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Asia Tax Awards 2016

09 May 2016

Amelia Schwanke

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Congratulations to all the companies, firms and individuals that joined the International Tax Review at the 2016 Asia Tax Awards at the Goodwood Park Hotel in Singapore on May 5.

The Asia Tax Awards followed the two-day Asia Tax Forum which also took place on May 4 and 5 at the Goodwood Park Hotel in Singapore. 

These coinciding events made for an exciting two days, with premier taxpayers, officials and practitioners from the Asia Pacific region discussing key topics in tax.

KPMG took home 14 awards in total, including the Asia indirect tax firm of the year, the Asia international tax firm of the year, the US corporate tax practice of the year, the Asia global executive mobility practice of the year. The firm also scooped three national tax firm awards for China, Taiwan and Thailand, four transfer pricing awards for China, India, the Philippines, and Singapore, and two tax disputes and litigation awards for China and Thailand.

KPMG China won for its expertise in the variety of transactions and disciplines it covered throughout the year. It also won the tax disputes and litigation award for the diversity of cases it dealt with during the year, which spanned VAT, transfer pricing and withholding tax, showcasing its exceptional understanding of the tax system.

Asia
Asia International Tax Firm of the Year - KPMG

Deloitte was honoured with 11 awards, including Asia transfer pricing firm of the year, FATCA/withholding tax team of the year, Asia tax innovator of the year, Asia tax technology firm of the year, as well as Vietnam national tax firm of the year, five transfer pricing awards for Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and Asia, and two tax disputes and litigation awards for Singapore and Taiwan.

Deloitte won the tax disputes and litigation award for Singapore for its strength in resolving R&D, transfer pricing and GST disputes, and also earned the same award in Taiwan for its advice in cases that covered topics such as amortisation and related parties. 

PwC received seven awards from the ceremony, including the Asia tax policy firm of the year award. Its total also included three national tax firm awards for Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Malaysia, and three transfer pricing awards for Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

PwC Hong Kong was noted as a comprehensive tax practice that serves clients in a range of sectors, particularly financial services. Its transfer pricing department was also recognised, winning for handling a number of big-ticket matters over the past year including APAs and the reorganisation of a Chinese business in Hong Kong.

Six awards were received by Baker & McKenzie, including the transfer pricing practice of the year award and the tax disputes and litigation award for Asia. On top of these it won three other national tax disputes and litigation awards for Hong Kong, Indonesia and Vietnam as well as a national tax firm award for Singapore. 

Baker & McKenzie, Wong & Leow, won national tax firm of the year for its capability in a wide breadth of deals, including a key reorganisation and the creation of a commodity trading platform.

EY received two awards for tax compliance and reporting firm of the year and for tax disputes and litigation firm of the year in India. 

Yulchon was honored with Asia tax transactions firm of the year as well as tax firm of the year for India. 

Other notable winners included the Asia tax commissioner of the year, which was awarded to Dato' Sri Khazali Bin Haji Ahmad, director general of customs at Royal Malaysian Customs and KPMG, which won the Asia tax firm of the year for its strength and depth in its international tax practice throughout Asia.

Disputes
Asia Tax Disputes and Litigation Practice Leader of the Year - Tarun Gulati of PDS Legal

The Asia Tax Awards winners

Australia 

  • Tax firm of the year - DLA Piper
  • Transfer pricing firm of the year - Transfer Pricing Solutions
  • Tax disputes and litigation firm of the year - Herbert Smith Freehills and Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

China

  • Tax firm of the year - KPMG
  • Transfer pricing firm of the year - KPMG
  • Tax disputes and litigation firm of the year - KPMG

Hong Kong

  • Tax firm of the year - PwC
  • Transfer pricing firm of the year - PwC
  • Tax disputes and litigation firm of the year - Baker & McKenzie 

India 

  • Tax firm of the year - SKP Group
  • Transfer pricing firm of the year - KPMG
  • Tax disputes and litigation firm of the year - EY

Indonesia

  • Tax firm of the year - PwC
  • Transfer pricing firm of the year - Deloitte 
  • Tax disputes and litigation firm of the year - Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners 

Japan 

  • Tax firm of the year - Withers 
  • Transfer pricing firm of the year - Deloitte
  • Tax disputes and litigation firm of the year - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu 

Malaysia 

  • Tax firm of the year - PwC
  • Transfer pricing firm of the year - Deloitte
  • Tax disputes and litigation firm of the year - Shearn Delamore 

Myanmar

  • Tax firm of the year - VDB LOI

New Zealand 

  • Tax firm of the year - Bell Gully 
  • Transfer pricing firm of the year - Deloitte
  • Tax disputes and litigation firm of the year - Russell McVeagh 

Philippines 

  • Tax firm of the year - BDB Law
  • Transfer pricing firm of the year - RGM & CO
  • Tax disputes and litigation firm of the year - Salvador Llanillo & Bernardo, Taxand Philippines 

Singapore

  • Tax firm of the year - Baker & McKenzie. Wong & Leow 
  • Transfer pricing firm of the year - KPMG
  • Tax disputes and litigation firm of the year - Deloitte 

South Korea 

  • Tax firm of the year - Yulchon 
  • Transfer pricing firm of the year - Lee & Ko
  • Tax disputes and litigation firm of the year - Yoon & Yang 

Taiwan 

  • Tax firm of the year - KPMG
  • Transfer pricing firm of the year - PwC
  • Tax disputes and litigation firm of the year - Deloitte

Thailand 

  • Tax firm of the year - KPMG
  • Transfer pricing firm of the year - Quantera Global 
  • Tax disputes and litigation firm of the year - KPMG

Vietnam 

  • Tax firm of the year - Deloitte
  • Transfer pricing firm of the year - PwC
  • Tax disputes and litigation firm of the year - Baker & McKenzie 


Asia tax policy firm of the year - PwC

Asia tax compliance & reporting firm of the year - EY

Asia tax technology firm of the year - Deloitte

Asia tax innovator of the year - Deloitte

Asia global executive mobility practice of the year - KPMG

US corporate tax practice of the year - KPMG China

Best newcomer awards - Dhruva Advisors 

FATCA / Withholding tax team of the year - Deloitte

Asia international tax firm of the year - KPMG

Asia tax transactions firm of the year - Yulchon 

Asia indirect tax firm of the year - KPMG

Asia tax disputes and litigation practice leader of the year - Tarun Gulati of PDS Legal 

Asia tax disputes and litigation firm of the year - Baker & McKenzie 

Asia transfer pricing practice leader of the year - Shanwu Yuan of Baker & McKenzie 

Asia transfer pricing firm of the year - Deloitte

Asia tax practice leader of the year - Mark Tamayo of SGV & CO

The International Tax Review would like to thank all those that attended. We hope to see you all again at the next Asia Tax Awards. 






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