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ITR Asia Tax Forum 2016 - Agenda


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The 2016 Asia Tax agenda was as follows:

Day 1 - Wednesday May 4, 2016

08.15 Registration and breakfast

08.45 Chairman's opening remarks
Ralph Cunningham,
Consultant Editor, International Tax Review

08.50 Keynote speech
Achim Pross,
Head of International Cooperation and Tax Administration Division, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD

09.15 Hot Topics in Asia Pacific Taxation: Is it all about BEPS? Really?

  • M&A tax changes and how they will affect deals
  • New issues being raised in audits and how to respond to them
  • Fresh anti-avoidance rules to watch out for
  • New incentives and how to access them
  • New era for automatic exchange. Who’s doing what to comply with the Common Reporting Standard? The same approach as FATCA? Will that work?
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership / ASEAN Economic Community: What the tax implications will be

Gokul Chaudhri, Leader, Tax Practice, BMR Advisors Taxand India (moderator)
Tim Wach, Managing Director, Taxand
Bill Husthwaite,
Regional Tax Manager - Asia Pacific, Shell Eastern Petroleum
Balaji Subramanian,
Global Tax Lead for Financial Markets,Standard Chartered Bank
Vaibhav Sanghvi,
Tax Director, Asia Pacific and Japan, Symantec Asia Pacific

10.30 Coffee and networking

11.00 Hot Topics in International Tax (US, EU and OECD)

  • The EU’s tax initiatives in 2015 and 2016
  • Current US tax reform proposals and prospects for success
  • Critical court decisions that you should know about
  • How dealmakers are coping with the Common Reporting Standard and other withholding tax reporting regimes

Mahesh Kumar, Partner, WithersWorldwide (moderator)
Brian Jesinkey, Director of Tax, Americas and Asia Pacific, Lenovo
Mitchell Kops,
Global Head of Corporate Tax, Withers Bergman
Kristin Konschnik,
Partner, Withers Worldwide
Harm Oortwijn,
Director of International Tax, Paramount Pictures

12.15 Lunch and networking

13.15 BEPS: Everything there is to know in 75 minutes 

  • The Asian countries out in front on implementation
  • The potential impact of the multilateral treaty instrument on tax planning in Asia.
  • Country-by-country reporting: Who’s doing what? Local, regional or central approach, or a combination of all three? 
  • Permanent establishment: How Action 7’s recommendations change the game for dependent and independent agents, and the specific activity test
  • BEPS and its impact on how you should calculate headquarters’ charges

Mukesh Butani, Chairman, BMR Legal, Taxand India (moderator)
Achim Pross, Head of International Cooperation and Tax Administration Division, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Ketan Madia
, Tax Director - South East Asia, GE
Polly Mak,
APAC Tax Director, Uber

14:30 ENFORCEMENT IN SOUTH EAST ASIA: What's with the aggression, man?

  • New methods of enforcement for tax officials
  • The countries that are stepping up their enforcement and how!
  • What taxpayers can do to counter aggressive tactics
  • What you should tell your business colleagues about talking to the tax man
  • Tactics for achieving successful outcomes to enforcement actions in 2016

Peter Tan, Head of Transfer Pricing, Baker & McKenzie Singapore (moderator)
Ketan Madia, Tax Director South East Asia, GE
Morrie Cheng,
Vice President Tax, Asia MetLife 
Sam Sim,
President, Tax Executives Institute (Asia Chapter)
Ng Chun Ying,
Associate, Baker & McKenzie, Singapore

15.45 Coffee and networking 

16.15 CHINA: The only constant is change 

  • BEPS implications for China: permanent establishment, transfer pricing,
  • intra-group charges, intangible assets, tax treaty benefits
  • M&A: corporate restructuring relief & Announcement 7 on indirect transfer
  • VAT Reform: altogether this time!
  • Tax risk management: The onus is on you!
Khoonming Ho, head of tax, KPMG China (moderator)
Annie Pan, Tax Director, Group Tax APAC, RELX Group
Lachlan Wolfers, 
Head of Indirect Tax and Regional Leader, Asia Pacific Indirect Taxes, KPMG China
Lim Lee Ching,
VP Finance, Asia Pacific, Sony Pictures
Christopher Xing,
Partner and International Tax LeaderKPMG Asia Pacific and KPMG China

17.30 Chairman's summary of Day 1 

17.35 Cocktail reception  

Day 2 - Thursday May 5, 2016

08.30 Registration and breakfast

08.55 Chairman's opening remarks
Ralph Cunningham,
managing editor, International Tax Review

09.00 INDIRECT TAXES: China and India - Who will win the race to complete their system?

  • The transition from Business Tax to VAT in China. What is left to do?
  • How close is India to having GST? Problems and solutions
  • How dispute resolution will work in both jurisdictions
  • International VAT guidelines and their impact

Lachlan Wolfers, Head of Indirect Tax and Regional Leader, Asia Pacific Indirect Taxes, KPMG China (moderator)
Matthew Campbell, Head of Indirect Tax - Asia Pacific, JPMorgan Chase Bank
Sarah Ng,
Area Tax Controller, JAPAC, Abbvie
Abhishek Shah
, Global Tax & Trade Group, Asia Pacific, Caterpillar

10.15 Coffee and networking

10.45 INDIA: Tax Trends and Developments

  • Budget 2016-2017, BEPS and related developments
  • GST and tax reforms
  • Trends in audits and controversy management
  • Managing ETR- challenges and opportunities

Dinesh Kanabar, CEO, Dhruva Advisors (moderator)
Amit Gupta, Director - Tax, Dell Global BV
MH Qureshi, 
Vice President, Taxation - Asia Pacific, Genpact Group

12.00 Lunch and networking

13.00 DISPUTE RESOLUTION: I don't want to fight you but...

  • Recent issues in disputes
  • Lessons from the year’s most important court judgements
  • Looking ahead:  What issues are expected to arise in 2016
Kwong Wing Leon, Head of Tax, KhattarWong, Taxand Singapore (moderator)
Maria Rosario Bernardo, Senior Partner, Salvador, Llanillo, Bernardo, Taxand Philippines
Kriti Velji, 
Principal Advisor (Transfer Pricing), Inland Revenue Department New Zealand 
Permana Adi Saputra,
Partner, PB Taxand, Taxand Indonesia

14.15 KOREA: Still difficult to deal with? 

  • Notable tax law amendments affecting foreign invested companies and foreign individuals
  • Recent developments regarding beneficial ownership in Korea: Korean Supreme Court decisions
  • Transfer pricing trends: Recent tax appeal cases involving cost sharing and guarantee fees
  • Recent tax audit trends

Jay Shim, Partner, International Tax Planning and Transactions Practice Leader, Lee & Ko (moderator)
Hoan Gu Lee, Tax Partner, Lee & Ko
Steve Oh, Senior Tax Associate, Lee & Ko
Jinyoung Hwang,
Tax Associate, Lee & Ko

15.30 Coffee and networking

16.00 TRANSFER PRICING: How to refine your policies on related-party transactions

  • How Asia is implementing BEPS’ documentation actions
  • Competent authority and MAP: Is it working in Asia in 2016?
  • Advance pricing agreements: What positives can be taken from taxpayers’ experience in Asia?
  • Intercompany loans and the varying credit risks of subsidiaries and affiliates
  • Comparables: New thinking on where to get them and how to use them

Peter Tan, Head of Transfer Pricing, Baker & McKenzie, Singapore (moderator)
Adnan Begic, Head of Transfer Pricing, Asia-Pacific, Michelin
Kriti Velji,
Principal Advisor (Transfer Pricing), Inland Revenue Department New Zealand 
Morrie Cheng,
Vice President, Tax, Asia, MetLife
Inga Kondrataite,
Transfer Pricing Manager, Nissan

17.15 End of conference


Asia Tax Awards

At the end of Day 2 the Asia Tax Awards will be taking place. Join International Tax Review and TP Week at the Goodwood Park Hotel in Singapore to celebrate Asia's top tax firms.

To book your place please contact Andrew Tappin - / +44 (0) 20 779 8661

For information on submissions please contact Ralph Cunningham - / +852 2842 6944












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