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Alvarez & Marsal Expands Global Transaction Tax Team

February 11, 2014, 07:47 AM

Leading global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) announced that Leslie Nielson has joined the firm as Managing Director and head of the firm’s growing Global Human Resources Tax practice. She is based in New York.

Nielson has extensive expertise working with corporate and private equity clients during due diligence and post-transactional phases to evaluate, devise and execute human capital strategies.  With dedicated M&A tax experience across all human resource functions, she has advised scores of companies undergoing mergers, acquisitions, divestures and corporate reorganizations on employee benefits and compensation, including defined benefit pension plans, pre and post-retirement welfare plans and equity compensation.  Her experience also includes talent selection,human resources strategies and systems, performance policies, cultural issues and communication plans.Beyond traditional human capital due diligence services, she is an expert in organization design, retention planning, talent selection and workforce planning.

“More and more, corporate and financial buyers are seeing the direct link between long-term deal success and traditional human resources priorities, like succession planning, talent recruitment and retention and employee engagement,” said Ernesto Perez, Global Practice Leader of the firm's Transaction Tax practice. “Leslie’s background and experience significantly enhances A&M’s capabilities in human resources tax strategies and makes an outstanding addition to our global transaction tax team.”

Nielson’s experience includes managing domestic and international M&A projects for middle and large market corporate buyers and private equity firms focused on industries including pharmaceutical, plastics, utilities, chemicals, hospitality, financial services and satellites, among others.  She also has worked with private equity firms on both new acquisitions as well as the implementation of sustainable cash savings and revenue enhancement solutions for existing portfolio clients.

Nielson joins A&M from Aon Hewitt in London, where she was a partner in the firm’s M&A Solutions global practice group and served as practice leader for the Europe, Middle East and Asia region.  Earlier in her career she served as a member of the Human Resources Transaction Services team at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in New York, specializing in employee benefits and compensation due diligence for global M&A projects.

Privately-held since 1983, A&M is a leading global professional services firm that delivers performance improvement, turnaround management and business advisory services to organizations seeking to transform operations, catapult growth and accelerate results through decisive action.

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