Ex-PwC tax partner Javier de la Vega joins law firm Garrigues

06 June 2018 Consultancy.lat

Javier de la Vega has joined the Garrigues tax and financial services team in Peru. The move will see De la Vega appointed as a partner at the firm’s Lima office. Garrigues has over 140 professionals in its Latin offices spread across Bogotá, Mexico City, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo and Lima. The appointment will take the firm’s total partner count to nine in Lima. 

Garrigues is a Madrid-based tax law firm which was founded in 1941 and has since expanded across Europe, North America, Asia and Latin America. The firm offers tax and financial advisory in addition to its legal services and has seen Latin America as its new base for expansion in the recent past.

In 2017, the firm’s billings grew by 30% in Latin America, a main driver in its 2.2% annual revenue growth globally. Garrigues has been heavily focused on organic growth, having recently opened offices in Chile as well as driving growth through investments in innovation.

The firm has spent 3% of it total revenues – which reached $419 million last year – on designing and implementing Industry 4.0 tools in its practices. This includes the development of the first Spanish language AI program that transcribes legal texts, videos and audio which has been implemented within the sector. 

Javier de la Vega, Tax Partner - Garrigues

De la Vega will join Garrigues tax advisory team which has 40 professionals spread across Latin America. He will be leaving PwC Peru, where he has spent the past 18 years developing his career. De la Vega has held a wide range of positions at the accounting and consulting firm including as a tax consultancy manager and tax planning advisor; since 2013 as a partner.

Javier de la Vega expressed his enthusiasm for the new position, “I am excited to become a part of an internationally recognized firm and to join the prestigious team at the Lima office.” 

The Head of Garrigues’ Tax Department, Eduardo Abad, commented on the appointment that he was extremely pleased that Garrigues had managed to hook De la Vega as a partner and that the move would further propel the companies capabilities throughout both Peru and Latin America in general. 

Javier Ybáñez, head of the firm’s Latin America practice, said that the appointment would further the firms abilities to serve its clients and improve. “The firm continues to consolidate our Latin American offices with top-tier professionals in strategic areas of practice.”

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Brazilian Bain partner Mário Conde joins firm's Dutch office

11 April 2019 Consultancy.lat

Mário Conde, a partner at Bain & Company in Brazil, has relocated to the Netherlands, where he has been appointed a partner in the consulting firm’s Amsterdam office.

The 36-year-old has been with the global strategy and management consulting firm since 2011, when he joined after completing his MBA at INSEAD in France. During his tenure at the firm, Conde rapidly ascended the ranks, appointed a partner in December 2017. 

Having served Bain & Company in its São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro offices, Conde has now decided to pursue his career in Europe. Commenting on his move to the Netherlands, a country of 16 million people, Stephen Bertrand, Managing Partner of Bain’s Amsterdam office, said: “We are delighted that Mário has chosen to proceed his career in Europe within our office.”

The Canadian-origin country leader added that Conde brings a wealth of relevant and valuable experience to the Dutch practice. He specializes in topics including strategy and organization, customer strategy and marketing, performance improvement, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate finance. Conde also gained extensive experience with digital transformation, in particular advanced analytics, topics.

Brazilian Bain partner Mário Conde joins firm's Dutch officeFrom an industry perspective, Conde’s work has mainly been in the financial services industry. In Brazil, he advised several large insurance companies (property, casualty, life and personal insurance, reinsurance) and other companies on insurance-related matters (healthcare, auto insurance), as well as helped dozens of banks and players in the payments space. “Mário’s experience matches closely with the type of projects we deliver in the Netherlands,” said Bertrand. 

Established in 1998, Bain’s Amsterdam office has over 140 consultants and is one of the firm’s most international across its footprint of 57 offices globally. “Located at the crossroads of Europe, and with our outstanding track record in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is an attractive place to live and work. Bain’s Amsterdam office has a long history of welcoming transfers from all over the world.” Last year the Dutch office was named the country’s best employer in a ranking based on employee feedback. 

Conde’s appointment comes shortly after Bain in the Netherlands promoted the American Kyle Weza to its partner team. Other non-Dutch partners among its 15-strong partner team include Jenny Davis-Peccoud, Anna Thal Larsen and Steven Tallman.

In other senior appointments at Bain unveiled this week, Jean-Pierre Felenbok was named Managing Partner for Southeast Asia and Peter Stumbles as Australia and New Zealand Managing Partner.