Miri Abrams Forster Principal and Tax Controversy Co-Leader
Miri Forster is a Principal and Co-Leader of the Tax Controversy Practice, specializing in providing tax dispute resolution services to public and private corporations, partnerships and high net worth individuals on a wide range of technical and procedural issues. She has over 20 years of IRS practice, procedure, and tax controversy experience.
Miri represents businesses and individuals before the IRS Examination and Appeals Divisions on complex domestic and international tax issues. She also obtains private letter rulings from the IRS National Office, including 9100 relief requests for missed elections. Miri assists clients with voluntary disclosures of inadvertent income, international information return, withholding, and payroll tax compliance errors, obtains penalty abatements and refunds, resolves IRS account issues, and advises on a broad range of IRS practice, procedure and dispute resolution matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Miri was a Tax Controversy Principal at a Big 4 firm. Miri also previously served as an Attorney-Advisor at the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C., and is an attorney licensed in the states of New York and New Jersey as well as Washington, D.C. Miri is a frequent speaker on IRS enforcement trends, the centralized partnership audit regime and its impact on pass-through entities and investors, voluntary disclosures of inadvertent tax compliance matters and related penalties, and other IRS practice, procedure and dispute resolution topics.
Jamila is a Partner in the EY Financial Services Consulting practice in New York, NY. She provides coverage on key wealth and asset management accounts with increased regulatory, risk, and compliance service capabilities, especially involving the Investment Company Act, FINRA regulations, CARES Act, Dodd-Frank regulatory reform, and the recent SEC Best Interest and Modernization rules. Jamila rejoined EY from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where she served as the Assistant Regional Director for the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. In this role, Jamila was as an expert advisor for the SEC Examinations program, specializing in compliance program effectiveness, risk analytics, enterprise risk management, and cybersecurity for the asset management industry. She led and participated in hundreds of Examinations and several Enforcement investigations of investment advisers, investment companies, broker-dealers, transfer agents, hedge funds, private equity funds, and other industry participants.
Prior to the SEC, Jamila was a Manager in the EY Fraud Investigations and Dispute Services practice where she led restatements, investigations, and litigation support matters for healthcare, manufacturing, government, and technology clients. Jamila is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). She has a BA in Accounting from Florida A&M University, a MS in Accountancy from the University of Virginia, and a MBA in Asset Management from Yale University. Jamila is on the Board of Directors of Sanctuary for Families, New York’s leading service provider for domestic violence survivor – and an active member of the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), and the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Robert has provided tax and advisory services to professional investors for over a decade. Robert advises his clients on a wide variety of issues including transactional planning, fund structuring, distressed investing, and financial instruments.
Prior to re-joining FLSV in 2018, Robert served as a Tax Manager at Centerbridge Partners, L.P., where he focused on Centerbridge’s distressed debt and special situation funds dealing with a wide range of tax matters, including U.S. and non-U.S. debt investments, private equity investments, portfolio company restructurings, and international tax issues. Prior to Centerbridge, Robert spent four years at Deloitte Tax, where he advised private equity, venture capital and asset management clients on U.S income tax matters.
Robert received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from James Madison University, where he played varsity baseball. He also completed a Master of Science in Taxation degree from SUNY-Old Westbury. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA).
Tom Angell is the practice leader of Withum’s Financial Services Group based out of the Firm’s New York office. With over 30 years of experience specializing in private equity and venture capital funds, he services a diverse client base including credit funds, hedge funds, fund of funds, investment advisors and regulated funds. Assisting emerging managers and well-established funds both onshore and offshore, Tom provides guidance on the structuring of funds and their management companies, taking into account both domestic and cross-border issues.
Widely viewed as a thought leader in the financial services industry, Tom is frequently requested to speak at industry conferences, most notably PEI’s PartnerConnect, Emerging Manager Forum and CFO/COO Forum. He has authored many articles, some of which are extensively on issues impacting the private equity and venture capital industries, and has been quoted in leading industry publications such as Private Funds Management (PFM) magazine and The PE Hub Network. Some of his top editorials include “Fund Forecast: Healthy for Emerging Managers,” “Compliance: President Trump’s Next Move” and “SEC’s Reporting Modernization Rules Mark a New Era.” Tom also co-authored “Fees and Expenses 2018 A PFM Benchmarking Survey” and is a co-author of a Withum’s Emerging Manager Desk Reference Manual, a leading publication on the issues associated with launching a new fund.
Tom is a certified public accountant and a member of the New York and New Jersey Societies of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Olga is a Director in the Transaction Services practice and has been providing clients with consulting services that involve valuations of commercial real estate, business enterprises (and related ownership interests), corporate securities, debt instruments, contingent liabilities and intangible assets.
Olga’s experience includes valuations for financial reporting, litigation and tax purposes, including estate and gift tax matters, valuations for mergers and acquisitions, shareholder disputes, Delaware Tests as well as emergence from bankruptcy for clients in a variety of industries (financial services, real estate, consumer products, airlines, and gaming).
Olga has been engaged in valuation and analysis of commercial real estate nationally, including retail, office, special purpose, and other real estate sectors. Additionally, Olga oversees multiple valuation and other relevant advisory engagements and leads teams assisting a number of financial services and asset managers audits with the review of portfolio holdings valuations with focus on financial instruments and hard to value securities.
Prior to joining the Transaction Services, Olga was a Senior Associate in the Assurance practice of Grant Thornton LLP. Olga spent a significant amount of time performing financial statement audits for a variety of public and non-public entities in commercial, and financial services industry, including broker-dealers, private equity firms, hedge funds, banking institutions and REITs. Olga conducted audits and quarterly reviews for private and public entities and assisted in performing Sarbanes Oxley compliance testing for public entities.
Professional qualifications and memberships
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – New York
Member of the NY CFA Society
Member of the AICPA and NYSCPA Societies
Russian - native
Baruch College of the City University of New York, Master of Science, Accountancy
Baruch College of the City University of New York, Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance and Investments
In process of obtaining General Certified Real Estate Appraiser qualification. Relevant coursework includes: Appraisal Principles & Procedures, USPAP, General Market Analysis/Highest and Best Use, Site Valuation/Cost Approach, Sales Comparison and Income Approaches, Statistics, Modeling and Finance, etc.
Steven D. Bortnick is a partner in the Tax Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Princeton and New York offices. Mr. Bortnick focuses his practice on domestic and international tax and private equity matters.
Mr. Bortnick handles a broad range of transactions, including asset, stock, cross-border and domestic acquisitions, recapitalizations and reorganizations. He is experienced in, and a significant portion of his practice is devoted to, the structuring of domestic and international transactions. He advises business organizations on a variety of tax issues, and he is involved in the formation of private equity and hedge funds.
An active speaker and author, Mr. Bortnick has written materials and spoken for several major private equity tax conferences. Topics of his presentations include private equity, venture capital, cross-border investing, venture capital operating company issues, and merger and acquisition tax issues.
Before joining Pepper in 2007, he practiced in the New York office of Dechert LLP.
Richard A. Cagnetta is a Principal and has been with the firm since February of 2014. He focuses on providing tax advisory and compliance services to the firm’s asset management clients including funds, management companies, and principal individual owners. Richard has significant experience in the areas of partnership and individual taxation, corporate taxation, and the taxation of financial products, covering domestic, international, and State and Local issues. Prior to joining the firm, he spent significant time at a Big Four accounting firm and two prominent hedge funds.
He is a member of the Managed Funds Association, Wall Street Tax Association, and the New Jersey State Society of Certified Public Accountants and currently serves as Chair of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants' Taxation of Financial Products and Transactions Committee.
Richard received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the State University of New York at Albany. He also received a Master of Science in Taxation and a Master of Business Administration in Professional Accounting from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business Administration. He is a licensed CPA in New York.
Maury Cartine is co-partner-in-charge of Marcum’s National Alternative Investment Group Tax Department, as well as partner-in-charge of the New York City Tax Department and a member of the International Tax Services
He advises hedge funds, private equity funds, funds of funds, real estate funds and investment advisors on complex tax and regulatory matters. Mr. Cartine is frequently called upon to provide structuring advice to new funds during the start-up phase and recurring tax and regulatory advice throughout the life of a fund.
Mr. Cartine joined the Firm in 2007, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise. He started his career at the Internal Revenue Service serving as an Internal Revenue Agent, reviewer and classroom instructor and before commencing his own commercial law practice. Thereafter, he joined an accounting firm as the head of its newly created tax department and for the next 25 years served as Principal-In-Charge of the worldwide tax practice and as the firm’s Vice President. During that period, he helped build a highly successful hedge fund and private equity fund practice, including a full-service fund administration business that was subsequently acquired by a public company.
Throughout his career, Mr. Cartine has been very involved with a number of charitable activities, serving on Boards for the United Jewish Appeal and Hedge Funds Care. Most notably, he served as the spokesperson for the municipalization of his town’s public library and contributed to the development of his town’s first two children’s playgrounds. He currently is active as an adviser to Seton Hall University serving on several boards for both the undergraduate school and the law school. In 2014, Mr. Cartine was selected to serve on the Search Committee for the new Dean of Seton Hall University School of Law.
Joshua Cherry-Seto is the Chief Financial Officer at Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC, a family of private equity funds which focus on transformational investments in middle market companies. Mr. Cherry-Seto is responsible for oversight of finance operations, coordination of LP advisory board, co-investment raises, regulatory compliance, and investment tax structuring.
Before joining Blue Wolf in 2013, Mr. Cherry-Seto worked for five years as a portfolio and finance manager at Grove International Partners. From 2001–2008, Mr. Cherry-Seto held a variety of finance positions within Citigroup. Prior to Citigroup, Mr. Cherry-Seto held several roles within the organized labor movement representing union workers.
Mr. Cherry-Seto holds a B.S. from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and MBA from New York University.
Jim represents private investment funds (including hedge funds, funds of funds, and private equity funds) and mutual funds on a variety of tax issues, including initial structuring, investments by tax-exempt entities, investments in underlying funds, transactional matters, financial instruments, seed capital arrangements, and deferred compensation structures (including Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code).
Jim also works closely with fund managers on management company tax planning, including incentive compensation arrangements for key employees, outside investments in management companies, and sales to third parties.
In addition to his investment funds practice, Jim represents international and domestic shipping companies on all aspects of their operations. Jim advises shipping companies on Section 883 of the Internal Revenue Code, joint ventures, cross-border transactions, the controlled foreign corporation and passive foreign investment company rules, internal restructurings, and the U.S. tonnage tax regime. Jim has also represented numerous shipping companies (including MLPs) in their public offerings of equity and debt securities, as well as the underwriters of such offerings.
He received a B.A. (with high honors) from Rutgers University, a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and an LL.M. (in Taxation) from New York University School of Law.
Gautham Deshpande is an Audit Partner in the Financial Services Group, with more than 15 years of accounting, audit and consulting experience in the securities and investment management industries. He leads the audits of private equity funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds, real estate partnerships, alternate investment vehicles, and investment advisors. Gautham’s expertise includes fair value measurements, complex financial instruments, and consolidation matters. Gautham speaks at industry conferences and is a frequent contributor to the firm’s thought leadership in the securities and investment management space.
National Managing Partner, Investment Management Tax; National Hedge Fund Leader Deloitte
Edward Dougherty National Managing Partner, Investment Management Tax; National Hedge Fund Leader Deloitte
Ted Dougherty is a Tax Partner in the Financial Services Practice in New York. Ted is Deloitte’s National Managing Partner for Investment Management Tax, which includes hedge, private equity and mutual funds. He also serves as the cross-functional National Leader for Hedge Funds. In these roles, Ted has led the team in assessing the impact of the new Tax Reform Act of 2017 as well as the new IRS audit rules for partnerships, and is assisting clients in the implementation of this new guidance. Ted also leads the national tax compliance program standardization program for Deloitte’s hedge fund and private equity tax practice. Ted recently ended his term on the Board of Directors for the Managed Funds Association. He has twenty-seven years experience in the public accounting profession, serving alternative asset management clients as well as a broad array of financial services clients, including broker/dealers, banks, global trading firms, mutual funds and commodity pools. Prior to entering the profession, Ted spent five years on Wall Street with two retail brokerage firms, working in the internal audit and operations functions.
Ted has a broad technical base outside the capital markets as well. With experience in individual taxation, international taxation and state and local taxation, he is able to provide his clients with a wide array of services. Ted is a frequent speaker on technical issues at industry events and has authored a number of articles on tax issues impacting the asset management industry for both external and internal publications. Most recently, he spoke about tax reform issues impacting hedge funds and private equity funds at the Foundation for Accounting Education/New York State Society of CPA’s annual conference Investment Management.
Ted earned a Master of Business Administration in Accounting from New York University and Bachelors’ degrees in Economics and Biology from Rutgers University. Ted is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York Society of CPA’s. Ted is Deloitte’s representative as a Strategic Partner with the Managed Funds Association [“MFA”], and is a regular member of the Tax Committee. He is also active with Hedge Funds Care, co-chairing the New York area grants committee, and, and working to increase the resources available to support their programs through the annual comedy night and golf and tennis outing.
Mr. Emrich, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Principal, has over 35 years of experience in private equity, real estate and investment partnerships. He is responsible for all finance, accounting, tax and risk management for Independence Capital Partners, LLC.
Prior to joining ICP, Mr. Emrich was Tax Director and Controller for the CMS Companies’ private equity/hedge funds. He was also a Managing Partner for a SEC registered investment advisor in Plymouth Meeting, PA. In addition, Mr. Emrich spent 12 years in public accounting, including 7 years with KPMG, LLP in Philadelphia. For KPMG, Mr. Emrich served the Philadelphia office’s real estate, venture capital, securities partnership and investment advisor tax clients.
Mr. Emrich is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, the Delaware Society of CPAs and the Institute of Management Accountants. He is a board member of the National Association of Real Estate Companies and a board member for The Private Equity CFO Association, Philadelphia chapter. He spent five years as an Adjunct Professor in the Drexel University Master of Taxation Program, and currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Villanova Law School Master of Tax Program. Mr. Emrich graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in Accounting with Economics as a second major. He received his M.S. in Taxation from Widener University.
Erica England is the Chief Financial Officer of the Wolcott organization, which includes the Wolcott Family Office and Wolcott construction firm. Erica is responsible for the organization’s accounting, finance, human resource, tax and information systems. Erica also oversees the investment portfolio, including asset allocation, due diligence of investment managers and tax planning.
Erica’s experience in the alternative investment space includes asset management, compliance, financial reporting, taxation, and valuations, with a focus on real estate. Erica holds a BS in Business Administration and Management from Boston University and has held her CPA license since 2003.
Before joining Wolcott, Erica was the Chief Accounting Account Officer for Redwood Real Estate Administration, a fund administration firm, where she was responsible for setting accounting policies, developing the business, and mentoring a team of accounting professionals. Prior to Redwood, Erica served as the Chief Compliance Officer and Controller of JCR Capital, where she was responsible for the financial management and compliance programs for the firm’s private equity real estate funds and corporate entities. Previously, Erica was at The Carlyle Group, where she held the roles of Corporate Accounting Manager responsible for the financial management of all U.S. operating entities and Senior Accountant responsible for the accounting and investor reporting for numerous global private equity funds.
Phil Gross focuses on the taxation of hedge funds and private equity funds, including domestic funds, offshore funds, funds of funds, and real estate funds. Phil counsels clients on structuring (and restructuring) funds, structuring investment managers and general partners, compensating managers and employees, investing in funds, and seeding managers or being seeded. He also advises clients on insurance dedicated funds and private placement life insurance, and other international, federal, state and local fund tax issues. He has practiced at KKWC since December 1993. Phil is a frequent speaker and author on fund tax issues. Phil has been selected as a New York Super Lawyer (2014 to present).
College of William & Mary (B.B.A., 1983); Beta Gamma Sigma. Vanderbilt University School of Law (J.D., 1986). New York University School of Law (LL.M. in Taxation, 1989). Certified Public Accountant, New York 1989. New York State Bar Association (Tax Section, Committee on Taxation of Financial Instruments). Managed Funds Association (Tax Section). New York State Society of CPAs (Taxation of Financial Products Committee). New York City Bar Association (Taxation of Business Entities Committee (former chair)). New York Tax Study Group. Tax Club.
Lisa K. Head, CPA, has more than 16 years of experience in financial reporting, auditing and tax preparation and analysis, including in-depth experience in public accounting. Her focus is primarily on the unique and challenging taxation requirements of entities in the alternative investment industry, including domestic and offshore hedge funds, master feeder structures and funds of funds. She has significant experience in the tax implications associated with long and short equities, fixed-income securities, MLPs, commodities, swaps and other derivatives. Lisa brings diverse experience in tax compliance and consulting, as well as experience in wealth advisory and family office operations to each of her clients.
Lisa is an active member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Hedge Fund Association and Texas Wall Street Women. She graduated with a Master of Science in Taxation and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of Texas at Arlington.
Justin Headley joined Warren Averett in 2016 and is a Manager in the Firm's Security, Risk and Controls Group. He has more than ten yepars of combined public accounting and industry experience. Justin has extensive knowledge in assisting our clients with Technology Control Reviews, Cyber Security concerns, Technology Risk Assessments, Business Process Reviews and SSAE 18, SOC 1 and SOC 2 Reports. In conjunction with the AICPA, he recently acquired the newly released SOC for Cyber Security certificate, which assists clients in an examination of the maturity of their Cyber Security Risk Management Program.
Justin is also a published author and speaker on a variety of technology and cyber security topics. Justin resides in Birmingham with his wife and three children.
Ahuva Indig is a partner in RSM’s financial services practice. Her experience encompasses the entire alternative investment industry including private equity groups, hedge funds, fund of funds, investment advisors and their related entities.
Ahuva handles all matters for large and small clients with the same personalized care and attention to detail. She advises clients on all aspects of tax planning and compliance for alternative investments, their related entities, as well as individual tax planning. Ahuva also works with clients on the tax implications of various types of securities transactions and foreign tax issues.
Ahuva is a frequent lecturer at in-house seminars on investment partnership structures, wash sales, constructive sales, straddles, merger arbitrage, contribution and distribution of securities and other current financial services topics.
Sharon advises businesses on planning, drafting and implementing privacy, security and data protection policies and “best practices,” compliance with applicable laws, regulations and rules, and crisis management and litigation strategies for non-compliance. She is certified as an information privacy professional by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Sharon is a frequent writer and presenter on issues such as licensing, privacy security, confidentiality, telemedicine, outcomes/disease management and managed care. She is active in many organizations involved in technology, data privacy and security, and health information. For example, Sharon is a member of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services task force that is addressing aligning health care industry security approaches to responding to cybersecurity threats under the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA). She also is a commissioner of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC), a voluntary, self-governing standards development organization established to develop standard criteria and accredit organizations that electronically exchange health care data.
Earlier in her career, Sharon was a member of the executive management team at Shared Medical Systems Corporation, which was Siemens Medical Solutions Health Services Corporation and is now Cerner Corporation.
Audit Partner and National Emerging Manager Practice Leader
Chris Mears Audit Partner and National Emerging Manager Practice Leader
Chris is KPMG’s Asset Management Practice Leader for our Short Hills Office. As the asset management practice leader, Chris is responsible for setting the strategy for the practice and overseeing execution. He focuses the Firm’s advisory, tax and audit resources in the hedge fund market, including all activities for business and practice development, professional development, technical support, and market activity. Chris is also an audit partner in the New York metropolitan area serving several of the Firm’s alternative investments clients.
Chris has over 25 years of experience in alternative investments, with a particular emphasis on investment partnerships, offshore funds, funds of funds, commodity pools, venture capital and private equity funds. He advises alternative investment clients regarding various matters involving Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Generally Accepted Auditing Standards, PCAOB Auditing Standards, alternative investment industry practices, transactional matters, and other regulations that may have an impact on an alternative investment fund complex. Chris has assisted alternative investment clients with matters involving operational efficiency, regulatory compliance, management reporting, performance reporting, financial management and budgeting, accounting, auditing and internal control. Chris has previously testified as an expert on accounting standards and practices in the alternative investment industry.
Prior to KPMG in July 2014, Chris served as the Principal-in-Charge of Rothstein Kass’ New York Metro Financial Services Group which includes oversight of approximately 400 audit and tax professionals. He has been an audit principal since 2000, served on Rothstein Kass’ Executive Committee and served as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer.
He is a member of the AICPA, NJSCPA and Managed Funds Association, and he is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in 3 states.
Amanda H. Nussbaum is a partner in the Tax Department at Proskauer and also is a member of the Private Funds Group. Her practice concentrates on planning for and the structuring of domestic and international private investment funds, including venture capital, buyout, real estate and hedge funds, as well as advising those funds on investment activities and operational issues. She also represents many types of investors, including tax-exempt and non-U.S. investors, with their investments in private investment funds.
Nick is a tax director with PwC’s State and Local Tax practice focused on the Asset and Wealth Management industry. He has a broad range of experience with state and local tax compliance and consulting for private equity funds, hedge funds, fund of funds and their management companies. Nick has more than 10 years of experience and also leads the tax technology and innovation strategy for PwC’s National SALT AWM practice. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Taxation from Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business and is a CPA licensed in New York.
Audit Partner and US Asset Management Sector Leader
Michael Patanella Audit Partner and US Asset Management Sector Leader
Michael has been with Grant Thornton for over 18 years. He has been an audit partner for 13 years and has served as the National Asset Management sector leader for approximately 8 years.
Industry Experience Michael has over 23 years of experience in public accounting, and extensive expertise working with private and public companies. He oversees asset management industry strategy and business development in the firm’s primary US markets, including New York, Connecticut, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Florida, Dallas, and Philadelphia.
Michael is a critical resource for the firm, and is recognized as an industry expert for accounting, auditing, financial reporting, internal control, risk management, regulatory, and operational issues impacting alternative investments. His former and current clients include hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity funds, clearing and introducing brokers, mutual funds, exchanged-traded funds (ETFs), unit investment trusts (UITs), public global diversified holding companies, registered investment advisors and other alternative investment vehicles.
Michael is very active with the New York State Society of CPA serving as the founding chair of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Committee, and the Investment Management Committee. He was named one of “Long Island’s Top 40 business people under 40” by the Long Island Business News. He is also a highly sought-after speaker on various topics relevant to financial services companies at the Institutional Investor, Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE), GAIM Cayman Operations, Private Equity International, Managed Fund Association (MFA) Strategic Member and Financial Research Associates seminars and conferences.
Presentations and publications Michael’s white papers on ASU Topic 820 and other industry topics have been republished in trade periodicals such as Hedge Funds Review, Private Equity Journal, and the Hedge Fund Journal. He has also been quoted in various financial services newsletters such as Reuters, Private Equity International, SNL Financial and Institutional Investor’s Compliance Report.
Michael received a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting from St. Joseph’s College in New York. He is licensed in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Managing Director, International Tax Services Financial Services
Sajjad Qamar Managing Director, International Tax Services Financial Services
As Managing Director of International Tax, Sajjad primarily focuses on inbound and outbound taxation of asset management and financial services clients. He has 15 + years of Big 4 experience serving hedge funds, private equity, pension funds, sovereign wealth, mutual funds, insurance companies, and international banks.
Sajjad has worked on variety of large tax consulting projects including onshore/offshore master/feeder structuring, US trade or business analysis, tax considerations at the level of portfolio company/investments, treaty applications, M&A transactions, earnings and profits studies, computation of foreign tax credits, GILTI, and Subpart F. In addition, Sajjad has extensive experience with US compliance of international operations with respect to CFCs, PFICs, foreign disregarded entities, and with analysis of income taxes with respect to uncertain tax positions (ASC 740) under the USGAAP, and review of relevant financial statement disclosures.
Previously, Sajjad worked for over four and half years with NASDAQ-AMEX Stock Market Group as Lead Financial Analyst focused on financial analysis and due-diligence of companies who applied for initial public offerings (IPOs) and secondary listings on the stock exchange.
Laura Ross is a Tax Partner in the Financial Services Group. With 15 years of experience, she has extensive expertise in accounting and tax issues related to hedge funds, market makers, and pass-through entities and their owners. Laura signs tax returns for some of the most complicated security partnerships on behalf of the firm.
Laura frequently speaks at seminars and webinars on hedge fund taxation issues.
Leighanne Scott is a Member and leader of the firm’s State & Local tax practice group. Within her practice, Ms. Scott represents individuals and multistate businesses on all aspects of state tax planning and controversies related to business operations, transactions, and personal income tax. She regularly provides counsel on technical issues involving federal conformity, nexus, apportionment, unity, partnership withholding, mergers and acquisitions, sales and use, business activity and real estate transfer taxes.
An integral part of Ms. Scott’s practice is her specialty in representing clients in state tax controversy at all levels of dispute including notice response, audits, administrative appeals and litigation. She frequently provides counsel to clients on voluntary disclosures, amnesty, and compliance initiatives as part of the controversy practice.
James is responsible for the firm’s finance, accounting, tax, human resources, information systems, and operational functions. Based on his prior experience as a public company chief financial officer and controller, he also serves as a resource for ABS Capital’s portfolio company CFOs with respect to finance, accounting, and tax matters.
James is actively involved in accounting, regulatory, and tax issues affecting the private equity industry and its portfolio companies. A former member of the National Venture Capital Association CFO Task Force, James is on the board of the Washington Chapter of the Private Equity CFO Association and is a frequent panelist at private equity industry conferences.
Before joining ABS Capital in 2003, James was executive vice president and chief financial officer at SITEL Corporation, where he was responsible for the finance, treasury, risk management, accounting, and tax functions. In addition to his CFO duties, James served on the executive committee of SITEL which was responsible for managing business units operating in 20 countries. Prior to SITEL, he was the controller of Alex. Brown & Sons Incorporated. James joined Alex. Brown in 1986 from KPMG, where he was a senior tax manager specializing in partnerships, executive compensation, and multi-state tax planning.
George Teixeira, CPA, is a tax partner at Anchin. He is a Co-Practice Leader of the Firm’s Private Equity Group, Tax Leader of the Firm’s Financial Services Practice and a member of its Private Client Group. George is experienced in servicing the alternative investment, private equity and financial services industries. His expertise includes tax planning for high net worth individuals, investment partnerships, investment advisors, broker-dealers, venture capital companies, hedge funds (and their investors), investment partnership management companies and general partner entities. He specializes in the taxation of securities transactions and financial services companies, in addition to offering tax compliance and consulting services for a diversity of entities and individuals.
Dale Thompson is an assurance partner serving registered funds, alternative funds and broker dealers in New York. Dale has more than 2 years experience managing multiple audit engagements covering a wide range of asset management companies including business development companies, closed-end funds, hedge funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, registered investment partnerships, and investment advisers. The structures of the funds include domestic partnerships and off-shore corporations of various structures (master-feeder, parallel funds, mini-master), including fund of funds, commodity pools, covering a range of strategies long/short, event driven, distressed, and macro relative value.
Dale effectively leads teams of audit, IT, tax, and valuation executives in planning and executing internal control assessments, and account balance procedures to address client specific risk factors, and advising with senior client executives on internal controls, accounting and reporting principles, regulatory matters and industry developments. He has advised investment advisers on accounting, structuring and regulatory matters impacting their products as well as their advisory business.
Dale serves as a contributor to BDO thought leadership publications specific to investment managers and funds. He also serves as the technical resource to our Asset Management Practice. Prior to joining BDO, Dale served as CFO of a multi-billion dollar investment company and as partner at a Big Four firm. Dale is also a member of the AICPA Investment Company Expert Panel since 2018.
Tony is a Principal in KPMG’s Alternative Investment Tax practice. He has more than 20 years of experience in tax structuring and advisory of alternative investment clients.
Professional and industry experience
Tony is responsible for tax structuring and tax advisory services for a broad range of asset management clients including hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity and venture capital funds. Tony has worked extensively with the formation and operation of funds trading a multitude of asset classes and various strategies. He has expertise in structuring hybrid funds and non-U.S. funds investing into the U.S. markets. His proficiency extends to the operation of management companies and the design of myriad compensation arrangements.
Tony also has expertise in the taxation of financial products and complex capital markets transactions. Prior to joining KPMG, he was the leader of the financial services practice at a national public accounting firm. He also served as the global head of tax structuring at Deutsche Bank.
Publications and speaking engagements
Author of numerous tax articles and frequent speaker at national tax conferences