Alvarez & Marsal launches tax wing with 65 senior recruits

07 February 2024 3 min. read
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A&M Tax – the tax consulting wing of global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal – has launched in Australia following the hire of a 65-strong team of industry experts.

Global business advisory Alvarez & Marsal has continued its ambitious roll-out across Australia, the firm’s A&M Tax offshoot launching down under with a 65-strong team of industry professionals under the guidance of former Ernst & Young partner Sean Keegan – one of 20 managing director recruits to the new full-service practice.

Like Keegan, the majority of those along with eight new senior directors have been poached from the Big Four.

Alvarez & Marsal launches tax wing with 65 senior recruits

“Our Australia expansion represents a significant continuation of our global growth strategy and our ability to capitalise on a market opportunity effectively,” stated A&M Tax global practice lead Ernie Perez. “We have assembled a team of elite professionals with exceptional expertise and experience, which will quickly position the practice as a market leader in delivering unparalleled client value and insights both domestically and globally.”

An expert in M&A tax matters, structuring, and due diligence, Keegan has spent the past seven years as an EY transactions tax partner in Sydney, crossing as the leader of the new A&M Tax practice alongside a number of fellow colleagues after amassing two and a half decades of industry experience.

Also lured from EY are former tax partners Adam Woodward, Andrew Sharp, Tim Edwards and Edward Consett as new A&M managing directors.

Woodward, who has spent the past 13 years at Ernst & Young after gaining earlier experience at Grant Thornton and KPMG, has been handed real estate & funds leadership duties, while Sharp has been appointed as private equity tax head, joining the firm after a decade between EY and Gilbert + Tobin. Consett meanwhile takes on the infrastructure tax lead role following eight years at EY, with Edwards having spent close to a decade and a half at the Big Four firm.

Other division leaders include former EY director Amanda Spinks as head of employment taxes and Anthony Fitzgerald as indirect tax lead, while ex-Deloitte-partner James Head has been appointed as private clients lead. His former colleague Neil Pereira is meanwhile among those who haven’t been previously revealed as new MDs, alongside PwC’s Christopher Neil and veteran Stefan DeBellis, Deloitte stalwart Neil Pereira, and Timothy Frew from EY.

As suggested by the massive influx of senior professionals, A&M Tax boasts of a comprehensive range of services on offer for clients seeking support in navigating local tax laws and managing their direct and indirect obligations, including in among other areas compliance, corporate structuring, due diligence, transfer pricing, incentives and cross-border analysis. The tax wing, which also recently rolled-out in the Middle East, is also quick to point out its independence.

“Amid ongoing disruption and regulatory change, A&M’s full suite of tax services and steady senior leadership will help clients capitalise on opportunities that maximise value and drive change,” Keegan stated, citing A&M’s freedom from audit conflicts as a distinct market advantage. “We are aligned with the firm’s operational heritage and results-driven mission, and mirror A&M’s global approach of responsiveness and senior leader-led engagements.”

Early 2022, Alvarez & Marsal completed a similar raid in Spain, when it poached a 60-person team from EY to beef up its financial services and digital practices.