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ITR Asia Tax Forum 2018


Speakers at the 2018 Asia Tax Forum included:

Abhishek Shah

Abhishek Shah

Global Tax and Trade Group, Asia Pacific

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.

Achim Pross

Head of the International Co-operation and Tax Administration Division at the 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.

Adnan Begic


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.

Amit Gupta

Director of Tax

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.

Annie Han

Head of China Tax

Audrey Low

Senior Vice President, Group Tax

Balaji Balasubramanian


Senior Tax Manager, Financial Markets,
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.

Bhavin Shroff

Head of Tax, South East Asia and India

Craig Silverwood

Partner, International Tax and Transfer Pricing

Edward Lean

Lean Solutions

Kriti Velji

Principal Advisor Transfer Pricing
Inland Revenue Department New Zealand

Matt Campbell

Executive Director, Indirect Tax, Asia Pacific
JP Morgan

MH Qureshi

Vice President, Taxation - Asia Pacific
Genpact Group

Morrie Chang

Vice President and Head of Tax, Asia

Ramesh Khaitan

Senior Vice President - Taxation

S Gayathri

Senior VP & Head of Taxation
Essar Oil

Sarah Ng

Regional Tax Director - JAPAC

Steven Carey

Managing Director, Transfer Pricing
Duff & Phelps

Sunil Kumar Dhareshwar

Senior Vice President and Global Head of Taxation

Amit Kumar Sarkar

Partner & Head Indirect Tax
BDO India

Amit heads the Indirect Tax practice for BDO India and the national GST leader.

Prior to joining BDO, he was a Partner with one of the larger firm’s indirect tax practice for 4 years.

Amit has led several assignments in his 18-year career including Tax Efficient Supply Chain Management (TESCM) space, India Entry assignments for companies in diverse sectors like ATM Manufacturing, Insurance, Banking, Telecommunications, Auto, etc

Amit is also actively involved in GST policy formulation and advocacy with policymakers representing various industry associations and chambers

He is actively involved in media interactions and regularly appears for several media channels on topical matters pertaining to Indirect Tax

Dr Shrikant Kamat

Partner - Indirect Taxes
BDO India

Shrikant is an Indirect Tax Partner and leads the Customs & International Trade practice

He is based out of Mumbai office and has 24 years of experience in the Indirect Tax domain

His career in Indirect Taxation includes stints with other larger firms and also with the Department of Customs, Excise & Service Tax - Government of India

Shrikant has assisted clients across diverse sectors on multiple around advisory, compliance and litigation support as much as overseeing operations on their behalf during inquiries, investigations, audits, surveys, etc. conducted by the VAT, Central Excise, Customs and Service Tax authorities

Shrikant is an active speaker on relevant provisions of the GST legislation before policymakers as well as at Industry forums

Shrikant has authored a book on evolving role of customs in emerging economies in the backdrop of WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and Regional Trade Arrangements and regularly contributes research papers and columns for projects /workshops conducted by International institutions such as the UNCTAD, World Bank, INCU, etc.

Jack Sheehan


Partner, Regional Tax Practice

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.

Jonathan Blaine

Tax Director, Thailand

Lan Hoang

Tax Director, Vietnam

Rahul Mitra

Dhruva Advisors

Rahul has over 26 years of experience in handling taxation & regulatory matters in India. He specialises in transfer pricing, particularly inbound & outbound planning assignments; advise on profit/ cash repatriation planning; supply chain management projects; profit attribution to permanent establishments, etc.

Rahul has been a tax partner in PwC and KPMG for an aggregate period of 19 years, including having served both the organisations as their national transfer pricing leaders.

Rahul independently handles litigation for top companies at the level of Tax Tribunals & Authority for Advance Ruling.

Rahul has won several landmark rulings before Tax Tribunals in the field of transfer pricing, creating precedents, both nationally and globally, in matters relating to Berry Ratio, Marketing Intangibles; Selection of Tested Party; Corporate Guarantee; Profit Split Method; Supply Chain nuances etc.

Rahul has handled several APAs in India, involving clients from across industries, covering complex transactions, e.g. industrial franchise fees under non-integrated principal structures; contract R&D service provider model; distribution models, with related marketing intangible issues; financial transactions; profit split models for royalties; etc.

Rahul was the country reporter on the topic, “Non Discrimination in international tax matters”, for the IFA Congress held in Brussels in 2008.

Rahul was invited by the OECD to speak in the 2012 Paris roundtable conference on developing countries’ perspective on APAs.

Rahul was invited by the Indian Revenue Board in 2015 to impart training to transfer pricing Directors & Commissioners of the Indian Revenue, on the topic of marketing intangibles.

Rahul was invited by the President of the Tax Tribunal in 2012 to impart training to Members of the Tribunal on the topic of transfer pricing.

Rahul has been consistently rated as amongst the leading transfer pricing professionals; and also tax litigators in India by Euromoney and International Tax Review, since 2010.

Dinesh Kanabar


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.

Aaron Topol

Partner, US Tax Desk - Leader, Asia-Pacific Tax Desk Network, Hong Kong

Jeroen Van Mourik

International Tax Services Partner

Joanne Su

Partner, International Tax Services, China

Luis Coronado

Partner, ASEAN International Tax Services Leader, Singapore

Manuel Makas


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.

Jeremy Everett

Senior Tax Counsel
Kim & Chang

Michael Quigley

Foreign Attorney
Kim & Chang

Khoon Ming Ho


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 various central authorities in China on a number of important tax reforms, including post-WTO tax measures, VAT, BEPS, digital economy and inclusive growth.

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.

Khoonming is currently the Head of Tax of KPMG in Asia Pacific. Previously Khoonming was the Head of Tax of KPMG China and Hong Kong. Khoonming is based in Beijing.

Tony Mulveney

Corporate Tax Partner & Member of Deal Advisory M&A Tax
KPMG Australia

Lachlan Wolfers


Head of Indirect Taxes
KPMG China

From July 2011 to September 2015, Lachlan was a seconded partner to KPMG China, from KPMG Australia, before becoming a local partner in the HK/China firm.

Prior to joining KPMG China, Lachlan was the leader of KPMG Australia’s indirect taxes practice and the leader of KPMG Australia’s Tax Controversy practice.

Professional and industry experience

  • Lachlan leads a number of engagements for multinational clients where he is able to apply his knowledge tax issues in the Asia Pacific region but in a way which is understandable for international tax directors, and applying an appropriate risk management framework which many multinational clients operate under. He is also very experienced in managing larger scale projects, having assisted a number of multinational companies manage their entry, exit or restructure in the Chinese market. His background in corporate taxes, as well as specialization in indirect taxes provide a broad skillset from which he can draw.
  • Lachlan currently works with a number of clients in the digital economy, including being the global leader for the digital economy working group for indirect taxes.
  • Recently, Lachlan has also led KPMG’s efforts in relation to the VAT reform pilot program in China. In the course of this, Lachlan has been asked to provide advice to the Ministry of Finance, the State Administration of Taxation and other Government agencies in relation to several key aspects of the VAT reforms, including the application of VAT to key sectors.
  • Lachlan has also led projects on the VAT reforms, and related business tax issues, for a large number of multinational clients, including assisting clients with seeking clarification of technical or contentious issues with the tax authorities.
  • Lachlan is formerly a Director of The Tax Institute, which is the most prestigious tax professional association in Australia. In this role, Lachlan was frequently invited to consult with the Australian Taxation Office and Commonwealth Treasury on tax issues, as well as consulting with Government officials from both China and the United States in relation to reforms of indirect taxes while he was in Australia.
  • Prior to joining KPMG, Lachlan was a partner in a major law firm, and has extensive experience in a broad range of taxation and legal matters. He has appeared before the High Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, including in the first substantive GST case in Australia.
  • Lachlan is a noted speaker on VAT issues and has also presented numerous seminars for various professional associations, industry groups and clients on the VAT reforms in China.

Tracy Zhang


Head of Financial Services Tax
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.

Xiaoyue Wang

Partner (Special Adviser), Transfer Pricing
KPMG China

Madam Wang joined KPMG China as a Partner (Special Advisor on Transfer Pricing) in 2016, she had a distinguished career in international taxation.  

Prior to joining KPMG, Madam Wang rose through the ranks to the position of Deputy Director General of the International Taxation Department of the State Administration of Taxation (SAT) of the People's Republic of China.  In various capacities, she represented the Chinese government in international negotiations and inter-governmental cooperations on tax policy and administration matters, led the development, drafting and implementation of all major transfer pricing, APA and anti-avoidance legislations to date, and put in place a highly effective national structure for transfer pricing, APA and anti-avoidance administration within the SAT.  During the past ten years, Madam Wang had negotiated and concluded over 100 bilateral APA and MAP agreements between China and other tax jurisdictions, and reviewed each year around 200 TP audit cases.

Madam Wang is a member of Transfer Pricing Subcommittee of the Committee of Experts in International Cooperation in Tax Matters of the United Nations, and served as a member of the above UN Committee and an Executive Committee Member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA).  

Madam Wang has a base in Hong Kong.

Naresh Makhijani

Partner and Head Financial Services
KPMG India

David Lewis

International Tax Partner & Head of Real Estate Tax
KPMG Japan

Alan Lau

Partner, Head of Financial Services Tax
KPMG Singapore

Simon Clark

Regional Tax Leader Asset Management and Head of Deal Advisory M&A Tax
KPMG Singapore

Jay Shim

Lee & Ko

Ted Tae-Gyung

Lee & Ko

Pieter de Ridder


Tax 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).

Stephen Banfield

Tax Partner
Withers KhattarWong

Eric Roose


Partner, Head of International Tax

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).

Joyce He

Senior Tax Manager

Mahesh Kumar

Tax Partner


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