People in the news: Armstrong Watson, RSM, Moore Stephens

Career news this week includes a partner at Armstrong Watson is appointed as chairman of the firm, RSM appoints a corporate tax partner, a transfer pricing partner joins Moore Stephens from RSM

Mike Kienlen, partner at Armstrong Watson has been appointed as the firm’s chairman. Kienlen, who has been at the firm for 13 years, is a partner in its restructuring recovery and insolvency service line and is based in the Leeds office. As Chairman, Kienlen will support CEO, Paul Dickson, with the leadership and strategic positioning of the firm both internally and externally, focusing on business development and increasing Armstrong Watson’s presence in the Yorkshire region as well as throughout the North of England and Scotland. He started his career as an insolvency junior in London with Arthur Anderson qualifying both as an accountant and insolvency practitioner with Buchler Phillips and then moving to Leeds in 2000 with Kroll. In 2005 he joined Armstrong Watson as a partner.

RSM has appointed Andrew Lister as a corporate tax partner in its Gatwick office. He joins from KPMG where he trained as a chartered accountant and became a partner in 2010. Lister has over 20 years’ experience in providing corporate tax advice to SMEs and large companies and his expertise covers M&A, financing, restructuring, tax compliance, tax auditing and reporting and general UK tax advisory. In addition to providing UK tax advice Andrew has assisted his clients on international tax matters.

Ken Almand has been appointed as transfer pricing partner within Moore Stephens’ tax practice in London. He joins from RSM, where he was head of transfer pricing for six years. Almand specialises in helping international corporations manage their global tax obligations, transfer pricing strategies and compliance responsibilities.

Carey Olsen has appointed Dhanshuklal Vekaria as a commercial litigator. Vekaria joins Carey Olsen from another leading offshore firm, having qualified and worked in the UK with Pinsent Masons before moving to the Cayman Islands in 2016 where he practised Cayman Islands law. Since January 2018, he has also been admitted as a solicitor of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (BVI).

Finchley-based Richard Anthony chartered accountants has promoted Ali Oftadeh and Edward Rabin to partner. Oftadeh joined Richard Anthony in 2004 and holds the FCCA qualification. His particular expertise lies in the areas of audit, financial statements, FRS 102, consolidated annual reports, management accounts, forecasts and corporation tax. Rabin joined the firm in 2013 from a ‘Big Four’ firm and holds the CA qualification. He advises start-ups on corporate structures, VAT registration, tax-efficient extraction of profits and bookkeeping.

The Trustees of the IFRS Foundation, the oversight body of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), have appointed Lee White as the executive director, in charge of the organisation’s day-to-day operations. White has over 30 years’ experience from the private sector and public authorities in Australia. Most recently, he was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), where he played a central role in bringing together the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (ICAA) and the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants to form CAANZ in 2014.

Report by Amy Austin

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