Asian Voices: BEPS and Beyond

Asian Voices: BEPS and Beyond
A true reflection of the Voices of Asia – top tax administrators, leading academics and industry thought leaders discuss the BEPS Project in the context of Asia’s unique conditions.

Why this book?

The OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project has, thus far, mostly been an OECD-driven project. Nevertheless, its efforts in involving representatives from developing and emerging countries in the Asia-Pacific region have been encouraging and are laudable, given the tremendous challenges of achieving global consensus in a highly technical field and the tight time frame of the BEPS Project. The Asia-Pacific region poses unique challenges in its great diversity of economic development, as well as cultural and legal traditions. Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Korea, as OECD members, are at the forefront of tax innovation and development, while China, India and Indonesia are at the table as members of the G20. However, the majority of the countries in the region are non-OECD, non-G20 developing countries. For these developing countries, the BEPS changes will bring added challenges at a time when their economies are rapidly transforming and they are in the midst of absorbing and legislating pre-existing international tax principles and modernizing their tax administration.

The purpose of this book is to enrich the current discourse on the work of the OECD, by drawing on the top minds in tax and transfer pricing across Asia-Pacific. It aims to fill a void in the BEPS debate where the Asian perspective and the impact of the unique conditions in the region on the outcome of the BEPS Project may not have been adequately articulated or considered.

This book takes the form of a series of analyses, commentaries and case studies, grouped along geographic, industry and thematic lines, critically examining the implications of the BEPS Project for the region. The approach taken is multifaceted, encompassing perspectives from key tax administrators and policymakers, leading academics and thought leaders in the advisory space, balanced with industry views and practical case studies applying the BEPS recommendations to business models common to the region. 

Foreword by H. David Rosenbloom


Sample excerpt, including table of contents


Sam Sim is Regional Vice-President (EMEA, Asia and Latam) of the Tax Executive Institute (TEI) and was previously President of the TEI Asia chapter and Chair of the Capital Markets Tax Committee TP Sub-Committee. He is also Transfer Pricing Geo Leader EMEA, Asia-Pacific & Japan, at a Forbes 50 US MNE and was previously Deputy Head, Global Transfer Pricing of a FTSE 100 financial institution. Mr Sim has lectured at, inter alia, the Master of Tax programme at SIM University, University of Leiden's Executive Tax Program and spoken at various conferences including in London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Miami, Johannesburg, Mumbai and Beijing. His professional experience includes being an attorney at the firm of White & Case in New York and an Assistant Director at the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Mr Sim has published extensively, the latest being in the area of Digital Economy Taxation and Blockchain, and holds graduate degrees in Law (NYU LLM (Tax)), Economics (MA, Cambridge University) and Accounting (MPA, SMU).

Mei-June Soo is a senior editor at IBFD, responsible for Asia-Pacific publications as well as other IBFD topical databases and books. She started her tax career in a global tax advisory firm and spent 8 years at the IBFD headquarters in Amsterdam before moving to the Asia-Pacific regional office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, eventually heading the operations until May 2016. Ms Soo has experience in a wide range of industries and tax areas, and in servicing a variety of clients from governments to advisory firms to multinational entities.


Satoru Araki, Peter Barnes, Mukesh Butani, Liz Chien, Chung-Sim Siew Moon, Graeme Cooper, Wei Cui, Eng-Tay Geok Lee, Iwan Hoo, John Hutagaol, Kim Jacinto-Henares, Mark Konza, Hoon Lee, Michael Lennard, Liao Tizhong, Li Hanli, Yoshihiro Masui, Patricia Mongkhonvanit, Tae-Yon Nam, Peter Ng, Noor Azian Abdul Hamid, Jeffrey Owens, Abraham Pierre, Pascal Saint-Amans, Phensuk Sangasubana, Jack Sheehan, Parthasarathi Shome, Sam Sim, David Smith, Kenny Sung, Romero J.S. Tavares, Robert Thomson, Steve Towers, Anita Tsang, Chalermphong (Charles) Tungboriboonrat, John Walker, Michael Walpole, Richard Watanabe, Wong Hsin Yee, Cindy Wong Siu Ching, Yong Sing Yuan.