Financial Advisory and Valuation – Corporate Tax Experts 2018

This year, our research into the international corporate tax market sees 81 leading experts highlighted. Those listed stand out among their peers for their impressive work in the field, with matters such as transfer pricing, corporate restructuring and tax planning all featuring strongly among nominees.


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.

Thought Leaders
1. Richard M Wise MNP LLP, Montreal
2. Marco Aurélio Greco Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, São Paulo
3. Eliseu Martins University of São Paulo, São Paulo
4. Edward Kleinbard University of Southern California, Los Angeles

PwC maintains its reputation as one of the leading consultancies in the world, with an impressive four listings this year.
Jaime Carvalho Esteves in the firm’s Lisbon office is a pre-eminent name in the European market according to sources. His areas of expertise include international tax planning, corporate restructuring and transfer pricing.
Thomas Bjerre in Denmark is an outstanding consulting expert with a strong reputation in the Scandinavian market. He is particularly knowledgeable on value chain transformation and transfer pricing.
Also from the firm’s Lisbon office, Leendert Verschoor is well thought of by commentators and draws respect for his leading practice. He has extensive experience the field and is recommended for being “a transfer pricing expert”.
Nacira Lamprea is a well-regarded expert who garners strong support from sources across our research. She offers a wealth of expertise on international tax matters and advises a range of clients in this area.

EY also stands out as a key player in this space and is home to some of the world’s top corporate tax experts. The firm achieves five listings this year, reflecting its continued prominence in this space.
Andrew Dubroff has extensive experience in corporate tax matters, for which he comes highly recommended. He is particularly adept handling matters relating to the application of federal income tax law to consolidated return regulations.
In the Lisbon office, Paulo Mendonça stands out for his 20 years of experience in the field. He boasts an excellent reputation in the market for his impeccable knowledge of transfer pricing, and receives accolades for his excellent work in the oil and gas and health care industries.
Henrik Ahrnung in Copenhagen oversees the firm’s transfer pricing practice and is internationally recognised as a leader in the field thanks to the depth of his expertise.

Big Four firm Deloitte maintains its excellent reputation in the corporate tax space, with seven standout names recognised in this year’s research.
In Lisbon, Patricia Matos impresses peers and clients alike with her enviable practice. She has an impressive insight into base erosion and profit shifting, lending her a fantastic reputation in the market.
Bryan Collins from the firm’s DC office is a prominent figure in the US corporate tax market and is widely considered to be a top name. His areas of expertise include corporate restructurings, spin-offs and bankruptcies.
Asger Mosegaard Kelstrup in Copenhagen is a distinguished consultant with vast experience advising on cross-border matters. He has a wide-ranging practice, covering such issues as transfer pricing, pricing models and business planning.

KPMG sees seven of its outstanding experts from five different jurisdictions listed in our guide this year. They offer a wealth of expertise on matters such as cross-border mergers and spin-offs.
With more than 30 years’ experience, Thomas Wessel of the firm’s DC office is a long-standing fixture in the market. He is particularly well regarded for his superb work regarding spin-offs.
Joseph Pari is a first-rate consultant who receives plaudits for his work on cross-border mergers and spin-offs. He has outstanding experience in the market and continues to receive praise from colleagues across the US.
David Ravia at the firm’s Tel Aviv office is an expert in transfer pricing and financial analysis, earning him the respect of sources across the globe. He is regularly called upon to advise domestic and international clients on a wide range of complex taxation issues.

In Canada, MNP’s Richard Wise is an outstanding consultant who is regarded by market observers as a Thought Leader in the field. He offers clients over 40 years’ specialist insight into business valuations.

The Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo’s Marco Aurélio Greco commands great respect from colleagues who this year highlight him as a Thought Leader. He is internationally regarded as a specialist on financial valuations, particularly when they relate to the PIS and COFINS taxes.

The University of São Paulo’s Eliseu Martins is “a top-tier accounting and finance scholar” according to respondents and ranks as one of the most highly regarded individuals in the market.
Alexsandro Broedel Lopes is another impressive consultant with a stellar reputation in the market for his deep knowledge of controllership accounting and capital markets.

Heleno Taveira Torres at Heleno Torres Advogados in São Paulo is a highly regarded practitioner in the corporate tax field, whose practice sees him advise on the application of corporate tax to the telecommunications and satellites industry.

Brazilian firm Humberto Ávila Advogados Associados have an excellent consultant in Humberto Ávila, who is commended by commentators the world over. He is well versed in handling broad range of corporate tax matters, including the tax implications of finance transactions and regulatory issues.

Harvard Law School’s Stephen Shay maintains a strong reputation in the corporate tax space after more than 30 years of experience in the field. He offers specialist insight into international taxation and the regulatory issues arising therein.

Don Leatherman at the University of Tennessee is a top expert in the field, with interviewees giving him strong support in our research this year. He has extensive insight into matters relating to federal income tax.

Jasper Cumming Jr from Alston & Bird’s office in Raleigh, North Carolina, is an outstanding consultant who is held in high esteem by respondents. His practice sees him advise on federal tax and international tax regulation.

The University of Southern California’s Edward Kleinbard has an excellent reputation in the market thanks to his unparalleled understanding of financial markets, health care and federal tax policy.

Columbia University School of Law’s Michael Graetz is a renowned name in the US market with over 40 years of dedicated corporate tax experience. He is a specialist on international taxation, and garners praise for his impressive track record advising companies in the health care sector.

Duff & Phelps’ Howard Johnson is a top name in the Canadian market and a practitioner who receives a great deal of respect from respondents. He is a talented expert with a strong track record assisting with matters concerning divestitures, shareholder valuations and financing.

Washington-based firm Ivins Phillips & Barker Chartered’s Leslie Schneider draws praise for his work on the valuation of inventories and timing revenue and expenses.

Brazilian firm Simonaggio Certeza Técnica’s Silvio Simonaggio has “an excellent ability to understand the accounting and legal aspects involved in differing cases” and “makes clear and convincing reports”, according to observers. He is a favourite among clients, who appreciate his “intelligence, competence and good relationship with judicial experts”.

Catarina Breia of Santos Carvalho & Associados in Porto is a premier consultant with excellent understanding of an array of complex taxation issues. She is particularly knowledgeable on transfer pricing, tax incentives and real estate.

Paulo de Barros Carvalho of Barros Carvalho Advogados Associados is warmly endorsed by respondents, who consider him “a top-tier tax scholar”. His practice sees him advise a range of clients on matters including tax planning and appeals.

In Canada, the University of Waterloo’s Brian Arnold is “very, very highly respected” by sources, who appreciate him greatly. He has over 40 years’ experience handling the full spectrum of international taxation and regulatory matters.

The University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy has an excellent consultant in the “very knowledgeable” Jack Mintz. He is “highly respected” by sources who are impressed by his first-class work advising on tax regulation and the energy sector.

Aalto University School of Business’ Tomi Viitala is a distinguished consultant who boasts an excellent knowledge of real estate and equity financing matters.

University of Helsinki’s Marjaana Helminen is an expert on EU and Finish tax regulation, and receives wide-ranging endorsements from commentators for her strategic approach to tackling complex mandates.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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