Maas to join CBW in Blackstone merger

A MERGER between Carter Backer Winter (CBW) and tax specialists Blackstone Franks will see the appointment of tax expert Robert Maas to CBW’s business advisory team.

Maas, owner and tax partner at Blackstone Franks, has worked in tax for almost 50 years. He was the former chairman of the Technical Tax Committee of the ICAEW, where he held responsibility for shaping the legislative framework for the taxation of property holdings by overseas residents.

He was also awarded the 2013 Lifetime Achievement award at the LexisNexis Taxation Awards, and has authored multiple books on taxation.

The merger, effective 1 July, will also see the addition of Thomas Adcock, a former corporate tax inspector at HMRC, to the company’s tax team, as well as raising CBW’s complement to 16 partners/consultants and 100+ staff. The new unit will trade as CBW Blackstone Franks; however the company as a whole will continue to be known as CBW. 

Peter Winter, managing partner at CBW, said: “CBW’s strategy is to grow both organically and with the selective addition of highly regarded specialist practices. We are all about providing a firm that delivers the sort of expertise you would normally expect to find in a very large firm, but combined with a strong partnership ethos and hands-on partner involvement.

He added: “We have known the team at Blackstone Franks for many years and look forward to working with them in the same partnership.”

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