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Indirect Tax Forum 2017 - 30 March, Hyatt Regency Dusseldorf


Speakers


Giles Parsons


Senior Tax Director, European Tax Policy
Caterpillar

Giles Parsons is currently a Senior Tax Director with Caterpillar Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines. Based in the UK, Parsons is responsible for international tax policy and global indirect tax and customs advisory functions for Caterpillar.

Prior to taking up this role, Parsons was Director of European Tax at Caterpillar for 10 years based in Geneva, Switzerland and was previously a Tax Senior Manager and later Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK. Parsons studied at the Universities of Cambridge, Essex and Leicester and was an assistant lecturer at Leicester University before training as an Inspector of Taxes with HMRC.


Philipp Besson

Philipp Besson
Global Head of Operational Taxes
Allianz

Philipp Besson heads the Operational Taxes Group of Allianz that covers in particular, VAT, IPT and employee axation matters of one of the world’s leading insurance groups.
 
He works on a wide range of tax matters driven by the global set up of Allianz group and has gained a particular knowledge in guiding consistent business operations through an inconsistent international tax framework.

Before joining Allianz, he studied law and worked for the German Insurance Association in Berlin. Besson is a regular speaker at international VAT conferences.


Jürgen Scholz


Global Head, Indirect Tax
WTS

Jürgen Scholz heads the Indirect Tax group of WTS, a firm with a presence in more than 130 countries worldwide.

He is a regular speaker at VAT conferences, publishes in several journals, is a member of the Advisory Council to Germany‘s leading VAT journal (Umsatzsteuer-Rundschau) and board member of the scientific organisation on VAT in Germany (UmsatzsteuerForum e.V.).

Scholz started his professional career with the German tax authorities before he joined a Big Four to specialise in value added taxes. As a result of his particular focus on the financial services industry, he then became VAT manager in one of Europe’s leading banks focusing on transaction work, holding structures, pro-rata optimisation and VAT-neutral outsourcing projects. 

Back from his in-house role into the advisory world, Scholz continues to work for the financial services industry, but increasingly manages process-related projects for the high-tech and manufacturing industry as the implementation of tax-engines, the redesign of supply chain structures and the set-up of tax compliance management systems.


Tamás Gyányi


Partner
WTS Klient Tax Advisory

Tamás Gyányi is currently responsible for running the tax department of the WTS Group in Hungary (both compliance and advisory teams). Before joining the WTS Klient Group in 2004, he worked for one of the Big Four firms as a senior advisor in the international tax service group. He has been a managing director of WTS Klient Tax Advisory since 2013. Gyányi provides tax services to multinational companies in various sectors. He is experienced in tax disputes with tax authorities and proactive in giving recommendations to Hungarian lawmakers for the purpose of making the Hungarian tax system more "user-friendly".

Gyányi is an international and indirect tax expert. WTS Klient Hungary has been nominated by International Tax Review several times as tax firm of the year, while its VAT compliance team was shortlisted among the best indirect tax compliance teams.


Stijn Vastmans


Partner
Tiberghien

Stijn Vastmans is a partner at Tiberghien. As the head of the VAT, customs and excises department, Vastmans is a key figure within the Tiberghien tax practice.

The department handles a diverse range of VAT related issues. Because of this, Vastmans also developed an extensive experience in real estate, finance, the public and non-profit sector, logistics and international trade. He specialises amongst other practice areas, in specific VAT issues for the public sector, real estate projects, public-private partnerships, import/export transactions, financial services, VAT audit and litigation.

Vastmans works both on a national and an international level and represents Tiberghien in various international VAT network groups.

He is the author of various articles on VAT in tax newsletters. He is responsible for updating the Tiberghien tax manual for indirect taxes. He is also a regular speaker at internal and external tax seminars.


Kay Masorsky


Head of Customs
WTS

Kay Masorsky heads WTS’ global customs practice in Germany. Prior to assuming his current assignment, Masorsky held various leading positions in the customs and trade area, both at company and consultancy level. With more than 25 years of professional experience, he has dealt with customs and trade issues of all kinds. In addition to his legal work on matters such as classification, valuation and origin of goods, a major part of his work includes assisting clients in optimising and implementing customs processes, and in planning and reorganising business structures and supply chains. At WTS, Masorsky advises German and international clients of all sizes across a wide range of industries, including automotive, chemicals and pharmaceuticals as well as consumer goods and retailing. Masorsky regularly lectures on customs and trade issues in seminars and client workshops.


Peter Jung


Managing Partner, Tax
WTS

Peter Jung is in charge of the service lines of indirect taxes, transfer pricing and customs at WTS.

Jung started his professional career in the audit and tax department of a big German law firm followed by working as an in-house tax consultant in a German major bank. After that he worked for Ernst & Young in the tax department for several years. Jung joined WTS in 2005 and has been a founding partner since 2006.

Jung received his Diploma in Taxation from the University of Applied Sciences in Ludwigsburg in 1993 and his MBA in International Taxation from the University of Freiburg in 2005. He is certified as Steuerberater (German Certified Tax Advisor) since 1998.

Jung and his team at WTS advise large multinational clients in all fields of taxes along the supply chain. He specialises in carve-out transactions, tax planning and M&A. With more than 22 years of professional experience in national and international tax consulting, he follows a holistic approach for BEPS, M&A and reorganisations.


Chiara Mejnardi


Partner
WTS R&A Studio Tributario Associato

Chiara Mejnardi is a partner at WTS R&A Studio Tributario Associato and she is the head of VAT and supply chain practice.

She is mostly focused on international and EU taxation, with specialisation in VAT and supply chain matters, including transfer pricing. She provides advisory services, assists in the review and reorganisation of the global supply chain, supports in the definition and review of transfer pricing policies and provides assistance in tax audits and litigation in these matters to both Italian and multinational companies.

Together with her professional activity, she contributes to professional journals, lectures at international company seminars and public organisations’ training sessions.


Mirko Marinć


Partner
Baker McKenzie

Mirko Marinć is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Indirect Tax practice in Amsterdam, and a member of the EU VAT Steering Committee. His experience includes advising businesses on supply chain opportunities, acquisition and restructuring projects, holding company issues and intra-group compliance simplification. Marinć lectures on moot courts at the University of Leiden every year, and speaks at various seminars and conferences. He has also published several articles in international (VAT) magazines on indirect tax. Prior to joining the firm as a tax advisor on December 2006, he worked for Arthur Andersen and Deloitte where he was involved in numerous projects for major Dutch and foreign companies.

Marinć focuses his practice on matters involving indirect taxes. He has been involved in several M&A projects between leading companies in the pharmaceutical sector, as well as in the IT sector. Additionally, he has implemented VAT-efficient and user-friendly (supply chain) structures in various companies in the abovementioned sectors. Marinć is also actively involved in providing solutions for holding company issues and compliance issues for foreign groups established in the Netherlands and for investment funds doing business in the Netherlands.


Benjamin Bergau


VAT specialist
Baker McKenzie

Benjamin Bergau is an economist at Baker McKenzie in Frankfurt. Bergau joined the firm in 2014 after having worked as a VAT specialist at PricewaterhouseCoopers for six years. He has taught German VAT law at the university level, pro-bono, since 2010.

Bergau advises national and international companies in all VAT-related matters, including VAT planning and restructuring. He has extensive experience in compliance matters, such as risk assessments and reduction, fraud protection and defense positions, binding rulings, voluntary self-disclosures, assistance in tax audits, as well as appeal and settlement procedures. He has consulted on a number of high-profile M&A transactions and VAT settlements, and regularly advises on VAT matters associated with international retail, e-commerce and financial services. Bergau's work comprises legal opinions on legally complex VAT cases, applications of binding rulings and general guidance on VAT compliance.


Michael Connemann


Attorney at Law
WTS

Michael Connemann is a German attorney at law with a Master's degree in German Tax Law and an MBA from Pfeiffer University, Charlotte, NC.

Conneman's practice focuses on advising national and international companies in all VAT and customs related matters, including VAT planning and restructuring, and with a focus on VAT compliance matters such as risk assessments and reduction, fraud protection and defense positions, binding rulings, voluntary self-disclosures, assistance in tax audits, as well as appeal and settlement procedures. Conneman's work comprises legal opinions, applications of binding rulings, guidance on VAT compliance and generally on legally complex VAT cases.

Conneman frequently authors legal articles and comments on current VAT and customs matters. He is a regular contributor of the VAT advisor journal in Germany (UStB) and a commentator in the HDS-commentary for German value added taxes.

Prior to joining WTS, he worked as a VAT attorney with PricewaterhouseCoopers and EY and as Head of VAT & Customs for the Freudenberg Group.




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