New Tax Principal at Rothstein Kass

 In Grant Thornton, Rothstein Kass, Tax Partner Moves
[private]Rothstein Kass has announced that Wes Barrow has joined the national accounting and advisory services firm as a Tax Principal in the Financial Services Group. Mr. Barrow brings over 30-years of related experience encompassing a broad range of tax accounting, tax planning and compliance issues to the firm’s Beverly Hills office location. In this role, he will support continued expansion of the financial services tax practice, best-known for its extensive work with the alternative investment community and middle-market enterprises.

“When we opened our Beverly Hills Office in 2000, we recognized that regional middle-market businesses could benefit from the level of sophistication that had already helped to establish Rothstein Kass as a leading service provider to the financial services industry. Throughout the dramatic growth that ensued, we have not lost sight of the standards that have provided the foundation for our success,” said Steven A. Kass, Co-Managing Principal of Rothstein Kass. “As we launched operations in Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Walnut Creek and most recently, Irvine, CA, we have maintained our commitment to attracting, retaining and developing talented and dedicated professionals, and to encouraging a culture of collaboration. Wes embodies the qualities and characteristics that we value across our organization and will be a vital resource to both our clients and staff.”

Prior to joining Rothstein Kass, Wes Barrow was a partner at Grant Thornton, managing a portfolio of clients within the firm’s Southern California Tax Practice. Previously, he was a partner with Damitz, Brooks, Nightingale, Turner & Morrisset, a regional firm servicing high-net-worth individuals and middle-market businesses. Mr. Barrow began his career at Arthur Andersen LLP, most recently serving as partner-in-charge of the federal business tax practice in Los Angeles. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

“As our reputation has grown — both in Southern California and nationally — so has demand for our services. For example, our work with the hedge fund industry has led to growing interest from private equity firms and their portfolio companies. This has led to dramatic growth in our Commercial Services Group that provides comprehensive solutions to middle-market business across a broad spectrum of industry concentrations,” said Marc Wolf, Principal-in-Charge of the Beverly Hills Office. “Throughout his career, Wes has established a reputation for integrity, diligence and intelligence, supporting clients on initiatives including outsourcing of the tax function, preparing the tax provision calculations and FIN 48 analysis. His skill set will complement our award-winning financial services capabilities, while his sector-specific experience working with technology and manufacturing industries will augment our initiatives in these areas. In addition, his in-depth understanding commercial real estate fund companies and structures will enhance the range of services we offer to this community.”

“Rothstein Kass is widely considered a great place to build a career and it is not difficult to understand why. From senior management to support staff, Rothstein Kass is comprised of motivated, passionate and energetic professionals, working in concert to deliver customized solutions to clients,” said Mr. Barrow. “At Rothstein Kass, I have the opportunity to join a dynamic organization during an important phase in its development while continuing to support the local business community that has been the focus of my career.”
[/private] About Rothstein Kass:

Rothstein Kass is a premier public accounting and advisory services firm that has served privately held and publicly traded companies, individuals, and families for 50 years. Beyond audit and tax services, the firm provides a full array of consulting services, including family office services, strategic business counseling, regulatory compliance and SEC advisory services and insurance and risk management consulting.

Rothstein Kass was recently ranked as the top accounting firm to the alternative investment industry by Alpha Magazine. The Rothstein Kass Financial Services Group provides services to many high-profile and respected clients including hedge funds, fund of funds, broker-dealers and registered investment advisors. Our Commercial Services Group provides organizations, including private equity funds, as well as individuals and families with essential and complementary professional services.

The Rothstein Kass Advisory Services Group consists of five interrelated practice areas. In addition to Financial Services Advisory, the firm offers SAS 70, compliance, internal audit, risk assessment, internal cost assessment and process improvement advisory through its Corporate Advisory Services Group. The Family Office Group offers a wide range of financial, wealth planning, and lifestyle management services to family offices and high-net-worth individuals, including athletes and entertainers, hedge fund and private equity fund managers, and business owners. Rothstein Kass provides independent insurance and risk management consulting and provides technical & management support through the Insurance and Risk Management Group. The Transactions Advisory practice advises clients on a diverse range of debt / capital requirements, including business valuations, due diligence and IPOs, LBOs, and private placements.

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