Ernst & Young LLP Adds National Indirect/State and Local Tax Partner

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New York, 17 July 2012 – Ernst & Young LLP today announced that Sidney Silhan has joined the firm’s National Indirect/State and Local Tax practice as a partner in Atlanta. Silhan has nearly 20 years of experience in state and local tax and corporate structuring and merger and acquisition issues. He also advises in the areas of controversy, tax structuring, consulting and compliance matters. Silhan’s client service background spans industries, including manufacturing, retail, consumer and industrial products, hospitality, healthcare, financial services and transportation.

“We are delighted to welcome Sid to EY at a time when our clients are faced with significant and ever-changing state and local taxes,” said Kate Barton, EY Americas Vice Chair of Tax Services. “His extensive experience and his outstanding reputation for client service in the industry will strengthen the Ernst & Young LLP tax practice.”

Silhan will work with the firm’s National State Income tax team and National Domestic Structuring Group and will be directly involved with a number of clients in the Southeast.

“Sid has dedicated his entire career to state and local tax, and we’re excited to bring his considerable knowledge, deep technical ability, and outstanding planning skills to EY,” said Jeffrey Saviano, Director of Indirect/State and Local Tax, Ernst & Young LLP. “Sid offers a broad view of the state and local tax issues that are important to our clients, including income tax, sales and use tax issues and credits and incentives. This perspective enables the firm to help companies effectively manage their tax burden in the shifting tax landscape.”

Silhan spent 13 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers, most recently as the state and local tax M&A leader for the Southeast. Before relocating to Atlanta in 2007, he was a state and local tax director for the firm in Chicago and New York. Silhan also has worked in a tax and business advisory role at Arthur Andersen, focusing on state and local income tax.

He holds a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he served as editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review; a M.S. in Taxation from DePaul University; and a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Northern Illinois University. Silhan, C.P.A. and C.M.A., recently co-authored BNA’s U.S. Inbound Business Tax Planning, a practical planning guide for structuring foreign investment into the United States. He regularly writes and speaks about state tax issues.

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