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07 - 09 Dec 2017International Taxation Conference 2017

We proudly present the International Taxation Conference 2017, a joint conference between the Foundation for International Taxation and IBFD, in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris.
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International Taxation Conference 2017

International Taxation Conference 2017

We are once again delighted to partner with the Foundation for International Taxation (FIT) for our second joint International Taxation Conference. The conference is held in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris.
BEPS and the Multilateral Instrument (MLI)
In 2017, the 22nd annual International Taxation Conference continues with the BEPS theme from our 2016 conference, including a focus on the MLI under Action 15. Our keynote topic on Day One is “Multilateral Instrument and BEPS in Action”.


For our plenary session on Day One, we have assembled an outstanding team of experts from the OECD who will help us understand the practical aspects of implementing the MLI. Day Two will include a half-day session on BEPS and Indian Tax Policy, Practice and Compliance. The remainder of the three-day conference will be devoted to presentations and panel discussions by global experts and experienced delegates on implementation issues affecting various BEPS Action Points in different jurisdictions.  

Why attend?
As previous years, around 500 conference delegates from all over the world are expected. They include international tax experts, academics, corporate representatives, tax professionals and revenue officials. The intensive three-day programme promises to greatly enrich your understanding of the BEPS landscape and the MLI, while strengthening your network significantly.


Day One: 7 December 2017


08:00 – 20:00 Registration

08:45 – 09:15 Opening Remarks
Roy Rohatgi, Conference Director


09:15 – 09:45 Welcome
Belema Obuoforibo, Director of Knowledge Centre, IBFD


09:45 – 10:00 Break


Plenary Session: Multilateral Instrument (MLI) and BEPS
Chairman: Poras Kaka, Senior Advocate, India


10:00 – 10:30 Special Address
Murray Clayson, President, International Fiscal Association  Worldwide 


10:30 – 11:15 MLI and BEPS in Action: Challenges and Opportunities and Legal Issues
“Klaus Vogel” Speaker: Pascal Saint-Amans, Director, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD, Paris
11:15 – 12:15 An Overview: Some Early Legal and Operational Experiences with the MLI under Inclusive Framework and Positions Taken by Countries so far since 7 June 2017
Maikel Evers, Counsellor  BEPS Coordinator, OECD, Paris & Gita Kothari, Senior Legal Advisor, OECD, Paris
12:15 – 12:45  India as a Signatory to the Multilateral Instrument: Some Observations
Mukesh Butani, Managing Partner, BMR Legal, India 
12:45 – 13:00 Concluding Remarks
Poras Kaka, Session Chairman
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
Plenary Session: Afternoon
Chairman: Jan Maarten Slagter, Chief Executive Officer, IBFD, The Netherlands
14:00 – 14:30 Use of Profit Split Methods for Transfer Pricing under BEPS Action 8-10
Jefferson VanderWolk, Head of Transfer Pricing and Tax Treaties, OECD Paris
14:30 – 15:00 International Financial Centres and Exchange of Information (including Beneficial Ownership) on Request or on Automatic Exchange
Monica Bhatia, Head of Global Forum Secretariat, OECD, Paris
15:00 – 15:30 BEPS and Allocation of Taxing Rights: Current Global Shift from Residence towards Source Taxation - Some Observations
David Spencer, International Tax Lawyer and former Senior Advisor of Tax Justice Network, USA
15:30 – 16:00 Role of Tax Certainty in Promoting Sustainable and Inclusive Growth and Preventing Unacceptable Tax Avoidance in International Taxation
Jeffrey Owens, Professor and Director of Global Tax Policy Center, WU Austria (former Director, OECD Paris, and FIT Conference Keynote Speaker 2015)


16:00 – 16:30 Tax Policy and Administration: Some Recent Developments under BEPS
Victor van Kommer, Tax Services Director, IBFD, The Netherlands
16:30 – 16:45 Concluding Remarks
Jan Maarten Slagter, Session Chairman
16:45 – 17:00 Break
Plenary Session: Late Afternoon (Option A)
Chairman: Kees van Raad, Chair, ITC Leiden, Counsel Loyens & Loeff
17:00 – 19:00 What are the key challenges in the drafting and implementation of a single Multilateral Instrument for over 100 countries to comply with BEPS Recommendations? What is the status of BEPS Reports in international law and domestic law? How can Courts in different countries be bound to an agreement that gives them economic substance without domestic legal substance? What are the key issues arising from the MLI to date?

Panel led by: Daniel Erasmus, South Africa and USA


Rajat Bansal, India
Mukesh Butani, India
Robert Danon, Switzerland
Shefali Goradia, India
Mindy Herzfeld, USA
Rajesh Ramloll, Mauritius
Pascal Saint-Amans, OECD, Paris

Plenary Session: Late Afternoon (Option B)
Chairman: Vijay Mathur, Senior Tax Advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd., India
17:00 – 19:00 What is the likely impact of MLI under BEPS on developing countries today and in the future? Has BEPS changed the allocation of taxing rights under OECD Model treaties? Does it support economic substance over form principle in international taxation?

Panel led by: Jairaj Purandare, India

K.R. Girish, India
Belema Obuoforibo, IBFD, The Netherlands
Sol Picciotto, UK
Pragya Saksena, India
Parthasarathi Shome, India
David Spencer, USA
Jefferson VanderWolk, OECD, Paris 

19:00 – 22:00 Networking Dinner


Day Two: 8 December 2017
Plenary Session: BEPS in India: Impact on Indian Tax Policy and Objectives
Chairman: Dinesh Kanabar, Founding Partner, Dhruva Advisors LLP, India 
09:00 – 09:15 Introductory Remarks
Dinesh Kanabar, Session Chairman
09:15 – 09:45 Multilateral Instrument – Indian Experience: Challenges and Opportunities
Akhilesh Ranjan, Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (International), India


09:45 – 10:15 Recent Developments in Indian Tax Laws, Policy and Practices under BEPS and Their Implementation Issues
Parthasarathi Shome, Director, ITRAF, India
10:15 – 10:30 Break


10:30 – 12:30 BEPS and Indian Tax Policy, Practice and Compliance

Panel led by: Milind Kothari, India 

Nishith Desai, India
Nihar Jambusaria, India
Vijay Mathur, India
Bobby Parikh, India
Pranav Sayta, India
Girish Vanvari, India
Uday Ved, India
Rupak Saha, India
Vipul Jhaveri, India

12:30 – 13:00 BEPS Recommendations and Compliance by India – Current Status and Future Plans
Rajat Bansal, Competent Authority, Government of India
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
Session: Global Impact of BEPS and Its Future (Option A)
Chairman: Nishith Desai, Founder, Nishith Desai Associates, India
14:00 – 16:00 Transfer Pricing under BEPS Actions 8-10 – Recent Developments in Formulary Approach with Profit Split Methods and other approaches
Panel introduced by: Anis Chakravarty, India and in the presence of G.S. Pannu, Accountant Member, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, India, led by Jefferson VanderWolk, OECD, Paris
Vijay Iyer, India
Ashish Kumar, India
Ranjan Gupta, New Zealand
Rohan Phatarphekar, India
Jiger Saiya, India
Kamlesh Varshney, India
Session: Tax and Treaty Compliance under BEPS (Option B) 
Chairman: Vipul Jhaveri, Head of Tax, Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP, India   
14:00 – 16:00 The UN and OECD Approach to BEPS Issues and Related Allocation of Taxing Rights and an Overview of the Recent Developments in the UN Model on Taxation of Services and Transfer Pricing

Panel led by: Radhakishan Rawal, India

Sunil Gupta, India
Rohit Jain, India
Vladimir Gidirim, Russia
Ignatius Mvula (UN Tax Committee)
Michael Kobetsky, Australia
Amar Mehta, Canada
Pragya Saksena, India

16:00 – 16:30 Discussion and Questions
16:30 – 17:00 Break
Session : Late Afternoon (Option A)
Chairman: Belema Obuoforibo, Director of Knowledge Centre, IBFD, The Netherlands 
17:00 – 19:00 Action 6: Principal Purpose Test vs Limitation of Benefits to Counter Abuse of Tax Treaties: A Comparison

Panel led by: Uday Ved, India

Premkumar Baldewsing, IBFD, The Netherlands
Gautam Doshi, India
Maikel Evers, OECD, Paris
Robert Danon, Switzerland
Mahesh Kumar, Singapore
Sanjeev Sharma, India

Session: Late Afternoon (Option B)
Chairman: David Spencer, International Tax Lawyer, USA 
17:00 – 18:00 Actions 5 & 6: Harmful Tax Competition and Abuse of Tax Treaties


Panel led by: Kuntal Dave, India
Aladesawe Adeyemi, Nigeria
H. Gangadhran, India
Mindy Herzfeld, USA
Ashkay Kenkre, India
Dennis Schafer, Singapore


Chairman: Carol Dunahoo,Partner, Baker & McKenzie, USA 
18:00 – 19:30 Impact of BEPS on Taxpayers'Rights and Responsibilities
Panel led by: Rajesh Simhan, India
Clive Baxter, Denmark
Robert Goulder, USA
Mindy Herzfeld, USA
Nikhil Mehta, India
Pascal Saint-Amans, OECD, Paris
Pragya Saksena, India


19:30 – 22:00 Networking Dinner
Day Three: 9 December 2017
Session: Tax Dispute Resolution (Morning)
Chairman: Mukesh Butani, Managing Partner, BMR Legal, India
09:00 – 10:15 Tax Disputes under Domestic and International Laws Involving MAP and/or the Multilateral Instrument under BEPS (Actions 14 & 15)
Panel led by: Mukesh Butani in the presence of R.V. Easwar, Former Judge, High Court of Delhi, Ex-Officiating President, ITAT
Rajat Bansal, India
Carol Dunahoo, USA
Maikel Evers, OECD, Paris
Pramod Kumar, India
Nikhil Mehta, UK
Jeffrey Owens, UK
Ajay Vohra, India
10:15 – 10:30 Concluding Remarks
R.V. Easwar, Former Judge, High Court of Delhi, Ex-Officiating President, ITAT 

10:30 – 11:00 Break

Session: Tax and Treaty Conflicts (Option A)
Chairman: Pranav Sayta, National Partner, Ernst & Young, India 
11:00 – 12:00 An Update on Digital Economy under BEPS Action 1
Panel led by: Sol Picciotto, UK
Joao Nogueira, IBFD, The Netherlands
Rashmin Sanghvi, India
Rohinton Sidhwa, India
Vinay Singh, India 
12:00 – 13:00 An Overview of Blockchains and Crypto Currencies - Its History and how it Works
Panel led by: Jeffrey Owens, UK 
Clive Baxter, Denmark
Shikha Mehra, India
Meyyappan N., India
Ashvin Dwarka, India
Session: Global Impact of BEPS and Its Future (Option B) 
Chairman: Rajesh Ramloll, Senior Advocate, Mauritius
11:00 – 13:00 An Overview of Extraterritorial Operation and Extraterritorial Legislation (including Retrospective Legislation): How have Multinational Enterprises and Countries addressed them in (a) North America; (b) Europe; (c) Asia excluding India; (d) India; (e) Africa; (f) Rest of the World? Are they desirable, Effective? Necessary?

Panel led by: Arvind Datar, India 

Gokul Chaudhri, India
Padamchand Khincha, India
Daniel Erasmus, USA
Michael Kobetsky, Australia
Rachel Saw, Malaysia
Victor van Kommer, The Netherlands
Mahesh Kumar, Singapore
Amar Mehta, Canada

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
Session: General Anti-Avoidance Rules in India (Option A) 
Chairman: Parthasarathi Shome, Director, ITRAF, India 
14:00 – 16:00 New General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR) introduced in India as from April 2017: Some Observations on the Law and its Compliance

Discussion topics include tax provisions that prevent harmful tax competition and the granting of treaty benefits in inappropriate circumstances. 

Panel led by: PVSS Prasad, India​ 

Pranay Bhatia, Nigeria
Vikram Chand, Switzerland
Rita Cunha, UK
Bhavna Doshi, India
Hariom Jindal, India
Vijay Mathur, India
Simachal Mohanty, India
Amit Singhania, India

16:00 – 16:30 Impact of the next Wave of Blockchain Technologies on Tax Policy and Administration of the Future
Philippe Thevoz, Executive Vice President, SICPA, Switzerland


Session: Artificial Avoidance of Permanent Establishment Status under Action 7 (Option B)
Chairman: Gautam Doshi, Group Managing Director, Reliance ADAG India 
14:00 – 15:15 Dependent Agent Permanent Establishment: Is it a Permanent Establishment? Followed by general discussion on: Does Permanent Establishment as a tax concept have a future in an increasingly source-based tax world today? 

Panel led by: Bijal Ajinkya, India

Kees van Raad, the Netherlands
Sunil M Lala, India
Rahul Navin, India
Rajesh Simhan, India

Session: Transfer Pricing Developments (Option B)  
Chairman: T.P. Ostwal, Managing Partner, T.P. Ostwal Associates LLP, India 
15:15 – 16:30 Exchange of Tax Information with Transfer Pricing Documentation under BEPS – Some Issues and Comments under Action 13 

Panel led by: Rahul Mitra, India

Monica Bhatia, OECD, Paris
Nishana Gosai, South Africa
Noel-Faustin Kouame, Ivory Coast
Sanjiv Malhotra, India
Himanshu Sinha, India

16:30 – 17:00 Break
Session: Late Afternoon (Option A)
Chairman: Sachin Menon, Partner and Head of Indirect Tax, KPMG, India 
17:00 – 18:45 Goods and Services Tax in India – What Lies Ahead


Panel led by: Sachin Menon, India
Prashant Bhatnagar, India
Prashant Deshpande, India
Bhavna Doshi, India
Uday Pimprikar, India
Bela Sheth Mao, India
Amit Sarkar, India
Rohan Shah, India


Session: Late Afternoon (Option B)
Chairman: Clive Baxter, Maersk, Denmark 
How Blockchains and Crypto Currencies are likely to impact international tax rules of the future and their compliance?

17:00 – 17:40 Presentation by Prof. Jeffrey Owens, WU Austria and Robert Goulder, Tax Analysts, USA 

17:40 – 18:45 Discussion led by Jeffrey Owens, Robert Goulder, Shikha Mehra, Meyyappan N, Philippe Thevoz
18:45 – 19:00 Concluding Remarks and Questions
Jan Maarten Slagter (IBFD), Roy Rohatgi (FIT)
  • Akhilesh Ranjan, Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (International), India
  • Anis Chakravarty, India
  • Belema Obuoforibo, IBFD, The Netherlands
  • David Spencer, Tax Justice Network, United States
  • G.S. Pannu, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, India
  • Jan Maarten Slagter, IBFD, The Netherlands
  • Jefferson VanderWolk, OECD, France
  • Jeffrey Owens, Global Tax Policy Center, WU Austria
  • Maikel Evers, OECD, France
  • Monica Bhatia, Global Forum Secretariat, OECD, France
  • Mukesh Butani, BMR Legal, India
  • Parthasarathi Shome, ITRAF, India
  • Pascal Saint-Amans, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD, France
  • Philippe Thevoz, Executive Vice President, SICPA, Switzerland
  • Rajat Bansal, Government of India, India
  • Robert Goulder, Tax Analysts, USA
  • Roy Rohatgi, Foundation for International Taxation, India
  • R.V. Easwar
  • Victor van Kommer, IBFD, The Netherlands
Session Chairmen
  • Belema Obuoforibo, IBFD, The Netherlands
  • Clive Baxter, Maersk Lines, Denmark
  • David Spencer, International Tax Lawyer, United States
  • Gautam Doshi, Reliance ADAG, India
  • Jan Maarten Slagter, IBFD, The Netherlands
  • Kees van Raad, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Mukesh Butani, BMR Legal, India
  • Nishith Desai, Nishith Desai Associates, India
  • Parthasarathi Shome, ITRAF, India
  • Pascal Saint Amans, OECD, France
  • Pranav Sayta, Ernst & Young, India
  • Rajesh Ramloll, Senior Advocate, Mauritius
  • Poras Kaka, Senior Advocate, India
  • T.P. Ostwal, TP Ostwal Associates LLP, India
  • Vijay Mathur, PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd., India
  • Vipul Jhaveri, Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP, India
Panel Leaders
  • Arvind Datar, India
  • Bijal Ajinkya, India
  • Daniel Erasmus, South Africa and United States
  • Jairaj Purandare, India
  • Jefferson VanderWolk, OECD, France
  • Jeffrey Owens, United Kingdom
  • Kuntal Dave, India
  • Mukesh Butani, BMR Legal, India
  • PVSS Prasad, India
  • R.V. Easwar, ITAT, India
  • Radhakishan Rawal, India
  • Rahul Garg, India
  • Rajesh Simhan, India
  • Sachin Menon, India
  • Sanjay Tolia, India
  • Sanjiv Malhotra, India
  • Uday Ved, India
  • Ajay Vohra, India
  • Akhilesh Ranjan, India
  • Akshay Kenkre, India
  • Aladesawe Adeyemi, Nigeria
  • Amer Mehta, Canada
  • Amit Sarkar, India
  • Ashish Kumar, India
  • Ashvin Dwarka, Mauritius
  • Bela Sheth Mao, India
  • Belema Obuoforibo, IBFD, The Netherlands
  • Bhavna Doshi, India
  • Carol Dunahoo, United States
  • Clive Baxter, Denmark
  • David Spencer, United States
  • Dennis Schafer, Singapore
  • Ernie Lai, South Africa
  • Gautam Doshi, India
  • Gokul Chaudhri, India
  • H. Gangadharan, India
  • Hariom Jindal, India
  • Himanshu Sinha, India
  • Ignatius Mvula, Zambia
  • Rajesh Simhan, India
  • Jeffrey Owens, United Kingdom
  • Jiger Saiya, India
  • Joao Nogueira, IBFD, The Netherlands
  • K.R. Girish, India
  • Kamlesh Varshney, India
  • Kees van Raad, The Netherlands
  • Kuntal Dave, India
  • Luis Nouel, Venezuela
  • Mahesh Kumar, Singapore
  • Maikel Evers, OECD, France
  • N. Meyyappan, India
  • Nihar Jambusaria, India
  • Michael Kobetsky, Australia
  • Mindy Herzfeld, USA
  • Monica Bhatia, OECD, France
  • Mukesh Butani, India
  • Nikhil Mehta, United Kingdom
  • Nishana Gosai, South Africa
  • Noel-Faustin Kouame, Ivory Coast
  • Padamchand Khincha, India
  • Parthasarathi Shome, India
  • Pascal Saint-Amans, OECD, France
  • Pragya Saksena, India
  • Pramod Kumar, India
  • Pranay Bhatia, India
  • Prashant Bhatnagar, India
  • Prashant Deshpande, India
  • Premkumar Baldewsing, IBFD, The Netherlands
  • Rachel Saw, Malaysia
  • Rahul Mitra India
  • Rahul Navin, India
  • Rajat Bansal, India
  • Rajesh Ramloll, Mauritius
  • Rajesh Simhan, India
  • Ranjana Gupta, India
  • Rashmin Sanghvi, India
  • Robert Danon, Switzerland
  • Robert Goulder, USA
  • Rohan Phatarphekar, India
  • Rohan Shah, India
  • Rohinton Sidhwa, India
  • Rohit Jain, India
  • Rupak Saha, India
  • Sanjeev Sharma, India
  • Sanjiv Malhotra, India
  • Savior Mwambwa, South Africa
  • Shefali Goradia, India
  • Shikha Mehra, India
  • Sol Picciotto, United Kingdom
  • Sunil Gupta, India
  • Sunil M. Lala, India
  • Uday Primprikar, India
  • Uday Ved, India
  • Victor van Kommer, IBFD, The Netherlands
  • Vijay Iyer, India
  • Vinay Singh, India
  • Vipul Jhaveri, India
  • Vladimir Gidirim, Russia
  • Zara Ritchie, Australia
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