PwC Ireland appoints nine new partners

12 June, 2018

PwC Ireland has announced the admission of nine new partners to the firm. The new partners are: Donal Boyle (Assurance), Keith Connaughton (Tax), Mairead Connolly (Tax), Enwright De Sales (Tax), Colin Farrell (Tax),  Kim McClenaghan (Advisory), Shane McDonald (Assurance), Aoife O'Connor (Assurance) and John O'Loughlin (Tax).

Speaking at the announcement, Feargal O'Rourke, Managing Partner, PwC Ireland, said: "Our nine new partner appointments reflect the firm's strong growth across all areas of our business.

“In a world of constant change and disruption, we continue to expand our range of services helping clients reimagine the possible and solve complex business problems.

“Our new partners complement our strength in depth and the breadth of our expertise.”

Pictured are (l-r): John O'Loughlin, Shane McDonald, Feargal O'Rourke, Keith Connaughton, Aoife O'Connor, Enwright De Sales, Kim McClenaghan, Donal Boyle, Colin Farrell and Mairead Connolly.

Introducing PwC's new partners

Donal Boyle becomes a partner in the firm’s Assurance practice.  He has over 15 years’ experience providing assurance and accounting advisory services to a broad range of listed PLCs and large multinational clients. Donal’s particular area of expertise includes providing audit and assurance services to entities listed on the Irish and UK stock exchanges. He also has considerable experience advising on complex accounting matters under multiple accounting frameworks including IFRS, FRS 102 and US GAAP. He services a wide range of industries including retail, consumer and technology.

Keith Connaughton becomes a partner in the firm's People & Organisation Tax practice. Keith has extensive experience in Ireland and in Singapore working with multinational organisations to reward and mobilise their people.  Keith’s particular area of focus is supporting organisations with the movement of key talent across tax jurisdictions in a compliant and efficient manner. He also works with companies to deliver local and international payroll solutions and assists them in the management of their employment tax obligations.

Mairead Connolly becomes a Tax partner in our Mid-West practice. Mairead has a wealth of experience identifying tax solutions for a broad range of clients in the Limerick and Galway regions. Mairead works with multinational companies as well as Irish owned businesses and State bodies. She advises her clients and their shareholders on tax reliefs and incentives, along with compliance, structuring and tax efficient succession planning. She has significant experience dealing with Revenue interactions on behalf of clients.

Enwright De Sales is a highly experienced tax partner joining PwC Ireland's Tax practice from India. He has over 20 years’ experience working in Asia and Ireland. He will focus on driving the growing number of inbound and outbound projects and transactions with Asia. Enwright has significant experience in International tax having supported US, Asian and Irish clients expand overseas and into Ireland. He has served clients in a wide range of industries including technology, property and leasing. He was a founding member of the Ireland India Business Association and Chairman of Irish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Enwright was a regular speaker at conferences and seminars in Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dublin.

Colin Farrell becomes a Tax partner in the firm's Asset & Wealth Management Tax practice.  Colin specialises in international tax structuring. Colin assists investment banks and asset managers structure and manage all tax aspects of global asset management businesses. Colin has considerable experience advising on a wide range of cross-border tax matters relevant to structuring both mutual funds and alternative funds. He also advises investment banks and asset managers from a corporate group tax perspective. Colin currently works across a broad base of private equity and private debt funds, hedge funds, special purpose vehicles and traditional funds.

Kim McClenaghan becomes a partner in the firm's Consulting practice where he leads the PwC Energy, Utilities & Sustainability Advisory team.  Kim is a chartered engineer with more than 15 years’ experience working with the energy and utility sector in Ireland. His work includes helping clients with business strategy and complex business transformation.  Programmes delivered have included the management of business impacts associated with regulatory and technology driven change, with a particular focus on operational processes, systems and organisational design. Kim is a board member, and former president, of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors in Ireland.

Shane McDonald becomes a partner in the firm's Banking, Insurance and Aviation Finance practice. Shane has 15 years of experience providing assurance services to domestic and international life and non-life insurers as well as a number of international reinsurers. He has an extensive knowledge of the Irish insurance industry and developments in international markets. In addition to providing audit services, Shane also has significant experience providing financial reporting and regulatory services, advising insurers on IFRS, Irish GAAP and Solvency II regulatory reporting.

Aoife O’Connor becomes a partner in the firm's Asset & Wealth Management Assurance practice in Dublin, providing assurance and related services to Irish and International clients that manage a wide range of investment funds. Aoife has over 18 years’ experience having worked in the Asset and Wealth Management industry in Ireland, New York and the Channel Islands.  Aoife is an active member of the firm’s Exchange Traded Funds group and will continue to specialise in this area.  Aoife currently works across a broad base of alternative and real estate clients, special purpose vehicles and traditional funds.

John O'Loughlin becomes a partner in the firms Tax practice where he leads the Global Trade & Customs team. John specialises in the provision of global trade and customs advice and provides extensive consultancy support to a wide range of Irish and multinational companies across all sectors in supporting their businesses getting products and services across international borders in both a compliant and tax efficient manner. John is part of the firm’s Brexit task force and is actively assisting PwC clients across all industries prepare for the customs and trade impact associated with Brexit.

These new partners will bring PwC’s total number of partners in the Republic of Ireland firm to 116 as of July 2018.


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