EY appoints new Directors to Cambridge tax team

16 January 2019 Consultancy.uk

Big Four auditing and advisory firm EY has expanded its tax team in Cambridge, with the appointment of two Directors from rival firms PwC and Deloitte. Jason Locking and Matt Webb will lead the firm’s local tax compliance and tax reporting teams, respectively.

As the UK faces a myriad of potential changes ahead of Brexit, currently due to come into effect after March, businesses across the country are scrambling to prepare for still unknowable impacts on their companies. One area which is facing major alterations is the area of taxation, something which is likely to drive demand for consulting services throughout 2019.

In order to prepare for this demand in Cambridge, one of the leading innovation hubs in the UK, EY has appointed two new professionals to help lead its tax practice in the region. Jason Locking will lead the local tax compliance and advisory team in Cambridge; meanwhile, Matt Webb will lead the firm’s tax reporting and audit team across the East. EY appoints new Directors to Cambridge tax teamLocking arrives at EY from PwC, having worked with the Big Four firm for the last 21 years. He specialises in transactions tax, corporate tax compliance, structuring and international expansion, and has worked with a variety of local clients, along with managing the tax affairs of international groups and providing them with a range of commercially focused advice in respect to deals, corporate structuring and helping clients meet their regulatory and tax obligations.

Matt Webb joins from fellow Big Four rivals Deloitte, bringing a similar breadth of transactions and compliance experience with him, and significant experience in tax reporting and tax audit services. Webb provided tax audit specialist input for a variety of local clients working as part of the audit team to help support investor confidence and promoting transparency. He has also provided tax reporting advice to local clients and multinational groups to help them meet their statutory obligations as well as communicating their tax position to stakeholders.

Both the new EY professionals will perform duties across EY’s East practice, covering both the firm’s Cambridge and Luton offices. This will see them meet the needs of clients across a range of tax services, including in the private mid-market.

Stuart Wilkinson, Head of Tax at EY in the East, said of the twin arrival, “Cambridge and the East of England region is home to many listed and private businesses and the tax issues that they face are increasingly complex. I am pleased to be adding additional senior resource to our local tax team at a time when demand for a range of specialist tax services is growing.”

Related: EY appoints new leader for North East financial services team.

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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.