Robert J. Danon is Professor of International Tax Law at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where he heads its Tax Policy Center. He is a member of several professional international tax organizations and currently serves as the Chairman of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the IFA. He is also a founding partner of Danon & Salome, Lausanne, an independent tax firm. His practice and research interests focus on tax treaty disputes, treaty abuse, dispute resolution (in particular mutual agreement procedures) as well as corporate taxation and restructurings. He regularly advises and renders expert opinions to multinational companies and serves as an expert witness on complex international tax issues, notably in arbitration cases.
Prof. Danon is regularly involved in the public consultations organized by the OECD and is an expert in tax reform and corporate tax governance issues. In 2015, he was appointed by Switzerland’s finance minister to analyse the country’s corporate tax reform and acted as the General Reporter on R&D tax incentives at the Basel Congress of IFA. His current research includes tax treaty abuse, transfer pricing, the implementation of the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) initiative around the globe (a topic on which he chaired the 2017 IFA Congress in Brazil) as well as taxation of the digital economy. He is the author and (co-)editor of numerous leading publications, including a French commentary to the OECD Model Tax Convention.
Prof. Danon holds a degree in Law from the University of Geneva and an LLM in International Taxation from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. While fully involved in practice, he completed a PhD in Tax Law.