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ITR Asia Tax Forum 2017


Speakers



Speakers at 2017 Asia Tax Forum included:


Achim Pross



Head, International Co-operations and Tax Administration Division
OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration

Achim Pross is the Head of the International Co-operation and Tax Administration division, within the OECD's Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, which plays a key role in advancing information exchange and the BEPS action plan. Since joining the OECD in 2001 he has held several key positions in areas such as exchange of information, aggressive tax planning, harmful tax practices, tax administration and countering tax crimes and other financial crimes.

Prior to joining the OECD he worked in the tax department of a large US law firm working from offices in Washington D.C., Paris and London. Previously he was an assistant at Munich University's Research Centre for Foreign and International Tax and Financial Law.
Mr. Pross is a lawyer by background. He received his legal training at the University of Munich, the London School of Economics and Georgetown Law Centre, Washington D.C. He holds a Ph.D. (Summa cum laude) in international taxation and was the winner of the International Fiscal Association's Mitchell B Carroll prize in 1997.



Frank Shao

FShao

‎Head of Tax
Merck China

Frank Shao is the head of tax for Merck China based in Shanghai. He is responsible for all tax matters of Merck entities (chemical and pharmaceutical businesses) in Mainland China and Hong Kong. Frank is leading a team with dedicated tax people taking care of VAT tax invoice issuing, tax return/estimate/extension preparation, international tax topics (PE, preferential treatment in tax treaties) in cross-border business arrangements and business globalization; transfer pricing advisory, documentation and controversy; and capital gains taxation and deferral in M&A projects. Before this role, Frank spent nine years in multinational companies and accounting firms as a tax adviser and three years specialising in transfer pricing. His transfer pricing experience covers documentation, advisory, audit defence and advance pricing agreements, mainly for industrial companies and/or corporate banks in mainland China and Japan.



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.



Jeffrey Fung

JFung

APAC Indirect Tax Lead
Uber

Jeffrey Fung is the APAC indirect tax lead for Uber, responsible for leading the company's indirect taxes across the Asia Pacific region. Before joining Uber, he was with KPMG Sydney and Ryan Australia where he led a variety of projects assisting multinational clients with major M&A deals, engaging tax authorities and reviewing their enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and processes for VAT/GST optimisation and recovery.  He is a solicitor of the High Court of Australia and holds a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney and Bachelor of Laws and Commerce from the University of New South Wales.



Balaji Balasubramanian

BB

Senior Tax Manager, Financial Markets, Fixed Income
Standard Chartered Bank

Balaji Balasubramanian is an international tax specialist with work experience in India, the Middle East and Singapore. Balaji is currently the global tax lead for the fixed income businesses of financial markets at Standard Chartered. Since joining Standard Chartered in 2012, he has advised businesses on product roll-out strategy and ensured compliance with local and international tax rules.
Balaji has been an active member of various industry forums. He was the co-chair of the India Sub-committee for the Capital Markets Tax Committee in 2014 & 2015. He is currently the co-chair of the ASIFMA (Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association) Product Tax Committee. In this current role, Balaji is involved in advocacy work with Hong Kong, Singapore, India and OECD tax authorities.
Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Balaji worked in the Middle East and covered Middle East, Africa and CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) taxes. For over a decade, Balaji has also provided in-house and consulting tax expertise across a wide spectrum of industries.



Eugene Yeung

EYeung

‎Tax Director
Aegon / Transamerica

Eugene Yeung is the Asian regional tax director of Aegon / Transamerica which is one of the nine global systemically important insurers.  He is experienced in Asian taxes, setting up tax functions and governance processes, tax controversy, corporate restructuring and transactions.  When he was in consulting practice, he was named by International Tax Review as a leading tax controversy adviser in Hong Kong in consecutive years, and was once nominated by Euromoney as a LMG Rising Star.  He is a chartered accountant with a master degree in law and accounting, and a bachelor degree in laws.



Adnan Begic

ABegic

Head of Transfer Pricing – APAC
Michelin Asia-Pacific

Adnan is handling and managing all aspects of transfer pricing (TP) for all Michelin entities across Asia-Pacific. Adnan has more than 10 years of TP experience from his previous role as a TP adviser in Big 4 firms in Singapore and New Zealand and from working as an in-house TP and tax specialist.
During his time as a TP adviser, Adnan gained significant experience preparing multi-jurisdictional transfer pricing planning and documentation by working on projects for companies across a diverse range of industries, including:  oil & gas, retail, healthcare, pharmaceutical, automotive, construction, shipping, IT, technology, logistics, food & beverage, apparel, consumer electronics  and fast-moving consumer goods.
Adnan has worked on numerous unilateral and bilateral APAs with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore and other revenue authorities in Australia, UK, Japan, New Zealand and Korea.
His responsibilities also include managing tax and TP disputes and audits across APAC as well dealing with government bodies to negotiate incentives.



Annie Pan



Tax Director, Group Tax APAC
RELX Group

Annie Pan is a tax professional (she obtained her master of tax and MBA as well as her CPA qualification in Australia) with more than 17 years work experience in the area of international tax, 10 years with global Fortune 500 multinational companies, and seven years with a Big 4 firm in Australia mainly providing tax related services to top ASX 100 corporate clients.

She has been the tax director, APAC (based in Singapore) with the RELX Group (formerly Reed Elsevier) since October 2012. Her role covers oversight of the tax compliance, tax advisory and tax planning function for more than 100  entities in four business segments in the Asia-Pacific region. Her role also requires her to focus on transfer pricing and cross-border transactions, as well as M&A/business restructuring in different divisions across the region. She is also teaching Australian taxation law in James Cook University (Singapore campus) on a part time basis.



Mayur Desai

MDesai

Vice president – Taxation 
Ambuja Cement

Mayur Desai became vice president – taxation (head of tax) at Ambuja Cement in September 2016. He has almost three decades of experience as a tax professional.
Before joining Ambuja Cement, he was associated with KMPG  in its knowledge management division for more than three years. Before moving to KPMG, he worked for EY & PwC.



Barry Larking

BL

Principal
M Group

Barry Larking is a principal at the M Group, where he focuses on tax content and tax process design services. After graduating from Oxford University and spending a number of years in the City as a UK tax lawyer, he moved to the Netherlands and has worked there for the last 29 years in Dutch, EU and international tax, for organisations such as the IBFD and KPMG. For the last seven years Barry has headed up KPMG’s EU Tax Centre driving tax content to tax professionals and clients worldwide. During that time he made presentations in more than 30 countries and written numerous articles, news stories, and videos on EU and international tax. He is the author of two major rewrites of IBFD’s International Tax Glossary and a former special tax adviser to the UN. Barry is a native English speaker, fluent in Dutch, and with a professional working knowledge of French and German.



William Thomson

WT

Executive Director, Tax, Asia Pacific 
Time Warner 

Based in Hong Kong, Bill Thomson has overall responsibility for tax planning, advisory, reporting and controversy matters for its Turner network division, which includes networks such as Cartoon Network, CNN and the WB network; its HBO network division, which includes HBO, HBO Signature and Cinemax; and Warner Bros and its filmed entertainment and home entertainment businesses. Bill has more than 27 years of Asian tax experience. Before joining Time Warner he was a partner in the Hong Kong office of White & Case. He is a board member of the Tax Executives Institute (Asia Chapter), a member of the Hong Kong Law Society’s revenue law committee, and a member of Hong Kong’s Joint Liaison Committee on Taxation.



Morrie Cheng



Vice President, Tax, Asia 
MetLife 

Morrie Cheng has more than 20 years of experience in taxation. In particular, he has hands-on experience in Asian taxation and insurance taxation. Morrie is vice president, tax, Asia at MetLife. Before joining MetLife, Morrie held several consulting and senior in-house tax positions. He is a chartered accountant and certified public accountant.



Inga Kondrataite



Transfer Pricing Manager
Nissan

Inga Kondrataite is regional head of Tax at Nissan. She is responsible for the Asia and Oceania regions and is based at Nissan global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan.
Before taking the regional tax role, Inga specialised in the transfer pricing area, first as transfer pricing manager for the EMEA region, based in France, and later as the leader of the BEPS Action 13 in-house implementation, based at Nissan global headquarters in Japan. Before joining Nissan in early 2011, she was a transfer pricing and international tax adviser with one of the Big 4 firms.
Over the past five years Inga has also been an active member of the Tax Executives Institute (TEI), the organisation for in-house tax professionals, involved in advocacy work with the OECD and various tax authorities. During 2015 – 2016 she served as the chair of the TEI EMEA Chapter’s transfer pricing committee,  which she is currently supporting as vice-chair.



Sunil Kumar Dhareshwar

SDhareshwar

Senior vice president and global head for taxation
Infosys

Sunil Kumar Dhareshwar is senior vice president and global head for taxation and corporate accounting, and has additional oversight of treasury, M&A and investments, at Infosys. Infosys is one of India’s largest technology companies with an annual turnover of more than $10 billion with operations in more than 45 countries.
Sunil previously worked for 21st Century Fox (formerly known as News Corporation) where he was the head of taxation – Asia for the television broadcasting business based out of Hong Kong.
In his more than 18 years of professional experience, he has dealt with tax matters at a global level across the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has concluded several APAs as well as had experience in MAP under bilateral treaties. He has managed significant litigations, audits and assessments in several jurisdictions. He has been a speaker at several tax conferences in India and overseas.
Sunil is a qualified chartered accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a rank holder. He has articled with PwC in India and also has a bachelor’s degree in commerce.



Sunil Gupta

SGupta

Tax Head
Reliance Industries 

As head, direct taxes division of Reliance Industries Limited, Sunil Gupta supervises all tax functions of the group in India and abroad. He has in-depth understanding of tax policy, taxation laws including international taxation, transfer pricing, accounts, audit, investigation and corporate law. At Reliance he has developed an integrated tax-technology platform with all the company’s tools for compliance, litigation management, analytics, workflow engines, document management and dashboard reporting
Before taking the role with Reliance in 2014, he had more than 27 years’ work experience as an officer of the Indian Revenue Service (Income-tax) (1987 batch). As Joint Secretary (Tax Policy and Legislation), Ministry of Finance between 2009 and 2014, he handled all matters relating to tax policy, annual Finance Acts, revenue forecasting and preparation of new Direct Taxes Code.
Sunil was a member of an expert committee (headed by Parthasarathi Shome) constituted by the prime minister on General Anti Avoidance Rules (GAAR) and retrospective amendments relating to indirect transfer (2012).



Ed Heng



Head of Tax APAC
Syngenta



Eugene Lim

Eugene Lim

Head of Tax, Trade & Wealth Management
Baker McKenzie

Eugene is the head of the tax, trade and wealth management practice in Singapore and chairs the firm's Asia Pacific trade & commerce practice.
Eugene’s practice focuses on international tax planning, tax controversies, indirect tax, international trade, 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 recognised by leading legal directories, with Chambers Asia Pacific noting that "clients prize the practical nature of Eugene Lim's advice, and particularly appreciate his ability 'to analyse, find solutions and add value - not just as a legal counsel but as a business consultant too'."



Peter Tan

Peter Tan

Senior Consultant, Tax and Transfer Pricing
Baker McKenzie

Peter Tan started his tax career in London and continued his specialism in Singapore. He leads the transfer pricing practice in Singapore. He advises many multinational corporations (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.



James Choo

James Choo

Local Principal
Baker McKenzie

James Choo has advised on both regional and Singapore tax issues, with special focus on international tax aspects of cross-border transactions. His practice includes advising clients on tax issues arising from M&A, indirect taxes, transfer taxes, foreign direct investment and cross-border tax planning issues such as transfer pricing. James also has experience in advising private wealth institutions on their tax and trust structuring issues.



Wei Hann Tan

WeiHannTan

Tax Director
Baker McKenzie

Wei Hann is a director of indirect tax and has many years of experience in indirect tax matters, both in Singapore and in the Asia-Pacific region. Before joining Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow, Wei Hann worked in various roles at several large (US Fortune 50) multinational companies and international accounting/tax firms, as well as the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore. Wei Hann’s unique background and experience in different sectors enable him to provide invaluable insights into efficient indirect tax compliance and risk management approaches.
Wei Hann provides advice on indirect tax-efficient structuring of business transactions, effective use of relevant VAT/ GST schemes and planning related to cross-border transactions and investment-related activities, to minimise the regional indirect tax burden on business transactions and operations. He specialises in providing advice on the optimisation of the indirect tax impact on supply chain management.



Chun Ying Ng

Ng Chun Ying

Senior Associate
Baker McKenzie

Chun Ying Ng advises corporate clients on a broad range of Singapore tax issues as well as cross-border tax planning issues. She also specialises in handling tax disputes and controversy matters.



Bernard Cobarrubias

BCobarrubias

Regional Tax Director
DFDL

Bernard has over 12 years of tax and legal experience in the Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar. He also handles Lao PDR and Cambodian tax engagements. Bernard specializes in international tax services with focus on cross-border transactions, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions advisory and implementation. He also deals with local business tax advisory services, corporate structures and licensing, as well as regulatory and tax compliance. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Journalism) degree from the University of the Philippines. He speaks English and Filipino.



Jack Sheehan

JSheehan

Partner, Regional Tax Practice Group
DFDL

Jack is a Partner and the Head of the Regional Tax Practice across all DFDL offices. He specializes in international tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, and general tax advisory. Jack has extensive experience in advising clients on inbound and outbound investments and complex tax matters in Asia. He regularly features as a speaker and writer on international tax matters in Asia. Jack is a member of the Editorial Board for Bloomberg BNA on tax treaties, a contributor for the International Bureau for Fiscal Documentation, and a member of the International Fiscal Association. Jack was shortlisted as Asia Tax Leader 2016 and is listed as a leader for tax controversy by International Tax Review. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and is a postgraduate student at the University of Oxford.



Dinesh Kanabar

DKanabar

Chief Executive Officer
Dhruva Advisors 

Dinesh Kanabar has, over the decades, been recognised by his peer group as among the top tax advisers in India. His ability to relate the business strategies of clients to the tax and regulatory environment has been recognised as unique and has played a critical role in evolving solutions for clients.
Before founding Dhruva, he held a series of leadership positions across several large professional services organisations in India. Most recently, he was the deputy CEO of KPMG India where he played a key role in developing and implementing the firm’s overall strategy. He also served as chairman of KPMG’s tax practice. Before joining KPMG, he served as the deputy CEO of RSM & Co, a leading tax boutique in India and subsequently led the tax and regulatory practice of PwC upon the merger of RSM & Co with PwC.
He is a member of the national committee of FICCI and the chairman of its taxation committee. He has worked with the government on several policy committees, including on tax and pension reforms. He was a member of the Rangachary Committee constituted by the prime minister of India to deal with tax reforms in the IT/ITES sector and for evolving safe harbour rules.



Christine Jones

CJones

Senior Manager
EY International Tax Services



Joe Kledis

Jkledis

Partner, US Tax Desk
EY International Tax Services



Manuel Makas

MMakas

Director and Head of Real Estate
Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills


Manuel is a Director and Head of Real Estate at Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills. He has broad expertise in tax matters, with a focus on the real estate, funds management and infrastructure sectors.
Manuel joined the firm in early 2014 after working as a partner at an international accountancy firm for over a decade. He specialises in real estate taxation and assists clients with creating managed investment trust structures and listed property trusts. Manuel also provides advice to clients on debt and rights issues, equity raising, mergers and acquisitions, inbound and outbound investments, restructuring and IPOs.
A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a Chartered Tax Adviser of The Tax Institute, Manuel is actively involved in the tax reform process, particularly in relation to managed investment trusts. Manuel is also a member of the Property Council of Australia’s NSW Tax Committee and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Master of Taxation.



Tracy Zhang

TZhang

Tax Transformation Leader
KPMG China

Tracy Zhang joined KPMG’s Beijing office in 1996. She was seconded to KPMG US in 2007, working for the international corporate tax practice in New York.  In 2007-2008, she was seconded to KPMG UK working for the financial services (FS) practice in London. 
Tracy has more than 20 years tax advisory experience in the FS industry.  She leads the FS tax team at KPMG in Beijing, specialising in banking, insurance, real estate funds and leasing.
Tracy has helped a number of leading financial institutions establish or expand their presence and operations in China.  She has led a number of advisory projects providing advice to foreign investors on their equity holding structure, operation structuring and divestment strategy with respect to their business in China
Tracy is a national leader of the tax risk control practice.  She has been seconded to KPMG Holland to study the Dutch Horizontal Monitoring System and has extensive knowledge of the tax risk control framework in many countries.  She has led the professional team and assisted a number of state owned enterprises to establish or improve their tax risk control systems.



Lachlan Wolfers

LWolfers

Asia Pacific Regional Leader, Indirect Tax Services
KPMG

Lachlan Wolfers is the national leader of KPMG’s indirect taxes practice in China and for the Asia Pacific region. In those roles he has led KPMG’s efforts with the VAT reform implementation in China since 2011. Before that, he was the leader of KPMG’s indirect taxes and tax controversy practices in Australia. He is also currently a member of KPMG’s global leadership team for indirect taxes.
Since 2016 Lachlan has also been appointed to chair KPMG’s tax technology initiatives in China, and has supported the successful adaptation and rollout of KPMG’s Tax Intelligence Solution, a leading tax data and analytics solution.
Lachlan holds a Masters of Taxation with First Class Honours, together with combined economics and law degrees (also with Honours), all from the University of Sydney.
Lachlan has also co-authored the leading textbook on capital gains tax in Australia, as well as authoring chapters for textbooks on both income tax and GST. He also authored a number of publications for KPMG in China which successfully predicted and influenced many of the VAT reform rules which would be introduced in China.



Christopher Xing

CXing

Partner, Tax 
KPMG China 

Chris Xing is the KPMG Asia Pacific regional leader for international tax. He has assisted numerous international and domestic Chinese private equity funds and corporations on tax due diligence, as well as a wide range of tax issues concerning cross-border transactions, corporate establishment, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and other corporate transactions in the China and Hong Kong.
Chris has also assisted multinational enterprises with undertaking investments in China, restructuring their business operations and devising tax efficient strategies for implementing China business operations and profit repatriation strategies.
Chris is a member of the mainland taxation sub-committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is an editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Taxation. He is also a regular speaker and writer on tax matters, and has published numerous articles on Chinese taxation in various journals. He has also been interviewed and quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and BBC World News.



Cheng Chi

CChi

Partner, Tax
KPMG China

Based in Shanghai, Cheng Chi is the partner-in-charge of KPMG's global transfer pricing services for China and Hong Kong. Before returning to China in 2004, Cheng started his transfer pricing career in Europe with another leading accounting firm based in Amsterdam. He has led many transfer pricing and tax efficient supply chain projects in Asia and Europe, involving advance pricing arrangement negotiations, cost contribution arrangements, Pan-Asia documentation, controversy resolution, global procurement structuring, and headquarters services recharges for clients in the industrial market, including automobile, chemical, and machinery industries, as well as the consumer market, logistic, communications, electronics and financial services industries.
In addition to lecturing at many national and local training events organised by the Chinese tax authorities, Cheng has provided technical advice on a number of recent transfer pricing legislative initiatives in China. He has been recommended as a leading transfer pricing adviser in China by the Euromoney Legal Media Group since 2009 and as a tax controversy leader by International Tax Review.



Khoon Ming Ho

KhoonMingHo

Head of Tax
KPMG Asia Pacific

Since 1993, Khoonming has been advising foreign investors and domestic Chinese enterprises in respect of their investments and operations in and outside China. He also has experience advising on issues related to investment and funding structures, distribution including importation and exportation and profit repatriation and remittance. Khoonming has worked in different parts of China, including Beijing, Shanghai and southern China, and has built strong relationship with tax officials at both local and state levels. Khoonming has also advised the Budgetary Affairs Committee under the National People’s Congress of China on various tax reforms. Khoonming is also actively participating in various government consultation projects about the ongoing VAT and BEPS reforms, including the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation.

Khoonming is a well known thought leader on taxation in China.  He writes and speaks on Chinese taxation issues frequently.  In March 2017, a ground-breaking book, A New Dawn for International Tax System : Evolution from Past to Future and What Role will China Play?, was published by IBFD, for which Khoonming and a senior Chinese tax official were the executive editors.
Under the leadership of Khoonming, KPMG China won the following International Tax Review awards : 2016 Tax Firm of the Year, 2016 Tax Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year and 2016 Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year.
Khoonming is the Head of Tax of KPMG in Asia Pacific with effect from 1 October 2016.  From October 2010 to March 2017, Khoonming was the Head of Tax of KPMG China and Hong Kong. From January 2001 to September 2010, Khoonming was the Head of Tax of Northern China of KPMG.
Khoonming is based in Beijing.



Pieter de Ridder

PRidder

Partner
Mayer Brown

Pieter de Ridder is a partner of Mayer Brown and is a member of its global tax transactions and consulting group. He was previously based in Indonesia and Hong Kong and has 25 years of experience in Asia advising multinational companies and institutions with interests in one or more Asian jurisdictions on their inbound and outbound work. His practice focuses on advising on tax efficient structures with respect to direct investment, restructurings, financing arrangements, private equity, supply chain, IP and real property structures into or from Asia.
Pieter regularly advises on the tax aspects of M&A, capital markets transactions, private equity, administrative actions and tax rulings, coordinating unilateral and bilateral advance pricing arrangements, tax incentive negotiations with investment authorities, maritime, structured finance, trade, contract manufacturing and regional property investment structuring.
Chambers Global (2015) notes that: “Singapore-based Pieter de Ridder advises a wide range of Asian clients on a variety of tax mandates”. He is known for his "long-standing experience" in the Asian market and is a "trusted source of advice" on local tax planning and deals and listed as one of five most highly regarded individuals in Asia by the International Who’sWho Legal: Corporate Tax (2013).



Eric Roose

ERoose

Head, International Corporate Tax Practice
Withersworldwide

Eric Roose heads Withers' international corporate tax practice in Asia. His practice involves advising clients on international tax planning and corporate tax advisory matters and is recognised as a leading lawyer in Asia for structuring and implementing international investment funds, M&A, and cross-border transactions. Eric has advised clients in more than $50 billion of international business transactions involving Asia and global jurisdictions.
Having worked in Asia for more than 20 years, Eric is well-versed in cross-border transactions across the Asia-Pacific region and has particularly strong experience in matters involving inbound investment into the US, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, and China. 
Eric is based in both the Singapore and Tokyo offices of Withers. Before joining the firm in 2015, he was the head of tax – Asia for White & Case and Morrison & Foerster.
He is a US qualified international tax lawyer, an accredited tax adviser in Singapore (by the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals), and in 2016, was selected by Best Lawyers publication as the leading tax lawyer in Japan. He also heads the Japan tax practice of Withers, which was selected in 2016 as the national tax firm of the year for Japan at International Tax Review’s annual Asia Tax Awards.
Eric graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois, College of Law, where he ranked first in his class. He is also licensed as a certified public accountant (Illinois and Hawaii).



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