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:
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