Alvarez & Marsal adds trio of seniors to tax advisory practice

15 June 2021 3 min. read
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Three senior directors have arrived with Alvarez & Marsal’s tax wing via Deloitte. Nick Walton, Jack Hollyman and John Bettley-Smith have joined A&M Taxand’s infrastructure investment offering.

Speaking on the new hires, Jason Clatworthy, a Managing Director with A&M Taxand UK, said, “John, Jack and Nick bring a collective wealth of infrastructure clients’ needs and sector experience which aligns with our operational heritage and our leadership, action, results approach. Their expertise will help clients navigate the post-pandemic infrastructure asset class tax issues on the horizon.”

An affiliate of, Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), A&M Taxand is an independent tax group made up of experienced tax professionals dedicated to providing tailored tax advice to clients and investors across a broad range of industries. It has offices in major metropolitan markets throughout the US, and previously served the UK from its bases in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester.

Nick Walton, Jack Hollyman and John Bettley-Smith - Alvarez & Marsal

Nick Walton’s arrival sees A&M Taxand expand its footprint in Manchester, having opened the office there in 2018. Based in the North-West, he is experienced in advising infrastructure funds and mid-market private equity firms through the entire transaction lifecycle. He has also led acquisition tax workstreams and advising portfolio companies on post-acquisition strategy, strategic acquisitions and refinancing, structure maintenance and IPO readiness.

John Bettley-Smith is based in London, and has previously assisted infrastructure and sovereign wealth funds with tax issues at each stage of the transaction lifecycle. He has also served as lead on multiple due diligence and transaction structuring workstreams for acquisition and fund launch processes.

Jack Hollyman also joins the firm’s London wing, specialising in private equity and infrastructure tax advisory. Additionally, he advises funds on their post-acquisition strategies and tax profile improvements. He has led numerous UK-based and international buy-side and sell-side due diligence and structuring projects.

Prior to joining A&M Taxand, Bettley-Smith, Hollyman and Walton served as Directors in Deloitte’s M&A and Funds Tax group, advising key private equity and infrastructure clients on acquisitions, restructurings, and disposals. They each have extensive expertise solving for merger & acquisition tax concerns in the infrastructure asset class and for corporate and international tax issues, and their arrivals also build upon the recent joining of Senior Advisor James Robertson, and Managing Director Stuart Twinberrow.

Marvin Rust, Head of A&M Taxand Europe, commented, “Nick, Jack and John have significant expertise advising financial investor communities across multiple sectors. Their deep knowledge will bolster our infrastructure advisory capabilities, furthering our ability to help clients, across the UK and Europe, solve for complex transaction issues and drive change.”

A&M Taxand is also a founder of the global Taxand network, which provides high quality, integrated tax advice worldwide. Taxand’s headcount features almost 550 partners and more than 2,500 advisors in 50 countries, helping clients mitigate risk, manage their tax burdens, and drive the performance of their business.

Ernie Perez, Global Practice Leader of A&M Taxand, remarked, “It is exciting to expand our boots on the ground and tax advisory capabilities in Manchester along with augmenting our senior leader bench strength.”