Karen Frawley, Deloitte Ireland, is an international tax partner with nearly 20 years' experience advising a broad range of clients including public bodies, multinational companies, Irish public limited companies and large Irish indigenous companies.
Karen is a leader in Deloitte Ireland's life science industry practice and works with a number of leading medical devices and pharma companies in relation to Irish tax issues such as intellectual property structuring, inversions and business model optimisation. She has particular expertise in advising clients in relation to corporate group reorganisations, M&A transactions and structuring of cross-border transactions.
She also leads the tax management consulting team and has significant expertise in the area of assisting organisations with the management of the tax function, including the design of tax policies and the management of tax risk, as well as the use of tax technology and tax data analytics.
Karen joined Deloitte as a trainee in 1997. She is an associate of the Irish Taxation Institute (certified tax adviser) and fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (accredited chartered accountant), having achieved a top three placing in the admittance exams for both qualifications.
She regularly presents at international tax seminars on Irish, EU and global tax developments.
Karen is a council member of the Irish Taxation Institute and current chair of the institute's policy and technical committee.
Lorraine Griffin, Deloitte Ireland, is head of tax and an international and M&A tax partner in the Dublin office. She advises a broad range of indigenous Irish companies, private equity houses and multinational companies, covering a wide variety of both Irish and international tax issues.
Lorraine has significant corporate tax and international tax experience. She specialises in international tax, advising multinationals on investing into Ireland and domestic groups on outward investments, and has significant expertise in the areas of intellectual property, corporate restructurings and mergers and acquisitions. This has also included structuring investments into and outside of Ireland, including financing arrangements, manufacturing and supply chain tax aspects. Lorraine works closely with Deloitte's transfer pricing specialists to review the transfer pricing positions of many of her clients and to structure them appropriately, particularly in the context of the 12.5% tax rate in Ireland.
Lorraine advises clients in a range of industries, including technology and telecommunications and consumer business, but with a particular focus on the life sciences sector, advising various bio-pharma and medical device multinationals.
Lorraine was recently appointed chair of the American Chamber of Commerce's tax working group. She is a former council member of the Irish Taxation Institute, and former chair of the institute's tax policy and tax technical committee. She has lectured for the Irish Taxation Institute as part of their professional training programme and has given presentations at various seminars and conferences organised by the institute and by Deloitte.
Louise Kelly, Deloitte Ireland, is an international tax partner with 15 years' experience advising multinational companies and Irish public limited companies on corporate and international tax matters.
She advises Irish and multinational companies, particularly those in the life sciences and technology industries in relation to appropriately tailored structures for both inbound and outbound transactions. Louise has been involved in advising on cross-border group restructures and developing intellectual property management and tax-aligned supply chain strategies for multinationals.
Louise is the M&A tax country leader for Deloitte Ireland and has advised corporates and private equity firms on multiple M&A transactions (both on the buy and the sell side). Louise led Deloitte's Irish desk in New York for two years, and so brings a unique perspective in advising clients on setting up operations in Ireland and on undertaking group reorganisations.
Louise holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from University College Cork. Louise is an accredited chartered accountant and associate of the Irish Tax Institute and was placed in the top five for the Chartered Accountants Ireland exams and placed first in the final exams for the Irish Tax Institute. She is a regular author for Bloomberg BNA publications and is a regular speaker on international tax matters in Ireland and abroad.
Joan O'Connor, Deloitte Ireland, is a senior international tax partner based in Dublin. Joan has circa 30 years of international tax experience in two of the Big 4 firms, covering a wide range of industries including technology, life sciences, telecommunications, online media, energy and food and beverage.
She works with Irish listed companies, inbound multinational clients from the US, UK, Europe, China and Japan on outbound and inbound transactions, including managing and implementing supply chain assignments using Ireland as a principal company, extensive buy and sell side M&A and in managing and defending revenue audits.
She previously headed the firm's transfer pricing practice, R&D practice and the Irish firm's technology, media and telecommunications practice. She has spent extensive time in the US working with US clients.
Joan is a past president of the Irish Taxation Institute and former head of tax policy for the Irish firm.
Deirdre Power, Deloitte Ireland, is an eminent and experienced financial services tax adviser who leads the financial services tax practice. She is a chartered accountant with more than 15 years' experience in advising financial services clients in the areas of investment management and funds, banking, securitisation, structured finance and leasing.
She has made a significant contribution to the Irish funds industry over the past 15 years, including being elected as chairman of Irish Funds for 2007-2008 (Irish Funds being the industry body in Ireland). She continues to play an active role in the industry and is currently a member of the Irish Funds tax steering group, where she assists in developing the Irish tax framework for funds with various stakeholders.
Her roles at Deloitte include membership of the Deloitte global asset pooling team, as well as the Deloitte European investment management team.
She was appointed to the board of Deloitte Ireland in 2015. In addition, she was also appointed Deloitte financial services industry tax leader for EMEA in November 2016.
From an asset management perspective, she works with service providers and asset managers on all areas of their business including:
Deirdre has spoken at many investment management and structured finance industry events and regularly writes on industry topics. She is (and has been) a mentor to many talented professionals within Deloitte Ireland as well as a network mentor to participants in the Irish Management Institute 30% club.
Joanne Whelan, Deloitte Ireland, is a tax partner. She is a qualified lawyer and tax adviser, and a member of the Family Firm Institute. She leads Ireland's largest multi-disciplinary private client team. The team comprises a group of lawyers, accountants and tax advisers and this multi-disciplinary approach has enabled Joanne and her team to develop bespoke legal and tax solutions for a large number of Ireland's wealthiest families. She is also the head of the Deloitte corporate administration services department.
Joanne is recognised in the market as one of Ireland's leading experts in the area of gift and inheritance tax. She is the co-author of the Irish Tax Institute's publication 'The Taxation of Gifts and Inheritances'.
Joanne has extensive experience in advising private clients on all tax-related matters, including:
Joanne also leads the corporate administration services department, which provides a wide range of services to both public and private companies, including corporate formations and compliance, business name protection, corporate governance, alternative dispute resolution and employment law.
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