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Asia Tax Forum - May 7 & 8 2014 - Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore


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08.00 Registration and breakfast

08.55 Chairman's opening remarks
Ralph Cunningham
, Managing Editor, International Tax Review

09.00 Welcome

09.10 Hot topics in Asia-Pacific taxation in 2014: Practical tax mitigation

  • New and updated tax treaties: What has changed? What is new? Where are the planning opportunities?
  • M&A tax planning ideas in 2014/2015
  • Latest rulings on permanent establishment in Asia Pacific
  • Impact of FATCA on banks and funds in Asia Pacific
  • Tax efficient investment in smaller and growing economies, eg Myanmar, Vietnam
  • The approach of Asia Pacific governments to BEPS and the risks for taxpayers

Eric Roose, Partner, Morrison & Foerster (moderator)
Amit Gupta, Director - Tax, Dell
Bill Thomson, Director - Tax, Asia Pacific, TimeWarner
Peter Ni
, Partner, Zhong Lun Law Firm
David Weisner, US Tax Counsel, Asia Pacific, Citi

10.25 Tea and coffee

10.55 Transfer pricing: how developments in related party transactions will affect companies

  • Update on rules and requirements for documentation: How taxpayers can comply
  • Current issues in transfer pricing litigation
  • Competent authority and transfer pricing: How is it working in Asia?
  • Experiences of bilateral APAs

Pradeep Dinodia, Managing Partner, S R Dinodia, MGI India (Moderator)
Aashish Poddar,
General Manager – International Taxation and Structuring, Piramal Enterprises
Sam Sim,
Deputy Global Head, Transfer Pricing, Standard Chartered Bank
Andrea Tolley,
Transfer Pricing Director, APAC, Schneider Electric
Dickson Leung,
Senior Partner, LehmanBrown, MGI China

12.15 Lunch

1.15 China's VAT reforms: how taxpayers can prepare

  • The pilot programme explained: advantages and disadvantages for taxpayers
  • Key questions, eg, zero rating, consolidation rules, exempt exported services
  • Issues for industries already under the new rules
  • Lessons for sectors yet to join the programme, eg financial services; insurance
  • Interaction with Golden Tax System

Lachlan Wolfers, Leader, Centre of Excellence for Indirect Taxes in China, KPMG (moderator)
Greta Chan, Asia Pacific & Japan Indirect Taxes Manager, IMB
Matt Campbell, Indirect Tax Manager Asia Pacific, AIG

2.30 Tea and coffee

3.00 China and Hong Kong

  • Update on key tax circulars and ordinances
  • Exchange of tax information: What its introduction means for taxpayers;
  • Tax planning for cross-border transactions
  • Tax treaties: The effects of new and existing provisions on tax planning
  • Special economic zones: What part should they play in a company’s tax planning
  • New reforms in the offing

Christopher Xing, Partner, KPMG China (moderator)
Morrie Cheng
, Head of Tax Asia, Sun Life Financial
Eugene Gay, Head of Tax, Asia Pacific, Glaxo SmithKline
Kevin Koh, Senior Regional Tax Manager, Danone

Tea and coffee

4.30 Indirect tax: what taxpayers can do to use new rules affectively

  • Malaysia’s new VAT in 2015: What taxpayers can do now to prepare
  • Refunds and how to secure them
  • Indirect tax risks in Asean countries, eg, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines
  • Update on new rules and rates, and their effects
  • Cross-border services in Asia: The VAT implications
Eugene Lim, Partner, Baker & McKenzie (moderator)
Morrie Cheng, Head of Tax Asia, Sun Life Financial
Adeline Wong, Partner, Wong & Partners, Kuala Lumpur
Yvonne Beh, Partner, Wong & Partners, Kuala Lumpur

Chairman's closing remarks

5.50 Cocktail reception


08.00 Registration and breakfast

08.35 Chairman's opening remarks
Ralph Cunningham
, Managing Editor,
International Tax Review

08.40 Keynote address
Satoru Araki
, Public Management Specialist, Asian Development Bank

09.00 International tax developments: How Asian governments are approaching the BEPS project and the impact it will have on tax in Asia

  • Progress report on BEPS 2014 issues
  • Key aspects of the BEPS 2015 timetable
  • The approach of Asia Pacific countries to BEPS
  • The risks and opportunities for taxpayers in new and updated tax treaties

Ralph Cunningham, Managing Editor, International Tax Review (moderator)
Paolo De Salvia, Group Head of Tax, Noble Group
Ben Henton, Head of Transfer Pricing, DBS Bank
Hafiz Choudhury, Senior Adviser, International Tax and Investment Centre

10.15 Tea and coffee

10.45 Korea: What taxpayers can do to reduce the tax burden

  • Dispute resolution: New practices to avoid and resolve disputes; key rulings and judgements
  • Tax audit and compliance: What taxpayers can learn from the tax authorities’ approach
  • Anti-avoidance: How companies can steer clear of flouting the rules

Jay Shim, Partner, Lee & Ko
David Weisner, US Tax Counsel, Asia Pacific, Citi (moderator)
Ted Tae-Gyung Kim, Partner, Lee & Ko
Sung Hyun Ryoo, Partner, Lee & Ko

12.00 Lunch

1.00 Dispute resolution and anti-avoidance: How taxpayers should manage disputes in 2014 and the new anti-avoidance provisions they should know about

  • New anti-avoidance rules around Asia and how they affect tax planning
  • Effective dispute resolution techniques in action
  • MAP and competent authority: Successes, failures and lessons
  • Arbitration in tax treaties: Can it work?

Eugene Lim, Head of Singapore tax practice, Baker & McKenzie
Vineet Rachh, Head of Tax, Jabil Circuit
Subhankar Sinha, Head of Tax - Cluster South Asia, Siemens
Michael Olesnicky, Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Allen Tan, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Tea and coffee

2.45 India: What a new national government will mean for tax and taxpayers

  • Likely tax measures in new government's first Budget
  • Tax administration reforms: How they can help to resolve tensions between officials and taxpayers
  • Direct Taxes Code and GST: What is left to be done? When should we expect them?
  • How the new safe harbour rules are working
  • Significant rulings from the tribunals and the courts
Ralph Cunningham, Managing Editor, International Tax Review (moderator)
Subhankar Sinha, Head of Tax - Cluster South Asia, Siemens
Jeenendra Bhandari, Partner, Tax, Regulatory & Advisory Services, MGB & Co

4.00 Tea and coffee

4.15 Tips for effective tax department management in 2014: The objectives tax managers should be setting and how they can achieve them

  • Automatic exchange of information as the international standard: What it means for taxpayers and how they report and comply
  • Processes and techniques to keep you in control of the issues
  • Tax compliance: How departments can prepare for a new era
  • Finding the right people: What tax managers can do to find people with the skills they need in a time of intense scrutiny
  • Working with the business: What the tax department can do to communicate with and educate colleagues about tax
  • Relations with HQ: Managing expectations about tax planning in Asia

Ralph Cunningham, Managing Editor, International Tax Review (moderator)
Bipin Balakrishnan, Senior Manager – Logistics & Compliance (Asia & Africa), Transocean
Paolo De Salvia
, Group Head of Tax, Noble Group
Tony Chan, Deputy General Manager, International Tax Planning, SapuraKencana Group
Hafiz Choudhury, Senior Adviser, International Tax and Investment Centre

5.45 Chairman's closing remarks







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