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ITR Asia Tax Forum 2018


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The agenda on May 2 2018 included:

08.00 Registration and breakfast

08.40 Chairman's opening remarks
Anjana Haines, Managing Editor, International Tax Review

08.45 Keynote Speaker
Achim Pross , Head of the International Co-operation and Tax
Administration Division at the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD

reforms after BEPS

  • An economic update on Asia
  • How global tax developments will impact tax strategies and structures in the Asia Pacific region
  • Compliance headaches for MNC tax groups: A summary of CbCR, AEOI and CRS in 2018
  • Indirect and direct tax trends across the region
  • Key jurisdictions to monitor and why

Eric Roose, Partner, Head of International Tax, Withersworldwide
Mahesh Kumar , Tax Partner, Withersworldwide
Stephen Banfield
, Tax Partner, Withers KhattarWong
Joyce He, Senior Tax Manager, Withersworldwide
Pieter de Ridder , Tax Partner, Mayer Brown
Manuel Makas , Director, Head of Real Estate, Greenwoods & Herbert
Smith Freehills

10.20 Coffee break and networking

10.40 AUSTRALASIA: Key issues concerning MNEs

  • Tax considerations for operating in Australia and New Zealand
  • Dealing with increased tax scrutiny from the ATO and Inland Revenue: How their objectives could affect your tax strategy
  • Learning from the Chevron case and understanding the ATO’s changed audit procedures
  • Understanding the Australia’s MAAL, DPT rules and New Zealand’s Taxation
  • (Neutralising Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Bill

Craig Silverwood , Partner, International Tax and Transfer Pricing,
MinterEllison (moderator)
Annie Pan , Tax Director, Group Tax APAC, RELX Group
Abhishek Shah
, Global Tax and Trade Group, Asia Pacific, Caterpillar
Kriti Velji
, Principal Advisor, Transfer Pricing, Inland Revenue
Department New Zealand

11.10 SOUTH-EAST ASIA: International tax developments

  • Overview of recent international tax developments and the investment climate in SEA
  • BEPS: what is the status of signing up to the inclusive framework and BEPS minimum standards in SEA and signing of MLI;
  • Thailand: the preferential tax regime v. BEPS, is Thailand a competitor to Singapore as a regional headquarter or holding company?
  • Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos trends: what are the latest international tax trends including anti avoidance, thin cap rules and recent tax controversy cases;
  • Emerging transfer pricing trends in SEA: how to manage the compliance burden and how to manage it with examples in Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia and the evolving role of Singapore in regional TP planning
  • Case studies on topics including: beneficial ownership, principle purpose test and LoB, anti avoidance rules, international tax planning, regional and holding company structures in post BEPS world.

Jack Sheehan , Partner and Head of Regional Tax Practice, DFDL (moderator)
Edward Lean , Principal, Lean Solutions
Steven Carey
, Managing Director, Transfer Pricing, Duff & Phelps
Jonathan Blaine
, Tax Director, DFDL Thailand
Hua Thi Hoang Lan , Tax Director, DFDL Vietnam

12.15 Lunch

1.05 INDIA: A new tax environment

  • Digital economy taxation: recent changes and practical issues
  • Grandfathering of Treaty benefits whether diluted? A deep dive into recent AAR
  • Non-residents: compliance obligations – Recent changes and implications
  • Key developments in Indian transfer pricing
  • Lessons learnt from GST

Dinesh Kanabar , CEO, Dhruva Advisors (moderator)
Ramesh Khaitan , Senior Vice President – Taxation, Lupin
S Gayathri , Senior VP and Head of Taxation, Essar Oil
MH Qureshi
, Vice President, Taxation – Asia Pacific, Genpact Group
Amit Gupta , Director of Tax, Dell
Rahul Mitra
, Partner, Dhruva Advisors

2.05 TRANSFER PRICING: Dispute resolution, TP
methodologies and IP management

  • Advance pricing agreements: Insights from taxpayers’ experience across Asia
  • MAP and alternative dispute resolution: Developments, how to use it and
    MAP success stories in Asia
  • Managing Action 14: Dispute resolution
  • Determining the right TP methodology for related party transactions
  • The commercial realities of intangible assets and how tax authorities are
    reviewing intangible structures

Luis Coronado , Partner, ASEAN International Tax Services Leader,
Singapore, EY (moderator)
Adnan Begic , Head of Transfer Pricing – APAC , Michelin Asia-Pacific
Joanne Su , Partner, International Tax Services, China, EY
Annie Han , Head of China Tax, Lego

3.05 Coffee break and networking

3.30 Channelling investments into Korea – The tax

  • How to manage the migration of Dutch fund platforms to Singapore for Korean investments
  • The advantages of investing via Singapore, and the requirements
  • Structuring investments in Korea – what works and what doesn’t

Jay Shim , Partner, Lee & Ko (moderator)
Ted Tae-Gyung Kim , Partner, Lee & Ko
Eric Roose , Partner, Head of International Tax, Withersworldwide
Stephen Banfield, Tax Partner, Withers Khattar Wong 

demands and how you can manage them successfully

  • Asia’s growing tax complexity and its impact on the development of the in-house tax function
  • Tips for effective tax department management
  • Managing the corporate reputational risks
  • Outsourcing tax management vs doing it in-house: the pros and cons
  • What you can do to ensure external advisers deliver what you need
  • Tax transparency: How in-house teams can deal with the impact of the CRS and
    other reporting requirements

Michael Quigley, Foreign Attorney, Kim & Chang (moderator)
Jeremy Everett, Senior Tax Counsel, Kim & Chang
Morrie Cheng, Vice President and Head of Tax, Asia, MetLife
Bhavin Shroff, Head of South East Asia and India Tax, Nomura Singapore
Audrey Low, Senior Vice President, Group Tax, DBS
Bipin Balakrishnan, Director/Counsel – Tax & Customs, General Motors

5.30 Chairman’s summary of Day 1

5.35 Cocktail reception (exclusive sponsor by GNVConsulting)

The agenda on May 3 2018 included:

08.15 Registration and breakfast

08.55 Chairman’s opening remarks
Anjana Haines, Managing Editor, International Tax Review

09.00 BEPS in Asia Pacific: A look back at 2017 and look
forward at 2018’s work programme

  • Direct tax
  • The MLI, principle purpose test, and limitation on benefits rule
  • CbCR
  • Tax certainty
  • Digital taxation

Anjana Haines, Managing Editor, International Tax Review (moderator)
Balaji Balasubramanian, Senior Tax Manager, Financial Markets,
Standard Chartered Bank
Achim Pross, Head of the International Co-operation and Tax
Administration Division at the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration,
Annie Pan, Tax Director, Group Tax APAC, RELX Group

09.45 The US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017: The impact on Asia

  • What are the changes and their implications on companies in Asia?
  • Analysing IP and repatriation opportunities
  • The impact on trade and investment, and optimising global supply chains
  • Approach to international engagement: BEPS; exchange of information; environmental taxes

Aaron Topol, Partner, US Tax Desk- Leader, Asia-Pacific Tax Desk
Network, Hong Kong, EY (moderator)
Jeroen van Mourik, International Tax Services Partner, EY
Sunil Kumar Dhareshwar, Senior Vice President and Global Head of
Taxation, Infosys

10.30 Coffee break and networking

11.00 International Trade and Customs: Trends in APAC

  • Tax efficient supply chain: the interplay between VAT/GST, Customs, Transfer Pricing, Tax and Regulatory factors
  • Use of Free Trade Agreements and consequent impact on participating countries
  • Aligning local Customs regulations on International Trade
  • BEPS & Customs: the valuation perspective
  • Authorised Economic Operator – Emerging enabler to JIT supply chain

Dr Shrikant Kamat, Partner – Indirect Taxes, BDO India (moderator)
Bipin Balakrishnan, Director/Counsel – Tax & Customs, General Motors International
N V Raman, Partner – Indirect Tax, BDO India

12.00 Lunch

1.00 CHINA: Continuing the reform

  • BEPS in China
  • Tax treaty claims
  • Reinvestment rules and benefits
  • Transfer pricing compliance: Learning from the first year of submissions
  • The benefits and challenges of the Belt and Road Initiative
  • The SAT goes digital: managing the compliance risks
  • Evolution of tax dispute resolution
  • Managing VAT risks

Khoon Ming Ho, Head of Tax, KPMG Asia Pacific (moderator)
Xiaoyue Wang, Partner (Special Adviser), Transfer Pricing, KPMG China
Tracy Zhang, Head of Financial Services Tax, KPMG China
Lachlan Wolfers, Head of Indirect Taxes, KPMG China

Upcoming advancements and how tax authorities
and taxpayers are using technology to achieve
their goals

  • Role of data in targeting taxpayers for audits and managing risks
  • Tax incentives for technological advancements
  • How technology is helping international tax cooperation and what this means for your data
  • Real-time tax reporting
  • The tax scientist

Lachlan Wolfers, Head of Indirect Taxes, KPMG China (moderator)
Matt Campbell, Executive Director, Indirect Tax, Asia Pacific, JP Morgan
Morrie Cheng, Vice President and Head of Tax Asia, Metlife


  • Tax implications of cryptocurrency transactions on your business
  • Blockchain, initial coin offerings and tax
  • Emerging cryptocurrency tax evasion trends
  • Blanket bans on cryptocurrency and what that means for trading

Naresh Makhijani, Partner and Head Financial Services, KPMG India (moderator)
Amit Gupta, Director of Tax, Dell Technologies
Alan Lau, Partner, Head of Financial Services Tax, KPMG Singapore

3.30 Coffee break and networking

4.00 TAX PLANNING: Common M&A tax planning

  • What to consider in your next tax plan and the trends you need to know now
  • Common M&A tax planning and holding structures
  • Dealing with divestitures and the strategic drivers of M&A decisions
  • Avoiding the pitfalls of double or multiple taxation

Simon Clark, Regional Tax Leader Asset Management and Head of
Deal Advisory M&A Tax, KPMG Singapore (moderator)
Sarah Ng, Regional Tax Director – JAPAC, AbbVie Inc
David Lewis, International Tax Partner & Head of Real Estate Tax,
KPMG Japan
Tony Mulveney, Corporate Tax Partner & Member of Deal Advisory
M&A Tax, KPMG Australia

5.00 Chairman’s closing remarks

5.15 Close of conference



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