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Asia Tax Awards 2017

30 May 2017

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Twenty-eight different firms, individuals and companies shared the prizes at the Asia Tax Awards in Singapore.

Infosys, the Indian IT multinational, won the award for Asia in-house tax team of the year, with Nissan, the Japanese carmaker, winning the equivalent award for transfer pricing. Annie Pan, Asia tax director of the RELX Group, the digital information publisher, was named as Asia in-house tax director the year.

Ken Dwijugiasteadi, director general of tax in Indonesia won the award for Asia Tax Commissioner of the Year in recognition of his attempts to modernise and reform the tax system there, including the implementation of the much-heralded amnesty, which, it is estimated, raised close to $100 billion.

Among the firms, KPMG led the way with 13 awards, including a repeat of its 2016 success as Asia Tax Firm of the Year. It was closely followed by Deloitte with 12. The other big four firms, EY and PwC, came next with eight each. The other firms to win more than one award were Baker McKenzie with four, and Grant Thornton, Kim & Chang, TP Solutions and Shearn Delamore & Co which all won two.

The individual awards for practitioners went to:

  • Khoon Ming Ho of KPMG (Asia Tax Practice Leader of the Year);
  • Shannon Smit of TP Solutions (Asia Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year); and
  • Anand Raj (Asia Tax Disputes & Litigation Practice Leader of the Year).

The awards were held for the sixth time at the Goodwood Park Hotel in Singapore on May 4. Companies, firms and individuals had to the opportunity between November and February to make submissions to be considered for the awards. These were then thoroughly researched, with input from tax practitioners and their clients, and shortlists were selected by International Tax Review.

Methodology

Between January and February 2017, companies, law firms, tax advisers, accountants and other tax service providers from Asia submitted three examples of their best work for consideration for the national tax, transfer pricing, and litigation and disputes awards.

The awards were judged according to:

  • Size – Not conclusive, though it does indicate what a tax team is capable of taking on
  • Innovation – Did the advice the firm gave show something more than the straightforward answer that is commonly used?
  • Complexity – Did the matter address tax issues that were out of the ordinary and what ingenuity did the firm show to solve them?
  • Impact – What impact did the advice have on the taxpayer? For example, did it help them take over their biggest rival? Issue equity and debt in a particular market for the first time? Win an unprecedented judgement in court?

Australia Tax Firm of the Year
Australia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Australia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
Cambodia Tax Firm of the Year
Cambodia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
China Tax Firm of the Year
China Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
China Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
Hong Kong Tax Firm of the Year
Hong Kong Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Hong Kong Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
India Tax Firm of the Year
India Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
India Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
Indonesia Tax Firm of the Year
Indonesia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Indonesia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
Japan Tax Firm of the Year
Japan Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Japan Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
Malaysia Tax Firm of the Year
Malaysia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Malaysia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
Myanmar Tax Firm of the Year
Myanmar Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
New Zealand Tax Firm of the Year
New Zealand Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
New Zealand Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
Pakistan Tax Firm of the Year
Pakistan Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
Philippines Tax Firm of the Year
Philippines Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Philippines Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
Singapore Tax Firm of the Year
Singapore Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Singapore Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
South Korea Tax Firm of the Year
South Korea Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
South Korea Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
Sri Lanka Tax Firm of the Year
Sri Lanka Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
Taiwan Tax Firm of the Year
Taiwan Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Taiwan Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
Thailand Tax Firm of the Year
Thailand Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Thailand Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
Vietnam Tax Firm of the Year
Vietnam Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Vietnam Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
Asia Tax Transactions Firm of the Year
Asia Tax Technology Firm of the Year
US Corporate Tax Team of the Year
Asia Tax Policy Firm of the Year
Asia Tax Innovator of the Year
Best Newcomer of the Year
Asia Tax Compliance & Reporting Firm of the Year
Global Executive Mobility Tax Team of the Year in Asia
Withholding Tax Team of the Year
International Tax Law Firm of the Year in Asia
Asia Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year
Asia In-house Tax Team of the Year
Asia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year
Asia Tax Practice Leader of the Year
Asia In-house Transfer Pricing Team of the Year
Asia In-house Tax Director of the Year
Asia Tax Disputes & Litigation Practice Leader of the Year
Asia Tax Commissioner of the Year
Asia Indirect Tax Firm of the Year
Asia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Asia Tax Firm of the Year


Australia Tax Firm of the Year

KPMG

> Baker McKenzie
> Deloitte
> DLA Piper
> Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

Australia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

> Baker McKenzie
> Grant Thornton
> KPMG
> Quantera Global
> Transfer Pricing Solutions

Australia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Herbert Smith Freehills & Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

> Baker McKenzie
> Deloitte
> KPMG

Cambodia Tax Firm of the Year

DFDL

> Bun & Associates
> Deloitte
> Sciaroni & Associates
> VDB Loi

Cambodia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Deloitte

> DFDL
> Sciaroni & Associates

China Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

> Baker McKenzie
> DLA Piper
> EY
> JunHe
> King & Wood Mallesons
> KPMG
> PwC
> Zhong Lun

China Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

KPMG

> Baker McKenzie
> Deloitte
> DLA Piper
> EY
> PwC
> Quantera Global

China Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

EY

> Baker McKenzie
> KPMG
> PwC

Hong Kong Tax Firm of the Year

PwC

> Baker McKenzie
> Deloitte
> DLA Piper
> KPMG

Hong Kong Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

PwC

> EY
> KPMG

Hong Kong Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

> Clifford Chance
> Deloitte
> DLA Piper
> KPMG
> PwC

India Tax Firm of the Year

Dhruva Advisors

> Advaita Legal
> Cyril Amarchand & Mangaldas
> Deloitte
> EY
> KPMG
> Majmudar & Partners
> Nangia & Co
> Nishith Desai & Associates
> PwC

India Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

KPMG

> Deloitte
> EY
> PwC

India Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

> BMR Advisors
> Deloitte
> Dhruva Advisors
> EY
> KPMG
> PwC

Indonesia Tax Firm of the Year

PwC

> Deloitte
> EY
> Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
> KPMG

Indonesia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

> EY
> KPMG
> PwC

Indonesia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners

> Deloitte
> EY
> KPMG
> PwC

Japan Tax Firm of the Year

KPMG

> Baker McKenzie
> DLA Piper
> Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
> Withers

Japan Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

> EY
> KPMG
> PwC

Japan Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

> Baker McKenzie
> DLA Piper
> Nishimura & Asahi

Malaysia Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

> EY
> PwC
> Wong & Partners

Malaysia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

PwC

> Deloitte
> EY

Malaysia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Shearn Delamore & Co

> Deloitte
> KPMG
> Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
> PwC
> Wong & Partners

Myanmar Tax Firm of the Year

KPMG

> DFDL
> Tilleke & Gibbins
> VDB Loi

Myanmar Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

VDB Loi

New Zealand Tax Firm of the Year

Chapman Tripp

> Bell Gully
> Deloitte
> EY
> KPMG
> PwC
> Russell McVeagh

New Zealand Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

> Bell Gully
> EY
> KPMG
> PwC

New Zealand Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Russell McVeagh

> Bell Gully
> Chapman Tripp
> Deloitte
> KPMG

Pakistan Tax Firm of the Year

Grant Thornton

> HaidermotaBNR
> RIAA Barker Gillette

Pakistan Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Grant Thornton

> HaidermotaBNR
> RIAA Barker Gillette

Philippines Tax Firm of the Year

SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co (EY)

> Deloitte
> Isla Lipana & Co (PwC)
> Quisumbing Torres
> Reyes Tacandong & Co
> RG Manabat & Co (KPMG)
> Salvador Llanillo & Bernardo
> SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Philippines Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Isla Lipana & Co (PwC)

> Deloitte
> Quantera Global
> RG Manabat & Co (KPMG)
> SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co (EY)

Philippines Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Salvador Llanillo & Bernardo, Taxand Philippines

> BDB Law
> Deloitte
> Quisumbing Torres
> RG Manabat & Co (KPMG)
> SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co (EY)

Singapore Tax Firm of the Year

EY

> Allen & Gledhill
> Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow
> Deloitte
> KPMG
> PwC
> Withers KhattarWong
> WongPartnership

Singapore Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

> Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow
> Deloitte
> KPMG
> PwC
> Quantera Global
> Transfer Pricing Solutions Asia

Singapore Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Rajah & Tann

> Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow
> Deloitte
> KPMG
> Withers KhattarWong

South Korea Tax Firm of the Year

Kim & Chang

> Deloitte
> EY
> Lee & Ko
> PwC
> Yoon & Yang
> Yulchon

South Korea Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

KPMG

> Deloitte
> EY
> Kim & Chang
> PwC
> Yoon & Yang
> Yulchon

South Korea Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Yulchon

> Bae Kim & Lee
> Kim & Chang
> Lee & Ko
> Yoon & Yang

Sri Lanka Tax Firm of the Year

KPMG

> FJ&G De Saram
> Nithya Partners

Sri Lanka Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

KPMG

Taiwan Tax Firm of the Year

PwC

> Deloitte
> EY
> KPMG
> Lee and Li

Taiwan Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

> EY
> Grant Thornton
> KPMG
> PwC

Taiwan Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

PwC

> Deloitte
> EY
> KPMG

Thailand Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

> Baker McKenzie
> KPMG
> SCL Tax Consultants
> Tilleke & Gibbins

Thailand Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

KPMG

> Deloitte
> Quantera Global

Thailand Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

KPMG

> LawAlliance
> SCL Tax Consultants

Vietnam Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

> Baker McKenzie
> KPMG

Vietnam Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

KPMG

> Deloitte
> EY
> PwC
> Quantera Global

Vietnam Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

> Deloitte
> KPMG
> PwC

Asia Tax Transactions Firm of the Year

Kim & Chang

> Baker McKenzie
> Cyril Amarchand & Mangaldas
> Deloitte
> EY
> JunHe
> KPMG
> Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
> PwC
> Yulchon

Asia Tax Technology Firm of the Year

Wolters Kluwer

> Deloitte
> EY
> KPMG
> Thomson Reuters

US Corporate Tax Team of the Year

EY

> KPMG China

Asia Tax Policy Firm of the Year

Yoon & Yang

> Dhruva Advisors
> EY
> KPMG

Asia Tax Innovator of the Year

EY

> Deloitte
> KPMG

Best Newcomer of the Year

Transfer Pricing Solutions Asia

> Advaita Legal
> SCL Tax Consultants
> VDB Loi (Indonesia)

Asia Tax Compliance & Reporting Firm of the Year

EY

> Deloitte
> KPMG

Global Executive Mobility Tax Team of the Year in Asia

EY

> Deloitte
> KPMG

Withholding Tax Team of the Year

PwC

> Deloitte
> EY
> Lee & Ko
> Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

International Tax Law Firm of the Year in Asia

DLA Piper

> Baker McKenzie
> DFDL
> Withers

Asia Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year

Shannon Smit, Transfer Pricing Solutions

> Kyung Geun Lee, Yulchon
> Amit Maheshwari, Ashok Maheshwary & Associates
> Rahul Mitra, KPMG
> Geoffrey Soh, KPMG
> Shanwu Yuan, Baker McKenzie
> Ay Tjhing Phan, PwC
> Michael Tabart, Deloitte

Asia In-house Tax Team of the Year

Infosys

> GE China
> PT Freeport Indonesia
> Yum! China Holdings

Asia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

> Deloitte
> EY
> KPMG
> PwC

Asia Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Khoon Ming Ho, KPMG

> Dinesh Kanabar, Dhruva Advisors
> Dong Soo Kim, Yulchon
> Shinya Matsumiya, Deloitte
> Chung-Sim Siew Moon, EY
> Eric Roose, Withers
> Manish Shah, SKP Group
> John Walker, Baker McKenzie

Asia In-house Transfer Pricing Team of the Year

Nissan

> Infosys
> Samsung

Asia In-house Tax Director of the Year

Annie Pan, RELX Group

Asia Tax Disputes & Litigation Practice Leader of the Year

Anand Raj, Shearn Delamore & Co

> Ahdianto, GNV Consulting Services
> Sujit Ghosh, Advaita Legal
> Oh-Young Jeon, Yoon & Yang
> Yuko Miyazaki, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
> Nguyen Huong Giang, PwC
> Vikna Rajah, Rajah & Tann
> Steven Sieker, Baker McKenzie
> Angela Wood, KPMG

Asia Tax Commissioner of the Year

Ken Dwijugiasteadi, Director General of Tax, Ministry of Finance, Indonesia

Asia Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

> Baker McKenzie
> EY
> KPMG
> PwC

Asia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

> EY
> KPMG
> PwC

Asia Tax Firm of the Year

KPMG

> Baker McKenzie
> Deloitte
> EY
> Kim & Chang
> PwC






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