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ITR Women in Tax Forum - March 1, 2018 - Convene, Times Square, New York


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ITR Women in Tax: Leveraging Your Tax and Leadership Talents


8:15 Registration and breakfast

9:00 Opening Remarks

Anjana Haines , managing editor, International Tax Review

9:05 How the US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 Impacts Global Companies

  • The impact on global businesses
  • Considerations for future M&A deals
  • The tax consequences for financial statements for the upcoming reporting period
  • What to consider before repatriating? Lessons learned from Brazil’s recent efforts

Kristin M. Mikolaitis , partner, Mayer Brown (moderator)
Manal S. Corwin , national leader for international tax, KPMG
Ana Luiza Martins , partner, Mayer Brown
Radhika Narain , vice president, international tax, News Corp

9:55 Effective planning for managing your tax and transfer pricing disputes

  • Recent and emerging trends in tax litigation and cases to watch
  • Preventing audits and the importance of documentation
  • The impact of MAP and dispute prevention

Larissa Neumann , partner, Fenwick & West  (moderator)
Débora Corrêa Talutto , senior global transfer pricing manager, Temenos
Lucia Fedina , transfer pricing director, CBRE
Julia Ushakova-Stein , associate tax, Fenwick & West

10:45 Networking coffee break

11:05 The challenges and opportunities of the 'post-BEPS world'

  • The changing landscape of global trade and investment
  • The threat of unilateral BEPS measures
  • Managing US operations in a post-BEPS era

Catherine O’Meara , partner, tax department, Matheson  (moderator)
Diane Gardner , vice president tax & treasury, Kodak Alaris
Margriet Lukkien , tax partner, Loyens & Loeff
Erika Yumi Tukiama , partner, direct tax, Machado Associados

11:55 The importance of leadership in developing your career

  • Advice on embracing influence, power and running a successful tax department
  • Finding the leadership style that suits you
  • Tactics on becoming a powerful champion and supporter of other women
  • Alternatives to the board or partnership track for your own career advancement

Katie Newman , senior tax counsel, Apollo Global Management
Nancy Nelson , tax director, Interactive Brokers
Sviatlana Bitsiuk , tax director, Prometric
Kathleen Russ , partner, Travers Smith
Elena Rowlands , partner, Travers Smith

12:45 Networking luncheon

1:35 Tax structuring in M&A deals

  • Key concerns in due diligence
  • Tax missteps to avoid on integration
  • Opportunities to add value
  • State tax differences

Moderator: Lindsay Wietfeld , tax senior manager, Deloitte 
Amanda Gabai
, director, tax advisory group, Deutsche Bank
Sally Thurston , tax partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Kathleen Penny , partner, Blake Cassels & Graydon

2:25 Building an effective corporate tax department

  • Doing more with less – using technology and strategic staffing to make your department more efficient
  • Financial reporting risk management: managing and improving tax compliance
  • Best practices in adding value to further strategic objectives or maximizing shareholder value
  • Working with outside consultants and advisors
  • Collaborate with HR on recruiting, retention, mentorship efforts

Melissa Hall , senior vice president, Assurant
Anne Heffington , vice president, tax, Research Now

3:15 Networking coffee break

3:35 Ethics in tax and transfer pricing law

  • Latest developments in IRS Regulations – white collar matters
  • Ethical advice and tax avoidance: knowing where the line is
  • Implementing effective internal policies

Kim Marie Boylan , partner, global head of tax, White & Case  (moderator)
Cynthia K. Hustad , director, West Region tax controversy, Deloitte
Stefanie Perrella , managing director, transfer pricing, Duff & Phelps
Bernadette Pinamont , chief tax officer, Vertex

4:25 Fishbowl session

Working your way to a chair at the boardroom table is difficult for women, as statistics clearly show. How can women in tax help each other to speed up the advance on equality? During this facilitated interactive networking session you will draw on advice, experiences and ongoing support from your peers.

  • Your advice to an aspiring woman tax professional
  • Lessons learned to take back to the office

Sharon Katz-Pearlman , global head of tax dispute resolution & controversy, KPMG
Ana Paula Lui , partner, Mattos Filho

5:15 Networking cocktail reception

6:30 Forum Adjourns



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