Manal Corwin to Lead KPMG’s Washington National Tax practice

Audit, tax, and advisory firm KPMG LLP has named Manal S. Corwin as the principal-in-charge of the firm’s Washington National Tax practice.

Corwin is based in Washington DC and succeeds Joe Pari. Corwin has served the firm for over five years as national leader of the firm’s International Tax practice and principal-in-charge of international tax policy.

In her new role, Corwin will lead a team of experienced tax professionals, serve as KPMG’s ultimate tax technical resource and be involved in client service. She will also continue in her role leading KPMG International’s Global Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) network.

Corwin re-joined KPMG in 2013 following completion of her tenure as deputy assistant secretary of tax policy for international tax affairs at the US Department of the Treasury. While at Treasury, she also served as international tax counsel in the Office of Tax Policy and was a US delegate and vice chair to the OECD’s committee on fiscal affairs, with active involvement in the early stages of its BEPS initiative.

Jeffrey C. LeSage, Americas Vice Chairman—Tax at KPMG, said: “Manal brings to this position a unique combination of tax technical knowledge from both the public and private sectors, impressive professional achievements, and client service success for some of our firm’s largest and most prestigious clients. Her leadership and insight will be critical for our clients as they look to our WNT practice for guidance in complying with ever-changing tax regulations in the US and worldwide.”

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Sturm has over 13 years of experience as a tax specialist in international practice with a focus on M&A and oil and gas.

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