Tax Specialist With Over Thirty Years' Experience Working With Closely Held Businesses and Their Owners Joins Marks Paneth & Shron LLP as Partner

John N. Evans, CPA, Brings Expertise on Private and Public Company Mergers, Acquisitions, Transition Planning and Exit Strategies to MP&S' Tax Practice

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 26, 2011) - Marks Paneth & Shron LLP (MP&S), a leading New York area accounting firm, announced today that John N. Evans, CPA, 56, a tax specialist on issues affecting closely held businesses and their owners, has joined the firm as a partner in the firm's Tax practice. Mr. Evans will be splitting his time between the Manhattan office and the firm's Long Island office in Woodbury.

Mr. Evans has worked with closely held businesses and their owners on tax issues related to conversions of large multinational C-Corps to S-Corps; reorganizing S-Corps and LLCs to go public; as well as helping organize and expand their international operations and several complex tax-free like kind exchanges. He also has experience with work related to taking public companies private. 

"Privately owned companies and their owners are a core part of our client base. John's range of expertise on domestic and international tax planning for large multinationals to start-up businesses adds value to the services we offer our clients," says Arthur E. Cannata, CPA and Mark Levenfus, CPA, managing partners of Marks Paneth & Shron. "We are thrilled to welcome John to the firm." 

Before joining MP&S, Mr. Evans was the Northeast Tax Regional Business Line Leader at BDO Seidman LLP in New York where he oversaw the firm's regional tax practice.

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Mr. Evans has helped businesses with structuring and restructuring their operations through mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and expansion into both domestic and foreign markets and has also helped companies, including those with IPOs, with transition planning, exit strategies and going private. His clients have been in a range of industries including consumer business, technology, manufacturing, service providers, distribution and wholesale/retail.

During Mr. Evans' 33-year career, he has held numerous leadership positions, including serving as the world-wide deputy director of Arthur Andersen's Enterprise Group, focusing on business and tax issues that impact start-up businesses, closely held businesses and their owners.

Mr. Evans is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and both the New York and New Jersey Societies of Certified Public Accountants. He is a former member of the AICPA's S Corporation Tax Committee. Mr. Evans is actively involved with the national non-profit, CancerCare and has served as the co-chair of its annual Lung Cancer Walk in Long Island since that event's inception in 2003.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Seton Hall University and is licensed to practice accounting in New York and New Jersey. Mr. Evans resides in Manhasset, New York.

About Marks Paneth & Shron

Marks Paneth & Shron LLP is an accounting firm with nearly 475 people, of whom 61 are partners and principals. The firm provides businesses with a full range of auditing, accounting, tax, bankruptcy and restructuring services as well as litigation and corporate financial advisory services to domestic and international clients. The firm also specializes in providing tax advisory and consulting for high-net-worth individuals and their families, as well as a wide range of services for international, real estate, media, entertainment, nonprofit, professional and financial services and energy clients.

The firm's subsidiary, Tailored Technologies, LLC, provides information technology consulting services. In addition, its membership in JHI, the leading international association for independent business advisers, financial consulting and accounting firms, facilitates service delivery to clients throughout the United States and around the world.

Marks Paneth & Shron LLP, whose origins date back to 1907, ranks among the 35th largest firms in the nation and is the 13th largest in the New York area. In addition, readers of the New York Law Journal rank MP&S as one of the area's top forensic accounting firms.

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