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


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Satoru Araki


Public Management Specialist
Asian Development Bank 

Satoru Araki is a public management specialist at the Asian Development Bank in Metro Manila, in charge of tax administration issues. He started his career at the National Tax Agency, Japan, and has 17 years’ experience in tax policy and administration, securities market regulation, and international finance.

Before joining the ADB, Satoru was the deputy director of the Criminal Investigation Division at the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission in Tokyo from 2009 to 2011. He also headed the Transfer Pricing Audit Division of the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau between 2008 and 2009, and served as a principal administrator at the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration of the OECD in Paris from 2005 to 2008.

Satoru holds a magister juris degree from the University of Oxford and a master of arts degree in political science from the University of Birmingham in the UK.


Paolo De Salvia


Group Head of Tax
Noble

Paolo De Salvia has been head of tax for the Noble Group since January 2012 and is based in Hong Kong.

The Noble Group is Asia’s largest listed supply chain manager for natural resources, integrating the origination and distribution of agricultural and energy products, metals, minerals and ores, with global operations of mining, farming, processing, ports, shipping and marketing. It is headquartered in Hong Kong and listed in Singapore, and operates from more than 140 locations. It was ranked 91st in the Fortune 500 in 2012.

The Noble Group is Asia’s largest listed supply chain manager for natural resources, integrating the origination and distribution of agricultural and energy products, metals, minerals and ores, with global operations of mining, farming, processing, ports, shipping and marketing. It is headquartered in Hong Kong and listed in Singapore, and operates from more than 140 locations. It was ranked 91st in the Fortune 500 in 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.

Sam Sim
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Deputy Global Head, Transfer Pricing
Standard Chartered Bank

Sam T Y Sim chairs the Capital Markets Tax Committee’s transfer pricing sub-committee and is deputy global head of transfer pricing at Standard Chartered Bank. He also lectures on transfer pricing in the master of tax programme at UniSIM and at the IBFD Tax Academy. He was previously a tax attorney in New York and an assistant director at the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He has master degrees in tax law (New York University), economics (Cambridge University) and accounting (SMU).  


David Weisner


US Tax Counsel, Asia Pacific
Citigroup

David Weisner is based in Hong Kong and is US tax counsel for Asia Pacific for Citigroup. He handles the tax issues for variety of businesses through out Asia Pacific. Before joining Citigroup in 2003, David worked at Fidelity Investments in Boston as international tax counsel.  Before this, David worked for White & Case in New York and Deloitte & Touche, the Big 4 accounting firm. David is a member of the Illinois Bar.

David is the immediate past president of the Asia Chapter of the Tax Executive Institute (TEI), on the executive committee of the Capital Market Tax Committee (CMTC), on the tax committee for the Hong Kong chapter of Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and leads the FATCA subcommittee for the Hong Kong Association of Banks (HKAB).


Bill Thomson


Director - Taxes, Asia Pacific
TimeWarner

Bipin Balakrishnan


Senior Manager – Logistics & Compliance (Asia & Africa)
Transocean

Bipin Balakrishnan is a senior manager, logistics & compliance (Asia & Africa) for Transocean, based in Singapore.

Bipin has 18 years of experience as a consultant and in-house expert advising multinational companies on supply chain, logistics, indirect tax and international trade including customs, excise and VAT/GST. Specifically, he has been involved with managing complex supply chain and logistics issues, as well issues relating to compliance such as trade agreements, customs valuation and classifiction, licensing, customs facilities and export controls, tax and trade disputes, as well as indirect tax mapping and planning. 

Bipin has spent several years in the US, China and Singapore, serving corporations in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific and, recently, Africa. He has extensive knowledge of tax efficient supply chain management issues through his involvement in large supply chain projects in the Asia Pacific and Americas regions for varied industries oil & gas, technology, consumer goods, automotive and textiles. 

Bipin is a lawyer by training and holds an honours degree in law specialising in corporate and trade laws from the National Law School of India, Bangalore.




Eric Roose

Partner
Morrison & Foerster

Eric
Roose's practice focuses on international tax planning and general corporate and business advisory tax work, focusing on Asia-Pacific and the United States.

Eric has 30 years of experience advising multinational and domestic businesses, international investment funds, venture capital funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, high-technology companies, financial institutions and financial service industry companies, government institutions, and global real estate investment funds with respect to all tax aspects of their business and investment activities in the Asia-Pacific Region, particularly with regard to the United States, Japan, China, and Singapore. He has extensive experience advising on the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).


Peter Ni

Partner
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Yongjun Peter Ni is the head of Zhong Lun Law Firm’s tax practice. Before joining Zhong Lun, he led White & Case’s Greater China tax practice. Prior to that, he led the International Tax Practice or Ernst & Young China. Peter has more than 15 years of experience providing international tax services to foreign MNCs and large Chinese companies, including nine years in the US. Trained as a lawyer, he is able to provide tax advice in the proper legal context.

Peter’s practice covers all tax aspects of cross-border investments and transactions, with a focus on market entry and exit strategies, investment structuring and restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, financing, pre-IPO restructuring, transfer pricing, tax-effective supply chain management, high net worth individual tax planning, and tax dispute resolution.


Lachlan Wolfers

Seconded Tax Partner
Leader, Centre of Excellence, Indirect Taxes
KPMG China

Lachlan Wolfers is the leader of KPMG’s centre of excellence for indirect taxes in China. Before that, he was the leader of KPMG’s indirect taxes and tax controversy practices in Australia. He is a member of the network’s global leadership team for indirect taxes, and its regional leader for indirect taxes.

Lachlan is regularly invited to advise the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation in relation to the VAT reform programme, as well as other tax reform initiatives such as the introduction of a system of advance rulings. He holds a masters of taxation with first class honours, as well as combined economics and law degrees, also with honours, all from
the University of Sydney.

Lachlan has also co-written the leading textbook on capital gains tax in Australia, as well as writing chapters for textbooks on income tax and GST. He is a regular presenter and media commentator on tax issues, both in China and previously in Australia.


Christopher Xing


Partner
KPMG China

Jay Shim

Partner
Lee & Ko

Jay Shim, a partner in the Tax Group, is a leading expert in the areas of Overseas Investment, Energy, Offshore Funds, Tax Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation involving joint ventures.
 
Mr. Shim leads the firm’s international tax planning and transactions practice. He also has extensive experience with international project finance and structured products. His client base is largely comprised of foreign MNCs, private equity and hedge funds. He has also assisted Korean companies and Korean government owned companies invest into large infrastructure and oil & gas projects in Russia.  In addition, Mr. Shim has served on several expert panels established by the National Tax Services and the Ministry of Strategy and Finance on matters dealing with procedures and policies affecting foreign companies and foreign owned Korean companies.  He has also assisted the Ministry of Strategy and Finance draft tax laws and regulations relating to controlled foreign corporation, advance tax treaty clearance, partnership taxation and transfer pricing.
 
Mr. Shim is a member of the American Bar Association, the International Fiscal Association and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. He is also a co-chair, Taxation Committee, American Chamber of Commerce Korea.


Dickson Leung

Senior Partner
MGI China

Mr. Dickson Leung, Hong Kong Chinese, and Senior Partner, has over 20 years of tax, accounting and financial experience, the majority of which (over 18 years stationed in China) were spent with a large international accounting firm, in China as a Senior manager and is intimately versed with the China taxation and accounting system. He has advised multinational clients operating in China on an array of business and accounting issues, primarily focusing on audit and accounting issues, due diligence, Merge and Acquisitions, internal investigations, taxation planning and structuring, establishing companies in China, stock exchange listing and Initial Public Offerings (in Hong Kong and China), and general business advisory.

Mr. Leung has gained deep tax , and financial experience Lehmanbrown where his major multi-national client and business advisory clients served include: Citigroup, Adobe, Toyota, Tata Group, Novell, Versign, Citrix, Sony, Sanyo, Lone Star, American Apparel, Furla, Duty Fee Shoppers (DFS) Autonomy, Capital Land, MaonShan Steel (H shares), Huarong (the largest Asset Management Company in China), AOL (CNN), American Standard, Informix, Global Sliver Hawk logistics, Sunbase Asia (listed on Nasdaq), Greater Beijing Region Expressway  (listed on Nasdaq), Windriver software, (listed on American stock market), Dead Sea Bromine (subsidiary of Eurobrom listed in Netherlands),  Singapore Computer System, (listed in Singapore), Century Pacific Digital (listed in Hong Kong), Pearson broadband (Listed In UK), Beijing Siu Fung (listed in Hong Kong), Shougang Concord International (listed in Hong Kong), Mitsubishi Telecommunication, Nippon oil (listed in Japan), Perstorp Surfacing Materials (listed  Sweden) and the American and Australian Embassies in Beijing.

Mr. Leung currently acts as CFO/advisor for many public and multinational companies operating in China. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on taxation, accounting, risk and doing business in and with China.

Mr. Leung is currently the Executive Board committee member and Treasurer of Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce, China since 2008.
 
Mr. Leung is a Certified Public Accountant, a Fellow of Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA, UK), Fellow and Practising Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountant (HKICPA), Fellow of Certified Public Accountants in Australia (FCPA, Aust.) and the Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ACA, UK).


Pradeep Dinodia

Managing Partner
MGI India

Mr. Pradeep Dinodia is the Managing Partner of S.R. Dinodia & Co, Chartered Accountants, a member firm of MGI. MGI is a worldwide alliance of independent audit, tax, accounting and consulting firms. (www.mgiworld.com) S.R. Dinodia & Co. is a leading firm of Chartered Accountants  in India, established  in 1952 rendering services in various verticals including, taxation (domestic and cross border), assurance, corporate legal compliance and advisory, financial advisory, succession planning and entrepreneurial  services. The firm is widely known for its litigation expertise in complicated Direct tax issues.

Mr.  Dinodia  has  been  at  the  helm  of  the  Firm  since  1978  and  has  since  gathered immense experience. His area of specialized expertise is Litigation in the field of Direct Taxation (domestic and cross-border), he is a Senior Counsel in Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, India. Corporate Governance and Structuring and execution of Cross Border Transactions continue to be his passion.He has been a member of various technical committees and forums of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, such as the Accounting Standard Board, Fiscal Laws Committee and Peer Review Board. Mr. Dinodia has a brilliant academic record with honours degrees in Economics, Law and is a Senior Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

         
Tony Chan


Deputy General Manager, International Tax Planning
SapuraKencana Group

Tony Chan graduated from RMIT University in Melbourne in 1996 with a bachelor of business (Accountancy) degree. His tax career started with PwC Malaysia in 1997, remaining until 2000. He was at KPMG in Malaysia and Singapore from 2000 to 2006 and served as the tax manager at Standard Chartered Bank’s Singapore branch as for a year in 2007 before moving to Global Industries Asia Pacific in Singapore from 2008 to 200 as the Asia Pacific tax manager.

Tony subsequently moved on to Schlumberger in 2010 as the segment tax manager for Asia. He is a member of CPA Australia, the Malaysia Institute of Accountants, the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia, the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Singapore and the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals.

Tony has been the deputy general manager - international tax and planning with SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad since September 2013 in charge of international operations (compliance and advisory) for the SapuraKencana Group.


Aashish Poddar


General Manager – International Taxation and Structuring
Piramal Enterprises

Aashsih Poddar has been general manager – international taxation and structuring for Piramal Enterprises, an Indian multinational company, since December 2012, where he works on reduction of group effective tax rate (ETR) initiatives and tax planning strategies to minimise taxes in overseas subsidiaries & in India. He also works on various tax structuring assignments of group subsidiaries based out of Americas, European and India region and on mitigating and preventing permanent establishment related issues for the group.

Aashsih is responsible for the overall transfer pricing matters pertaining to the overall group - India and all the overseas subsidiaries in, for example, US, Canada, UK, Germany and Switzerland and for withholding tax compliances for overseas payments and tax optimisation in case of such intra group with-holdings.

Aashsih worked previously for KPMG & Ernst & Young in Mumbai (India), handling a wide array of clients in the financial and information & technology, manufacturing and distribution sectors.

He has worked on other complex assignments in the area of international taxation, transfer pricing and corporate domestic taxation, such as tax restructuring, benchmarking analysis, cost sharing arrangements, FIN 48 memos and Indian tax litigation.

He has appeared before the Indian revenue authorities in numerous transfer pricing audits and corporate tax Assessments and appellate proceedings.


Andrea Tolley


Transfer Pricing Director
APAC, Schneider Electric

Morrie Cheng


Head of Tax, Asia
Sun Life Financial

Morrie Cheng is head of tax, Asia for Sun Life Financial, which he joined in 2008.

Morrie has a wide range of international tax and insurance tax experience including as associate Asia tax director at Swiss Re and regional head of tax at Henkel.

Morrie has a wide range of international tax and insurance tax experience including as associate Asia tax director at Swiss Re and regional head of tax at Henkel.


Raymond Yee


Vice President, Customs & Regulatory Affairs, South East Asia Area Office
DHL Express Singapore

Raymond Yee is the vice president for Customs and regulatory affairs for DHL Express for the Asia Pacific region. His role includes working with Customs on various reform and modernisation programs and enhancing partnerships between DHL Express and Customs administrations from across the region.

He has more than 18 years experience dealing with all aspects of Customs issues for the public and private sectors. His first role involved setting up the ASEAN [Association of South East Asian Nations] Free Trade Area in the ASEAN Secretariat in 1994 as well as managing customs cooperation issues in ASEAN as the secretariat’s assistant director for trade facilitation.

Raymond subsequently worked as a customs and trade consultant in various consulting companies including PwC and EY. Before joining DHL, he headed indirect tax issues for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa for an international tobacco company.

As such his areas of expertise include trade facilitation and policy making, trade negotiations, Customs simplification, Customs valuation, logistics supply efficiency, free trade areas and their rules and requirements, WTO and WCO issues.

He is a member of the European Chamber of Commerce Singapore, actively participating in its trade and rules of origin committee, which oversees free trade area and rules of origin issues in ASEAN and bilateral ones by Singapore.

Raymond is a Malaysian (born: 23 November 1971) and graduated with a bachelors in economics from Cambridge University and a masters in economic development, specialising in ASEAN trade, from Oxford University.


Subhankar Sinha


senior vice-president and head of tax for South Asia
Siemens India

Subhankar Sinha is currently working with Siemens India as a senior vice-president and head of tax for South Asia. He is responsible for direct and indirect tax matters of all Siemens group companies in the region.He manages a team of 85 people and is a member of the leadership team of Siemens South Asia.

Earlier Subhankar served PwC India for nearly 23 years, including 15 years as a partner. His expertise lies in the areas of tax optimisation, structuring transactions & instruments, inbound & outbound investments and litigation support.

Subhankar is a chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He graduated in commerce from Calcutta University.

He has presented papers in seminars organised by International Fiscal Association and International Bar Association in India and abroad and has contributed articles on Indian taxation to several international tax journals.


Greta Chan


Asia Pacific & Japan Indirect Taxes Manager
IBM

Greta Chan was appointed as the Asia Pacific & Japan indirect taxes manager for IBM Corporation in December 2008, based in Singapore. In this role, she is responsible for all indirect tax compliance, advisory and operational matters for IBM’s Asia Pacific & Japan business divisions in about 16 countries.

Before IBM, Greta was the taxation manager for Origin Energy Group in Australia and before that, as corporate tax manager and Asia Pacific and Japan indirect tax leader for JP Morgan Chase Bank in Sydney.

Before these roles, Greta worked in indirect taxes roles for KPMG and PwC in Sydney. She wrote the foundation submission to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) in relation to the GST treatment of IT outsourcing arrangements on behalf of the Australia Bankers’ Association in 2002. This submission set the direction for the GST treatment of large-scale outsourcing arrangements in the Australian banking and finance industry.

Greta has a broad base of indirect tax experience covering various countries in and outside the Asia Pacific & Japan region. She has worked in London, Hong Kong, Sydney, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai and Bangalore. She successfully led IBM in managing the 2012 Shanghai VAT Pilot Program, and sponsored the Beijing and other provincial reforms subsequently. Greta oversaw the successful implementation of SAP for IBM in China, and led the successful implementation of internal controls for IBM indirect taxes in Asia Pacific & Japan.

Greta holds a bachelor of commerce law (merit) degree and a master of law (Corporate, Commercial & Taxation) from the University of New South Wales. She is a non-practising attorney of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Greta enjoys trivia and travelling to obscure locations.


Eugene Lim

Partner
Baker & McKenzie

Eugene Lim’s practice focuses on international trade, international tax planning, tax controversies, indirect tax, customs and excise, export controls, trade sanctions matters in Singapore, China and the Asia Pacific region. He has extensive experience relating to the structuring of supply chain and distribution strategies in the Asia Pacific region. Eugene also covers trade law developments in the WTO, APEC, ASEAN and under the various free trade agreements in the Asia Pacific region.

Eugene is the head of the tax and wealth management practice in Singapore and the co-head of the firm's Asia Pacific trade & commerce practice.



Allen Tan

Partner
Baker & McKenzie

Allen Tan has extensive experience working on both regional and local tax issues, with a special focus on regional tax aspects of the transactions he is involved in. His practice also includes advising clients on tax issues arising from M&A, private equity fund structuring, indirect taxes, transfer taxes, tax controversies, foreign direct investment and cross-border tax planning issues. He also advises on customs and free trade agreements, as well as wealth management matters for both high net worth families and institutional clients. In addition to tax, Allen has previously handled a mixture of commercial and employment work, as well as advised on cross-border M&A. He is recognised and well respected in leading legal directories including Chambers and Legal 500.


Ben Henton


Head of Transfer Pricing
DBS Bank

Ben Henton is head of transfer pricing at DBS Bank. He has more than 15 years of corporate and international tax experience. Ben previously worked within the group tax functions of HSBC, UniCredit and RBS. He has extensive tax experience in securitisation, financial markets business and transfer pricing. In his most recent roles at DBS and HSBC he has been responsible for the development of global transfer pricing policies and implementing group-wide tax risk management procedures.


Matthew Campbell

Asia Pacific Indirect Tax Manager
AIG

Matthew joined AIG in March 2013 as AIG's indirect tax manager for Asia Pacific (including Japan). Being based in Singapore, Matthew’s primary role is to advise all areas of AIG’s Asia Pacific business on its indirect tax matters.

Before joining AIG, Matthew started his career in the GST rulings department of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) at a time GST was being introduced in Australia in 2000. He later moved to the ATO’s GST anti-avoidance team to work on a number of high profile cases, including Australia’s first GST anti-avoidance matter to go before the High Court. He then joined PwC Australia’s GST practice before moving to London for three years to work in PwC UK’s banking and capital markets tax team.

Matthew has a bachelor of tax law degree from the University of New South Wales and is a chartered accountant.


Ted Tae-Gyung KIM

Partner
Lee & Ko

Ted Tae-Gyung KIM is a tax partner in the tax practice group of Lee & Ko. Before joining Lee & Ko in 2012, he worked for Deloitte Korea and PwC Korea for more than 20 years including two years with the international tax service group in the New York office of PwC.

Ted provides consulting services on Korean and international taxes. These services include tax consulting, tax planning, tax structuring, tax compliance, tax due diligence, pre-tax audit review, tax audit defence, transfer pricing and APAs. His major clients include Citigroup, Standard Chartered, Amazon, Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Shinhan Financial Holding Companies, Hana Bank, Kookmin Bank, UBS, CLSA, CA-CIB, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank. Real estate investment structuring, asset-backed securitisation structuring for foreign invested financial companies are special tax consulting service areas of Mr. Kim. Ted also provides tax advisory services on US GAAP income tax accounting (FAS109), FIN 48 uncertain tax positions for foreign/domestic banks and the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). He was Deloitte’s Korean leader for FATCA services.

Ted received his BA in business administration from the Sogang University. He is a member of the Korean Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Korean Association of Certified Tax Accountants.


Sung Hyun RYOO

Partner
Lee & Ko

Sung Hyun RYOO joined Lee & Ko in 2012 and has been working as a tax specialist based on his work experience and knowledge gained from his years at the National Tax Service (NTS) as a deputy director. While at the NTS, he not only handled tax litigation but also served as a member of the Taxation Dispute Review and Council Committee as well as the Joint Review Working-level Committee where he specialised in tax appeal matters such as claims for judgment on propriety before tax, objections, claims for review and claims for trial.

His major litigation cases have included the evasion of VAT involving gold bars and the cancellation of general income tax on yen swaps.

He received a commendation from the head of the NTS in 2011 in recognition of excellent performance.


Michael Olesnicky

Partner
Baker & McKenzie

Michael Olesnicky heads the tax group in the Hong Kong and China offices of Baker & McKenzie, which consists of more than 35 tax professionals, and serves as chair of the Asia regional tax group. He is a highly recommended lawyer for tax by various legal directories, including Chambers Asia Pacific, AP Legal, PLC Which lawyer? and The International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers. Chambers Asia Pacific and PLC Which lawyer? also rank him as a leading lawyer in the area of private client and wealth management. He was editor of the Hong Kong Law Journal, and is an honorary lecturer in the Department of Professional Legal Education at the Hong Kong University. Michael writes and speaks frequently on Hong Kong and Asian regional tax matters.

Michael’s practice focuses on Hong Kong and Asian regional tax advisory work, tax disputes and litigation, as well as wealth management and estate planning.


Hafiz Choudhury

Senior Adviser
International Tax and Investment Centre

Hafiz Choudhury advises governments on tax policy and administration through his consulting firm, The M Group (www.mgroupglobal.com.). He has worked in locations as diverse as Bangladesh, China, India, Latvia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Poland, Qatar, Seychelles and Thailand. He also works with multinationals on tax policy and business strategy issues as a senior adviser to the International Tax and Investment Centre, Washington DC.

In a personal capacity, he has served as the general editor of the UN Transfer Pricing Manual, released in October 2012 and has been involved in commissioning and managing a significant number of research tasks in international taxation; his current work includes studies on the role of DTAs in cross border investment (led by Jeffrey Owens), international tax issues on transactions in Islamic finance (led by Mohamed Amin), and on global tax proposals (led by Prof. Richard Bird).

Before starting his own business, he was with the International Bureau Fiscal Documentation, in Amsterdam, where he held a variety of roles such as head of the Asia-Pacific/Middle East team, director of business development and general manager of the Americas business.

He graduated from London University with a masters degree in international relations, and joined the Inland Revenue in the UK (now HM Revenue & Customs), where he received his professional tax training. He is based in Washington DC.


Vineet Rachh

Head of Tax
Jabil Circuit

Vineet Rachh is a senior director and head of tax for Jabil Circuit (Singapore), based in Singapore. He leads Jabil’s Global Business Centre’s tax and transfer pricing matters. His role entails developing and implementing global supply chain solutions, and handling cross border tax and M&A matters. He also manages tax compliance, audits and controversies.

In his 20 year career, he has had the opportunity to work with most tax authorities in the Asia Pacific region on various subjects including advance pricing agreements, Mutual Agreement Procedures and audits. He was also the industry representative at OECD’s Tax Force on Tax and Development’s sub-group on transfer pricing in 2011. Before joining Jabil, he worked for other US multinational companies and before that for big-four accounting firms.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a gaduate of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India. He is also a member of several tax network groups. He is a regular speaker at tax conferences and events.


Eugene Gay

Head of Tax
Asia Pacific, Glaxo SmithKline

Eugene, based in Singapore, is the head of tax, Asia Pacific for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and a member of GSK's global tax leadership team. In this role, he is responsible for leading GSK’s Asia Pacific tax function in managing all direct/indirect taxes (including customs) and transfer pricing matters for GSK’s business operations in the Asia Pacific region. Eugene started his career with Arthur Andersen and subsequently also held Asia Pacific tax roles in various multinationals in the information technology, private equity/asset management and oil & gas industries.


Kevin Koh

Senior Regional Tax Manager
Danone

Kevin Koh is senior regional tax manager, Asia Pacific for Danone, covering Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. He relocated to Singapore in October 2012, having been based in Shanghai since he took up the role in June 2010.

Before Danone, he was a senior tax manager with Deloitte in Shanghai. He was previously a senior tax manager for Samsung Electronics in Singapore and a senior tax consultant with KPMG in Kuala Lumpur.

Before Danone, he was a senior tax manager with Deloitte in Shanghai. He was previously a senior tax manager for Samsung Electronics in Singapore and a senior tax consultant with KPMG in Kuala Lumpur.

Kevin has an MBA from Southern Cross University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Monash University in Australia.


Jeenendra Bhandari
Partner, Tax, Regulatory and Advisory Services
MGB & Co

Jeenendra Bhandari has been at MGB Advisors, MGB & Co since January 2001, where is a tax, regulatory and advisory services partner. He was previously an associate of Arthur Andersen.

Jeenendra is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in commerce from Narsee Monjee College in Vile Parle and is a graduate of the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.

Jeenendra is a director of private companies, including Meddiff Technologies and James McCartney Software Technologies. He was chairman of the Young Leaders’ Forum of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber.


Adeline Wong
Partner
Wong & Partners, Kuala Lumpur

Adeline Wong heads Wong & Partners’ tax & trade practice group. She has more than 22 years of experience in corporate and commercial practice with particular emphasis on tax, M&A, customs and international trade. She has been named a leading individual by Chambers Asia Pacific 2013 and Asia Pacific Legal 500 2013 has recognised her experience in cross-border tax planning capabilities. She was shortlisted at the Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2012 in the tax category, and is a recommended lawyer by Asialaw Profiles 2013.

Adeline focuses on tax planning and advisory for local, regional and cross-border deals including joint ventures, establishment of new operations, M&A, restructuring and downsizing. She has advised on tax disputes and controversies; transfer pricing, tax credits; franking credits; re-invoicing; royalties; dividends; double tax treaties; service tax; withholding tax, tariff and customs; tax incentives; and foreign trade and WTO matters.


Yvonne Beh
Partner
Wong & Partners, Kuala Lumpur

Yvonne Beh is a partner in the tax practice group of Wong & Partners. She advises on Malaysian direct and indirect tax issues and assists clients in tax structuring supportable by relevant facts and documentation. Apart from tax, she has experience advising on legal and regulatory issues affecting multinational corporations operating in Malaysia.

Yvonne has contributed numerous articles to the tax publications of Bloomberg BNA, the Asia Pacific Tax Bulletin published by the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation and Asian Legal Business. She was on the shortlist for "Rising Star in Tax" at the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2013.

Yvonne focuses on Malaysian tax laws, corporate laws and commercial matters. In particular, she regularly advises on tax implications resulting from M&A, foreign direct investment, tax planning, transfer pricing as well as tax controversies/disputes. She has successfully assisted many foreign clients in negotiating for favourable tax incentives.

Her practice also includes advising and assisting clients on the upcoming goods and services tax, which will be implemented in Malaysia in the near future.




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