Irish football industry tax advisor to quit top company



Andy Quinn, the managing partner of renowned accounting firm Moore Stephens, has left the firm.

Mr Quinn has gained notoriety in the Irish and international media in recent months when it emerged that he has established a number of Dublin companies associated with football agent Jorge Mendes and his agency Gestifute.

Some of the companies, including Polaris Sports and MultiSports Image & Management, were registered with Moore Stephens’ Dublin office.

These two companies later emerged during investigations in Spain into tax evasion strategies on image rights payments applied by some of Mr. Mendes’ most high-profile clients, such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and Angel Di Maria.

Ronaldo and Mourinho continue to deny any wrongdoing in their tax cases, while Di Maria, who authorities say used Polaris and MultiSports, pleaded guilty to tax evasion in June and agreed to pay € 2m in arrears of taxes and fines.

Moore Stephens and Gestifute, who have not been the subject of any tax investigation, said they acted correctly at all times. Mr Quinn was also not charged with wrongdoing in the inquiries.

Moore Stephens said Friday that Mr Quinn (48) had “retired from cabinet effective August 31”. Ned Murphy, who replaced Mr. Quinn as Managing Partner, thanked Mr. Quinn for his contribution.

“Andy is pursuing other interests and we wish him the best in his future endeavors,” he said.

New company

Company office records show that Mr Quinn started a new company last month, Andrew P Quinn & Associates. It is registered at his home in Meath, although Mr Quinn also appears to use an office on College Green in Dublin.

Polaris, where Mr Quinn remains a director alongside Mr Mendes ‘nephew Luis Correia, this month moved its registered address from Moore Stephens’ office to College Green.

Gestifute International, of which the two men are also directors, has also moved its listing to the College Green building. Documents filed for both moves were signed by Mr Quinn in mid-October, six weeks after he left Moore Stephens. MultiSports, to this day, remains registered at the company’s headquarters.

Mr. Murphy did not respond to further questions asking him to clarify whether Gestifute and Polaris are no longer Moore Stephens customers. Mr. Quinn could not be reached.



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