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Corporate tax executive with over 30 years of experience who represents First Names Group, a global, independent provider of corporate, fund and trust services with over 600 employees. First Names is a boutique firm that provides a wide range of accounting, compliance, corporate secretarial, management, structured finance and treasury services in Cyprus, France, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It specializes in serving holding, finance, IP and operating companies and its clients range from those expanding internationally for the first time to the Fortune 500.

Specialties: Luxembourg, Netherlands, Dutch, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Jersey, Channel Islands, Singapore, Switzerland, Swiss, United Kingdom, UK, Ireland, Irish, France, French, Cyprus, Monaco, Europe, Asia, holding company, finance branch, intellectual property, IP, accounting, tax, tax compliance, VAT, HR, treasury, director, corporate secretarial, cosec, corporate governance, outsourcing, back office, domiciliation, registered office, trust company, global expansion, international, cash pooling, netting, intercompany loan, cross-border, merger, acquisition, M&A, migration, reorganization, restructuring, divesting, liquidation, licensing, royalty, leasing, real estate, serviced offices, substance, withholding, tax treaty, PEC, CPEC, APA, ATR, tax ruling, private equity, PE, venture capital, BEPS, Brexit

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Languages

  • English

Industry Experience

    • Professional Services
    • Manufacturing
    • Public Accounting Firm

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First Names Group
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA 28031
Managing Director
Corporation - Privately-Held
2014 - Present
First Names Group is a global, independent provider of corporate, fund and trust services with over 600 employees. First Names is a boutique firm that provides a wide range of accounting, compliance, corporate secretarial, management, structured finance and treasury services in Cyprus, France, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. It specializes in serving holding, finance, IP and operating companies and its clients range from those expanding internationally for the first time to the Fortune 500.

First Names acquired Temmes Management Services in March 2014. It shares the same business model: clients come first, outstanding client service using experienced professionals, a wide range of integrated services and all-inclusive fixed fees.

First Names works closely with various law firms in each country where it has offices. It has a close relationship with Weidema van Tol, a corporate and tax law firm, in Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Temmes International
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Managing Director
Corporation - Privately-Held
2004 - 2014
Temmes International represents Temmes Management Services B.V. (“Temmes”) in the U.S. and Canada. Temmes is a boutique firm that assists its clients in achieving their tax and treasury objectives by providing responsive services to holding, finance, intellectual property and operating companies in France, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands and Switzerland. These services include accounting, tax compliance, treasury support, corporate secretarial, resident director, staffing, office rental and management services. The benefits provided include:

• All-Inclusive Fixed Fees – In contrast to most competitors, Temmes charges fixed fees for all of its services. Other firms operate on a fixed plus variable fee approach whereby they charge a base fee for certain services plus hourly fees for a variety of other routine services. We believe that our clients prefer to know what to include in their budgets and to avoid surprises.

• Integrated Service Approach – We find that many companies have one firm performing the accounting and another firm preparing the tax returns. At Temmes the same individuals who perform the accounting also prepare the tax returns. This approach saves time for our clients, completes these tasks sooner and reduces the related fees.

Temmes is affiliated with the law firm of Weidema van Tol, Attorneys & Tax Advisors, which has offices in Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United States.
Collins & Aikman Corporation
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Vice President - Taxes
Corporation - Publicly-Held
1992 - 2003
Managed the tax function of a $4 billion Fortune 500 manufacturer with over 100 subsidiaries in 19 countries. Initiated and executed supportable tax strategies with favorable cash flow and financial statement benefits. Directed tax due diligence and developed tax-efficient structures for over 20 acquisitions/divestitures including Luxembourg holding company and Swiss finance branch structure. Successfully managed numerous federal, foreign and state tax audits. Developed corporate strategy for transfer pricing and negotiated bilateral Advance Pricing Agreement.
Ernst & Young
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Tax Partner
Partnership
1985 - 1992
Directed all tax services for a diverse group of clients ranging from medium-sized private companies to large publicly-held companies. Served as Chairman of the International Committee for the Atlanta office and was the Southeast Region leader of the firm’s International Corporate Services Group.
Arthur Andersen
Various, USA
Manager
Partnership
1975 - 1985
Provided audit and tax services to clients in the Charlotte, Columbia and Philadelphia offices.

Education

MBA1975
University of South Carolina
Beta Alpha Psi - President
BS, Accounting 1973
University of South Carolina

Associations and Societies

  • International Fiscal Association
  • Tax Executives Institute (Carolinas Chapter, Past President)

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