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Joseph Ferruzzi
Grant Thornton Cayman

Joseph Ferruzzi

Director, Head of Tax

Professional Bio: Joseph Ferruzzi - Director, Head of Tax



Joe is a Director at Grant Thornton Cayman Islands and Co-head of the Tax practice. Joe has 20 years of experience working for some of the biggest names in the industry from both a public accounting and private manager perspective. 

Being a native of New York, Joe began his career in asset management tax with a Big-Four firm in New York City where he worked on some of their most significant asset management clients. From there he moved to another Big-Four firm in the Cayman Islands, where he spent four years assisting a predominantly international client base to accommodate U.S. investment into their structures with tax planning, structuring, and compliance services. 

Joe returned home to work in industry with Goldman Sachs Asset Management, spending four years  working in Goldman’s partnership tax group where  he looked after the tax compliance and investor reporting  for a large portfolio of private equity and hedge fund products. 

Joe would spend the next five years at BlackRock, Inc., overseeing the tax compliance function and contributing to the tax planning for a large variety of alternative investment products, while also serving as the Global Head of Alternatives Tax Technology. This experience gained Joe exposure to all aspects of a growing alternative investment management platform from the private side, working directly with portfolio managers, legal teams, fund accountants, operations, investors relations, and IT professionals on a daily basis. 


Joe’s many experiences include:

U.S. tax compliance, planning, and structuring for alternative investment structures, managers, and captive insurance companies, taxation of financial instruments, inbound and outbound investment structuring, U.S. federal and state tax controversy, and tax technology and automation. His experience in the private sector has gained him first-hand knowledge of the tax issues faced by today’s investment managers including carried-interest planning and structuring, the U.S. tax implications of tax reform, effective maintenance and leveraging of tax data, in-house tax technology trends and tax function innovation.

regulatory matters including gap analysis, audits, inspections, training, outsourcing and governance matters.

Professional qualifications and memberships

  • Attorney-at-Law Cayman Islands
  • LLM Masters of Law, Financial Regulations and Compliance, BPP University
  • LLB Bachelors of Laws, Law, University of Liverpool
  • LPC – Legal Practice Course

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