Sparke Helmore Consulting
Sparke Helmore Consulting (SHC) has been established to spearhead Sparke Helmore’s growing move into allied services with an initial focus on providing Tax Advisory and Business Consulting to complement the core legal services that Sparke Helmore Lawyers provides to its clients. SHC offers an integrated and seamless transition between legal and non-legal services, moving up and down the scale of involvement as an individual matter requires.
Headed up by Jonathan Doy, SHC focuses on being a provider of holistic strategic advice to clients covering all aspects of their organisational needs. Before Jonathan joined Sparke Helmore in January 2018, he was a Senior Partner at PwC and Crowe Horwath and before that with EY. Jonathan has worked with leading local and international companies across all major industries and has extensive specialist knowledge of tax and the broader business implications of transactions as well as Australian Federal/State Revenue Office compliance interactions and disputes.
Jonathan is supported by two Principal Advisers, Bruce McDonald and Nick Gangemi.
Bruce McDonald—Before joining Sparke Helmore in August 2019, Bruce was a senior Partner in PwC and was a member of the PwC Consulting leadership team for eight years. Bruce also spent time as Vice President Consulting at Cognizant where he led a team delivering technology and digital solutions to clients and also led the Sydney consulting practice at PPB Advisory when it merged with PwC in 2018. Bruce has outstanding experience in Health and Government as well as exposure to the Telco, Technology and Banking sectors.
Nick Gangemi—Nick began his career at Deloitte, working both in the Sydney and London offices. He also worked in law firms in both London and Sydney and was also a partner in the Corporate and International Tax Practice in a mid-tier accounting firm. More recently, Nick has been working as a barrister, defending clients in tax related matters or appealing tax decisions, defending clients in debt collection and insolvency matters as well as appearing in matters involving professional indemnity claims and contractual disputes, and advising on taxation, corporate law and trust law.
The tax landscape is complex and constantly changing, with increasing levels of scrutiny around tax strategies, governance and risk management. We collaborate with you and work closely with our core legal capability to minimise tax risk and maximise opportunities, going deep into the commerciality of your obligations to optimise the organisational outcomes.
Our focus within the Tax Advisory area is three-fold:
Transactions—Whether acquiring assets or a business or divesting, we take a proactive approach early in the life cycle and can be involved in setting up and structuring the transaction including full commercial and tax due diligence, ensuring from the outset that the transaction is managed for success. We can also feed into the legal elements of the process including supporting the drafting of agreements and other documentation.
Tax disputes resolution—We have a positive relationship with the tax authorities and are well-versed in managing interactions with those authorities in a professional and proactive manner. We can provide advice and assistance on contentious and non-contentious tax matters in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, tax risk management and government, corporate reconstructions, employee shares, stamp duty, employment matters, wills and estates, and land tax.
In contentious tax matters, we can deliver on a holistic solution, appearing for and assisting in all tax and tax-related matters including tax appeals and any matter involving a revenue authority, and can draw on legal professional privilege as required.
Tax governance and risk management—We work with company boards and senior management, advising on tax risks and the necessary governance steps an organisation needs to take based on Tax Office procedures. This can also include advising individual directors as to the steps required to satisfy their duties.
We can also independently examine your internal and external tax functions including resourcing, assessing the function’s connectivity with the broader finance function and ensuring your organisation meets its compliance obligations while delivering tax effective outcomes.
Sparke Helmore Consulting has deep expertise in all areas of tax—Federal (direct and indirect) and State (indirect taxes)—and works both domestically and internationally. We also have significant industry sector credentials with a particular specialism around the lifecycle of a property transaction—from acquisition, ownership and development through to divestment.
The demands placed on organisations to grow, change and optimise in the current economic environment as well as create value for owners and shareholders, are substantial. We work with you to ask the right questions to get to the root of an issue and help your organisation continue to evolve and meet its objectives.
SHC can respond to your business, as well as compliment some of your legal challenges, in a seamless non-legal to legal transition. We offer an alternative, independent viewpoint and objectively interrogate your internal decision-making, supporting alignment of strategic objectives to your desired organisational outcomes. We do this through our highly-specialised research and analysis capabilities.
Our focus within Business Consulting is to make your business “match fit” from a performance perspective and help you deliver on your business strategy. Whether it is revenue improvements through enhanced customer experiences or improving profitability or performance through optimising operating model(s), operational processes, costs or function effectiveness, we will partner with you for success. Our expertise includes:
Performance Improvement—Working with functions and organisations to improve performance and deliver on strategy from both a top or bottom-line perspective.
Deal support—Offering pre- and post- deal assistance, as well as operational due diligence and project management at execution stage.
Good Practice Governance—With regulatory demands constantly placing pressure on organisations we can help ensure your governance framework is comprehensive, effective and operating as desired.
Business Consulting has a unique variable resourcing model designed to maximise responsiveness to our clients. Drawing on experienced professionals with deep subject matter expertise we can deliver solutions in a cost-effective manner whether the challenge be big or small—our flexible model accommodates the successful completion of assignments of all sizes and delivers them within a cost-effective framework.
Disclaimer: Sparke Helmore Consulting does not provide investment or financial advice and does not hold an AFSL.