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ITR Asia Tax Forum 2017


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DAY 1 - May 3, 2017

08.00 Registration and breakfast

08.40 Chairman's opening remarks

Ralph Cunningham, Consultant Editor, International Tax Review

08.45 Keynote Speaker: 
Achim Pross, Head, International Cooperation and Tax Administration Division, OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration

09.10 HOT TOPICS IN ASIA PACIFIC TAXATION: National tax reforms after BEPS  

  • The Reversal of Globalization – How US and UK Tax Developments Will Impact Tax Strategies and Structures in the Asia Pacific Region
  • Compliance Headaches for MNC Tax Groups: CBCR, EOI and CRS in 2017
  • Indirect Transfer Taxation – Are More Asian Nations Joining the Bandwagon? 
  • China Trends – MNCs are Facing an Increasingly Tougher Tax Environment
  • India Trends – Singapore and Mauritius Treaty Changes Cause a Rethink in Investment Structures
  • Indonesia Trends – Corporate Tax Rate Declines on the Horizon

Eric Roose, Head of International Tax, Asia, withersworldwide (moderator)
William Thomson, Director, Taxes, Asia Pacific, TimeWarner
Peter Ni
, Partner, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Pieter de Ridder
, Partner, Mayer Brown
Mahesh Kumar
, Partner, withersworldwide
Manuel Makas
, Director, Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

10.25 Coffee break and networking

10.55 SOUTH-EAST ASIA: International tax developments

  • Overview of the tax systems and recent international tax developments;
  • Recent tax treaty developments;
  • BEPS developments and the future of international tax in the region;
  • Common M&A tax planning and holding structures;
  • Case studies including:
    • Anti-treaty shopping and beneficial ownership in Vietnam;
    • Thailand in international tax planning: an examination of the IHQ rules, treaty network and participation exemption rules;
    • Cross border tax structuring into Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar; and
    • Regional holding structures for Thai, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Lao structures

Jack Sheehan, Partner, DFDL
Bernard Cobarrubias
, Regional Tax Director, DFDL

12.15 Lunch

1.15 BEPS: A look back at 2016 and look forward at 2017’s work programme

  • Asia’s role in Inclusive Framework and commitment to the four minimum standards
  • The Multilateral Instrument explained.
  • Practical experiences of country-by-country reporting
  • Dispute resolution
  • 2017 and beyond: goals of the work programme

Chi Cheng, Partner-in-charge, Global Transfer Pricing Services, China & Hong Kong, KPMG (moderator)
Balaji Balasubramanian, Senior Tax Manager, Financial Markets - Fixed Income, Standard Chartered Bank
Inga Kondrataite
, Tax Manager, Asia, Oceania & China, Nissan
Chris Xing
, Asia Pacific Regional Tax Leader, KPMG

2.30 INTERNATIONAL TAX UPDATES: Taking the lead from BEPS

  • EU’s version of BEPS and general anti-avoidance measures
  • Tax reforms in jurisdictions popular with Asian investors
  • Exchange of information developments
  • Enforcement developments
  • Important litigation pointers for Asia

Eugene Lim, Principal, Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow
Achim Pross, Head, International Cooperation and Tax Administration Division, OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration
Annie Pan,
Tax Director, Group Tax APAC, RELX Group
James Choo, Local Principal, Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow

3.45 Coffee break and networking

4.15 TAX CONTROVERSY MANAGEMENT: How to achieve the best results

  • Tactical approaches to indirect tax controversies
  • What you can do to minimise direct tax conflicts
  • Examples of how authorities manage tax controversy in 2017
  • Alternative dispute resolution: Has it moved forward in Asia?

Peter Tan, Senior Consultant (Tax & Transfer Pricing), Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow
Abhishek Shah, Global Tax & Trade Group, Asia Pacific, Caterpillar
Chung Ying Ng, Senior Associate, Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow
Ed Heng
, Head of Tax APAC, Syngenta
Tan Wei Hann
, Director of Indirect Tax, Baker McKenzie. Wong & Leow

5.30 Chairman’s summary of Day 1

5.35 Cocktail reception

DAY 2 - May 4, 2017

07.45 Registration and breakfast

08.15 Chairman’s opening remarks
Ralph Cunningham
, Consultant Editor, International Tax Review

08.20 The EU tax environment in 2017
Europe is politically divided. Much of the debate centres around the role of the EU and how much or little it should interfere with the sovereign right of EU member states to determine their own corporate tax rules. At the same time unprecedented changes have been taking place that are already set to impact on those rules, and more are in the pipeline.
What are the current drivers of EU corporate tax developments? What is their current status? How could they evolve to have an impact on business in the coming months and years? Key issues to be covered include:

  • Brexit
  • Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB)
  • Public Country-by-Country reporting (CBCR)
  • Anti-Tax Avoidance rules (including third country hybrids)
  • The EU Financial Transaction Tax

Barry Larking, Principal, The M Group

08.40 Keynote speech

09.00 INDIA: New era for tax reform

  • Direct tax - anti-avoidance; transfer pricing; thin capitalisation
  • BEPS
  • Treaty policy: overhaul of key treaties with Cyprus, Mauritius and Singapore; Multilateral Instrument
  • Introduction of GST
Dinesh Kanabar, CEO, Dhruva Advisors
Adnan Begic, Head of Transfer Pricing – APAC, Michelin Asia-Pacific
Mayur Desai, Vice President, Taxation (Head of Tax), Ambuja Cement
Abhishek Shah
, Indirect Tax Lead, Asia Pacific, Caterpillar
Sunil Gupta
, Head of Tax, Reliance Industries

10.15 Coffee break and networking

10.45 US TAX REFORM UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP: What we know so far
  • The reform process
  • Section 385 (related-party debt), Section 367 (triangular reorganisations) and other IRS rulemaking
  • Tax rates
  • The new administration’s tax treaty policy
  • Approach to international engagement: BEPS; exchange of information

Morrie Cheng, Vice President & Head of Tax, Asia, MetLife
Annie Pan
, Tax Director, Group Tax APAC, RELX Group
Eugene Yeung
, ‎Tax Director, Aegon/Transamerica
Joe Kledis, Partner
, US Tax Desk, EY International Tax Services
Christine Jones
, Senior Manager, EY International Tax Services

12.00 Lunch

1.00 CHINA: Further moves towards a world-class tax system

  • Lessons from a year since national VAT roll-out
  • Financial services tax update
  • Transfer pricing compliance: What the new rules mean for your related-party transactions
  • Tax risk management in China in 2017
  • Treaty developments
  • Evolution of tax dispute resolution
  • Are indirect transfers still making the news?

Khoon Ming Ho, Head of Tax, Asia Pacific, KPMG (moderator)
Frank Shao, Head of Tax, Merck China
Lachlan Wolfers, Asia Pacific Regional Leader, Indirect Tax Services, KPMG
Tracy Zhang
, Tax Transformation Leader, KPMG China
Cheng Chi
, Head of Global Transfer Pricing Services, KPMG China

2.15 TAX TRANSFORMATION THROUGH TECHNOLOGY IN ASIA: How tax authorities and taxpayers are using technology to achieve their goals

  • Role of data in targeting taxpayers and issues
  • How technology is helping international tax cooperation
  • What you can do with technology to get your compliance and reporting right
  • Impact of more technology on direct / indirect tax management

Lachlan Wolfers, Asia Pacific Regional Leader, Indirect Tax Services, KPMG
Tracy Zhang
, Tax Transformation Leader, KPMG China
Morrie Cheng
, Vice President & Head of Tax, Asia, MetLife
Jeff Fung
, Regional APAC Indirect Tax Lead, Uber

3.30 Coffee break and networking

4.00 TRANSFER PRICING: Developing a robust policy

  • How Asia is implementing BEPS’ documentation actions
  • Competent authority and MAP: Developments in Asia in 2016/2017
  • Advance pricing agreements: Insights from taxpayers’ experience in Asia
  • Comparables: How has the approach to their use evolved?
  • Recent highlights from transfer pricing dispute resolution in Asia

Leila Szwarc, Global head of regulatory services, TMF Group (moderator)
Inga Kondrataite, Tax Manager, Asia, Oceania & China, Nissan
Adnan Begic
, Head of Transfer Pricing, Michelin Asia-Pacific
Sunil Dhareshwar
, Group head - global tax and corporate accounting, Infosys

5.15 Close of conference



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 Tax Academy of Singapore

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