Ryan Hires Key Executives to Support Growth of International Tax Practice; Will Launch Chinese Tax Services Group and Provide Additional European Tax Expertise

DALLAS, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Ryan, a leading global tax services firm with the largest indirect tax practice in North America, today announced the hiring of two key executives to extend the Firm's international income tax capabilities across Asia and Europe to provide global companies a comprehensive suite of multinational tax services. These seasoned international tax experts will support the continued growth and global expansion of Ryan's International Tax practice, while delivering higher levels of value and results for the Firm's portfolio of multinational clients. They will lead Ryan's continued market penetration into more than 50 countries throughout the world, with a comprehensive suite of income tax, value-added tax, global transfer pricing, valuation, and customs services.

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To support growing demand across Asia, Glen Wei has joined the Firm to launch the Chinese Tax Solutions Group. Mr. Wei has more than ten years of experience handling a wide variety of Chinese tax matters and foreign investments, assisting United States multinational corporations in establishing and structuring their international operations in China. Prior to joining Ryan, Mr. Wei worked as a tax attorney in China and then as a Tax Director in the China and United States offices of an international accounting and consulting firm with a global network in 138 countries. He has published more than 150 articles on Chinese tax news and analysis, sharing thought leadership and best practices across the global tax community. Mr. Wei is a member of the All China Lawyers Association, Chinese Certified Tax Agents Association, and Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He will be based in Ryan's San Jose office.

To further extend Ryan's emerging presence across Europe, Patrick Reitbroek has joined the Firm's International Tax practice as a Director based in the Amsterdam, Netherlands office. Prior to joining Ryan, Mr. Reitbroek worked for an international full-service law firm, serving clients from 35 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. While at the law firm, Mr. Reitbroek was a key member of the team led by John Linders and Mark van der Linden, who also recently joined Ryan's International Tax practice as Principals to lead the Firm's European Tax Services group. The reunion of these three industry-recognized tax experts within Ryan's International Tax practice is a significant milestone in the Firm's initiative to build the leading European tax group capable of delivering the most comprehensive integrated suite of tax services throughout the European Union (EU). Mr. Reitbroek has 15 years of experience as an international tax advisor and attorney at law, specializing in international tax structuring, tax audits, tax litigation, cross-border restructurings, private equity, and tax planning for compensation and benefit plans. He holds a Master of Tax and Civil Law degree from Leiden University in the Netherlands.

"Ryan's International Tax practice is committed to the continued growth of services and geographic expansion to support the growing demands of our premier multinational clients," said Todd Behrend, Ryan Principal and International Tax and Transfer Pricing Practice Leader. "Adding these talented professionals to launch our new China Tax Solutions Group and additional expertise to our European Tax Group improves our ability to provide the most comprehensive integrated international tax offering in the industry today."

"Ryan already provides tax services to many of the world's leading global companies, and the addition of these professionals will deliver tremendous value through additional international tax solutions focused on Asia and the European Union," said Brendan F. Moore, Ryan Executive Vice President and Vice Chairman of Global Corporate Development. "The trust that Ryan has earned by delivering superior results for these multinational clients drives our commitment to dramatically expand Ryan's international tax services."

"The high-velocity growth of Ryan's International Tax practice will ensure our clients operating in the global market have direct access to the most innovative suite of international tax services for improving profitability and cash flow," said G. Brint Ryan, Chairman and CEO of Ryan. "We will continue to acquire the most seasoned international tax talent in those countries where our premier global clients operate to best serve their needs."

About Ryan
Ryan is an award-winning global tax services firm, with the largest indirect tax practice in North America and the seventh largest corporate tax practice in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides a comprehensive range of state, local, federal, and international tax advisory and consulting services on a multi-jurisdictional basis, including audit defense, tax recovery, credits and incentives, tax process improvement and automation, tax appeals, tax compliance, and strategic planning. Ryan is a two-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan's multi-disciplinary team of more than 975 professionals and associates serves over 6,500 clients in 40 countries, including many of the world's most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at www.ryan.com.


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