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The big moves of 2014

A string of departures by senior Internal Revenue Service figures dominated the comings and goings among tax professionals in 2014.

Sam Maruca, Michael Danilack, Richard McAlonan and Diana Wollman all left the Service within a short time of each other in the first half of the year. EY also changed their global head of tax, Jay Nibbe replacing David Holtze, who took up another role in the big 4 firm.

The OECD brought off a coup in hiring David Bradbury, the former Australian Assistant Treasurer, as head of tax policy and statistics within the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. He will have an important role in the coming year in attempting to achieve consensus on Action 11 of the BEPS Action Plan on establishing methodologies to collect and analyse data on BEPS and the actions to address it.

Michael Olesnick stepped down as head of Baker & McKenzie's tax practice in Hong Kong and joined KPMG.

Among the firms, Ryan made a big move into transfer pricing with its purchase of the Altus International practice, an old name, much-loved by the practitioners who worked there, made its return after WTAS rebranded itself as Andersen Tax and VMW Taxand became Taxand Netherlands.

Below is a selection of the some of the biggest moves:

Tax disputes

Michael Danilack joins PwC’s Washington transfer pricing practice

Majority of Maddocks’ tax team to move to Minter Ellison

Wood leads tax team to KPMG

McAlonan joins EY from IRS

Dan Rosen leaves IRS for Baker & McKenzie in New York

Skadden counsel Cary Pugh nominated to US Tax Court

Indirect tax

Asquith joins Avalara as VP Global Tax

Eversheds announces Vanderspar as new head of London tax team

FTI Consulting hires Richard Baxter as new head of indirect taxation

Ryan hires Jean-Paul Ouaksel to lead its new Paris office

Leading names in UK tax bar form new chambers

Taxand appoints Alain Recoules as new global indirect tax leader

Aurélia de Viry launches King & Spalding’s French tax practice

Corporate tax

Bradley made new head of corporate tax at BLP

Jason Lester is EY’s new UK and Ireland head of tax

EY appoints Jay Nibbe as new global head of tax

Green to head financial services and tax practice at Squire Patton Boggs

Tax lawyer to chair Loyens’ executive board

Ex-Dupont Brazil CFO joins Hirashima & Associados


Bradbury to head OECD’s tax policy unit

Vitor Gaspar joins IMF as head of fiscal affairs

Ryan adds transfer pricing with purchase of Altus International

VDB Loi expands presence in Myanmar

VMW rebrand creates Taxand Netherlands

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