Corporate Tax Experts 2017: Analysis

In this chapter, we feature 111 corporate tax experts from over 80 firms across 28 jurisdictions worldwide. The featured experts are often called upon during tax trials to give evidence on tax practices, or may be asked to give their opinion on the matter at hand when a case is being built. A selection of the following individuals also offer in-depth technical advice and explanations, as well as providing advice and fair valuation judgements on transfer-pricing matters.

Thought Leaders
1. Richard Wise MNP, Montreal
2. Marco Aurélio Greco The Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, São Paulo
3. Jaime Carvalho Esteves PricewaterhouseCoopers, Lisbon
  The Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as being truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

The Big Four dominate the listings, accounting for just over 25 per cent of the total number experts selected for inclusion.

PWC emerges as the chief offering in our research this year, achieving nine listings from its offices across Europe and Latin America.
In Lisbon, Jaime Carvalho Esteves is one of the foremost names in the European market thanks to his experience advising on both domestic and international tax planning and transfer pricing.
Clara Dithmer out of the firm’s Porto office is also recognised as one of Portugal’s most proficient experts on transfer-pricing issues.
Leendert Verschoor is highly regarded for his expertise on cross-border tax issues and transfer pricing.
Colombia’s Nacira Lamprea is a well-known name in the market with over 20 years’ experience handling complex tax litigation.

EY follows closely behind with seven listings. All but one of the firm’s complement hail from offices across Europe demonstrating its proficiency in the European market.
João Alves is the managing partner of the firm’s Portuguese offering and is a seasoned tax expert with over 30 years of experience in the field.
Paulo Mendonça is a prominent expert and a reference on transfer pricing and valuation issues for international corporates.
Alongside them, Luís Marques is an accounting and auditing specialist with experience offering expert opinions on transactions and restructurings across a variety of sectors.
In the firm’s Washington DC office, national transaction tax leader Andrew Dubroff is a respected tax expert with a wealth of experience offering expert opinions in tax disputes.

DELOITTE continues to perform well in our research. The professional services firm’s six listings include one of the most highly regarded individuals.
Lisbon’s Patricia Matos is a highly rated tax specialist who is “exceptionally strong on transfer-pricing issues” according to one respondent.
The “impressive” Duarte Galhardas is recognised for the “exceptional quality and capacity” of his expertise, particularly in the public sector, health care and life sciences industries.
Bryan Collins out of the firm’s Washington, DC, office is strongly recommended for his expertise on both US and international taxation.

KPMG completes the Big Four contingent and sees five experts recognised in this chapter.
Célia Castanheiro is a well-known expert in the Portuguese market with well-established tax expertise.
Qualified tax attorney Thomas Wessel out of the firm’s Washington, DC, office is recommended for his extensive experience in the field of taxation and his familiarity with IRS investigations and audits.
National tax principal Joseph Pari is a prominent transactional tax expert who regularly provides expert opinions on accounting and financial reporting issues.

At DUFF & PHELPS, three experts are singled out for praise.
In London, managing director Danny Beeton is a seasoned transfer pricing specialist with 25 years’ experience. He advises multinationals on global transfer pricing issues and providing transfer pricing reports to solve disputes.
In Chicago, Roger Grabowski is an accomplished practitioner with a wealth of experience testifying on valuation issues in the corporate taxation arena.
Toronto-based Howard Johnson is a leading expert in the Canadian market with notable experience testifying on tax-related valuation matters before the courts.

Eliseu Martins is one of two individuals selected for inclusion at THE UNIVERSITY OF SÃO PAULO. A renowned expert, market commentators consider him “the leading authority on accounting issues in Brazil”.
Alexsandro Broedel Lopes is also recommended for his expertise in accounting and finance issues.

GRANT THORNTON achieves two listings in the following pages.
London-based Michael Thornton is a big name in the business valuation market thanks to his 25 years in the field.
In the firm’s Toronto office, Dennis Leung is a key player in the Canadian market known for his considerable experience conducting tax reorganisation-related business valuation. A qualified expert in the Canadian tax court, he has also appeared as an expert in arbitrations.

At MNP in Montreal, Richard Wise emerges as the principal corporate tax expert in this year’s research. An expert in business and securities valuation for over 18 years, he is praised for providing “excellent, objective testimony which addresses the facts”.

Marco Aurélio Greco at The PONTIFICAL CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF SÃO PAULO is described as “a top-tier tax scholar” whose “expert opinions on tax planning are so respected they often change the course of a lawsuit”.

Catarina Breia at SANTOS CARVALHO & ASSOCIADOS is considered a go-to expert in Portugal for transfer pricing opinion work and valuations.

BARROS CARVALHO ADVOGADOS ASSOCIADOS’ founder Paulo de Barros Carvalho is an eminent figure in the Brazilian tax market thanks to his “first-class academic mind”.

At HUMBERTO ÁVILA ADVOGADOS ASSOCIADOS, Humberto Ávila is described as “a renowned professor with a practical approach to complex and technical issues”.

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL’s Stephen Shay is a prominent academic with a wealth of experience on international taxation issues thanks to his time in private practice. A pioneering expert, he has experience testifying before congressional tax committees on tax reform.

At THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, Don Leatherman, a former branch chief at the IRS, is considered an authority on federal income tax issues.

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND’s Harvey Wainer is a distinguished accountant and academic known for his proficiency in business valuation matters.

At THE AALTO UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS, Tomi Viitala is one of the leading tax experts in the Nordics. A former tax leader at EY, he has extensive experience in international tax matters and acceptable practices.

THE UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI’s Marjaana Helminen is a former justice in the Administrative Court of Finland and is a recognised authority on cross-border taxation and EU tax law. 

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