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CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
International Taxation Conference - 2016
THEME : BEPS AND BEYOND BEPS : A YEAR LATER

DAY ONE: DECEMBER 1, 2016 (THURSDAY)
08.00 – 20.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.30 Opening Remarks: Conference Director
09.30 – 10.00 Welcome: International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation
10.00 – 10.30 Porus Kaka, President - International Fiscal Association - Worldwide Special Address
Plenary Session:
Multilateral Instrument (MLI) under BEPS
Chairman Sohrab Dastur, Senior Advocate, India
10.45 – 11.15 Gita Kothari, Senior Legal Advisor, OECD, Paris Development of the Multilateral Instruments (Action 15) & Next Steps: What are the Challenges and Opportunities from the Public International Law Perspective?
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11.15 – 11.45 Johann Hattingh, Professor of Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa Legal Status of Multilateral Instrument (including BEPS Reports and Recommendations) from a Practical Perspective: What will be the Challenges ?
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11.45 – 12.15 Mukesh Butani,Managing Partner, BMR Legal, India Multilateral Instrument - an Indian Perspective : Challenges and Opportunities
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12.15 – 12.45 Jeffrey Owens, Professor & Director of the Global Tax Policy Center, WU Austria (former Director, OECD Paris and FIT Conference Keynote Speaker 2015) Moving from BEPS to a Broader Tax Policy Agenda
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12.45 – 13.00 Sohrab Dastur, Session Chairman - Concluding Remarks
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
Plenary Session: Afternoon
Chairman Belema Obuoforibo, Director of Knowledge Centre, International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, The Netherlands
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14.00 – 14.30 Monica Bhatia, Head of Global Forum Secretariat, OECD, Paris Full Transparency and Automatic Exchange of Information (Examples: CRS & CbyCR) - Will they suffice to counter Tax Avoidance?
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14.30 – 15.00 Geoff Cook, Chief Executive, Jersey Finance, Jersey Role of International Financial Centres under BEPS
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15.00 – 15.30 David Spencer, International Tax Lawyer and former Senior Advisor of Tax Justice Network, USA BEPS and its Impact on the United States Tax System and its New Model Treaty
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15.30 – 16.30 Janice Lucchesi, TEI International President, USA - Eli J Dicker,Executive Director, Tax Executives Institute, USA Clive Baxter , Member EMEA Chapter, TEI, Denmark An Overview and a Case Study on BEPS and Stakeholders Advocacy
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16.30 – 17.00 Tea Break
Plenary Session:
Late Afternoon (Option A)
Chairman Rajesh Ramloll, Senior Advocate, Mauritius
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? (Examples: 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?) Panel Discussion led by Mukesh Butani, India. Panelists: Johann Hattingh, (IBFD)- Gita Kothari, Paris- Belema Obuoforibo, (IBFD)- Jeffrey Owens, UK
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 BEPS on Developing Countries to-date and in future? Has BEPS Changed the Allocation of Taxing Rights under OECD Model Treaties in their favour? Does it also give effect to Economic Substance over Form? Panel Discussion led by Jairaj Purandare, - India. Panelists: K R Girish, India - Jan de Goede, (IBFD) -Vijay Mathur, India - Sol Picciotto, UK - Shreya Rao, India - David Spencer, USA
19.00 – 22.00 Networking Dinner

DAY TWO: DECEMBER 2, 2016 (FRIDAY)

Plenary Session:
BEPS in India Impact on Indian Tax Policy and Objectives
Chairman Dinesh Kanabar, Founding Partner, Dhruva Advisors LLP, India
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09.00 – 09.15 Session Chairman's Introductory Remarks
09.15 – 09.45 Anita Kapur, former Chairman of Central Board of Direct Taxes Impact of Indian Tax Policies and Practices on BEPS (and vice versa)
09.45 – 10.15 Ashutosh Dikshit, Of Counsel, BMR&Associates LLP , India Recent Developments in Indian Tax Laws, Policy and Practices under BEPS and their Implementation Issues
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10.15 – 10.30 Break
10.30 – 12.30 BEPS and Indian Tax Policy, Practice and Compliance Panel Discussion led by Dinesh Kanabar. Panelists: Monica Bhatia, Paris - Vipul Jhaveri - Bobby Parikh - Pranav Sayta - Rohan Shah - Girish Vanvari(all from India)
12.30 – 01.00 Akhilesh Ranjan Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (International), Government of India (Stand-in Speaker: Rajat Bansal, India)
BEPS Recommendations and Compliance by India - Current Status and Future Plans
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 How have Multinational Enterprises and Countries addressed the G20-OECD Recommendations under BEPS in (a) North America (b) Europe (c) Asia (d) Africa (e) Rest of the World? Panel Discussion led by Marc Levey,USA.Panelists: Clive Baxter,Denmark - Abhishek Chawla, USA - Gokul Chaudhri, India - Imke Gerdes,, USA - Mansi Seth, USA -John Wonfor, USA
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16.00 – 16.30 Harvesh Seegolam ,Chief Executive, FSPA, Mauritius
Financial Services Promotion Agency - An Introduction
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Plenary Session:
Tax and Treaty Compliance under BEPS (Option B)
Chairman Vipul Jhaveri,Head of Tax, Deloitte, Haskins & Sells LLP, India
14.00 – 15.15 Does Permanent Establishment Concept have a role in the BEPS Regime of today and in future? Are the present Recommendations under Action 7 adequate to counter Abuses arising from BEPS today? Panel Discussion led by Shefali Goradia, India. Panelists: Rahul Garg, India - Vladirim Gidirim, Jan de Goede (IBFD) - Milind Kothari, India – Radhakishan Rawal, India
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Chairman Girish Vanvari, Head of Tax, KPMG, India
15.15 – 16.30 BEPS and Indo-Mauritius Treaty Protocol 2016 and similar Indian and foreign Treaties (e.g. Cyprus, The Netherlands, Singapore) Panel Discussion led by Daksha Baxi, India. Panelists: Rajat Bansal, India -Pranay Bhatia, India -Shanker Iyer, Singapore - Dennis Schafer, Singapore -Hemal Zobalia, India
16.30 – 17.00 Tea Break
Session
Late Afternoon (Option A)
Chairman Uday Ved, International Tax Advisor, India
17.00 – 19.00 Tax Evasion, Money Laundering & Other forms of Black Money and their Impact Panel Discussion led by Jeffrey Owens, UK. Panelists: Kuntal Dave, India - Gautam Doshi, India - Michael Kobetsky, Australia - Mahesh Kumar, Singapore - T P Ostwal, India
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Late Afternoon (Option B)
Chairman Satya Poddar, Head of Indirect Taxes, Ernst & Young, India
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17.00 – 19.00 Proposed Goods and Services Tax in India Recent Developments Panel Discussion led by Sachin Menon, KPMG, India. Panelists: Prashant Deshpande, India - Bhavna Doshi, India - Bela Sheth Mao, India - Rohan Shah, India
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19.00 – 22.00 Networking Dinner

DAY THREE: DECEMBER 3, 2016 (SATURDAY)

Session
Morning
Chairman Mukesh Butani, Managing Partner, BMR Legal, India
09.00 – 10.15 Tax Disputes under Domestic and International Laws involving MAP and/or Multilateral Instrument under BEPS (Actions 14 & 15) Panel Discussion in the presence of R V Easwar, Former Judge, High Court of Delhi, Ex-Officiating President, ITAT and led by led by Mukesh Butani, India. Panelists: Rajat Bansal, India - Carol Dunahoo, USA - Jeffrey Owens, UK - Mohan Parasaran, India - Rajesh Ramloll, Mauritius - Ajay Vohra, India -
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10.15 – 10.30 Concluding Remarks by R V Easwar followed by a Vote of Thanks by Pranav Sayta
10.30 – 11.00 Break
Session
Tax and Treaty Conflicts (Option A)
Chairman Pranav Sayta, National Partner, Ernst & Young, India
11.00 – 13.00 Future of Digital Economy under BEPS Action 1 Presentation on "Equalization Levy" on Digital Transactions in Cross-Border E-Commerce (enacted in India as from April 1, 2016) by Rashmin Sanghvi, Partner, Rashmin Sanghvi Associates, India followed by Discussion led by Pranav Sayta, India. Panelists: Arvind Datar, India - Padamchand Kincha, India - Meyyappan N, India - Sol Picciotto, UK - Rashmin Sanghvi, India - Rohinton Sidhwa, India - Vinay Singh, India
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Transfer Pricing Developments (Option B)
Chairman Rohan Shah, Advocate, Chambers of Rohan Shah, India
11.00 – 13.30 Transfer Pricing under BEPS Actions 8-10 Panel Discussion led by Anis Chakravarty, India. Panelists: Vijay Iyer, India - Michael Kobetsky, Australia - Marc Levey, USA - Amar Mehta, Canada - Rohan Phatarphekar, India - Sanjeev Sharma, India - Miller Williams, USA
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13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.00 KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Chairman Professor Roy Rohatgi, Conference Director "Klaus Vogel" Speaker: Pascal Saint-Amans, Director - OECD Paris followed by Questions
Vote of Thanks by Rajesh Ramloll, Mauritius
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Session
Session: Minimum Standards under Action 5 & 6 (Option A)
Chairman Rajesh Ramloll, Senior Advocate, Mauritius Impact and Implications of Harmful Tax Competition and Treaty Shopping under BEPS
15.00 – 16.30 Panel discussion led by Ashutosh Dikshit, India. Panelists: Aladesawi Adeyemi, South Africa - Bijal Ajinkya,India - Geoff Cook, Jersey - Ridha Hamzaoui (IBFD) -Rajesh Simhan, India
Session
Transfer Pricing Developments (Option B)
Chairman Gautam Doshi, Group Managing Director, Reliance ADAG India
15.00 – 16.30 Exchange of Tax Information with Transfer Pricing Documentation under BEPS (Action 13) Session coordinated by Caroline Silberztein, France and led by Sanjiv Malhotra, India. Panelists: Bawono Kristiaji, Indonesia -Nishana Gosai, South Africa - Sunil Lala, India - Rahul K Mitra , India- Rahul Navin ,India- Zara Ritchie, Australia- Himanshu Sinha, India
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16.30 – 17.00 Break

Joint Final Session: BEPS Project Will it succeed ?

Chairman Jeffrey Owens, UK
17.00 – 18.55 (a) Will BEPS Project help to counter Unfair Tax Competition?
(b) Is Tax Planning Dead?
Panel Discussion led by T P Ostwal, India. Panelists: Monica Bhatia, Paris - Nishith Desai, India - Pinakin Desai, India -Gautam Doshi, India -Nihar Jambusaria, India -Vipul Jhaveri, India - Bobby Parikh, India - in presence of Pascal Saint-Amans, Paris
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18.55 – 19.00 Professor Roy Rohatgi, Conference Director - Concluding Remarks
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