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This weblog is a news and views site for tax professionals within the UK and international in-house tax community.  You will find information about appointments and people moves in and around the in-house tax market, issues affecting the in-house tax professional, opinions on the state of the tax job market, updates on tax technology, and other general thoughts of the day.

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This site has been developed by Simon Godley, who also runs the niche tax recruitment company Talentpool Selection . Simon spends a lot of his time placing tax specialists into FTSE companies, large in-bound groups and some professional services organisations. He also recruits and is well networked around the UK tax technology and VAT markets.

Tax News

Tax Lawyer McKenna returns to practice from in-house

Monday, 12 May 2008

Source: Taxation 2 magazine

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has recruited leading tax lawyer Michael McKenna as a Partner in its strategic drive to enhance its tax capabilities.

Michael was a tax counsel at Goldman Sachs International, where he advised its divisions on the tax implications of all aspects of their businesses and transactions outside the US. Before that he spent seven years within the tax team at Clifford Chance, where he advised on a broad range of corporate tax issues with a particular focus on real estate clients as well as finance and securitisation transactions.

SG comment: I do not know Michael McKenna, but from this news flow, this seems a good example of a highly astute tax lawyer who is managing his tax career extremely well - 7 years with Clifford Chance (incredibly good name), at which point he is perfectly well placed to move in-house as a tax counsel. Following a period of time with Goldman Sachs (incredibly good name), not sure how long, he makes a return to practice as a Tax Partner. I am guessing (and I have no evidence to show this) that he has made it to Partner level with a leading law firm quicker that if he had stayed with Clifford Chance, because of the very valuable and CV enhancing role with Goldmans. As with a lot of things, timing (and high quality experience) could be everything for a great tax career.

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