A&M appoints new Managing Director to bolster UK tax practice

10 October 2018 Consultancy.uk

Global consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal has announced the appointment of a new Managing Director in its London tax practice. Keith Thomas arrives from Big Four firm EY, where he was a Partner.

Alvarez & Marsal Taxand is an independent tax group affiliated to global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal. Taxand’s professionals extend A&M’s commitment to offering clients a choice in advisors who are free from audit-based conflicts of interest, and bring an unyielding commitment to delivering responsive client service, providing services from offices in major metropolitan markets throughout the US, as well as the UK from its base in London.

Demonstrating the firm’s commitment to growing its UK presence and range of services to clients in an industry landscape that is shifting in response to regulatory changes, Taxand strengthened its tax advisory practice with three senior appointments earlier in 2018. Following this, Taxand has further boosted its capacity with the addition of another Managing Director. Keith Thomas brings almost 40 years of experience to Taxand’s London office and will work alongside A&M’s senior practice leaders to expand the tax support that A&M provides to major corporates, particularly within the FTSE 100. 

A&M appoints new Managing Director to bolster UK tax practice

Prior to joining A&M Taxand, Thomas was a Senior Partner at EY in London, where he advised on a wide range of issues for domestic and multi-national corporate clients on global tax strategy and compliance as leader of EY’s FTSE 100 Tax Group. From 2011-2014, his leadership bridged cross-service lines for the FTSE 100 Group, a role that resulted in his subsequent appointment to the EY UK leadership team. Thomas joined EY in 1979, after gaining a Law degree from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth,

Commenting on the appointment, Ernesto Perez, Managing Director and Global Practice Leader of A&M Taxand, said, “Keith has a wealth of knowledge in corporate tax, with three decades of experience. He shares A&M’s hands-on approach to leading teams in the marketplace and has built and retained long-term, trusted client relationships. Keith has a strong brand in the market and his arrival marks an important milestone in expanding our tax advisory practice.”

Marvin Rust, the Head of A&M Taxand Europe, added, “We are very pleased to welcome Keith. He brings extensive experience and knowledge to A&M Taxand that is pivotal to growing our service lines to meet client demand for integrated solutions. His track record of advising not only Tax Directors but also CEOs, CFOs, and other C-Suite leaders, makes him the ideal candidate to build on A&M’s offering of a senior-led advice approach.”

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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at Grant Thornton. With the company undergoing a year of transition under new leadership, the new members will help consolidate the firm’s offering as it looks to reach new levels of growth in 2019.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK wing undergoing a process of transformation. As the group looks to ensure its teams “provide the right level of support for profitable growth” and create an environment that “makes it easier for our people to do great work”, the firm has announced a succession of senior appointments across its regional divisions.

In February, this saw Chris Petts and James Bulloss named Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively. Now, the UK’s sixth-largest auditing and consulting firm has confirmed the installation of a further five Partners across its UK team.

Sergio Cardoso is a long-standing Grant Thornton employee, having joined from Daniel Auerbach & Company – where he was an Accountant – in 2005. Cardoso rose steadily through the ranks since then, taking up his most recent role as Audit and Assurance Director in 2015. In that role, he focused on dynamic, fast-growing and entrepreneurial private companies, as well as multinational and AIM-listed groups. He now takes up the position of Partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice.

Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

Nick Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in tax to the role, Warner joins the firm from Moore Stephens, where he most recently was VAT Partner, during a five-year stay with the firm. Prior to that, Warner was a Partner in VAT at BDO and PKF UK. He also spent five years at HMRC as a Higher Executive Officer.

Matt Maltz is the first of three Partner appointments in Grant Thornton’s real estate tax division. A former EY Partner in real estate tax, Maltz spent 17 years with the Big Four firm. In his new position with Grant Thornton, he will tackle similar client areas, as a Partner in real estate tax.

Jessica Patel has also been promoted as a Partner in the firm’s real estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years. Patel joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in 2003. She is a licensed member of both the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As a Partner, Patel will advise a wide variety of clients ranging from UK property investors and developers to overseas investors and property funds.

Marc Roberts is another Big Four alumnus to join Grant Thornton as a Partner. Roberts exited EY to take up his new position, having been an Associate Partner and real estate advisory lead at the company. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, Roberts also formerly held a Directorship and headed the corporate finance real estate advisory team at fellow Big Four firm PwC.