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Asia Tax Forum 2015 - Speakers


Speakers




This year's speaker line-up features leading tax executives and advisers from across Asia Pacific including:












Amit Bhalla


Vice President Tax & Customs APAC
Schneider Electric

Amit Bhalla is the Vice President Tax & Customs APAC for Schneider Electric based in Singapore.  In his role, he is responsible for the tax & customs affairs for China, Japan, India, Australia and North/South-East Asia.  He manages a team of 30 professionals spread across the region.

Amit began his tax career 21 years ago in India with Arthur Andersen.  He moved from consulting to industry 13 years ago and has previously worked for Huawei Technologies, Cisco Systems & Nortel Networks.  During his career, he has lived and worked in India, China, UK and Singapore.

Amit is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a commerce graduate from SRCC, University of Delhi. 


Randall Fox


Transfer Pricing & APA Specialist
World Bank Group

Randall Fox provides technical assistance on transfer pricing and APA matters to World Bank Group member countries around the world. He has developed and executed on-the-ground capacity building workshops on technical transfer pricing and APA matters in numerous countries. He has also assisted with the drafting of transfer pricing guidelines and APA procedures, and is currently helping establish several APA programs around the world.

Before joining the World Bank Group, Fox was an APMA team leader with the IRS who resolved MAP and APA cases with numerous countries, and was responsible for coordinating all cases between the US and Switzerland. He has also spent time in the private sector with both Duff & Phelps and Ernst & Young, focusing on transfer pricing.


Jocelyn Lam


Executive Director, Tax Leader of Greater China and Korea 
Goldman Sachs

Jocelyn is an executive director in the tax department of Goldman Sachs (Asia).  She is the in-house tax adviser advising and supporting all business divisions of Goldman Sachs on Greater China and Korean tax matters.  Before joining the firm in 2004, she worked at KPMG in their Vancouver and Hong Kong offices advising a broad range of clients in the financial services sector on international tax issues involving Canada, the US and the Asia Pacific region. 

Jocelyn is a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and certified public accountant with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant.  She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (BCom (Hons) and MBA) in Canada. She is a member of the Capital Market Tax Committee of Asia, a financial services industry body consisting of banks, securities firms and other diversified financial services institutions operating in Asia that actively participates in liaison and advocacy of fiscal matters affecting the banking and securities businesses.  She won International Tax Review Editor’s Choice In-house Award category of the Asian Women in Business Awards in 2011.


Amit Rana
Amit Rana

Vice President, Tax
GE India

Amit Rana, a chartered accountant, is responsible for direct / indirect taxes for multiple GE businesses in India including GE Aviation and GE Capital. This comprises all tax planning, compliance, controllership, tax office /court litigation, M&A and tax-related customer negotiations. The responsibilities also extend to advocating and protecting GE India's interest in evolving tax policy through chambers, industry bodies and direct government interface.

Amongst his recent large initiatives, he managed the tax structuring of the sale of GE Capital India's mortgage business to Magma in 2013, and on behalf of GE, is spearheading the Genpact sale litigation with the Indian tax authorities. He has written technical papers on international tax and has worked for GE in India since February 2007. Before this he had roles at BMR & Associates, EY and Arthur Andersen.


Poonam Khaira Sidhu
Poonam Khaira Sidhu
Commissioner of Income Tax and Joint Secretary
Indian Revenue Service, Government of India

Poonam Khaira Sidhu is a career bureaucrat with over 28 years of professional experience in the field of tax law, acquired as an officer in the national tax administration of India.

As Director International Tax in New Delhi 2011-2013, she has advocated before the ITAT (Income tax Apellate Tribunal), and AAR (Authority for Advanced Rulings), prepared Memorandums and supported Departmental Standing Counsels in a broad sweep of international tax cases. She has served on and issued over a 100 rulings of international taxation and transfer pricing disputes as a Member of the 3 Member Tax Dispute Resolution Panel (DRP-1). She led the audit and supervised the drafting of orders on several high revenue cases including the Nokia case.

Apart from her grounding in the Indian Tax regime, she has had an exposure to the US and UK tax administrations and legal systems having done a Sabbatical Attachment with the UK IRS, in their Manchester Parkway Offices and having completed a Masters degree in Law from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a specialization in tax law.



Amit Bhalla


Vice President Tax & Customs, APAC
Schneider Electric

 


Morrie Cheng
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.


Sunny Choong


Senior Tax Adviser
Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore)

Umang Daiya
Umang Daiya

Director, India Tax Desk
KPMG Singapore

Umang Daiya is a chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in India (ICAI) and a qualified chartered financial analyst, and has a bachelor’s degree in law.He has 10 years of experience in the India tax and regulatory space.

Before Singapore, Umang was part of the KPMG India - M&A Tax & Regulatory team for nine years. He is on long-term secondment with KPMG Singapore as India Tax desk.

His experience includes advising multinational enterprises and leading Indian enterprises on tax and regulatory related matters pertaining to India entry strategies. He has also assisted in transaction structuring relating to, for example, M&A, divestitures, complex tax and regulatory issues, corporate & capital restructuring, technical collaborations, cross -border taxation, contract structuring and negotiations.


Vinod Kalloe


Head of International Tax Policy
KPMG Meijburg & Co

Vinod Kalloe has a wide knowledge of EU tax strategies, lobbying with central governments and stakeholders. He is also actively engaged in business development at a national and international level in close cooperation with the KPMG international network, central and local governments and international organisations, such as the EU, OECD, ASEAN and UN.

Vinod is translating all current developments on aggressive tax avoidance into valuable risk and opportunities analyses for multinational companies. These risks and opportunities include all intended and expected unilateral and multilateral (EU/OECD) measures that may impact existing and future tax planning and transfer pricing policy and also includes tax reputation risk management in the context of the current public tax debate.

Before joining KPMG, Vinod was a senior policy adviser with the European Commission in Brussels (2004-2009) and a senior policy adviser on international and EU taxation with the Dutch Ministry of Finance (1998-2004), which included a year's secondment to the UK Treasury in London (2001).

Vinod has masters degrees in tax law and political science from the University of Amsterdam.


Eugene Lim


Principal
Baker & McKenzie, Singapore

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

Eugene's practice focuses on international trade, international tax planning, tax controversies, indirect tax, customs and excise, export controls, and 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. He was included in the Singapore sections of the International Tax Review Tax Controversy Leaders Guide and Indirect Tax Leaders Guide in 2013 and 2014, has been ranked as a leading lawyer (international trade: Asia-wide) since 2009 and as a leading lawyer (international trade: China) since 2012 in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia, and was listed as a leading trade & customs lawyer in The International Whos Who of Trade & Customs Lawyers between 2010 and 2014.


Polly Mak


Tax Director
Michelin

Polly Mak has been a tax director for various multinational companies (MNCs) in Asia Pacific for the past 12 years, with experience covering various subjects such as transfer pricing, dispute resolution and value chain restructuring, and model defence.  Her industry experience includes automotive, fast-moving consumer good (FMCG) and high technology. Before Asia, she practised in the US for more than a decade and still holds an active certified public accountant's  licence from California.


Balaji Balasubramanian


Global Tax Lead for Financial Markets
Standard Chartered Bank

Balaji Balasubramanian is an international tax specialist who has worked in India, Middle East and now Singapore. For more than a decade he has advised on inbound/ outbound investments, renewable & conventional energy projects, tax litigation, tax forensics and audits. In his current role, he is the global tax lead for financial markets - fixed income products at Standard Chartered Bank. In addition to advising on global rules such as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, he advises business on tax developments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Balaji is also the co-chairman of the India sub-committee of the Capital Markets Tax Committee of Asia.


Tim Wach


Managing Director
Taxand

Tim Wach is managing director of Taxand. He works across all of Taxand ensuring an enhanced and seamless cross-border service, with knowledge sharing and best practice at heart to deliver first-class services to multinational clients.

Tim assumed the position after a career of more than 25 years at Gowling Lafleur Henderson, which is exclusively Taxand Canada, where he specialised in M&A, financings and international tax with focus on the private equity and energy sectors.

Tim also has extensive experience in government relations and tax policy, having twice served in the Tax Policy Branch of the Canadian Department of Finance in Ottawa, most recently as director of legislative development and chief legislative counsel. In that role Tim chaired the Interdepartmental Legislation Review Committee, the committee responsible for the preparation of Canada's federal income tax legislation for submission to Parliament.  He also appeared regularly as a witness on behalf of the Department of Finance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance and the Senate Standing Committee on National Finance when those committees considered tax policy matters.


Christopher Xing


China Country Leader, International Tax 
KPMG

Chris Xing is a tax partner specialising in China tax and international tax. He is currently stationed in  the KPMG Hong Kong office. 

A large number of international and PRC domestic clients have sought Chris’s assistance with transaction structuring and devising tax effective strategies for implementing PRC business operations and arrangements, including tax effective profit repatriation and investment exits.

He has extensive experience in advising on M&A and has led a large number of tax due diligence projects involving the acquisition of PRC companies in various industry sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, consumer markets, media and real estate
Chris has also advised numerous private equity and real estate funds on fund establishment and fund management structuring.

Chris is a regular speaker and writer on tax matters. He has published numerous articles on Chinese taxation in industry journals, and co-authored  “China looking ahead – the long arm of China’s GAAR“  published in International Tax Review.  He has also been interviewed and quoted in the Wall Street Journal and on BBC World News.


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.


Abhishek Shah
Abhishek Shah

Regional VAT/GST Lead, Global Tax and Trade
Caterpillar Asia

Abhishek is the regional VAT/GST lead at Caterpillar and covers the entire Asia-Pacific region (including India & China) for indirect tax planning, compliance and strategic litigation. He has worked for Accenture before, in a regional role.

Abhishek is a chartered accountant and has more than 13 years of professional experience in the field of indirect taxation. Before relocating back to Singapore, Abhishek worked for Big 4 firms in India where he was assisting multinational clients on a range of tax issues across compliance, litigation, structuring M&A deals. He has also led the national VAT compliance practice and has supported development/leveraging of tax technology solutions.

Abhishek has been a regular speaker at various tax/industry/educational forums and has authored articles in newspapers & magazines, including International Tax Review. Abhishek has also conducted in-house/external training on VAT/GST.


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.

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.


Tony Chan

Regional Tax Manager
NS BlueScope

Tony graduated from RMIT University, Melbourne in 1996 with a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy). His tax career started with PwC Malaysia (1997 to 2000) and then KPMG Malaysia / Singapore (2000 to 2006). He served Standard Chartered Bank Singapore Branch as the Tax Manager in 2007 before moving to Global Industries Asia Pacific, Singapore (2008 to 2009) as the Asia Pacific Tax Manager. He subsequently moved to Schlumberger in 2010 as the Segment Tax Manager for Asia and in 2013, he was the Deputy General Manager - International Tax and Planning with SapuraKencana.

He is a member of the CPA Australia, Malaysia Institute of Accountant, Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia, Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountant and Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professional.

He is currently the Regional Tax Manager with NS BlueScope since November 2014 in charge of ASEAN.


Gurdeep Randhay
Gurdeep Randhay
Regional Tax Controller
Intel

Gurdeep is Head of Tax for Malaysia and ASEAN with Intel Corporation. During his term as Tax Leader, amongst his Direct Tax responsibilities, Gurdeep was the Subject Matter Expert and responsible for implementing GST into Intel Malaysia across a complex multi-billion dollar manufacturing and Shared Service where Finance staff exceeded 300 professionals located in Penang Malaysia. This project took 2 years to complete and involved a diverse team within Intel Malaysia.

Gurdeep has worked predominantly within the Big 4 globally in Corporate and International Tax and has had extensive GST & VAT experience within various jurisdictions in ASEAN including Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and now Malaysia.

Gurdeep holds 2 postgraduate degree in Law majoring in Taxation and International Taxation from Queen Mary College and King's College of the University of London. Gurdeep read Law at Middlesex University in London as his first degree.


Ben Henton
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.


Brian Jesinkey
Brian Jesinkey

Director of Tax, Americas and Asia Pacific
Lenovo

Brian Jesinkey is director of tax, America and Asia Pacific for Lenovo, Brian is Responsible for the managing all of the direct and indirect taxes for North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific and he is supported by a team of 25 professionals and accounting firms across the regions. Focus areas include compliance, audits, income tax provisioning, transfer pricing/APAs, planning and internal business support.

Prior to joining Lenovo, he worked for Nortel, EY and GSK.

Sarah Ng

Area Tax Controller, JAPAC
AbbVie

Sarah Ng is a tax specialist with extensive experience in managing international and regional tax projects.  In her current role as the area tax controller with AbbVie, Sarah is overall responsible for both direct and indirect tax functions in JAPAC, and for the deployment of AbbVie’s preferred Tax Operating Model across the region. 

Before joining AbbVie, Sarah was an international tax director with PwC China, where she served as a trusted tax adviser to Chinese companies in their outbound investments.  Her areas of interest include M&A, outbound tax structuring, pre-initial public offering (IPO) reorganisation, supply chain planning and of late, tax function effectiveness.


Linus Liu

Tax Manager
IBM China

Veerinderjeet Singh


Board Member and Chairman
Taxand Malaysia

Veerinderjeet Singh is a member of the Taxand board and chairman of Taxand Malaysia, which is Taxand Malaysia Sdn Bhd. He has extensive tax experience, having been a tax partner in international accounting firms and having worked with the Malaysian Inland Revenue Department.

Veerinderjeet has advised on a wide range of tax matters affecting cross-border investments, corporate restructuring, financial institutions, multinational entities, listed entities and government and quasi-government entities and projects.

Veerinderjeet is a past president of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM). He is also the chairman of the International Fiscal Association, Malaysia Branch. He is an executive committee member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA) Council. He is a member of the board of trustees of the IBFD in Amsterdam. He is also a general committee member of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and in January 2012, he was appointed to the Commission on Taxation of the International Chamber of Commerce based in Paris.

Kriti Velji


Principal Advisor (Transfer Pricing)
Inland Revenue Department

Kriti Velji is a chartered accountant and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. Kriti holds a position of a Principal Adviser Transfer Pricing at the Inland Revenue Department in New Zealand.

Kriti's responsibilities are to advise and support investigators undertaking field audit activities where knowledge of international tax treaty interpretation and transfer pricing practices is essential. Kriti undertakes risk reviews and provides direction and support to investigators undertaking audit activities where knowledge of transfer pricing practices is essential.  In addition, she has completed a vast number of advance pricing agreements including unilateral and bilateral which involves negotiating with foreign jurisdictions. Kriti also provides training session internally, externally and internationally.


Permana Adi Saputra


Transfer Pricing Partner
Taxand Indonesia

Permana Adi Saputra is based in Taxand Indonesia where he serves as a transfer pricing partner of PB Taxand.

Permana Adi has 10 years experience of corporate finance issues, including share valuations, debt valuations, debt restructurings, investments, acquisitions and fund raising in several industries such as real property, oil and gas, and steel; he has also advised on several initial public offering (IPO) preparation and general audits.  Permana is a member of the Indonesian Tax Consultants Association (IKPI) and an associate of the Indonesian Risk Professionals Association.


Ng Chun Ying


Associate
Baker & McKenzie, Singapore

Chun Ying's primary area of practice is tax law. She advises on corporate tax issues and has experience in cross-border tax planning, tax dispute resolution, indirect tax and stamp duty matters.

Her list of past and ongoing matters include:

  • Advising and representing a leading international competitor in the telecommunications industry in a multi-million tax dispute resolution matte; 
  • Advising a leading international competitor in the semiconductor industry on a major global business restructuring project involving direct tax, indirect tax, transfer pricing and employment issues;
  • Advising and assisting a world-famous multinational corporation in the automotive industry on a global reorganization of their supply chain;
  • Advising and assisting a billion-dollar research and development company in restructuring its operations in Singapore in a tax-efficient manner; and
  • Advising and assisting a multinational company in the business of selling advertising products in the restructuring of its operations in Singapore and obtaining upfront certainty in the characterisation of intercompany payments.

Lorraine Cheung
Lorraine Cheung

Partner, China Tax and Business Advisory Services
EY

Lorraine is a partner of China Tax and Business Advisory Services of EY. She joined EY’s Hong Kong office in 1998 where she specialized in HK tax. In 2004, she was awarded the British Chevening Scholarship by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to further her MBA studies at Imperial College, London. After returning from the UK, she stationed in China and became a resident executive.

Lorraine has extensive compliance and consulting experiences in both Hong Kong and China tax. She has been involved in many investment and restructuring projects in various industries, including trading, imports/exports, manufacturing, technology, pharmaceutical and healthcare, real estate development and many others.

Lorraine has also been involved in many tax audit cases in Hong Kong and China. She is experienced in dealing with all aspects of tax controversies, through all administrative phases, for an early resolution of issues.


Sumeet Hemkar


Partner
BMR & Associates

Sumeet Hemkar is based in Taxand India where is a partner with BMR & Associates and is in charge of the firm’s office in Singapore. He has more than 13 years of experience in corporate and international tax.
Sumeet has worked closely with multinational corporations and Indian groups in addressing their tax advisory, reporting and litigation requirements, particularly in context of cross-border transactions.

His area of expertise spans corporate and international tax, transfer pricing, personnel tax, exchange control and other regulations. His clients range across industries such as e-commerce, oil and gas, media and entertainment, strategic consulting, real estate, technology and communications, banking and financial services and business process outsourcing. He has also advised a number of non-profit organisations on complex tax and regulatory matters.

Sumeet holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from University of Bombay and is a qualified chartered accountant.


Ritesh Kanodia


Partner
Dhruva Vox

Ritesh Kanodia is a partner in Dhruva Vox, a legal firm in India. Before this, he was partner in VoxLaw. Ritesh has a rich experience of 10 years working in Big 4 and other eminent professional firms.

Ritesh is a qualified chartered accountant. He also holds bachelor of commerce and bachelor of laws degrees from University of Mumbai.

He has worked in indirect taxes in different roles over the past 10 years. Ritesh's areas of proficiency include foreign trade policy and is a recognised expert in export control legislation. He regularly advises clients on indirect tax structuring and supply chain optimisation.


Vishal Gada
Vishal Gada
Partner
Dhruva Vox

Prior to joining Dhruva Tax Advisors, Vishal was a Partner in KPMG and was leading its tax practice in Gujarat.

Vishal practices in the field of Domestic and International Taxation (including Transfer Pricing), with specific emphasis on cross border transactions and regulatory laws with respect to Inbound and Outbound Investments. He also specializes in Corporate Structuring across various sectors.
 
Vishal has co-authored books on professional subjects and is a regular speaker at various professional forums. He has also been part of various professional committees, namely, International Tax Committee of Bombay Chartered Accountants Society and Chamber of Tax Consultants as well as the Research & Publication Committee of Western India Regional Council of the Chartered Accountants of India


John Kwak
John Kwak
Partner
Lee & Ko

John Kwak is a partner in the Tax Group and his practice focuses on tax aspects of a wide range of cross-border corporate transactions and investments. He has extensive experience in advising multinational companies in developing effective global tax strategies for their business transactions and has also assisted them in relation to their cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures. He not only provides services related to tax and transfer pricing issues of foreign invested companies in Korea but also has expertise on tax issues and disputes of Korean companies operating in foreign countries. He is also an expert on issues related to private clients and their businesses and has provided services on cross-border tax and estate planning for high net worth individuals.


Jason Liang


Tax Associate
Wong & Partners

Jason Liang is an associate in the tax practice of Wong & Partners, the Malaysian member firm of Baker & McKenzie International. Jason’s focus is on tax disputes and controversies, with experience in handling all aspects of tax litigation. He regularly appears before the national courts and tax tribunals.

Jason has advised and represented clients on disputes issues pertaining to anti-avoidance, transfer pricing, deductibility of capital and income expenses, and withholding tax. Across the industry, he represents clients from the pharmaceutical, logistics, manufacturing and oil and gas industries.


Suchint Majmudar


Partner
BMR Advisors, Taxand India

Suchint is a partner with Taxand India in the direct tax practice, based in Bangalore. With specific expertise in transfer pricing, Suchint brings with him over 17 years of experience in transfer pricing solutions, value chain structuring, audit defense and advisory assignments. His portfolio also includes advising clients in the services, manufacturing and distribution sectors, in technology, pharma and automotive industries.

Prior to joining Taxand India, Suchint was with PwC, where he worked on a variety of assignments involving intangibles, Uncertain Tax Positions (FIN 48), APAs, mutual agreement procedures and planning and documentation. Suchint is a regular contributor to international tax and transfer pricing publications and has presented at national and international seminars and conferences.


Michael Nixon


Transfer Pricing Consultant
Baker & McKenzie, Singapore

Michael is an economist with 13 years experience in transfer pricing consulting and academia. This experience has included transfer pricing and business restructuring projects in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, through to Singapore where he has been based for the last four years.

As an expert in transfer pricing economics and tax law, he has advised multinational companies across many industries throughout the planning, compliance and audit cycle. With a focus on transfer pricing controversy, intellectual property valuations and business restructuring, this has led to extensive tax authority liaison and deep-dive client service on high-value transactions of strategic commercial importance. Examples include:

  • the evaluation, negotiation and conclusion of bilateral and unilateral advance pricing agreements (APAs) to develop tax certainty; 
  •  the evaluation and management of audit strategy and defence to minimise transfer pricing adjustments; and
  • the planning and management of business restructuring projects from initial feasibility through to full implementation, to achieve a more tax-effective regional or global business model.

Peter Tan


Senior Tax Consultant
Baker & McKenzie, Singapore

Peter started his tax career in London and continued his specialism in Singapore. Peter leads the transfer pricing practice in Singapore. He advises many multinational companies (MNCs) from various industries covering M&A, group and business restructuring, joint venture projects, intellectual property, franchising and distribution transactions, technical services arrangements and licensing, financial products and assists clients obtain tax incentives.

Peter also has extensive experience in tax dispute resolution. Peter has been named a leading tax adviser in Singapore for many years and has appeared in several media interviews on taxation matters in Singapore. He is also recognised as a tax controversy leader by International Tax Review.

Peter's experience includes:

  • advising on business group structuring for a shipping enterprise;
  • advising clients seeking tax incentives;
  • assisting clients in reaching a resolution with tax and relevant agencies;
  • assisting multinational companies in obtaining tax exemption incentives and regional headquarters status; and
  • undertaking the lead role to look after the global tax services for a major local group and the regional tax role for some US MNCs

Dr. Knut Olsen
Knut Olsen

Global Tax Practitioner, ISO Quality Auditor & Tax Professor
Dr K. Olsen Global Tax Consultants

Knut Olsen has more than 30 years' experience within taxation and has specialised in international taxation inclusive transfer pricing, global tax risks and ISO certification on global tax. He is also an ISO 9001 Quality Lead Auditor, cooperates with Intertek (Moody International), and supports multinational corporations with ISO certification on: transfer pricing; global tax risks; and anti-corruption.

Olsen has a background as head of global tax & legal in several multinational corporations and adjunct tax professor at Thomas Jefferson University where he has been lecturing in transfer pricing risks, global tax risk management, advanced global tax planning and EU & taxation.

Olsen has two master degrees and a PhD in international taxation in additional to education within law, finance, economic, accounting and risk management. His PhD thesis Characterisation and Taxation of Cross-Border Pipelines was published by IBFD in 2012.


Joanne Su

Partner
EY China

Joanne Su is a member of the transfer pricing team in EY's member firm in China.

Joanne has been a tax adviser in China, UK and Singapore since 1994 and was trained as a chartered accountant in the UK, where she worked as an international tax and transfer pricing adviser. She has extensive practical experience in Chinese transfer pricing and acts as a trusted China adviser to more than a dozen global and US Fortune 500 companies, assisting them in China-wide transfer pricing dispute resolution, planning and documentation work for their Chinese affiliates. As a member of the Global Transfer Pricing and Tax Effective Supply Chain Management (TESCM) networks, Joanne works closely with other members around the world to deliver consistent advice that may have bearing on the global transfer pricing policies of multinational corporations. Joanne serves inbound and outbound clients across a wide range of industries including consumer electronics, pharmaceutical, automotive, heavy equipment, power & automation, oil & gas, e-commerce, advertising, consumer care, real estate, telecommunication and financial services industries.

In China since 2002, Joanne has spent a significant portion of her time leading transfer pricing dispute resolutions cases and advance pricing arrangement (APA) projects. She has assisted several multinational corporations with bilateral APAs, unilateral APAs and dispute management for various national transfer pricing audit cases.

Joanne was named by Euromoney as one of the leading transfer pricing advisors in China.  And she recently received the  Best in Transfer Pricing Award at the Asia Women in Business Law Awards sponsored by the Euromoney Legal Media Group.


Kwong Wing Leon


Partner
Taxand Singapore

Kwong Wing Leon is based in Taxand Singapore where he is a partner and the head of Tax at KhattarWong. He is also a barrister (Gray's Inn), an advocate and solicitor (Singapore), and a registered trust and estate practitioner (TEP). He has been with Singapore's Taxand practice, KhattarWong, for his entire career, where he advises on income tax, property tax, goods and services tax and stamp duty.

He also defends taxpayers in audit and investigation cases, pursues objections against Revenue assessments and valuations, and acts as counsel in hearings at review boards and in the courts. Kwong Wing has a record of achieving substantial reductions in clients tax liabilities through successful legal argument and critical examination of factual situations. He advises private bankers and high-net-worth individuals on estate and succession planning; drafts trusts and wills; obtains letters of representation and administers estates. He helps clients surrender tax residence in high-tax jurisdictions and acquire tax-efficient residence in Singapore, set up family offices and apply for permanent residence and citizenship.


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.


Tea Heun (Daniel) Kim

Director of Transfer Pricing
Lee & Ko

Ji Young Park

CPA
Lee & Ko

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