cannes Lions awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Such success inevitably drew the eye of Accenture during its extended spending spree to strengthen its digital design and advertising offerings, housed under the Accenture Interactive moniker. A year after purchasing Rothco, Accenture Interactive has since continued this push into the advertising space, acquiring New York and London-based agency Droga5 earlier this month, and adding illustrious clients such as HBO, Amazon and The New York Times to its roster of clients. Despite its purchase, Rothco has also been undergoing its own period of change, however.

With the news that long-term incumbent Alan Kelly had won a promotion from his position as Executive Creative Director (ECD), the agency commenced a hunt for his replacement. Kelly joined Rothco nine years ago as a Copywriter, and has now worked his way up to the role of Chief Creative Officer. Assuming that office, he will pass on his previous role to Jen Speirs, who exits BMF Australia, relocating half way around the world to fill the vacancy.

Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

Speirs was appointed BMF’s Deputy Executive Creative Director in March 2018, having joined BMF as a creative director in 2016 from her previous role at Foxtel, where she was a Freelance Creative Director. Following her arrival at BMF, she worked across brands such as McDonald’s, Carefree, Arnott’s, Berlei, TAL, Bonds, BWS, UN Women and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, while her work has picked up awards at NY Festivals, Clio, AWARD, Cannes, Effies, Media Federation, Caples, and Spikes Asia. Speirs also worked at DDB Sydney as Creative Director for six years, with clients such as Telstra, Lipton and Johnson & Johnson.

Commenting on her new challenge, Speirs said, "When I look at a lot of Rothco's work, like JFK Unsilenced, the #takenotice breast cancer campaign on the Molly Malone Statue, Sleeping Flags – it all has that perfect combination of creativity, innovation and craft… So the opportunity to go and be a part of that, and work with the awesome people I’ve met so far, was far too good to say no to. I can’t wait to get over there and get stuck in.”

Remarking on Speirs’ arrival, Kelly added, "I am chuffed we have poached someone as incredibly talented as Jen Speirs. I think it’s a testament to the work we are doing in Rothco that we are attracting world-class talent like Jen to these shores. Jen is a super addition to the team as she is both gifted and decent, two qualities we always look for when we hire. I also may have told her that Dublin's weather is pretty much the same as Sydney's – hopefully, she hasn't fact-checked this yet."

Related: Accenture's push into the creative sector is an identity crisis.