Alicea Castellanos

Alicea Castellanos is our exclusively recommended Tax Services expert in New York on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Alicea directly using the contact details above.

Alicea Castellanos is the CEO and Founder of Global Taxes LLC. Alicea provides personalized U.S. tax advisory and compliance services to high net worth families and their advisors.

Alicea has more than 17 years of experience. Prior to forming Global Taxes, Alicea founded and oversaw operations at a boutique tax firm, worked at a prestigious global law firm and CPA firm.

Alicea specializes in U.S. tax planning and compliance for non-U.S. families with global wealth and asset protection structures which include non-U.S. trusts, estates and foundations that have a U.S. connection.

Alicea also specializes in foreign investment in U.S. real estate property, and other U.S. assets, pre-immigration tax planning, U.S. expatriation matters, U.S. persons in receipt of foreign gifts and inheritances, foreign accounts and assets compliance, offshore voluntary disclosures/tax amnesties, FATCA registration, and foreign companies wanting to do business in the U.S.

Alicea is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.

Alicea is an active member of the Society of Trusts & Estates Practitioners (STEP), the New York City Bar, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPAs), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the International Fiscal Association (IFA).  She is the New York/Northeast Regional Representative of the Women of IFA Network (WIN).

Distinctly, in 2020, Alicea was awarded with a prestigious NYSSCPA Forty Under 40 Award. She was selected as someone that has notable skills and is visibly making a difference in the accounting profession.

Firm Overview:

We are a global tax firm specialising in income and estate tax matters for ultra high-net-worth global private clients with a connection to the U.S. or planning to have a connection to the U.S. by way of family members immigrating to the U.S., residing or attending higher education in the U.S. or investing in U.S. real property and businesses. Global Taxes is highly regarded and sought for its specialisation by U.S. and non-U.S. attorneys, fiduciaries, and other financial institutions.

Our firm is one of the leading Global CPA firms in the United States. By combining our expertise, experience, and amazing team, each client receives close personal and professional attention.

Saverio Signori

Saverio Signori is our exclusively recommended Tax Services expert in Italy on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Saverio directly using the contact details listed above.

Saverio is involved in corporate, financing and tax advisory, in particular he focuses on civil and tax law transactions, drafting and elaboration of ordinary and extraordinary financial statements, management of business reorganisations and restructurings of target companies consisting of acquisitions, mergers and severances.

Saverio has substantial expertise in firm financing and is involved in the leading Italian and international capital markets transactions. He focused on advising clients on corporate transactions concerning favourable findings even for export credits.

Saverio was a member of the Working Team set up by the Ministry of Productive Activities for the Reform of regulations on extraordinary administration of the big companies in crisis.

In 1986 he founded the Studio Signori Company of Chartered Accountants with the head office in Rome and a secondary office in Milan.

Saverio Signori has been liquidator of several extraordinary administration procedures and has served as President or member of the board of statutory auditors for several firms.

Firm Overview:

Established in Rome in 1987, Studio Signori – Accountants & Lawyers has offices in both Rome and Milan.

Thanks to the solid reputation gained on the market, since more than twenty years the Firm acts as a privileged partner for both public and private companies and institutions.

The Firm Client commitment means that assistance and consultancy are rendered through long-term relationships, tailor made advisory and research of the best possible solutions for our Clients.

Thanks to more than 20 professionals with a strong expertise in different sectors, Studio Signori renders services in the financial, tax and Accounting areas.

Thanks to its offices in Rome and Milan, the Firm is ideally positioned to cover the whole Italian entrepreneurial scenery and to contact all the leading players in the Financial Community.

The Firm professionals enjoy outstanding academic records ad well as in-depth knowledge of their specific areas of expertise. Members of the Firm are in the Board of Directors, Audit Committee or Supervisory Board of leading Italian companies.

Furthermore, throught strong partnerships with leading firms around the world Studio Signori also offers integrated services on cross-border transactions.

Since 2013, Studio Signori was Partner of GGI (Geneva Group International AG).

Sylvanus BASSOUNDA

Sylvanus BASSOUNDA is our exclusively recommended Tax Services expert in Chad on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Sylvanus directly using the contact details listed above.

Tax is an important ingredient of literally every commercial, corporate or personal transaction. Every facet of life today involves tax in some respect. It’s a big source of revenue for authorities and its subject-matter is voluminous and complex.

There are lots of stereotypes surrounding tax. It sounds very boring, but then again so are lots of things that are difficult to understand. To be clear, this area of law is often reserved for the most analytical of aspiring lawyers.

What does tax involve?

Tax involves contentious and non-contentious work and is a crossover service, which is associated with almost all other areas of law practice. Much of a tax solicitor’s work today covers what used to be the domain of accounting firms. More and more clients are looking for professionals who combine legal and accounting expertise to ensure the uniformity and quality of advice that they receive.

Tax lawyers are required in both private and public domains. A private sector tax practitioner’s workload will cover various core areas; normally this involves focusing on the best way to structure assets, assisting with documentation, negotiating transactions and jockeying the deal to completion. They will advise clients on the implications of tax during transactions, especially when structuring financial and administrative frameworks in different markets.

Tax lawyers in the public sector will work for governmental tax and revenue departments, tax statutory bodies and panels. Their work will include investigating tax evasions, auditing the tax accounts of companies, prosecuting tax offenders, assisting in the interpretation of tax rules and regulations and defending public authorities against private sector claims.

Tax is a particularly lucrative area for solicitors, as good advice can often result in clients saving literally millions of pounds.

What makes a good tax lawyer?

Clients now often expect their law firms to act as their accountants too. As such, many departments at law firms are now looking to bolster their accounting credentials by way of boosting their client rosters.

Tax can be very complex and confusing; hence a strong background in academic excellence is a must. Tax solicitors require exceptional skills in analysis, communication and negotiation. They scrutinise and study business structures and constitutions to provide clients with the best possible advice. Furthermore, the job involves plenty of study and research and tax solicitors need to have a close eye for detail.

Extra qualifications in accounting will be an added advantage. Clients will be very interested in getting all their business advice in one shop. Tax is an integral part of every business transaction and therefore, it makes sense to have a good, solid all-around knowledge.

John Neocleous

John Neocleous is our exclusively recommended Tax Services expert in Switzerland on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact John directly using the contact details above.

John is the Founder and Managing Partner of NCI Law Group. He holds an “LLB (Hons) from the University of East Anglia, a Master of Philosophy from the University of Sussex, and a Diploma in European Law from the European University Institute. Mr. Neocleous has lectured and published extensively in the areas of human rights, international tax and commercial law, and international criminal law. He has practiced internationally for more than 20 years, with an emphasis on solutions to complex international legal problems, including taxation, collection, contract and business law for high net worth clients. He is an active member of several professional organisations, including the International Bar Association, the Washington State, Cyprus, and American bar associations, the Bar Council and the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales, and the Ordre des Avocats Vaudois in Switzerland.

Firm Overview:

Welcome to the NCI Law Group. With offices in the US, UK, Switzerland, and Cyprus, our team of lawyers is uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive legal solutions to our clients. A multinational law practice with a proven track record of success, our philosophy is simple – quality, practical, cost-effective legal solutions, delivered in a timely manner. Simply put, we get things done.

The firm has received numerous awards for its practice of tax law, commercial law, corporate law, immigration, and innovation excellence. We handle transactions of all sizes and complexity and offer a full spectrum of international legal services. Our client base covers over 40 countries and ranges from private investors, to single owner start ups, governments, leading investment banks and financial institutions. We have built a reputation for quality, experience, and with our business acumen, for helping our clients move from strategy to strength.

Mag. Andreas Valsky, LL.M.

Mag. Andreas Valsky has worked as a self-employed tax consultant for more than ten years together with his team. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from the WU Wien (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration), he worked at KPMG Plantreuhand and completed his postgraduate studies in International Tax Law (LL.M.) at the WU Wien. In 1997 he founded the CTS Tax Consulting Office in Stockerau and in 2001 expanded his business to Vienna where he caters to clients from around the world. We consider ourselves as full-service consultants. Your success is our common goal. We provide the services you need to achieve sustained success. These services range from consultation during the formative stage to legal advice on employment and social security matters, payroll and accounting as well as preparation of annual financial statements and tax returns. CTS services also include expert advice on reorganization, support in company tax audits and representation in tax litigations. To get a better idea about us, please contact Mag. Andreas Valsky for a free initial consultation.

Firm Overview:

CTS consults businesses of all sizes and sectors. We focus on international clients advising them on tax and trust-related matters.

Our team is made up of highly specialized consultants who have a clear customer focus and offer excellent quality of support. We offer a wide range of services in the areas of tax and business consulting, accounting and payroll and can provide professional advice through years of experience.

We are a full-service provider, all our consulting services come from a single source.

Our expertise:

  • Business consultancy
  • Trust services
  • Annual tax accounting
  • Accounting

Dr. Alexandros Karakitis

Alexandros Karakitis is our exclusively recommended Tax Services expert in Greece on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Alexandros directly using the contact details above.

Alexandros is the lawyer in charge of the firm. He has more than 20 years of experience in tax and business law matters. In particular, he has vast experience in transfer pricing, including transfer pricing policy design, documentation, preventive dispute elimination mechanisms, i.e. APA (Advance Pricing Arrangements) and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, i.e. MAP (Mutual Agreement Procedure), in permanent establishment taxation, in business acquisition structuring and due diligence, in tax controversy support and in tax litigation. Since the establishment of the firm in 2018, he has successfully completed tax litigation projects, relating to transfer pricing, out-of-books reassessment and taxation of business profits and to withholding taxes, and advised companies regarding the expansion of their activities outside Greece and foreign investors regarding the optimal implementation of their investments in Greece. His services have also included corporate law and immigration law advice and coordination of the procedure for the acquisition of permanent residency and of the residence permit procedures for executives.

Firm Overview:

We help clients anticipate the relevant issues and respond appropriately, aiming to be recognised as their trusted advisor and advocate.

In the last few years and following a radical tax reform, many rules in Greece have changed to better reflect international patterns, whilst tax and criminal tax litigation increased exponentially. Our services reflect the new reality and include, apart from tax advisory and litigation, alternative tax dispute resolution support (i.e. initiating of a competent authority procedure for the elimination of double taxation), criminal tax proceedings and remedy proceedings against the enforced collection of tax assessments. At the same time we monitor the international developments so that we anticipate what’s next in risks and opportunities for our clients.

We have extensive experience in advising clients in relation to business reorganisations and supply chain restructurings, domestic and cross-border M&As (corporate reorganisations, acquisition and financing structuring as well as tax and legal due diligence), transfer pricing compliance reviews and controversy management.

We have dealt in several occasions with legal and tax issues pertaining to prominent market participants of the oil & gas, pharma, consumer products and real estate sectors.