Deloitte appoints Aisléan ​​Nicholson Tax Partner

Professional services firm Deloitte has appointed Aisléan ​​Nicholson as its new Business Tax Advisory Partner in Belfast. She joins a team of seven partners and more than 1,000 colleagues in Northern Ireland.

Aisléan joins Deloitte Ireland and the Belfast team from Deloitte’s London office, where she has spent more than 18 years advising domestic and multinational companies on UK corporate and international tax matters. Her expertise includes business restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, establishing operations in new territories and tax strategy.

A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, Aisléan ​​Nicholson has vast experience across a range of industries, with a particular specialism in the Technology, Media & Telecom (TMT) sector where she worked closely with numerous technology, media and entertainment companies.

Aisléan’s clients have ranged from nascent start-ups and private equity-backed groups, to Fortune 500 and FTSE listed businesses and her projects have spanned the globe, requiring the co-ordination and interpretation of local tax rules in the UK, EMEA, Latin America and Asia-Pacific.

She also led the UK firm’s delivery of advice on the UK Creative Industries Tax relief, an incentives regime which has helped promote the use of Northern Ireland as a location for film and TV production.

Harry Goddard, CEO Deloitte Ireland said: “We are delighted to welcome Aisléan to Deloitte Ireland where I know she will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our Belfast practice. This is a pivotal time for the economy and as we look forward to emerging from the Coronavirus pandemic in 2021, Aisléan is joining the team at the perfect time.”

Glenn Roberts, Partner at Deloitte in Belfast, said: “Our business in Belfast has continued to grow in recent years and so we are thrilled to be able to offer Aisléan’s wide range of expertise for our clients here. The tax issues associated with technology and data, which are core to value creation in the TMT sector and on which Aisléan has advised extensively, are becoming increasingly important to a number of industry sectors.”

Aisléan notes that she is joining the Belfast office at a time of uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and new post-Brexit trading arrangements, but that opportunities remain for companies.

“2020 was a year of significant challenges for many Northern Ireland businesses. The role out of the Covid-19 vaccine, along with Northern Ireland’s unique position as a member of the EU Single Market for goods and unfettered access to the Great Britain market, means that 2021 should offer greater hope for positivity and opportunity; albeit certain industries still face practical challenges in terms of recovery from the pandemic and bedding in new processes post-Brexit.

“Having advised both UK groups seeking to expand their business abroad and overseas multinationals establishing operations in the UK, I have built up a strong network of colleagues across Deloitte globally and together we have worked with those clients, to ensure that they are appropriately established in respect of both their UK and international tax positions. I look forward to further supporting local businesses seeking to expand their global footprint and helping them achieve their international ambitions.”

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