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09 - 10 May 2019Pacific Rim Tax Conference 2019

The Pacific Rim Tax Conference is organized by the Pacific Tax Policy Institute. The event is supported by the following organizations: Silicon Valley Tax Directors Group, Tax Executives Institute (TEI) Silicon Valley, San Francisco Foreign Tax Club, and the International Fiscal Association.
California - United States
Pacific Rim Tax Conference 2019
IBFD is proud to announce the Ninth Annual Pacific Rim Tax Conference.
This event is a two-day conference bringing international tax policy and management issues to the forefront for corporate tax leaders and tax professionals, focusing on the Pacific Rim arena.
The audience will comprise high-level corporate tax directors, tax counsels and tax managers, as well as international and US government personnel.


Purpose of the Conference
The conference will provide a venue for Pacific Rim countries to share their current important tax issues and developments with OECD tax officials, multinational tax officers and practitioners interested in these important issues.
The theme will be Post-Tax Cut. Digital and MLI World. 


Session topics will include:

  • International Aspects of Tax Policy and Enacted Legislation: Did it Work?
  • Corporate Restructuring in Light of Tax Legislation and BEPS
  • Digital Economy Tax Issues (TFDE)
  • Inter-Government Cooperation: MLI, Bilateral Treaties, Competent Authority and MAP Peer Review; Implementing Transparency: CbC Reporting, Implementation and Government Reactions and EU Mandatory Reporting (DAC6)
  • Transfer Pricing, Documentation and International Tax: Post TCJA and BEPS
The conference will enhance the relationships between tax professionals and country tax administrators.


Meet high-level government tax officials from Australia, Canada, India and, Vietnam, and interact with other tax Professionals’. The conference is co-supported by TEI, USCIB, IFA, SVTDG, SF Foreign Tax Club and Stanford University Law School.  
Registration will begin 1 February 2019.
Please designate IBFD when registering to receive a significant discount.


Post-Tax Cut, Digital & MLI World
Preliminary Agenda – Thursday, 9 May 2019
08:00 – 08:30 Continental Breakfast
08:30 – 09:00 Registration, Welcome by Sponsors and Continental Breakfast
  • Dr Stewart Karlinsky, Executive Director, Pacific Rim Tax Institute
  • Chris Therrien, President, Silicon Valley Chapter TEI
  • Jeffrey K. Bergmann, Co-Chair, Silicon Valley Tax Directors Group
  • Sol Coffino, President, IFA US
  • Christopher Kotarba, President, SF Foreign Tax Club


09:00 – 10:15 International Aspects of Tax Policy and Enacted Legislation: Did It Work?
  • David Forst, Tax Partner, Fenwick & West
  • Jonathan Lieber, Principal in the National Economics and Statistics Group, PwC
  • Dirk Suringa, Tax Partner, Covington
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 – 12:00 Corporate Restructuring in Light of Enacted Tax Legislation, BEPS
  • Gary Wilcox, Tax Partner, Mayer Brown
  • Gabe Gartner, Tax Partner, PwC
  • Barton Bassett, Tax Partner, Morgan Lewis
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch and Keynote Speaker (Hosted by Vertex)
  • Douglas O’Donnell, Commissioner, LB&I, Internal Revenue Service


13:30 – 14:15 Government Panel #1: India – Transfer Pricing; Competent Authority; MLI; Cross Border Disputes
  • Mukesh Butani, Partner, BMR Legal
  • Anuj Khorana, Tax and Transfer Pricing Partner, EY India
  • Pragya Saxena, Joint Secretary, FTD or Rajat Bansal, Joint Secretary, FTTR (invited)
14:15 – 15:00 Government Panel #2: China – Transfer Pricing; Competent Authority; MLI; Cross Border Disputes
  • David Ling, KPMG
15:00 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 16:00 Digital Economy Tax Issues, TFDE Study
  • Carol Doran Klein, Vice President and International Tax Counsel, USCIB
  • Gary Sprague, Tax Partner, Baker McKenzie
  • Robert Stack, Managing Director, Washington National & International Tax (formerly Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Tax Affairs at the US Department of Treasury)
16:00 – 19:00 Cocktail Party at Pullman Hotel


Preliminary Agenda – Friday, 10 May 2019


08:00 – 08:30 Continental Breakfast


08:30 – 10:15 Government Panel #3: Australia, Canada, Vietnam – Transfer Pricing; Competent Authority; MLI; Cross Border Disputes
  • Mark Konza, Deputy Commissioner International, Australia Taxation Office
  • Bill S. Maclagan, Q.C., Office Managing Partner, Blakes, Cassels & Graydon Canada CRA
  • Dang Ngoc Minh, Deputy Director-General, General Department of Taxation, Ministry of Finance, Vietnam
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee Break


10:45 – 12:15 Inter-Government Cooperation: MLI, Bilateral Agreements, Treaties, Competent Authority, MAP Peer Review 
  • Douglas W. O’Donnell, Commissioner, Large Business & International Division (LB&I), Internal Revenue Service
  • Mark Konza, Deputy Commissioner, Australian Taxation Office
  • Arlene Fitzpatrick, Principal, National Tax Practice, EY 
12:15 – 13:30 Lunch and Keynote Speaker
  • L.G. “Chip” Harter, Deputy Assistant Secretary (International Tax Affairs), US Department of the Treasury (Invited)

13:30 – 15:00 Implementing Transparency: CBC Reporting Implementation and Government Reactions, Transfer Pricing Documentation, EU Mandatory Reporting OECD Representative

15:00 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 17:00 Transfer Pricing and International Tax: Post TCJA and BEPS
  • Larissa Neumann, Tax Partner, Fenwick & West
  • Simon Webber, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps
223 Twin Dolphin Dr, Redwood City, CA 94065
(650) 598-9000



15 Hours of CPE/MCLE. To keep the conference informal, it will be limited to 135 corporate tax directors, managers and tax counsels as well as tax partners, principals, directors and managers. Admission for two day conference $850; Supporter Members $750, including breakfast, lunch and Reception.