Candice Nichol, Justin LaHood and Mike Bolan partner at KPMG

13 December 2021 2 min. read
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KPMG has appointed made three senior appointments in its UK wing. Candice Nichol arrives as a Partner in the firm’s deal advisory team, Justin La hood has been named as the new lead of the firm’s FS tax transformation practice, while Mike Bolan will head KPMG’s UK-US finance corridor.

Candice Nichol arrives with 14 years of experience as a tax lawyer on her CV – most recently with international law firm Simmons & Simmons. Throughout her career, Nichol’s experience has focused on advising clients in the financial services sectors on complex, cross-border transactions, as well all aspects of deal, balance sheet and fund structures.

She joins KPMG as a deal advisory tax partner in London. In her new role, Candice will focus on advising the firm’s large cap private equity clients on M&A transactions at a time when deal activity is at record high levels in parts of the market.

Candice Nichol, Justin LaHood and Mike Bolan partner at KPMG

Justin LaHood has meanwhile been appointed to lead KPMG UK’s Financial Services Tax Transformation business. Having previously held senior tax roles at Pacific Life Re, AIG and Swiss Re, he will now support KPMG’s clients with pragmatic solutions in managing tax risk, meeting tax compliance obligations, and establishing efficient and effective tax processes.

Mike Bolan, finally, has been installed as head of KPMG’s UK-US Financial Services Corridor. Bolan who has 17 years’ experience providing UK and international tax advice to clients across financial services and fintech sectors, will support US corporate clients in responding to the demands of UK and EU tax developments. Initially based out of the firm’s New York office, Bolan joins from Big Four rival EY.

The UK’s hiring of three new partners is the latest part of a continued investment in talent to support its financial services clients, through a rapidly evolving tax landscape. KPMG UK’s Tax and Law practice now comprises 114 partners and a total of 3,000 professionals.

Rob Lant, Head of Financial Services Tax at KPMG UK, said of the new arrivals, “We’ve invested heavily in our team to ensure our clients have access to the top talent that can help them ensure robust corporate tax governance amidst that change. It is about integrating all the services we have at KPMG – from legal services and tax to consulting and deal advisory – to provide a solutions-based approach. That clarity and focus is what our clients are looking for in such a volatile and uncertain market.”

KPMG is a global professional services firms that provides audit, legal, tax and advisory services. In its UK wing, the firm operates from 21 offices across the UK with approximately 16,000 partners and staff.