KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co. (KPMG RGM&Co.), the Philippine member firm of KPMG International, announces the admission to the partnership of Ms. Vanessa P. Macamos as an Audit Partner, Ms. Karen Jane S. Vergara-Manese and Mr. Leandro Ben M. Robediso as Tax Partners, Ms. Cynthia C. Hernandez as an Advisory Principal and Ms. Jeffree Mae M. Tapia as an Advisory Partner, effective 1 October 2016.
“To adapt to the evolving market, we have admitted five new partners into the partnership who are ready to make the extraordinary happen across all our functional areas of Audit, Tax and Advisory. This insightful and diverse group of professionals brings even more strength to KPMG RGM&Co. Working shoulder-to-shoulder with our clients, they anticipate the ever-changing business landscape and find innovative solutions that deliver real results,” said Roberto Manabat, Chairman and CEO of KPMG RGM&Co.
Vanessa P. Macamos started her career at KPMG in the Philippines in December 2002. She progressed in her audit career handling clients from the financial services, retail and manufacturing, real estate and others. In June 2008, she joined KPMG in the Caribbean. During her six-year stint outside the Philippines, Vanessa became more experienced in handling clients from the financial services industry, specifically banking, insurance and pensions. She then rejoined KPMG RGM&Co. in December 2014, handling the statutory audits of various entities across the globe and other KPMG global accounts. She has also led trainings on topics around shared service centers (SSCs) and project management training.
Karen Jane S. Vergara-Manese has more than 13 years of experience in the tax practice, concentrating on Global Mobility Services (GMS). She is responsible for reviewing tax equalization and international assignment policies to determine income tax consequences and to identify tax planning opportunities. She is also responsible for delivering tax return and employer withholding compliance, tax and immigration opinion projects and individual expatriate tax consulting. She was instrumental to the exponential growth of the GMS practice in KPMG RGM&Co. The key element to this growth are her 10 years of business relationships which led to the expansion of the set of services offered to various companies in the Philippines.
Leandro Ben M. Robediso is a homegrown tax professional with nearly 12 years of tax practice. LA is currently the Knowledge Manager of the Global Compliance Management Services (GCMS) Line in the Philippines. He has vast experience in GCMS, including IFRS and US GAAP Tax Provisioning (FAS 109 or ASC 740) and FIN48 (ASC 740-10); Philippine Tax Return Preparation Assistance; Mergers and Acquisitions; Tax Compliance Reviews; Indirect Tax Services (e.g. VAT Refund Compliance Review, etc.), and Independent CPA Services Engagements, across different industries. He has also spoken in various technical and non-technical fora organized by various accountancy student organizations, most notable of which are his efforts in launching Syntax – the first Tax Case Competition in the Philippines for top accountancy students.
Ma. Cynthia C. Hernandez has over 18 years of working experience –10 with the private sector and government entities and 8 years with the transactions and corporate finance practices of audit firms. After joining KPMG RGM&Co. in 2014, she excelled as the team leader for some of its energy and natural resources (ENR) and infrastructure industry engagements and collaborated with KPMG offices from Singapore, Spain and Italy to service major ENR clients. She has experience in providing advisory services in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, valuation and strategy across industries such as energy, utilities, government and infrastructure/PPP, mining, real estate and manufacturing. She has extensive knowledge of the electric power industry, having started her career around the time of the enactment of RA 9136 (Electric Power Industry Restructuring Act, or EPIRA), and has gained perspective from both government and private sector participation in deregulation.
Jeffree Mae M. Tapia has more than seven years of experience in various Advisory service lines such as Internal Audit, Internal Control over Financial
Reporting, Sarbanes-Oxley Assistance Services, Regulatory Compliance and
Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). Epi is experienced in managing Internal Audit engagements for clients in various industries which includes conducting risk assessment process; development of internal audit plans and testing strategies; directing the overall execution of the engagement; and presenting and communicating the results to the relevant stakeholders. Furthermore, she has assisted several financial institutions and companies in developing and enhancing their Enterprise Risk Management frameworks. Her experience spans from conducting an assessment of an organization’s current risk management process to developing a suitable framework based on its desired state.
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For further information, please contact:
Cristina Roxas Loquinario
Markets Assistant Manager
KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co.
Telephone +63 (2) 885 7000 ext. 339
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