Adviser Grows Corporate Tax Team; A Round-Up of News from the Region's Finance Sector in the Past Week

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Adviser Grows Corporate Tax Team; A Round-Up of News from the Region's Finance Sector in the Past Week


The Birmingham office of an international business advisers has made two senior specialist appointments to its corporate tax team.

Associate director Paula Thacker joins Grant Thornton following nine years at Ernst & Young, latterly in the transaction tax team, where she specialised in providing due diligence on deals across a range of sectors including gaming, food and beverage and manufacturing.

Fellow associate director John Foskett joins after 15 years at PwC in Birmingham, where he was part of the large corporate tax team.

Ms Thacker has worked on deals from single UK acquisitions to multi-jurisdictional transactions, with values ranging from PS10 million to PS2 billion.

Her new role will encompass transaction tax, tax compliance and advisory work and development of the corporate tax practice. Mr Foskett is experienced in complex tax advice to private and listed companies. His new role will capitalise on his corporate tax skills as well as his business development expertise.

David Hillan, head of Grant Thornton's corporate tax team in Birmingham, said: "We are keen to recruit more good people to the team, which in today's climate is quite rare."

Accountants search for investments The Birmingham office of an international accountancy firm is scouring the Midlands for businesses to buy on behalf of three large Indian corporations. Mazars' Midlands managing partner David Chapman, who also runs Mazars' Indian operation, said it was actively seeking companies in manufacturing, automotive and aerospace for cash rich Indian companies.

Mazars corporate finance partner Nick Johnson said: "Indian businesses are looking at the success of Tata with Jaguar Land Rover and are clearly interested in establishing a base in the UK from which to attack mainland Europe.

"They are also looking for joint ventures with European partners which is an extremely low risk, cost effective way for European companies to enter the Asia Pacific market."

Venture capital firm invests PS75k A Birmingham based venture capital firm has invested PS75,000 in a city company creating new treatments for lifethreatening and drug-resistant bacterial infections.

Abgentis, based at the Birmingham Research Park, will receive the money from Midven's Early Advantage Fund in three tranches to establish proof of concept to support the licensing of the programme to pharmaceutical companies. The Early Advantage Fund provides investment for small, high growth businesses at start-up and early stage in the West Midlands, and has already helped secure additional private investment for Abgentis, which plans to raise further funding this autumn.

A business angel has also invested in this round. Dr Lloyd Czaplewski, who founded Abgentis, said: "Antibiotics have been a low priority for development over the last decade but the clinical need is increasing with widespread drug-resistance, an ageing population and new markets in developing countries."

Dr Andrew Muir, a director of Midven and investment director of the Early Advantage Fund, who has joined the Board of Abgentis, said: "Lloyd has an excellent understanding of the technology and needs in the field of novel antibacterials and our funding will enable the company to validate its novel approach."

Loan helps garage move A Midland garage has moved to larger premises thanks to an PS80,000 bank loan.

Autopoint has relocated to Oldbury town centre after securing funding from Lloyds TSB Commercial.

The family run firm has an annual turnover of PS100,000 with three employees and is looking to take on another trainee mechanic.

Established in 2010, the business was previously based in Tividale and as demand increased, the business outgrew its original premises.

The bank finance means the company has been able to install a modern MOT station at its new site. Owner Mandeep Singh Batt said: "Despite the tough recent economic conditions the business has grown substantially. …

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