Sarah Pickering to launch Alvarez & Marsal Taxand’s UK Reward and Compensation Group

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Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) TAXAND has launched a Reward and Compensation Group in the UK, as it continues to broaden its range of taxation capabilities. Sarah Pickering, a former partner at Ernst & Young LLP, will lead the Group, which will operate in Europe and globally via the TAXAND network, will advise companies on the HR, tax, legal and accounting issues associated with employee incentives, helping employers’ to maximise the cost-effectiveness of their reward programmes whilst enhancing the value of the benefits for employees.  The team will work alongside senior management to review and implement effective remuneration structures. Working with the global Taxand network A&M can now offer clients another choice of provider in this business critical area.

TAXAND is the first global network of independent tax advisers, with member firms in more than 40 countries. Alvarez & Marsal TAXAND is a founding member of the global network, with the UK branch joining the TAXAND network in October 2007. Other tax services provided include transfer pricing, international tax planning and tax litigation.

Sarah Pickering, formerly a partner with the Human Capital practice at Ernst & Young, has joined as a Managing Director to lead the firm’s Reward and Compensation Group. She specialises in advising companies on the design, implementation and communication of employee reward programmes, as well as assisting companies in managing people change through corporate transactions, from due diligence to post-merger implementation.

David Pert, Managing Director and Head of Alvarez & Marsal TAXAND UK, commented:

“The market demands a fresh perspective on the tax implications of reward systems and remuneration structuring, with a need to focus on optimising the cost to benefit ratio. With A&M’s strong operational heritage and Sarah’s experience in reward and compensation, we can now provide our clients with the level of in-depth advice they need in a climate where both employees need to be motivated and efficiencies need to be increased.”

Sarah Pickering said:

“Our approach will be twofold: technical excellence in tax, coupled with pragmatic creative solutions to challenging business issues. Motivated people are the key to driving businesses forward, particularly in this depressed market. However, now more than ever, companies need to ensure they are operating cost-effectively.  Ensuring their reward and compensation programmes function as efficiently as possible is an important part of the process.”

Learn more about A&M Taxand UK’s Reward and Compensation services.

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