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PROVISIONAL : August 21, 2018
International Taxation Conference - 2018
Confirmed to date *


08.00 – 20.00 Registration
08.45 – 09.15 Opening Remarks: Roy Rohatgi, Conference Director,Foundation for International Taxation, India
09.15 – 09.45 Welcome: Belema Obuoforibo,* Director of Knowledge Centre, International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, The Netherlands
09.45 – 10.00 Special Address: Murray Clayson, President, International Fiscal Association - Worldwide (Video Recording)
10.00 – 10.30 Break
Plenary Session:
Multilateral Instrument (MLI) and BEPS
Chairman Porus Kaka,* former President, International Fiscal Association-Worldwide: 2012-17
10.30 – 11.00 John Peterson, ** Head of Aggressive Tax Planning Unit, OECD, Paris
OECD/BEPS - Global Developments and Aggressive Tax Planning (An Overview)
11.00 – 11.30 Parthasarathi Shome,* Chairman, International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation, India and Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics
International Taxation: Resilience or Decline of Multilateral Instrument
11.30 – 12.00 Sam Sim,Executive Board Member, Asia Chapter, TEI, Singapore
Digital disruption to the Global Value Chain and the Future of Transfer Pricing
12.00 – 12.30 Mindy Herzfeld, Professor, University of Florida, USA
US Tax Reform & BEPS: A Symbiotic Relationship
12.30 – 13.00 Book Launch by IBFD Publications: Roy Rohatgi on Basic International Taxation - Vol. One (Third Edition) -in the presence of IBFD Directors and Ola Ostaszewska, Manager IBFD European Knowledge Group
13.00 – 13.15 Lunch Break
Plenary Session:
Chairman Belema Obuoforibo, * Director of Knowledge Centre,International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, The Netherlands
14.00 – 14.30 Monica Bhatia,* Head of Global Forum Secretariat, OECD, Paris
Exchange of Information (including Beneficial Ownership) under Action Thirteen: Some Issues and Comments
14.30 – 15.00 Ian Young,* Ex-Chair, UK Charter Committee, HMRC, UK
A Review of Taxpayers' Charters and Taxpayers' Protection: Comments
15.00 – 16.30 Milind Kothari,* Managing Partner, BDO India LLP, India
Use of Modern Technology to manage Professional Tax Practices and Tax Compliance, and to provide Advisory Services to Clients: their future Impact on the Profession & Tax Administration.Panelists: Rahul Kashikar,* India - Others: Names awaited
16.30 – 17.00 Belema Obuoforibo ,* Session Chairman - Concluding Remarks
17.00 – 17.30 Tea Break
Plenary Session:
Late Afternoon (Option A)
Chairman William Morris, * Deputy Global Tax Policy Leader with PricewaterhouseCoopers, USA & Chairman, BIAC
17.30 – 19.30 International Taxation of Digitised Business: Current Scenario Panel Discussion led by Sol Picciotto,* UK. Panelists: Robert Danon,*Switzerland - Nishith Desai,* India - Sriram Govind,*Vienna WU - Akhilesh Ranjan,* India -Mike Williams,* UK followed by Chairman's Remarks and comments from the floor
Plenary Session:
Late Afternoon (Option B)
Chairman Rodney Lawrence, * Global Leader, International Tax Services, KPMG, United States
17.30 – 19.30 Recent Tax Reforms in the United States (2017): their Current Status and their Impact on other major Global Tax Systems Panel Discussion led by Marc Levey,* USA: Panelists: Hitesh D. Gajaria,* India - Mindy Herzfeld,* USA - Pragya Saksena,* India - Robert Stack,* USA - Christopher Xing,* China - Lawrence Zlatkin,* USA followed by Chairman's Remarks and comments from the floor
19.30 – 22.00 Networking Dinner


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 Session Chairman's Introductory Remarks
09.15 – 9.45 Akhilesh Ranjan,*Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (International), India
Recent Developments in International Taxation in India under BEPS
9.45 – 10.15 Parthasarathi Shome,* Chairman, International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation, India and Visiting Fellow: London School of Economics.
International Taxation: The Economic and Legal Interface
10.15 – 10.45 Tea Break
Chairman Parthasarathi Shome,* Chairman, ITRAF, India
10.45 –12.30 BEPS and Indian Tax Policy, Practice and Compliance in Future
Panel Discussion led by Dinesh Kanabar* Panelists: Ketan Dalal*- Gautam Doshi* - Hitesh D. Gajaria* - Vipul Jhaveri - Milind Kothari*- Pranav Sayta* - Girish Vanvari* (all from India)
12.30 – 13.00@ Rajat Bansal,* Joint.Secretary (Foreign Tax and Tax Research) and Competent Authority, Govt. of India
BEPS in India - Experience so far and its Likely Future Impact on India
13.00 – 1400 Lunch Break
Chairman Professor Roy Rohatgi, *Conference Director
14.00 – 15.15 The OECD's Challenges and Contributions to International Taxation with Special reference to BEPS Project. "Klaus Vogel"(Keynote) Speaker: Pascal Saint-Amans,* Other Speakers from OECD (Paris) include Monica Bhatia*- Jeffrey Van Hove*- John Peterson* Brief presentations followed by Questions and Vote of Thanks by Rajesh Ramloll, Mauritius
Digitised Business: Latest OECD Proposals
Chairman Sol Picciotto,* Professor, International Centre for Tax & Development, UK
15.15– 16.30 International Taxation of Digitized Business: Recent OECD Proposals (December 2018). * Chief of International Tax Cooperation and Trade in the Financing for Development Office (FIDO) of the United Nations.
Discussion in the presence of Pascal Saint-Amans,* OECD, led by Sol Picciotto,* UK, and followed by Panel Discussion. Panelists: Rasmi Ranjan Das,* India - Jeffrey Van Hove,* OECD - John Peterson,* OECD - Sam Sim,* Singapore - Mike Williams,* UK
16.30 – 17.00 Tea Break
Treaties and Tax Certainty under MLI (Option A)
Chairman Robert Stack,, Managing Director, Deloitte Tax & International Tax Group, USA
17.00 – 18.15 Post BEPS Treaties and Tax Certainty under Multilateral Instrument: Can Tax Certainty be achieved with a Policy of Abuse Prevention in post BEPS World?
Presentation by Robert Danon,* Professor, Lausanne University, Switzerland & Chair, Permanent Scientific Committee, International Fiscal Association followed by Discussion in the presence of Pascal Saint-Amans,* OECD led byRajesh Ramloll,* Mauritius. Panelists: Mukesh Butani,* India - Belema Obuoforibo,* IBFD - Jeffrey Van Hove,*OECD - John Peterson,** OECD with final comments by the Chairman and Professor Robert Danon,* Lausanne
Mergers and Acquisitions (Option A)
Chairman Gautam Doshi,*Managing Director, Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group, India
18.15 – 19.30 Tax Trends in Mergers and Acquisitions.
Presentation by Girish Vanvari,* Founder, Transaction Square LLP, India followed by Panel Discussion led by Pranay Bhatia,* India. Panelists: Shefali Goradia* India - Vivek Gupta* India - Bobby Parikh* India - Himanshu Sinha* India - Jeffrey Van Hove,* OECD
Judicial Tax Perceptions of the Permanent Establishment (Option B)
Chairman Vijay Mathur,* Senior Tax Advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers, India
17.00 – 19.30 Presentation by Radhakishan Rawal,* Partner, Deloitte, Haskins and Sells LLP on Varying Tax Perceptions for determining Permanent Establishment and the Approach of the Judiciary towards them. Followed by Panel Discussion led by Jairaj Purandare,* India. Panelists: Kuntal Dave,* India Akshay Kenkre,* India - Mahesh Kumar,* Singapore - PVSS Prasad,* India - Simachal Mohanty,* India - Kamlesh Varshney,* India
19.30 – 22.00 Networking Dinner hosted by Foundation for International Taxation for International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) to celebrate their 80th anniversary since its establishment in 1938.


Tax Dispute Resolution (Morning)
Chairman Hon'ble Justice P P Bhatt, * President, Income Tax Tribunal, India
09.00 – 10.30 Resolution of Tax Disputes in the post BEPS World - What are the New Legal Measures and Approaches in Domestic and International Laws recommended under BEPS Action 14? A Critical Review. Panel Discussion led by Rajesh Ramloll,* Mauritius. Panelists: Rajat Bansal,* India - Pramod Kumar,* India - Sunil Moti Lala,* India - Jeffrey Owens,* UK - G S Pannu,* India - Himanshu Sinha,* India, followed by Chairman’s Remarks
10.30 – 11.00 Tea Break
Impact of New Technologies on International Taxation (Option A)
Chairman Clive Baxter, Maersk Group, Head of Tax Governance and Policy, Denmark
11.00 – 13.00 Likely Implications of the New Technologies on future Tax Policy and Administration
(Examples: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Analytics, Virtual Reality, Block Chain, etc.) Presentation by Professor Jeffrey Owens,* Vienna WU Austria.
Impact on (i) Tax Systems, (ii) Tax Administrations, and (iii) Tax Policies of the Future. Panel Discussion led by Craig West,* South Africa. Panelists: Monica Bhatia, OECD - Loretta Joseph,* Australia - Shikha Mehra,* India - Neil Pennington,* UK - Sam Sim,* Singapore Jon West,* USA in the presence of Professor Jeffrey Owens, UK
Artificial Avoidance of Permanent Establishment Status under Action 7 (Option B)
Chairman Shefali Goradia,* Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP, India
11.00 – 12.00 (i) Dependent Agent Permanent Establishment under BEPS: Is it a Permanent Establishment Under Action 7 ?
(ii): Does Permanent Establishment as a Tax Concept have a long-term future in model treaties?
Panel Discussion led by Rajesh Simhan,* India. Panelists: Bijal Ajinkya,* India - Daksha Baxi,*India - Amar Mehta,* Canada - Jeffrey Van Hove,* OECD
Transfer Pricing Developments (Option B)
Chairman Vijay Iyer, Partner, Ernst & Young LLP, India
12.00 – 13.00 Compare BEPS Actions 8 to 10 on Transfer Pricing with "Arm's Length Method" under Article 9 and with OECD's Revised Guidance on "Transactional Profit Split Method". Will it lead to "formulary apportionment" under the Mutual Agreement Procedure?
Panel Discussion led by T P Ostwal,* India. Panelists: Rahul Mitra,* India - Petruzzi Raffaele,* Austria - Sanjeev Sharma,* India - Hasnain Shroff,* India.
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break
United Nations Model (Option A)
Chairman Nishith Desai,* Founder, Nishith Desai Associates, India
14.00 – 16.30 Presentation by Michael Lennard*, Chief of International Tax Cooperation and Trade in the Financing for Development Office (FIDO) of the United Nations (Video Recording) on Recent Changes in the UN Model and its Future Role in a BEPS World. Presentation followed by Panel Discussion led by Uday Ved*, India. Panelists: Rajat Bansal,* India - T P Ostwal,* India - Radhakishan Rawal,* India Dhruv Sanghavi,* The Netherlands, followed by Chairman's Remarks
Taxpayers' Rights and Responsibilities (Option B)
Chairman Vipul Jhaveri,, Head of Tax, Deloitte, Haskins & Sells LLP, India 1400 -1630 Presentation by Craig West ,* IBFD & University of Cape Town, South Africa Presentation followed by Brief Review of Taxpayers' Rights and Responsibilities in the Era of Automatic Exchange of Information. Can BEPS lead to Tax Terrorism and should it be avoided? What is Tax Terrorism?Panel Discussion led by Arvind Datar,* India. Panelists: Monica Bhatia,* OECD - Gokul Chaudhri,* India - Rahul Navin,* India - Edson Uribe,* Mexico - Ian Young,* UK, followed by Chairman's Remarks.
16.30 – 17.00 Tea Break
Digital World: Some new Issues for Taxation (Option A)
Chairman Pranav Sayta,,* National Partner, Ernst & Young, India
17.00 – 17.30 Blockchain Technology: Its Use and Abuse
Rita Cunha,* UK - Shikha Mehra,* India - Neil Pennington,*UK
17.30 –18.00 How can Blockchain assist Tax Management and Administration of Digitized Currencies?
Loretta Joseph,* Leader Global Blockchain Directorate, and Chair Of Australian Digital Currency and Commerce Association, Australia
18.00 – 18.45 Permanent Establishment through Digital Presence: Will it work?
Presentation by Himanshu Parekh,* Partner, KPMG followed by panel discussion. Panelists: Wasoudeo Balloo,* Mauritius - N Meyyappan,* India - Vinay Singh,*India
Goods and Services Tax (Option B)
Chairman Sachin Menon,* Partner and Head of Indirect Taxes, KPMG, India
17.00 – 18.45 Goods and Services Tax in India - A Current Update
Panel Discussion led by Sachin Menon,* India. Panelists: Prashant Bhatnagar* -Bhavna Doshi* - Uday Pimprikar** - Amit Sarkar*- Rohan Shah
(all from India)
18.45 – 19.00 Concluding Remarks and Questions: Monica Bhatia* (OECD) -Belema Obuoforibo* (IBFD) - Roy Rohatgi* (FIT) .

Confirmed to date *

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