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PwC appoints six Advisory partners in Poland and Russia

The six partners bolster PwC’s Advisory division, which houses the firm’s services in management and digital consulting (‘PwC Consulting’), corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions (PwC Deals) and forensics (‘PwC Forensics’).

In Poland, Maciej Kroenke has become a partner in PwC’s Strategy practice. He joined the Big Four firm at the start of 2016 from a boutique Polish consultancy specialised in pricing and revenue management. Previously, he worked as a consultant for Simon-Kucher & Partners and held several roles in pricing in industry. At PwC, Kroenke leads PwC’s services in the area of revenue management with a focus on pricing, promotions, sales excellence, customer loyalty and digitisation of commercial functions.

Piotr Rudzki has been appointed a partner in the Valuations & Economics team, which is a service line within PwC Deals. He re-joined PwC in 2017 following an eight year spell in investment banking, having previously served the accounting and consulting giant for four years. Warsaw-based Rudzki specialises in corporate finance, business valuations, financial models and M&A services.

Sixteen years after starting her career at PwC, Katarzyna Podgórna has now been admitted into the firm’s leadership ranks. She is a partner in the Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services arm, leading a team which develops and implements solutions to improve processes within finance departments, with a focus on the financial services industry. Interrupting her tenure at PwC Poland were two external stints – one at rival EY (five years) and a 12-month secondment at PwC in the UK.

Part of the Financial Services industry group, Łukasz Żochowski has been tasked with expanding PwC’s Advisory services to banks and insurance groups, among others. He has been with PwC for his entire career, and has grown into a specialist in risk management services for financial institutions, including risk analytics/modelling, risk-IT implementations, regulatory & compliance and remediation topics. He is a leader in the firm’s CEE-wide Risk Management group.

Maciej Przybyłowski is a partner in PwC’s Financial Crime Unit, which helps financial institutions battle the growing threat of financial crime, including the likes of anti-money laundering, terrorist financing, bribery and corruption, market abuse and insider dealing. He joined PwC in 2016, after serving among others telecom group Orange, GE and local Polish banking subsidiary Bank BPH, and Citi. Przybyłowski has been tasked with developing PwC’s financial crime offerings in domestically and in the region.

Meanwhile, in Russia, where PwC has over 2,600 professionals working across offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Voronezh, Novosibirsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Vladikavkaz, PwC has appointed Olga Maydanik a partner in the firm’s Deals wing.

Maydanik joined PwC in Moscow in 2009 after serving the Russian arm of Deloitte for five years. At PwC Deals, she supports clients with M&A and transaction services, with a focus on transactions in the energy, oil & gas and transport & logistics sectors. Maydanik holds a Master of Economics from Moscow’s Lomonosov State University.

West Palm Beach Mayor appoints Ron Herman to Advisory Board

Ron Herman is honored to be appointed by Keith James, the Mayor of the City of West Palm Beach to the City’s Water Advisory Board. The Advisory Board serves the City Commission on matters relating to long-range planning for the City’s public water system and the development, use and management of water resources within the City. The oldest city in South Florida, West Palm Beach is also the largest city in the County and is where many businesses are headquartered.

As a long standing small business owner in the City, Ron Herman is honored to serve the City, and looks forward to helping lead this important conversation. Ron’s appointment to the Board is for a 2 year term.

Ron is the owner of Herman Law, P.A., an established criminal law firm, where he defends complex cases, with experience representing companies and professionals fighting government investigations. Ron has extensive trial experience and has handled more than 150 jury trials during his esteemed career.

Ron’s prior experience includes working as a skilled prosecutor in Palm Beach and Broward Counties for over six years. At the State Attorney’s Office, Ron was promoted several times to become division lead of the Felony, DUI, and Domestic Violence Units, and was eventually tapped to be part of the coveted Crimes Against Children Unit (Special Victims Unit or SVU). By concentrating on complex, high stakes white collar cases, the firm provides each client concierge-level service and attention.

KPMG hires Zurich veteran

KPMG has announced the appointment of Graham Boffey as insurance partner in its financial services consultancy team, effective October 01.

In his new role, Boffey will work closely with Simon Ranger, head of insurance at KPMG, to support clients across the UK market. Boffey brings considerable insurance industry experience and most recently acted as head of UK distribution at Zurich Insurance. He began his career at IBM and Barclays, and spent more than a decade at Aviva, where he fulfilled many roles including chief executive officer of Aviva Healthcare, and, later, managing director of corporate benefits.

“It’s great to be heading back to KPMG – its UK leadership team is bold and braced for change and I want to take that mentality out to clients,” said Boffey. “Customers, and society at large, are putting ever greater pressure on big businesses to demonstrate their value and nowhere is that more prevalent than in insurance; a sector designed to help people protect what’s important to them. Simon and the team at KPMG understand that we have to change now to be relevant in the future. I’m looking forward to getting to know the team and their clients to help them make that change.”

“Graham brings with him a huge amount of experience and a practical understanding of how the industry needs to change,” said Ranger. “He’s helped some of the biggest insurers navigate some of the choppiest waters over the last few decades. I’m sure our clients will appreciate his knowledge, and, most importantly, our colleagues will benefit enormously from working with him.”

KPMG appoints Christine Hewson as new North Region Chair

Christine Hewson takes on the role from Chris Hearld who was recently named Head of Regions nationally after joining the firm’s executive leadership team.

Based in KPMG’s Leeds office, Christine is an elected member of the firm’s UK Board and has more than 20 years’ experience working across its operations in the North of England, having led its northern Tax & Pensions and Retail practices. She was appointed to KPMG’s partnership in 2006 having joined as a graduate in 1989.

In addition to her role on the UK Board, she sponsors the firm’s partnership with Bedford High School in Leigh. She was also invited to the Northern Power Women’s Power List in 2017 and mentors women in business and not for profit sectors across the region.

Christine Hewson, KPMG Partner and North Region Chair, said: “The North’s business community continues to prove to be one of the most dynamic and entrepreneurial, both at home and internationally. Our traditional sectors remain vital to the region’s future prosperity as they evolve alongside the success of emerging and fast-growth digital industries.

“I’m delighted to be leading such a strong team of people across our offices and looking forward to working closely with Nicola Quayle, Euan West and David Elliott, as office senior partners, to support our ambitious client base in making their visions a reality. There is a real need to bring the government’s industrial strategy to life and it’s clear that, with the right support, business leaders across the region have both the knowledge and the resolve to do so.”

Chris Hearld, Head of Regions at KPMG, added: “Christine has played a key role in developing our northern strategy in recent years and I am in no doubt she will continue to prove an outstanding champion and leader for the region. Our northern business grew by seven per cent last year and we have developed an exceptional partnership across the firm that will only grow stronger as we look to support business’ aspirations both now and in future.”

Commercial real estate consultancy appoints new associate director

2017 BYPY Finalist, Charles Jones, has been appointed associate director within Lambert Smith Hampton’s capital markets team.

“I’m excited to join Lambert Smith Hampton where I’ll be working closely with a highly skilled national hotel specialist team. Simon Stevens, David Creamore, Martin Davis, Dan Whittaker and Hugh Anderson are all industry leaders and very respected by operators within the sector,” said Charles, who will be based in LSH’s Birmingham office.

“I’ll be working hard to advise on a variety of transactions including independent, corporate, single assets, and portfolios, and developing relationships with existing and new clients.”

Charles added: “LSH has departments across the entire property spectrum, from building consultancy, lease advisory, planning and development, auctions, property finance and business rates, and I believe sitting closely to all these teams will help me develop my skill-sets.”

About Lambert Smith Hampton

Lambert Smith Hampton is one of the UK and Ireland’s leading, and most progressive, property consultancies with over 40 offices and 1,700 staff.

If you would like to find out more information about LSH, please visit https://www.lsh.co.uk/

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Arendt & Medernach appoints four new Partners

Leading law firm Arendt & Medernach has the pleasure of announcing the appointment of four new Partners.

Nicolas Bouveret

Partner Investment Management, Private Equity & Real Estate

Nicolas Bouveret is a Partner in the Investment Management and Private Equity & Real Estate practices of Arendt & Medernach. He advises global asset managers and institutional clients on the structuring, formation and marketing of Luxembourg investment funds.

Rodrigo Delcourt

Partner Private Equity & Real Estate

Rodrigo Delcourt is a Partner in the Private Equity & Real Estate practice of Arendt & Medernach. He advises fund sponsors and managers on all legal and regulatory aspects related to the structuring, setting-up and ongoing operations of regulated and unregulated alternative funds.

Vincent Mahler

Partner Tax Law

Vincent Mahler is a Partner in the Tax Law practice at Arendt & Medernach and Head of the Paris Tax Desk. He advises on both national and international tax issues, focusing on the tax aspects of unregulated and regulated real estate structures as well as private equity and finance transactions.

Astrid Wagner

Partner IP, Communication & Technology, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions

Astrid Wagner is a Partner in the IP, Communication & Technology practice area of Arendt & Medernach. She is in charge of specialised areas of the law such as data protection, e-commerce, IT and the full spectrum of IP rights. Astrid is also handling corporate law matters.

If you would like to view their full CV’s, please visit https://www.arendt.com/