Yesterday, Belinda Cheesewright joined BDO as a tax partner in Melbourne, with the firm citing an increase in client demand as the key driver behind her appointment.
Ms Cheesewright previously worked at KPMG for over 13 years, most recently as tax director in the deal advisory and corporate tax advisory teams.
Prior to KPMG, she worked with PwC for four years.
She has experience advising on large and complex restructure projects, IPOs, acquisitions for both Australian taxpayers and foreign inbound investors, divestment of foreign subsidiaries and structuring of foreign investments.
“Belinda is an exceptionally experienced tax adviser across a range of industries,” BDO Melbourne managing partner David Garvey said.
“She has a proven track record in providing clients with strategic tax solutions and will make a significant contribution to the team.”
Ms Cheesewright said she decided to leave KPMG in favour of a smaller firm for the opportunities, autonomy and “ability to be a full service tax partner for clients”.
Ms Cheesewright added that tax work has evolved, with clients engaging advisors on value add services while ‘insourcing’ traditional compliance services.
“There has been a decrease in demand for traditional tax compliance services and an increased focus on analysing the data and assessing the risk of a particular position or positions adopted by a taxpayer,” she said.