KPMG takes leading E&Y tax lawyer

KPMG is taking one of the top partners from Ernst & Young’s new associate Washington DC law firm.

McKee Nelson Ernst & Young, which set up in November last year as the first tie-up between a big five accountant and a US law firm, is losing leading tax lawyer Tom Wessel.

Wessel joined the firm six months ago from Atlanta firm King & Spalding (The Lawyer, 19 November 1999).

But he decided to leave the new venture and join the more established 200-strong Washington national tax practice of KPMG.

His clients include GE Capital and Sprint Corporation.

David Brockway, partner in charge of the Washington KPMG practice, says: “The reason for bringing him on board is pretty straightforward – he’s simply the top of the profession as an M&A tax expert. He has a very loyal client following and some very major clients.”

Brockway, who joined KPMG from Dewey Ballantine last year, says he will continue to recruit top lawyers.