Career with the Big 4 Firms

The Big 8 Accounting Firm of Arthur Young

  • Immediately after earning his degrees, Luigi joined what was then the “Big 8” accounting firm of Arthur Young.  He moved up through to Senior Associate in a few years.  During this period he obtained his Certified Public Accountant license.  Around the time of the merger with Ernst & Whinney that created Ernst & Young, he joined many of his co-workers in a migration to Coopers & Lybrand.

The Big 6 Accounting Firm of Coopers & Lybrand

  • Luigi was to remain with Coopers & Lybrand for many years, continuing to ascend the ranks.  Because they hired only the brightest accountants, he worked with super clever co-workers; this appealed to his drive to learn from those around him.
  • During this period he focused his career on understanding the tax laws.  He wrote tax opinion letters for very large and complicated double-sale-leaseback transactions that were then on the cutting edge of the tax law.  He also worked on large non-profit clients, such as Stanford University, the World Affairs Council and the Ronald McDonald House.
  • While non-profit clients remained an important part of his client base throughout, the tax opinion work eventually dried up and Luigi shifted this aspect of his practice to focus on the research tax credit. Luigi was part of the initial team that made research tax credit studies a success nationwide. His clients included American Airlines, Entergy, and AT&T Wireless.

The Big 4 Accounting Firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers

  • On its first day the merged firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers promoted Luigi to Director.  He continued to work on non-profit clients and research tax credit studies, but he shifted his industry focus to high technology companies.  As part of the High Technology Team he worked with newly funded start-up entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
  • Luigi left PwC in 1999 after almost 10 years and after having risen up to Director, in order to follow his dream to travel around the world!

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