Deloitte Hong Kong
35/F One Pacific Place
Sarah Chin is the tax and business advisory services leader in the Southern region for Deloitte China. She is also the national leader for indirect tax and customs at Deloitte China and a member of the steering committee of Deloitte's global VAT and customs group.
Sarah started her career as an inspector with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in the UK before entering the consulting profession. Sarah spent seven years in the UK primarily advising on governmental issues and international VAT before relocating to Switzerland where she spent eight years establishing an international VAT centre of excellence prior to building and heading up an international VAT team in Switzerland for another Big 4 firm.
Sarah works with clients in planning and implementing complicated VAT and customs structures both in China and globally. Sarah is experienced in resolving some of the most complicated customs matters regarding transfer pricing valuations, classifications and anti-smuggling. Her main interest also lies in implementing supply chain structures, combining the optimal export VAT refund structure, and utilising customs driven reliefs. Although Sarah has in-depth experience in a number of industries, such as luxury products, manufacturing industry and automotive industry, her specialism lies in the life science and pharmaceutical sector. Sarah is the global indirect tax and customs lead for some of Deloitte's most strategic clients. For the past few years, Sarah has worked as a domestic expert with the Chinese government on the design and approach of the VAT reform.
Sarah has written many articles for International Tax Review and books in different publications including Taxation and CCH's China Tax Guide. She was quoted as a recognised tax adviser in the 2009 World Tax guide, published by International Tax Review, and was named as an indirect tax leader from 2012 to 2015. She was also continuously recognised as a global leading indirect tax and customs adviser. Sarah is a chartered tax adviser with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. She also works as a recurring lecturer for the University of Zurich, University of Shanghai and University of Wuhan
Deloitte AP ICE
35/F One Pacific Place
Lili Zheng is the co-leader of the Asia Pacific International Core of Excellence (Deloitte AP ICE), a group of senior tax professionals that provides international tax services to Asia Pacific-based companies investing abroad, as well as multinational enterprises investing in the region.
She is specialised in advising multinational enterprises (MNEs) on their inbound and outbound investments into and from the US with a special focus on MNEs doing business in the greater China region as well as Chinese MNEs investing in the US.
Lili is a senior international tax partner with Deloitte, with over 20 years of experience in international tax planning for MNEs. Lili has worked in the Deloitte offices in San Francisco, Tokyo, Beijing, San Jose and Hong Kong. Lili has extensive knowledge in IPO positioning, cross-border M&A IP planning, and advising on entry and exit strategies for cross-border investments. Lili also has extensive experience serving clients in PE/VC funds sector, real estate investment, manufacturing, TMT, healthcare and the life science sector, as well as others. Before joining Deloitte AP ICE, she was also the deputy managing partner of the Deloitte Chinese services group in the US.
Lili is a frequent speaker at events held by Atlas, BIO, the Council for International Tax Education (CITE), Financial Executives International (FEI), and the Tax Executive Institute (TEI). For several years, she has been voted as one of the top US tax advisers by International Tax Review. In 2004, Lili was awarded the AWIB Leadership award by Asian Women in Business. In March 2010, Lili received the Women of Influence Award from the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Euromoney named Lili as one of the leading women in business law and has been voted the world's leading tax adviser every year since 2012.
In 2015, she co-founded the Women In Leadership (WIL) Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta Chapter which is a non-profit organisation focusing on advancing women entrepreneurs and professionals in business internationally.
Lili received her Master of Science degree in taxation from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and finance from the University of California in Berkeley. She is a licensed certified public accountant in California, and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). Lili is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese and English.
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