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India Tax Forum - September 4 & 5, 2013 - The Leela Palace, New Delhi


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Parthasarathi Shome

Adviser (Minister of State) to Indian Finance Minister
Government of India

Parthasarathi Shome is Adviser (at level of Minister of State) to the Indian Finance Minister, 2013. He was among the 2012 Global Tax 50 of the International Tax Review, ‘individuals and organisations that made a substantial impact on tax practice and administration in the past 12 months’. He received the highest civilian honour of the Government of Brazil, Commander of the Order of the Southern Cross, in 2000, for his contributions to Brazilian tax reform.  He was Chairman, Expert Committee on General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR), Government of India, July-October 2012, Director and Chief Executive of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi (2011-12), Chief Economist of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, UK (2008–11), and Adviser to the Indian Finance Minister (at level of Secretary) (2004–08).
Shome began his professional career in academia, rising to Professor of Economics at American University, Washington DC (1975–83). He worked at the IMF (1983–2004), where he held various positions, including Chief of Tax Policy (1992–95) and Director, IMF Singapore Institute (2001–03). He has provided fiscal technical assistance to over thirty countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. He chaired India’s Ninth and Tenth Five-Year Plan Advisory Groups on Tax Policy and Administration, and was Director, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi (1995–97). He was named ‘an outstanding student of taxation and public finance’ by the National Tax Association of America for his Ph.D. thesis on the burden of the corporation income tax which he completed at Southern Methodist University (1975), his Masters degrees being from University of Rochester (1973) and Delhi School of Economics (1972).
His books have been published by Business Standard Publishers, CenTax, IMF, Orient BlackSwan, Oxford University Press, Routledge and are forthcoming from Cambridge University Press and LexisNexis.  He has published in Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Public Economics, National Tax Journal, Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Public Finance, Public Finance Quarterly, Staff Papers IMF,  and other international and national journals.

Alpana Saksena

Executive Director
KPMG India 

Alpana is a ‘Executive Director’ with the Tax Dispute Resolutions (Transfer Pricing) practice in India, and is presently  on secondment to US  KPMG LLP since January 2012 as Director with the Global Transfer Pricing Services. She joined KPMG  India after her voluntarily retirement in April  2010 from the Indian Revenue Service  where she was Commissioner of Income Tax.

She has rich experience of 25 years with Indian Revenue Service (1985 – 2010). She has vast experience of supervising and auditing 2000 Transfer Pricing Audits for  Indian Revenue Service  while serving as Commissioner of Transfer Pricing (Mumbai) -2008-2009 and Transfer Pricing Audit Officer – 2005-06. She also represented Revenue authorities before Mumbai Appellate Tribunal for all Revenue appeals including international tax and transfer pricing appeals in the period 2006-2007.

During her term with the Indian Revenue Service, she worked as Commissioner of Income Tax  (Appeals), Mumbai for international tax and transfer pricing appeals for 2 years.

She has been twice awarded ‘Certificate of Appreciation’ (2008 and 2009) by Ministry of Finance, Government of India for work in sphere of Transfer Pricing and International Taxation.

She is a regular Guest Faculty at various Government of India tax training institutes engaged in training of senior IRS officers in International Tax and TP and also contributes articles regularly.

Amongst her international experience, she has been a Trainer (International Tax and Transfer Pricing) for Revenue officers of Tanzania and Sri Lanka. She is also a regular speaker at various International Tax and Transfer Pricing Conferences in India and USA.

In US she works closely with US Competent authority on India US MAP cases of key clients., and with the Indian Tax authorities on Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs)

She has been rated in Top 10 TP advisers in India in a survey carried out amongst Indian tax payers in January 2011 by ITR. The rating was based on the involvement in complex, creative and outstanding transfer pricing work including transfer pricing compliance and litigation.

Rohan K Phatarphekar


Partner and National Leader
KPMG India 

Rohan is the National Leader of Global Transfer Pricing Services and leads a team of around 225 transfer pricing professionals  spread across seven locations in India. He has been advising multinational companies on transfer pricing issues from 1997 much before the transfer pricing regulations were introduced in India in 2001. In the annual Euromoney publication, World Tax 2011, the comprehensive guide to the world‘s leading tax firms, it is specifically acknowledged that KPMG India has a strong reputation for Transfer Pricing Services under the leadership of Rohan. Also, KPMG in India has been  awarded the ‘India Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year‘ 2010-11 by International Tax Review (ITR).

Rohan has been rated in the Top 10 Transfer Pricing advisers in India in a survey carried out amongst Indian tax payers in January 2011 by an ITR publication. The rating was based on the involvement in complex, creative and outstanding transfer pricing work including transfer pricing compliance and litigation. He has 21 years of all round experience in the arena of International/ Domestic taxation and Indian Regulatory  services. He earlier worked for 3 years with a MNC Consulting Firm as National Head of Tax & Regulatory services and he was also the chairman of the Asia-Pacific Transfer Pricing Committee. Prior to that he worked with a ‘Big Four’ Firm in the Tax and Regulatory services practice for around 12 years which included working stint with the New York & London offices of the Firm. Rohan initiated the Transfer Pricing practice there and played a national role.

Rohan is a prolific speaker and has presented in various events in India and internationally. He also contributes articles on regular basis  to various national and International publications. His views on Transfer pricing developments are often sought by various publications and business news channels.

Amit Maheshwari


Managing Partner
Ashok Maheshwary & Associates

Amit Maheshwari is the managing partner of Ashok Maheshwary & Associates, one of the leading chartered accountancy firms having offices in Gurgaon, New Delhi and Mumbai. His firm is an affiliate member of Leading Edge Alliance, and alliance of independent accounting firms currently ranked No. 9 in the world. The firm is also a member of Transfer Pricing Associates, a specialist transfer pricing, customs and valuations service provider.

Amit completed his Bachelor degree in Commerce with Honors from the Delhi University and is currently a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He leads the International tax practice of the Ashok Maheshwary & Associates and has handled many Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies and large Indian companies.

Amit helps his clients in structuring their entry into India and regularly advises on transactions cutting across international tax, transfer pricing and foreign exchange regulations and other areas of practice.

Amit also regularly contributes his views/articles to all the leading media publications in India on the latest developments in International tax and Transfer Pricing, providing his views as to their impact on business environment in India.


Atul Gupta


VAT Leader
GE India

Atul Gupta is the VAT leader for GE India and is based out of Gurgaon. Atul is a law graduate from Delhi University and also has a management degree from Melbourne. Atul holds the unique distinction of having served in the Federal Government and also having worked with and advised diverse MNCs. Prior to joining GE a couple of years back, Atul was a Tax Partner with Deloitte India and led the North India indirect tax practice for over 6 years. Formerly, Atul was in the Indian Revenue Service. He was in policy making for several years in Tax Research Unit in the Ministry of Finance and also worked in the field as a tax collector in excise and customs. He was also one of the key people responsible for setting up the Advance Ruling Authority for federal indirect taxes. In his current role in GE he is responsible for managing indirect tax planning, litigation and compliance.  Atul is actively involved in engaging with the Govt. on indirect tax policy issues and is also a member of the CII National Committee on Indirect Taxes.

Gaurav Chadha


Senior Manager – Taxation
Huawei Telecommunications

Gaurav Chadha presently works as Senior Manager, Tax with a renowned telecom player Huawei Telecommunications (India) Company Private Limited which is engaged in the business of provision of installation, commissioning, integration and other related services for Indian telecommunications sector and distribution of telecommunications equipment to various Indian customers. Prior to this he has worked in business and tax advisory division of renowned tax consultancy firms including PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst and Young.

He has over a decade of experience in tax function and in his current function playing an integral role in finalising tax structures / optimising overall all tax cost for group’s Indian operations. He has effectively handled various tax issues, transfer pricing issues, international tax issues and managed tax disputes. 


Abhishek Chawla


Head of Tax
Xerox India 

Abhishek Chawla is a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and was placed in the merit list in the CA examination. He is a law graduate from Delhi University and has also done an LL M in international taxation from Vienna University, Austria where he was ranked first in the class. His topic of research was the ‘tax treatment of optionally convertible debentures’.
His more than 10 years of professional experience consists of working with major law firms and big-four accounting firms. He has extensive experience in various facets of law and practice of direct taxes across industries. He has in particular dealt extensively with corporate tax, international tax, transfer pricing, tax controversy and dispute resolution matters.
He combines his consulting experience with Industry experience and is heading the tax department of Xerox India Limited. He has been a keen contributor of articles which have been published in national and international dailies and other publications. He has been a guest speaker at various national and international conferences.

Mangesh Gondavale


Deputy Commissioner of Sales Tax and Member Secretary, GST Working Group
Government of India

Dr Gondavale Mangesh Manohar is the deputy commissioner of sales tax and the member secretary of the GST Working Group, Maharashtra and has worked in the VAT department of the Government of Maharashtra for over 12 years.

As a deputy commissioner of sales tax and member secretary of the GST working group of Maharashtra, he is involved in the department’s preparation for ‘comprehensive GST’. He has prepared many concept papers for discussion in the Empowered Committee subgroups. Maharashtra is a leading state in terms of preparation for GST, and all the groundwork is done by his team, which was awarded a medallion and ‘Commissioner’s Appreciation.’

Dr Gondavale has a PhD in economics from Pune University and has been a guest speaker at many national and international forums.  He attended the International Seminar on Taxation and OECD training programme in Tokyo in 2008. He has lectured extensively on GST issues and conducted workshops for the Chamber of Commerce (ASSOCHAM, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and BCCI), trade bodies and and the Taxation Department to create awareness about the proposed changes and take their feedback.  He is an avid sportsman and the winner in cricket in South India Commercial Taxes Sports Meet, Bangalore, 2012.


Amit Gupta


Director Tax - South Asia
Dell

Amit Gupta is the Director – Tax for Dell in the South Asia region based in Bangalore. Before relocating to Bangalore, Amit was based in Singapore managing taxes in the Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) region. In this role, Amit was responsible for all tax matters across Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, India and Singapore. Before joining Dell, Amit was the tax leader (VP) at GE Capital in India where his responsibilities included managing taxes (corporate and indirect) for various legal entities and advising/implementing tax efficient structures for equity investments, cross-border funding/loans, leases, joint ventures and acquisitions. Amit has also worked as South Asia tax manager for Intel and among other things managed transfer pricing audits, negotiations with governments on tax holidays, duty/tariff reductions and exemptions. Before joining Intel, he worked as a senior consultant at Arthur Andersen/Ernst & Young, advising clients on various indirect tax and corporate tax matters. He started his career with Kellogg in India as a financial analyst. In a career spanning 15 years, Amit has managed tax functions end-to-end , that is, from tax planning to tax controllership/compliance.

Nitin Gupta


Head of Tax
Alcatel Lucent India 

Nitin is part of Corporate Tax & Trade team of Alcatel-Lucent based out of Gurgaon. He is responsible for India, Srilanka, Nepal & Bhutan taxes. Devising tax efficient business & contracting models and customer contract management from tax perspective are part of his responsibilities. Besides he manages the tax litigation and support the M&A activities of the group. PE / attribution disputes, software taxation, transfer pricing matters, STP/SEZ tax issues, service tax issues are some of the matters he has worked on. He is also a member of ICAI with 13 years experience. He earlier worked with PwC and Kpmg.

Kamlesh Varshney


Commisssioner of Income Tax
APA 

Shri Kamlesh Varshney is an Indian Revenue Service Officer with 23 years experience and is currently posted as Commissioner (Advance Pricing Agreements).  He has done his M.B.A. from IIM Lucknow in 1989 and has also taught there as a visiting professor for four years from 1997 to 2001.  In the Indian Revenue he has worked as Director in Taxation Policy division of CBDT for two years and as a Director in Foreign Tax Division of CBDT for three and half years.  He was involved in Tax Treaties negotiation, Mutual Agreement Procedure, Exchange of Information as well as representing India in OECD, UN and other international forums.  He has also worked on foreign deputation with Papua New Guinea for five years between 2001 and 2006.  Currently he is involved in setting up the Advance Pricing Agreement regime in India.

Navin Jain


General Manager, Taxes
Cairn Energy 

Navin Jain is a General Manager at the Corporate Accounts and Taxation Department of the Cairn India Group. He is experienced in developing policies for tax efficiency including the transfer pricing, tax advocacy, structuring investments outside India, simplifying the group holding structure, foreign tax compliances and dealing with tax authorities. 
 
He previously worked in both corporates and the private practice, including Ernst & Young, PwC and KPMG in India.


Ganapati Bhat


Director of Income Tax
Delhi

Ganapati Bhat is from Karnataka and has done his Masters in Economics from Gokhale Institute of Politics Economics, Pune.

He is an Indian Revenue Service Officer from the 1989 Batch of Civil Service and has worked in various capacities in Government of India and Income Tax Department.

He was on deputation to Research and Information System for Developing Countries, a Delhi based Think Tank.

He was a participant in the Managing Global Governance Programme at Bonn, Germany in the year 2008.
He is awarded Ph.D for his thesis titled Tax Policy, Transfer Pricing and Foreign Direct Investment: The case of India by in 2010.

He has specialized in the area of Transfer Pricing Law. He has worked as Transfer Pricing Officer for 3 years from 2006. He was Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals) handling exclusive cases of transfer pricing for 2 years. He has participated in several training and seminars on Transfer Pricing in last 10 years.

Presently, he is working as Director of Income Tax at Delhi in charge of Transfer Pricing Audit and part of Dispute Resolution Panel at Delhi.

He has a book and several research papers to his credit.


Pramod Kumar


Member
Income Tax Appellate Tribunal 

Pramod Kumar is a Member of India’s Income Tax Appellate Tribunal for last fourteen years, and is currently heading its Kolkata benches in the Eastern Zone. Pramod is a chartered accountant by education and training and he practiced for about one and a half decade before joining the Tribunal. Pramod  has worked at several benches of the ITAT including at Mumbai and Pune benches, on regular postings, and including at New Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh as a visiting Member.
Pramod has worked  on United Nations project for South South Sharing of Successful Tax Practices (S4TP) and is on the Board of Directors of International Association of Tax Judges, Amsterdam. He has been invited to deliver lectures at various professional, multilateral and educational forums including at IFA’s Annual Congress at Paris, UN Head of the States Meeting at Doha, OECD Hqrs Paris,  UN Hqrs, New York, NYU School of Law, Leiden University, India’s National Academy of Direct Taxes, Web learning programs of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Pramod has written hundreds of landmark  and thought provoking judgments on international taxation and transfer pricing, as indeed on other nuances of tax laws,  and one of these decisions was included in the reasons for International Tax Law Review’s selecting the Indian Income Tax Appellate Tribunal being recognized as one of the top 50 global influences in the international taxation.  Many of these judgments have been included in study material forstudents of international taxation all over the world, and have been subject matter of academic debates. Pramod is one of the best known tax judge globally, and is a frequent speaker on international taxation issues in India and abroad.

Milind Joglekar

Head of Taxation (India Region)
Lenovo India Pvt. Ltd.

A qualified Commerce Graduate & a Cost Accountant has over 2 decades of experience working with couple of large MNCs. He has worked in various accounting, costing & auditing areas before moving into Taxation. Milind is currently associated with Lenovo India Pvt. Ltd as Head of Taxation for India region.At Present Lenovo is world's no. 1 PC maker in terms of shipments and in India Milind heads various taxation functions such as Corporate Tax, Transfer Pricing, Service Tax, VAT / CST, Customs etc.Lenovo is a Leading Information technology hardware provider globally and is a keen supporter of tax technology that aligns with Lenovo's line of business.

Mahesh Jain


Country Head - Tax
Dupont India

Mr Mahesh Jain is a Chartered Chartered Accountant and LL.B from Delhi University in 1992, having over 21 years of experience in the field of Taxation and Finance worked for 13 years with Maruti Suzuki (India's leading Automobile Company), two years with Bharti Group (India's leading Telecome Company) and four years with Havells (India's leading electrical goods company). Presently he has been working for more than last two yearswith US based MNC, E.I. DuPont. Mr Jain has experience in International Taxation, Transfer Pricing, restructuring, tax aspects in M&As, Indirect Taxes.

Kanupriya Prashar


Global Head of Transfer Pricing
Bharti Airtel

Mekhla Anand


Principal Associate
Amarchand Mangaldas

Ms. Mekhla Anand joined Amarchand Mangaldas in June 2007 and works with the Taxation team. Prior to working with Amarchand Mangaldas, she has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi.

She specializes in indirect taxes and has extensive experience in advising large Indian and multinational companies in validating supply chains, formulating of indirect tax efficient business models, identifying innovative tax planning opportunities with specific reference to cross border structuring, turnkey contracts, mergers and acquisitions as well as tax litigation. She also has in depth expertise in providing strategic advisory for compliance aspects of transactions particularly in Service Tax, VAT and trade facilitation with the customs and various Government bodies. She has worked closely on the matters pertaining to infrastructure and technology sectors.

Her representative list of clients includes Engineers India Limited, BHP Billiton Amadeus, Bechtel Group, Flir Systems India Pvt. Ltd, Delhi International Airport Limited, Gulf Air Company, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd etc.
In addition to the above, she is a regular speaker at various forums and frequently contributes articles on indirect tax issues in various publications and newspapers.

Mr. Krishan Malhotra


Head of Tax, Northern Region
Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co

Mr. Krishan Malhotra is the Head of Tax, Northern Region, at Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. With an illustrious career spanning over 25 years,
Mr. Malhotra has extensive experience in the areas of Direct Tax (Domestic and International), Cross Border Taxation including Alternate Dispute Resolutions and Business Advisory Services. His experience straddles areas like Tax Strategy, Transfer pricing, Regulatory Practice, mergers, acquisitions, and re-organizations. He has wide exposure across industries and its practices and has worked in the fields of corporate and business tax compliance services, analyzing cross border tax risks and planning across multiple jurisdictions.

Mr. Krishan Malhotra has worked closely with the Ministry of Finance, advising the Central Board of Direct Taxes and formulating the country’s tax and regulatory policies. He is also currently the Chairman, Tax and Finance Forum of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, and a member of FICCI, the PHD Chamber of Commerce, and ASSOCHAM. He has advised companies on issues pertaining to Joint Venture/Collaboration Agreements, Commercial Contracts, from Tax, FEMA and FIPB perspective.

Mr. Malhotra brings to the Firm his experience and a vision, dimension and direction to the full range of tax services by providing value added end-to-end solutions to clients in a challenging regulatory environment such as India’s, with the commitment to stand for quality and values.

Mr. Krishan Malhotra holds dual degrees in Law and Chartered Accountancy. He has also pursued an Executive Management Programme from the Indian School of Business and Kellogg, USA. Prior to this, Mr. Malhotra has been a Senior Partner at RSM & Co. (Ambit RSM Group), then Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) and lastly at KPMG as North India Tax Head.


Sunil Sayal


Region CFO-India
Nokia Siemens Network Private Limited

Sunil’s trust with the Finance functions spans close to three decades and is finely  balanced between some well known Indian names and Global ones. He has worked in different facets of the Finance function starting with organizations like, Voltas, HCL Group, Ranbaxy Group , and Ericsson  where he spent  fourteen years. Currently he is the CFO for Region India at Nokia Siemens Network.

During his professional career he has worked not only in the various arms of the Finance function, like Taxation, Treasury, Corporate Finance, Corporate Affairs, Strategy & Planning but also in allied areas like Commercial and Procurement. 

He has spent the last 15 years in the Telecom Industry on the Vendor side starting from 1998 and has been a part of its evolution in India starting from its infancy to the present era.

Sunil has been a regular on various panels organized by the financial media, Chambers of Commerce and Consulting firms sharing his views on topics of current interest to the industry. He is the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Delhi Management Association (DMA) since 2010.

He was also on the “Direct Taxes Committee” of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for two years as the Industry representative. Currently he is a Special Invitee for 2012-13 on the “Committee for Members in Industry” of the ICAI. He is also a co opted member on  “Study Group on Value Added Tax” constituted by the Indirect Taxes Committee of ICAI,

He is actively associated with a well known NGO (Seva Mandir) in Udaipur advising them on financial matters

Twice, during 2011 and 2012, he was selected by an eminent panel consisting of well known Corporate personalities as one of the Top 100 Finance Professionals in the country an annual exercise organized by CFO India. The areas of recognition were Financial Control & Governance in 2011 and Use of Technology in Finance & Accounting in 2012.


Born in 1961, Sunil is an alumni of SRCC, University of Delhi. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. 
He also holds a Bachelors degree in Law from the Delhi University.

He is married and has two school/college going children. He is fond of playing Tennis and believes in Yoga as a stress buster.



Prashant Deshpande


Indirect Tax Practice Leader  
Deloitte India - leaders

Prashant Deshpande heads the Indirect Tax practice of Deloitte India. He has 31 years of post-qualification experience. Prashant has served a wide spectrum of clients for structuring of transactions, supply chains and business processes to optimize indirect tax incidence. He has also assisted clients with compliance with tax laws and has provided litigation support.
Prashant is at the forefront of tax reforms, including the proposed goods and services tax, and has not only helped clients plan their business strategy but also has participated in several debates over the manner of introduction of reforms.
Prashant has been named a leading tax advisor by International Tax Review (ITR) World Tax 2012 and as a global leading Indirect tax advisor in 2012 and 2013. Prashant is a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary. He earned a Bachelor’s degree and degree in law from the University of Mumbai.

Shivadass G


Executive Partner
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Shivadass heads the Bangalore office of Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan. He provides advisory and litigation services to several Fortune 500 companies and big coporations on direct and Indirect taxes. He represents clients before courts and quasi-judicial bodies. Shivadass regularly delivers talks and lectures in professional bodies, chambers of industry and other fora.
Shivadass holds a degree in law and is a Fellow member of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India.

Amit Rana


Vice President - Tax 
GE

He has been with GE for the past six years before which he worked in BMR, Ernst & Young and Arthur Andersen. He is responsible for the tax matters of several businesses of GE in India including aviation, water, energy financing, lighting and industrial solutions.  In his role, he is responsible for both direct and indirect tax matters of GE which includes cross-border structuring, planning, compliance, dispute management and litigation.  He is also responsible for tax policy and engages at various levels of government on tax policy and administration reforms.

Vijay Iyer


Tax Partner & National Leader, Transfer Pricing
Ernst & Young

Vijay, a Tax Partner is the National Leader for Transfer Pricing for EY India. He has been rated as one of the world's leading Transfer Pricing Advisors for India by the Legal Media Group and by International Tax Review and specializes in transfer pricing and international tax. Over the past 18 years, he has worked with clients on a wide variety of tax, transfer pricing and international tax issues. Vijay has been actively involved in drafting the Guidance Note on Transfer Pricing issued by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He regularly speaks on transfer pricing in various conferences and contributes to tax technical journals and other publications on transfer pricing.


Sumeet Khurana

Joint Director & Practice Head
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Sumeet Khurana heads the Direct Tax Representation Practice at L&S. He is Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has over 10 years of extensive experience in direct tax litigation matters.
He has handled variety of direct tax litigation matters of leading companies in different sectors e.g. telecommunication, software, financial and manufacturing sector. He has also helped clients with structuring options and advised on mergers and acquisitions. He has been a regular speaker at various forums on domestic and international tax issues and has contributed articles in different publications on tax controversies. 


Siddharth Mehta

Director, Tax & Regulatory Services (Indirect Tax)
KPMG  India

Siddharth has more than 12 years of experience in advising clients spanning across industries in areas of Sales tax/ Value Added Tax, Service tax, Excise, Customs and Foreign Trade Policy.

He has extensive experience in advising clients across industries like Infrastructure, Real Estate, Telecom,  Consumer Markets, etc.

He has also been involved in several Greenfield manufacturing and infrastructure projects and has advised clients on tax cost computations, validation of tax assumptions, contract structuring, planning options, vendor negotiations, availability of deemed export benefits, etc.

Prior to KPMG, Siddharth has worked with Arthur Andersen/  Ernst and Young in New Delhi.



Rajan Verma

Vice President- Finance
Thomson Reuters 

Rajan Verma is CFO for GGO, India region. He moved into his current role in June 2012 and prior to this, he was responsible for Transactions Accounting Group (Accounts Payables, Cash Applications & Accounts Receivables), which is part of the Business Operations Services organization.
Rajan joined Thomson Reuters in March 2008 and has been an integral part of the integrations team which worked on the SAP rollout as part of the R5 rollout. He has been very closely associated with streamlining Accounting processes post the rollout which included working with the businesses closely and increasing the usability of the systems and processes in-line with business requirements.
Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, Rajan has worked with organizations like Accenture & The World Bank Group where he held lead positions in Finance and Accounting domain and provided controllership support and has global work experience of working in US and India.
Rajan has done his certification in Accounting and Finance field. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India & Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. Rajan received a graduate degree in Commerce and Accounting from University of Delhi.


Pratik Jain


Partner - Indirect Tax
Thomson Reuters

Pratik, a recognized indirect tax specialist, is a partner with KPMG in India and leads the firm’s indirect tax practice in northern and eastern part of the country. He has over 14 years of experience in advising clients on Indirect Taxes specifically, on Service tax, VAT and GST. Prior to joining KPMG in 2006, Pratik has worked with Arthur Andersen / Ernst and Young in India.
Pratik has been involved with several Indian and multinational corporations, advising them on indirect tax planning, management, dispute resolution and policy related issues. He has also been involved in several Greenfield projects in identification of planning opportunities including possible strategies for building up an effective supply chain model from an Indirect tax perspective. He has advised large manufacturing companies in areas relating to project specific tax incentives sought from Central/State Governments.
Pratik was involved in VAT implementation of two Indian States, which included drafting the legislation, conceptualizing the overall administrative framework and post implementation training to the VAT officials. Pratik is actively engaged in tax advocacy and frequently interacts with Indian tax regulators. He also plays an active role in formulation of the GST policy and is actively involved / consulted by industry and industry associations. He leads the GST initiatives of KPMG in India and is helping several large companies in assessing the impact of the proposed GST reform on their business and transitioning into the new regime. Pratik is one of KPMG India’s spokesperson and frequently interacts with media (print as well as electronic) . He regularly contributes in public debates / discussions on indirect tax issues and is member of tax committees of leading trade bodies. Pratik works with clients across sectors and has significant experience in infrastructure, retail and consumer market segments.

Rajiv Anand


Partner
Deloitte 

Rajiv Anand is a Corporate Tax Partner in the Deloitte India practice. He also leads the tax litigation practice of Deloitte India. Rajiv has a total work experience of over 22 years in domestic and international corporate taxation matters including cross border restructurings and legal interpretations, analysis and strategic planning keeping in view the taxation regime including the double taxation avoidance agreements and Indian exchange control regulations connected with cross border transactions, due diligences etc.
Rajiv has significant experience in dealing with various domestic and international corporations and groups in relation to handling and assisting their assessments and appellate proceedings upto the Supreme Court (Apex Court).
Rajiv is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and of the Institute of Cost & Works Accountants of India (ICWAI).


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