john heffernan
The challenge for entrepreneurs is the matter of extracting shareholder value — exit readiness and succession planning are the critical drivers from a tax planning perspective.

John Heffernan

Ernst & Young – Ireland (EY Ireland) Tax Partner and Head of Private Client Services

Strong commitment to encouraging the development of talented people. Mentor and coach.

A Tax Partner and the Head of Private Client Services at EY Ireland, John advises family-owned businesses and high-net-worth individuals on a range of tax planning issues.

With extensive experience in all aspects of tax planning, he supports entrepreneurs on the tax issues facing their businesses and themselves, and international groups on their tax strategies.

Over the years, John harnessed knowledge on Irish and foreign real estate transactions and succession planning for family businesses.

Prior to joining EY, he worked as Tax Director at another Big Four firm.

A Fellow of the Tax Institute of Ireland, John has written and lectured extensively in Ireland and abroad on a range of tax issues. He was awarded the Norma Bale prize for “Best Article of the Year” by the Irish Tax Institute in 2010 for his headline article on the tax depreciation rules for investment in intangible assets.

How John is building a better working world

“At this stage in my career, I see my primary purpose as supporting and fostering the growth of the highly skilled people at EY. As EY’s reputation for exceptional client service can only be built and maintained with highly motivated and engaged people, I focus my energies in that regard. It has been my good fortune to have worked with a fantastic group of people across all levels in EY.”