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There have been some significant new hires across a range of tax firms around the world.

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Botswana is just one of the latest countries

Andersen continues global expansion in Africa, Asia and South America

International tax network Andersen Global has continued to expand its presence with addition of offices in several locations.

In Botswana, the group entered into a collaboration agreement with AccPro Accountants. The company was founded by managing director Craig Granville and has a presence in four locations around the country: Francistown, Gaborone, Maun and Kasane.

In Cameroon, it combined with collaborating firm Phoenix Advisory. The practice, which provides tax services to individuals, businesses and corporations both domestic and continent-wide, is led by managing partner Albert Désiré Zang and includes more than 10 professionals.

In Gabon-based the group entered into a collaboration agreement with tax firm Caudexco, which was established in 2017. With an office in Libreville, it serves companies in industries such as oil and gas, manufacturing, commercial and agriculture and provides tax, bookkeeping, payroll and social declaration services.

In Namibia, entered into a collaboration agreement with Windhoek Accounting and Taxation. The group, founded in 2015, is led by managing partner Julius David and is based in Windhoek, though provides services to individuals and businesses operating both in Namibia and internationally.

In Indonesia, the network signed a collaboration agreement with Fajar & Partners, a firm based in Jakarta with three offices operating under the working name of TaxPrime. It was founded in 2012 by senior partner Soewito and managing partner Muhamad Fajar Putranto, both of whom had previously served as tax officers for Indonesia’s Directorate General of Taxes. The team has nine partners, three senior advisors and more than 170 professionals.

In the Philippines it has combined with law firm Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia through a collaboration agreement. It has a team that includes 23 partners and more than 160 professionals, serving local and international companies, government units, multilateral organisations and individuals.

In Bolivia the network entered into an agreement with Indacochea & Asociados, a firm located in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Founded in 1991, the firm has six partners and more than 40 professionals.

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Schmidt Valois adds partner in São Paulo

Brazilian firm Schmidt Valois Miranda Ferreira Agel Advogados announced the recruitment of a tax partner to work in its office in São Paulo.

Victor Hugo Macedo do Nascimento joins the team having previously spent more than a decade with Veirano Advogados, in addition to working at Trench Rossi Watanabe Advogados, the Brazilian branch of the global Baker McKenzie legal network.

He brings with him more than 12 years of experience in the market working on a wide range of Brazilian tax matters, including those covering both state and local legislation. His work covers a broad selection of industries, including telecoms, food and beverage, energy, and the taxation of import and export operations.

Pellerano Nadal appoints partner and head of tax practice

Dominican Republic law firm Pellerano Nadal announced the addition of a partner to head its tax practice in Santo Domingo.

Caroline Bono joins the practice from fellow Costa Rican firm Pellerano & Herrera, where she had been for more than four years. Prior to that she spent more than 12 years with PwC.

She brings with her more than 15 years of experience in the market, and serves on the National Council of Tax Consultants, the Bar Association of the Dominican Republic and the Board of Directors of REMAX Dominicana.

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Sheppard Mullin strengthens tax practice on both coasts

US law firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton announced the appointment of tax partners in both its New York and Orange County offices.

The firm welcomed Josh McLane, based in the firm’s California practice, and Niya Tang in New York. McLane’s work is focused on the tax aspects of transactions and reorganisations, including M&A, private equity investments, divestitures, joint ventures, financings, restructurings and bankruptcies. He joins the firm from Kirkland & Ellis, where he had spent more than ten years in two spells over the last 12 years.

Tang’s experience includes transactional tax matters, including private equity funds, hedge funds, M&A, divestitures, partnerships and joint ventures, corporate restructurings and financing transactions, and represents clients on a range of tax matters relating to both inbound and outbound investments. Prior to joining the firm she spent almost three years as a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig. Before that, she had roles with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Davis Polk & Wardwell.

The two hires are just the latest in the firm’s expansion, as Sheppard Mullin added more than 20 lateral partners in 2021.

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Davis Polk makes addition of tax partner to its New York office

The New York office of international law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell announced that it has added a partner to strengthen its tax offering in New York.

Corey Goodman joins the firm from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where he had been for more than 14 years, most recently serving as partner for almost six years. Prior to that, he worked for four years as a senior analyst at NERA Economic Consulting.

Thanks to his almost-two decades of experience in the market, he brings with him a wealth of experience to his new role, where his focus will be on federal income tax matters, including US and international M&A, joint ventures, spinoffs, bankruptcy reorganisations, refinancings and cross-border and internal restructurings.

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DLA Piper strengthens tax practice in Chile

The Santiago office of international law firm DLA Piper announced the addition of a partner to its tax practice.

Amory Heine has joined the firm from Rojas y Cia, where she had served for almost a decade. Previously she had held roles Baraona Marré Abogados, Carey y Cia and PwC, as well as a brief stint in academia teaching at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

With more than 17 years of experience in market, Heine is able to advise clients, both in Chile and globally, on corporate and personal tax planning, including providing guidance related to inbound and outbound matters and advising on the structuring of businesses, both domestic and internationa.

Heine also has experience in audits and litigation with the Servicio de Impuestos Internos and before the Tax and Customs Courts, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Chile.

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Gibson Dunn promotes tax partner in latest round of elections

International law firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has announced that one of those included in its latest round of promotions to partner is part of the tax team.

Michael Cannon, who works in the firm’s Dallas office, has a broad transactional tax practice, which has a particular emphasis on infrastructure and project finance tax, M&A and investment funds tax. He has been with the firm for more than seven years, having previously served as a clerk for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Justice Thomas Lee of the Utah Supreme Court.

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CBLM Advogados appoints new partner

Brazilian law firm CBLM Advogados announced the addition of a partner to its practice based in São Paulo.

Marcelo Rocha dos Santos joins the team from Demarest Advogados, where he had been for more than 12 years.

As a recently established boutique tax firm, Rocha strengthens CBLM’s offering in the market, bringing with him experience in the automotive, construction, insurance, oil and gas, and food and beverage sectors. His practice is focused on tax litigation, particularly tax recovery, compliance with inspections of the Brazilian Federal Revenue, administrative and judicial proceedings before the Administrative Council of Tax Appeals and the Superior Chamber of Tax Resources, both at state and federal levels.

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Walkers announces tax partner as next managing partner

Irish firm Walkers has announced that its next managing partner will be a tax partner.

Jonathan Sheehan will take over from Garry Ferguson who completed his nine-year term as managing partner of at the end of 2021. He will remain client-facing, however, and will also continue in his role as head of tax for the firm.

Sheehan has been a partner at the firm for more than seven years. He was previously with Arthur Cox, where he worked for more than 14 years. His work covers tax and legal advice to clients on a range of areas that includes structured finance and capital markets, investment funds, financial services, corporate, banking and real estate.

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Two partners part of latest round of promotions by Demarest

Brazilian law firm Demarest announced that two tax practitioners were included in its latest round of promotions to partner.

André Novaski has experience in tax consultancy and federal administrative litigation, especially with regard to the tax aspects of M&A, financial and capital market taxation, electricity sector taxation, wealth planning, international tax law and third sector taxation. He has been with the firm for more than five years and previously had roles Soares Bumachar Soares Bumachar Advogados, Mayer Brown and Pinheiro Neto Advogados.

Roberto Pinatti Casarini has a focus on M&A and financial and capital markets work, especially in tax planning, structured transactions, international taxation, corporate reorganisations and private equity. His previous work experience included stints with Soares Bumachar Chagas Barros Advogados, Tauil & Chequer Advogados and Pinheiro Neto Advogados, as well as several years in academia at the Instituto Brasileiro de Direito Tributário.

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Gibson Dunn & Crutcher expands its Washington DC practice

Gibson Dunn adds tax controversy group in US capital

International firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher announced the addition of a tax controversy group to its Washington DC practice.

The team includes Sanford Stark, Saul Mezei and C Terrell Ussing and joins the firm from Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Stark will serve as co-chair of the firm’s newly formed global Tax Controversy and Litigation Practice Group, along with Michael Desmond, who joined it earlier in 2021.

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Brigard Urrutia Strengthens its tax team

Colombian firm Brigard Urrutia announced the addition of a partner to bolster the offering of its tax practice

Adrián Rodríguez joined the firm from Lewin & Wills, where he had spent more than 26 years. Prior to that he also spent more than four years working for firms in the US, including Sidley Austin in New York and Baker McKenzie in Chicago. He will co-lead the tax team alongside partners María Catalina Jaramillo, Andrés Hernández and director Daniel Duque.

Rodríguez brings with him extensive experience advising companies and individuals in multiple industries and projects, including international and national corporate taxation, foreign investment and matters related to business reorganisations, M&A and all tax matters related to corporate and commercial law.

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Demarest bolsters tax litigation practice

Brazilian law firm Demarest announced the addition of a partner in its Brasilia office who will be focused especially on superior court matters

Angela Cignachi Baeta Neves joins the team from private, where she had spent more than 14 years. Prior to that she had served more than six years with Eduardo Ferrão e Baeta Neves Advogados Associados. She will serve as the head of the firm’s Brasilia office.

Neves brings with her more than 19 years of experience in in the market and will concentrate her practice in the tax and litigation areas, particularly in pending cases before the Superior Court of Justice and Federal Supreme Court.

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