Two senior promotions at Deloitte will help to further strengthen the organisation’s audit, advisory and tax teams.

Mike De Robillard and Martin Popplewell have both been promoted to become Directors and they will continue to play an important role in developing Deloitte’s financial services offering across all three offshore offices.

Martin Popplewell’s promotion to Director reflects his role in leading the Deloitte tax information exchange offering across the Crown Dependencies and his in-depth knowledge of regulatory frameworks such as FATCA.

Mr Popplewell joined the Guernsey office in 2010 from Deloitte’s Leeds tax practice where he qualified as a chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor.  His move to Guernsey coincided with the introduction of the US FATCA regime and he has become a familiar face in the Channel Islands, offering FATCA advice to Deloitte’s clients. The expertise and industry knowledge he has built up around Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs) and FATCA is reflected by his broad client portfolio, his involvement in working parties, discussions with the local tax offices in all three islands and his regular appearances as a guest speaker at industry events.

Tax information exchange is a growing area, with the geographical reach of these regimes set to expand as UK FATCA goes live following by the OECD Common Reporting Standard and Mr Popplewell will continue to grow Deloitte’s services in this area. He will be working very closely with local industry to help to distil some of the complexities of the tax information regimes and deliver practical, relevant and commercial solutions.  Mr Popplewell is firmly focused on ensuring local clients can access the very best service and solutions to the additional increased reporting challenges that FATCA and similar tax information exchange regimes will bring to local industry.

Mike De Robillard, who has also been promoted to Director, has particular expertise in investment management and listed funds audits, across a broad range of alternative asset classes such as real estate, forestry and debt funds. His role also includes his involvement in transaction services, notably funds listing on the London Stock Exchange Main Market.

Mr De Robillard’s credentials include delivery of audit services and advice to Deloitte’s largest and most complex Guernsey fund clients. These involve specialist asset classes with challenging valuation methodologies. His industry insight means his team is able to deliver a challenging audit whilst supporting boards through a time of accelerated regulatory change. Mr De Robillard will be focused on driving ambitious plans to further develop this sector for the business.

Mr De Robillard is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and Guernsey Society of Chartered Accountants. He has been with Deloitte since 2005 when he joined the Cayman Island office and subsequently moved to Guernsey with Deloitte in 2009.

“I’m delighted to announce these Director promotions. They reflect the exceptional dedication and expertise demonstrated by Mike De Robillard and Martin Popplewell and also show that Deloitte continues to invest in specialist areas which we believe are essential to support our ever growing client base with current and future business challenges.

It is critical to develop our talent and grow future leaders. It not only ensures we consistently offer our clients the best possible service, but allows Deloitte to continue its important, wider role in growing a sustainable local finance industry,” comments John Clacy, Partner in charge of Deloitte’s Guernsey office.

“The three offshore offices in Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man work as one team, so clients from all islands benefit from our collective expertise and global connectivity.”