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Our "Report" Contributors of the Conference 2009:

[ BMR | Deloitte | Ernst & Young | KPMG | Nishith Desai Associates (NDA) | PwC ]

THE BIG "6 FIRMS" IN INDIA

BMR
BMR is a professional services organisation offering a range of Tax (corporate tax, international tax, and transfer pricing, indirect tax and tax controversy) Regulatory Advisory, Risk Advisory, M&A Advisory services for local and global businesses of all sizes.

We enhance value for clients by focusing on innovative yet practical and implementable solutions by blending domain expertise with analytical rigour, while maintaining an uncompromising focus on quality - and by hiring and nurturing high quality professionals with a passion for excellence. We are committed to making a difference to our clients and to our people, and we deliver this difference through the integrity of our efforts and by living our core values.

BMR was founded on October 1, 2004, and within a short span of time, has won the confidence of numerous Fortune 500 clients and is the partner of choice for their advisory services. The respect and reverence that the Firm commands is evident from the fact that it is consistently rated amongst the top tax brands in the world.

Our team of over 400 professionals have extensive functional and industry expertise across service areas and is well-equipped to deliver world-class services to the clients.

BMR has offices in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Singapore and London.

Accolades:

  • Ranked as Tier 1 Firm in International Tax Review’s World Tax 2010 guide to the world’s leading tax firms
  • Adjudged the Best Firm in India for Transfer Pricing, International Tax Review, Asia Awards 2009
  • Won the India Case of the Year Award for exceptional work done in handling a client case - International Tax Review, Asia Awards 2009
  • Ranked as Tier 1 Firm in both categories of Tax Planning and Transaction Services in India International Tax Review’s online poll of 2008 and 2009
  • Ranked among top 25 in India, Thomson Reuters, India League Table 2009, 2008 (for M&A)
  • Adjudged the Best Firm in India for Transfer Pricing International Tax Review, Asia Awards 2007
  • Rated Great Place to Work, by GPTW Institute, 2008, 2010

Deloitte
Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see www.deloitte.com/in/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms.

Deloitte provides audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. With a globally connected network of member firms in more than150 countries, Deloitte brings world-class capabilities and deep local expertise to help clients succeed wherever they operate. Deloitte’s 170,000 professionals are committed to becoming the standard of excellence.

Deloitte’s professionals are unified by a collaborative culture that fosters integrity, outstanding value to markets and clients, commitment to each other, and strength from cultural diversity. They enjoy an environment of continuous learning, challenging experiences, and enriching career opportunities. Deloitte’s professionals are dedicated to strengthening corporate responsibility, building public trust, and making a positive impact in their communities.

Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 141,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential. In India, E&Y has offices in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, NOIDA and Pune. Its workforce of over 7,500* people work towards the firm’s vision of being a trusted business advisor that contributes to the success of its clients by creating confidence and value. We help our clients achieve their potential through our unique approach, which incorporates various service dynamics, including:

  • An industry aligned delivery model that harnesses our comprehensive service range. Practices focused on specific industries draw on knowledge, skills and our experiences of that industry in India and around the world. This helps us customize our approach to the unique needs of each client.
  • Our solutions are broadly classified as four service lines: Assurance, Tax, Transactions and Advisory. Each service line is further streamlined into niche competencies and specialized groups, which enable us to strengthen our outreach and offer a compelling portfolio of comprehensive and well-defined services.
  • Each team is built as a multi-dimensional group of professionals from diverse backgrounds, with a range of perspectives. They understand and address our clients’ concerns from a variety of standpoints while using highly evolved tools and approaches to offer inputs in a structured and compelling manner.
  • Values and ethics unite us, ensuring we work cohesively towards the shared goal of making a difference. A special energy that we bring to each assignment defines the way we work and is our unique characteristic.

Today we are recognized as leaders in the professional services industry and accolades we receive encourage us to continue striving for excellence.

  • The Most Reputed Tax Firm in India for the second consecutive year - TNS Global Tax Survey Monitor, 2010
  • India’s tier-one tax firm for the eighth consecutive year – Euromoney ITR, World Tax Guide 2010
  • Ranked #1 Financial Advisor in India for eight consecutive years for most number of deals - Bloomberg
  • Asia-Pacific M&A Investment Bank of the Year and Asia-Pacific M&A Deal of the Year - 2009 Asia M&A Atlas Award
  • Most Active Transaction Advisor Award, PE and M&A for 2009 - Venture Intelligence
  • Financial Advisor of the Year M&A Award – India, 2008 and 2009 – Financial Times & Mergermarket
  • Overall winner – consultancy rankings, in survey of risk and compliance professionals - OpRisk and Compliance magazine
  • Risk & business advisory relationship with 160 of the BSE300 companies
  • Excellence in Training’ award - Employer Branding Awards 2008 and 20

KPMG
KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 146 countries and have 140,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.

Our Audit practice endeavours to provide robust and risk based audit services that address our clients' strategic priorities and business processes.

KPMG's Tax services are designed to reflect the unique needs and objectives of each client, whether we are dealing with the tax aspects of a cross-border acquisition or developing and helping to implement a global transfer pricing strategy. In practical terms, that means KPMG firms work with their clients to assist them in achieving effective tax compliance and managing tax risks, while helping to control costs.

KPMG Advisory professionals provide advice and assistance to enable companies, intermediaries and public sector bodies to mitigate risk, improve performance, and create value. KPMG firms provide a wide range of Risk Advisory and Financial Advisory Services that can help clients respond to immediate needs as well as put in place the strategies for the longer term.

KPMG in India, a professional services firm, is the Indian member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International.”) was established in September 1993. As members of a cohesive business unit they respond to a client service environment by leveraging the resources of a global network of firms, providing detailed knowledge of local laws, regulations, markets and competition. We provide services to over 5,000 international and national clients, in India. KPMG has offices in India in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Kochi and Chandigarh. The firms in India have access to more than 5,000 Indian and expatriate professionals, many of whom are internationally trained. We strive to provide rapid, performance-based, industry-focused and technology enabled services, which reflect a shared knowledge of global and local industries and our experience of the Indian business environment.

KPMG in India has been awarded "Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year" and “Asia Private Equity Tax Firm of the Year, 2010” by International Tax Review. KPMG in India has also been awarded “Indian Financial Advisor of the Year, 2010” by AVCJ Private Equity and Venture Forum.

Nishith Desai Associates (NDA)
NDA is a research based international law firm with offices in Mumbai, Bangalore, Silicon Valley, Singapore and Basel. We specialize in strategic legal, regulatory and tax advice coupled with industry expertise in an integrated manner. We focus on niche areas in which we provide significant value and are invariably involved in select highly complex, innovative transactions. Our key clients include marquee repeat Fortune 500 clientele.

Core practice areas include International Tax, International Tax Litigation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Fund Formation, Fund Investments, Capital Markets, Employment and HR, Intellectual Property, Corporate & Securities Law, Competition Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, JVs & Restructuring, General Commercial Law and Succession and Estate Planning. Our specialized industry niches include financial services, IT and telecom, education, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, media and entertainment, real estate and infrastructure.

Our Tax, Investment Funds and Technology-Media-Telecom (TMT) practices have been consistently ranked in tier 1 by Legal 500, while Chambers & Partners have ranked us # 1 for Tax, TMT and Real Estate - FDI. We have received honorable mentions in Asian - Counsel Magazine for Alternative Investment Funds, International Arbitration, Real Estate and Taxation for the year 2010. We have been adjudged the winner of the Indian Law Firm of the Year 2010 for TMT by IFLR. We have won the prestigious “Asian-Counsel’s Socially Responsible Deals of the Year 2009” by Pacific Business Press, in addition to being Asian-Counsel Firm of the Year 2009 for the practice areas of Private Equity and Taxation in India. Indian Business Law Journal listed our Tax, PE & VC and Technology- Media-Telecom (TMT) practices in the India Law Firm Awards 2009 as also Legal 500 (Asia-Pacific) that has ranked us #1 in these practices for 2009-2010.

We have been ranked the highest for ‘Quality’ in the Financial Times – RSG Consulting ranking of Indian law firms in 2009. The Tax Directors Handbook, 2009 lauded us for our constant and innovative out-of-the-box ideas. Other past recognitions include being named the Indian Law Firm of the Year 2000 and Asian Law Firm of the Year (Pro Bono) 2001 by the International Financial Law Review, a Euromoney publication. In an Asia survey by International Tax Review (September 2003), we were voted as a top-ranking law firm and recognized for our cross-border structuring work.

Our research oriented approach has also led to the team members being recognized and felicitated for thought leadership. Consecutively for the fifth year in 2010, NDA has won the global competition for dissertations at the International Bar Association. Nishith Desai, Founder of Nishith Desai Associates, has been voted ‘External Counsel of the Year 2009’ by Asian Counsel and Pacific Business Press and the ‘Most in Demand Practitioners’ by Chambers Asia 2009. He has also been ranked No. 28 in a global Top 50 "Gold List" by Tax Business, a UK-based journal for the international tax community. He is listed in the Lax Witness ‘Hall of fame: Top 50’ individuals who have helped shape the legal landscape of modern India. He is also the recipient of Prof. Yunus ‘Social Business Pioneer of India’ – 2010 award.

PwC
PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Limited (‘PwC’) is the largest and oldest professional services firm with over 5700 people and roots going back over 130 years in India.
We have possibly the country’s largest and prominent tax & regulatory services practice, led by over

In order to cater to a wider audience, concurrent sessions were held on Day Two on (a) International Tax Structuring for Investing Abroad, and (b) Transfer Pricing Issues.

  • Direct Tax
  • Indirect Tax
  • International Assignment
  • Litigation Services
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Regulatory Services
  • Transfer Pricing

The indirect tax and regulatory practice are amongst the first to be set-up in India over a decade ago, well ahead of similar forays by other professional services firms. In addition to these service groups, we also have well developed industry verticals, including of financial services.

We have experience of working with an expansive and diverse client-base comprising all types of businesses – multinationals, local companies, privately-owned organisations, entrepreneurs, family businesses, trusts, partnerships and private individuals. We help our clients in formulating effective strategies for optimising taxes, implementing innovative tax planning and effectively managing compliance.

Our Partners figure among the world’s most prominent tax advisors and the practice has won several internationally recognized awards. International Tax Review (‘ITR’) adjudged PwC as “India Tax Firm of the year” in 2009 and 2010. PwC India has also bagged the Euromoney Real Estate Award 2010 for the "Best RE Adviser and Consultant for Tax Services". In addition, in the past, for four consecutive years 2005 to 2008, ITR adjudged PwC as “India Tax Firm of the Year” (in 2007) and “Leading Tax Firm in India” (2005 and 2006) and “India Tax Controversy Firm of the year (in 2008). ITR also rated PwC as number one Transfer Pricing firm in India during 2005 and 2006. PwC was felicitated as a “Business Superbrand in 2008” by Superbrands India and also won the “Best Tax Planning Team of the Year 2008” by European CEO Magazine.

Maintaining a strong local presence across nine Indian cities, the practice is seamlessly integrated with the global network and leverage on the expertise of over 30,000 tax professionals across the globe.

April 2011

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