MGO (Macias Gini & O’Connell LLP) is pleased to announce that three of the firm’s directors have been promoted to partner. Angel Naval, Barbara Webb, and Benjamin Lau assumed their new leadership positions effective January 1, 2022.
“We are excited to welcome these three professionals to our partnership. In just the past six months, MGO has promoted six new partners to bolster our incredible growth, illustrating our commitment to developing and growing talented people from within the firm,” said Kevin O’Connell, MGO’s CEO and managing partner. “These three professionals are all committed to the firm’s core values and have demonstrated this through the dedication and innovation they bring every day.”
Based out of Los Angeles, Angel Naval has more than 14 years of combined audit, advisory, and accounting services experience for both SEC-registered and privately held companies in a diverse array of industries. She serves businesses focused on cannabis, financial services, technology, media and entertainment, nonprofit, retail, and manufacturing. She oversees MGO’s financial accounting and advisory services West Coast practice and has been instrumental in refining its internal processes. She was recently recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the Minorities of Influence in the CPA category and is currently building MGO’s brand awareness among Filipino decision-makers in both private and public practices.
Barbara Webb co-founded MGO Chicago’s office in 2019 and continues to lead the firm’s expansion in the Midwest. She brings more than 13 years of experience as a tax advisor to clients in all phases of their enterprises. She serves the health technology, life sciences, medical manufacturing, private equity, cannabis, SaaS, and construction industries with tax planning and provides advisory services specific to the cannabis industry. She is the national cannabis tax practice leader and speaks at webinars and conferences, including the National Cannabis Industry Association.
Benjamin Lau is based out of the San Francisco Bay area and serves as a leader in the firm’s state and local government practice. He focuses on creating efficiencies in general-purpose financial statement audits to generate client financial statements with minimal trial balance entries. This methodology is now utilized in municipalities of various sizes and complexities. He has more than 18 years of experience providing auditing, accounting, and consulting services to the private and public sectors. While his primary focus is on state and local governments, he is also an active pioneer in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space and has helped to build the infrastructure of the MGO cryptocurrency services practice.