Alumni lead major accounting firm in London
By Michael Newsom
hree Patterson School of Accountancy graduates are doing big things in the world of international tax law practice. They helped establish Butler Snow’s first overseas office, which opened in London earlier this year.
Three of the four-member Butler Snow UK, LLP staff are Samantha Rayburn Moore (BAccy 05, MAccy 07, JD 09), Kurt Rademacher (BAccy 95, MAccy 96) and Brad Westerfield (BAccy 99, MAccy 00). All three also hold LL.M. degrees in taxation from New York University. Rademacher and Westerfield hold law degrees from Notre Dame and Mississippi College, respectively.
R. Barry Cannada (BBA 77, JD 80), chairman of Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada’s business department, said the new UK office has an impressive list of clients, including billionaires from all over the world, who trust Moore, Rademacher and Westerfield.
“They are as good as anyone in the world at what they do,” Cannada said.
The three have added a whole new list of clients and new business to Butler Snow, which has more than 240 attorneys on staff in 12 offices across the U.S. and now the international office in London.
“They bring us great talent,” Cannada said. “What they have added is a dimension on international tax with a whole new orbit of clients. The value they bring to us in that arena is significant and growing.”
Rademacher, who is from Brandon, was a partner with a large international law firm based in London and was a founding partner of its Hong Kong office. Today, he represents ultrahigh net worth families and family-controlled businesses throughout the world, among other duties at Butler Snow.
“The foundation of what I’m doing now was laid at Ole Miss,” Rademacher said. “I don’t just mean that academically. The accountancy program was very rigorous; you had to study really hard to do a good job, and that was great. But in particular, (Professor Emeritus) Jimmy Davis in the accountancy program was very good at making sure people were prepared for the business world in nonacademic ways. He encouraged professionalism and relationships. He was always working for students to get them jobs and professional experience.”
Moore, who is from Wiggins, works in estate planning and administration, international taxation and general taxation. She said her training at Ole Miss made her transition into tax law much easier.
“It was really foundational for tax school because a lot of people will go to law school and then go to tax school not having an accounting background,” Moore said. “It’s much harder for those people to get caught up to where they are supposed to be, even on simple concepts. Kurt, Brad and I all had that going in, which made tax school much easier on us, which led to us being much better tax lawyers in the long run.”
Westerfield, also from Brandon, helps ultrahigh net worth families and their advisers with U.S. federal income, estate and gift tax issues, with an emphasis on U.S. inbound and outbound investment structuring, international estate planning and U.S. taxation of foreign trusts, among other U.S. cross-border tax issues.
“With the training I received in the Ole Miss accountancy program, as well as the master’s program, I was exposed to some law school tax classes, which really set a strong foundation for [individuals] going into accountancy, especially if they want to springboard into tax law,” Westerfield said.
Dean Mark Wilder said the success of these alumni is a testament to the foundation they received at the accountancy school.
“We are very proud of these students and their many successes,” Wilder said. “They are great ambassadors for the university as well as the Patterson School of Accountancy. Our accountancy program provides a strong foundation for a variety of career opportunities, and these three alumni are tremendous examples of this.”