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Foundation for International Taxation
Conference 2017

Day One : December 7, 2017 (Thursday)

 
08.00 - 20.00 : Registration
08.45 - 09.15 : Opening Remarks: Conference Director (Roy Rohatgi) - view video
09.15 - 09.45 : Welcome: International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, Director of Knowledge Centre, (Belema Obuoforibo) - view video view presentation
09.45 - 10.00 : Break
Plenary Session :
Multilateral Instrument (MLI) under BEPS 
Chairman     : Porus Kaka, Senior Advocate, India -view video
10.00 - 10.30 : Murray Clayson, President - International Fiscal Association - Worldwide -view video view presentation
                        Special Address (Video Recording) -view video view presentation
10.00 - 10.30 : Maikel Evers, Counsellor - BEPS Coordinator, OECD, Paris -view video view presentation
                        An Overview: Some Early Legal and Operational Experiences with MLI under Inclusive Framework & Positions taken by Countries so far since June 7,
                        2017
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11.30 - 12.00 : Mukesh Butani, Managing Partner, BMR Legal, India India as a Signatory on Multilateral Instrument: Some Observations - view video view presentation
12.00 - 12.30 : Parthasarathi Shome, Director, International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation (ITRAF), India - view video view presentation
12.30 - 13.00 : Porus Kaka, Session Chairman - Concluding Remarks and Felicitation to Sohrab Dastur. Session Chairman (2001 - 2016) - view video view presentation
13.00 - 14.00 : Lunch
Plenary Session : Afternoon
Chairman     : Jan Maarten Slagter, Chief Executive Officer, International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation, The Netherlands - view video view presentation
14.00 - 14.30 : Jefferson Vandervolk, Head of Transfer Pricing and Tax Treaties, OECD Paris Use of Profit Split Methods for Transfer Pricing under BEPS Action 8-10 - view video view presentation
14.30 - 15.00 : Monica Bhatia, Head of Global Forum Secretariat, OECD, Paris (Stand in Speaker: Maikel Evers, OECD, Paris) International Financial Centres and
                        Exchange of Information (including Beneficial Ownership) on request or on automatic exchange
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15.00 - 15.30 : David Spencer, International Tax Lawyer and former Senior Advisor of Tax Justice Network, USA BEPS and Allocation of Taxing Rights: Current Global
                        Shift from Residence towards Source Taxation!
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15.30 - 16.00 : Jeffrey Owens, Professor & Director of Global Tax Policy Center, WU Austria (former Director, OECD Paris, and FIT Conference Keynote Speaker 2015)
                        Role of Tax Certainty in Promoting Sustainable and Inclusive Growth and preventing Unacceptable Tax Avoidance
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16.30 - 16.45 : Jan Maarten Slagter, Session Chairman - Concluding Remarks - view video view presentation
16.45 - 17.00 : Break
Plenary Session :
Late Afternoon (Option A)  
Chairman : Kees van Raad, ITC Leiden & Of Counsel, Loyens & Loeff - view video view presentation
17.00 - 19.00 : Topics include: What are the key challenges in the drafting and implementation of a single Multilateral Instrument for over 100 countries who have signed
                        so far to comply with BEPS Recommendations? What is the status of BEPS Reports in international law and domestic law? How can Courts in different
                        countries be bound by an agreement that may give them economic substance without domestic legal substance? What are the key issues arising from MLI
                        to date? Etc.
Panel Discussion led by Daniel Erasmus, South Africa & USA. Panelists: Rajat Bansal, India - Mukesh Butani, India - Vikram Chand, Switzerland -
                        Shefali Goradia, India -Mindy Herzfeld, USA - Paris - Rajesh Ramloll, Mauritius
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Plenary Session :
Late Afternoon (Option B)  
Chairman      : Vijay Mathur, Senior Tax Advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers, India
17.00 - 19.00 : What is the likely Impact of MLI under BEPS on Developing Countries today 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 principle?
Panel Discussion led by Jairaj Purandare, -
                        India. Panelists: K R Girish, India - Pramod Kumar, India Belema Obuoforibo, IBFD, The Netherlands - Sol Picciotto, UK - Pragya Saksena, India -
                        Parthasarathi Shome
, India - David Spencer, USA, - Jefferson Vander Wolk, OECD, Paris
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19.00 - 22.00 : Networking Dinner

Day Two : December 08, 2017 (Friday)

 
09.00 - 10.00 : KEYNOTE SPEAKER - view video view presentation
Chairman      : Professor Roy Rohatgi, Conference Director view video
                        "Klaus Vogel" Speaker: Pascal Saint-Amans, Director - OECD Paris followed by Questions view video
10.00 - 10.30 : Break
Plenary Session :
BEPS in India Impact on Indian Tax Policy and Objectives
Chairman     : Dinesh Kanabar, Founding Partner, Dhruva Advisors LLP, India
10.30 - 11.00 : Parthasarathi Shome Director, International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation (ITRAF), India - view video view presentation
                        Multilateral Instrument under BEPS and India - view video view presentation
11.00 - 11.30 : Akhilesh Ranjan Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (International), Government of India view video
                        Multilateral Instrument - Indian Experience: Challenges and Opportunities
                        (Video Recording)
11.30 - 13.00 : BEPS and Indian Tax Policy, Practice and Compliance Panel Discussion led by Milind Kothari in the presence of Pascal Saint-Amans, Director, Centre for Tax
                        Policy and Administration & Shabri Bhattasali, Member, CBDT (India). Panelists: Rajat Bansal - Rohit Jain - Vipul Jhaveri - Bobby Parikh - Rupak Saha -
                        Pranav Sayta - Uday Ved
(all from India)
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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 : Transfer Pricing under BEPS Actions 8-10, including Recent Developments in Formulary Approach with Profit Split Methods and other approaches
                         Panel Discussion in the presence of G S Pannu, Accountant Member, Income-tax Appellate Tribunal, India, Panel led by Anis Chakravarty, India Panelists: Panelists:
                         Ranjana Gupta, New Zealand - Vijay Iyer, India - Ashish Kumar, India - Rohan Phatarphekar, India - Jiger Saiya, India - Jefferson Vander Wolk, OECD,
                         Paris - Kamlesh Varshney, India
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16.00 - 16.30 : Discussion and Questions view video view presentation
Session:  
Tax and Treaty Compliance under BEPS (Option B)
14.00 - 16.00 : (i)The UN and OECD approach to BEPS issues and related Allocation of Taxing Rights and an Overview of the Recent Developments in the UN Model
                        on Taxation of Services and Transfer Pricing.
Panel Discussion led by Radhakishan Rawal, India. Panelists: Rajat Bansal, India - Daksha Baxi, India - Vladimir
                        Gidirim
, Russia - Michael Kobetsky, Australia - Amar Mehta, Canada - Ignatius Mvula (UN Tax Committee).
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16.00 - 16.30 : Discussion and Questions view video view presentation
16.30 - 17.00 : Break
Session
Late Afternoon (Option A)
Chairman : Belema Obuoforibo, Director of Knowledge Centre IBFD, The Netherlands view video
17.00 - 19.00 : Action 6: Principal Purpose Test vs Limitation of Benefits to counter Abuse of Tax Treaties: A Comparison. Panel Discussion led by Uday Ved, India.
                        Panelists: Premkumar Baldewsing, IBFD, The Netherlands -Vikram Chand, Switzerland -Maikel Evers, OECD, Paris - Mahesh Kumar, Singapore- Sanjeev
                        Sharma
, India
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Session
Late Afternoon (Option B)
Chairman      : David Spencer, International Tax Lawyer, United States
17.00 - 18.00 : Actions 5 & 6: Harmful Tax Competition and Abuse of Tax Treaties Discussion topics include tax provisions that prevent harmful tax competition and grant of
                        treaty benefits in inappropriate circumstances. Panel discussion led by Kuntal Dave, India. Panelists: H. Gangadharan, India - Mindy Herzfeld, USA - Akshay
                        Kenkre
, India - Dennis Schafer, Singapore.
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Chairman      : Carol Dunahoo, Partner, Baker & McKenzie, USA  
18.00 - 19.30 : Impact of BEPS on Taxpayers' Rights and Responsibilities Panel Discussion led by Rajesh Simhan, India. Panelists: Clive Baxter, Denmark - Robert Goulder,
                        USA - Nikhil Mehta, UK - Pascal Saint-Amans, OECD, Paris - Pragya Saksena, India
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19.30 - 22.00 : Networking Dinner

Day Three : December 09, 2017 (Saturday)

 
Session  
Tax Dispute Resolution (Morning)  
Chairman      : Mukesh Butani, Managing Partner, BMR Legal, India
09.00 - 10.15 : Resolution of Tax Disputes under Domestic and International Laws involving MAP and/or Multilateral Instrument under BEPS (Actions 14 & 15): Discussion led by Mukesh Butani in the
                         presence of R V Easwar, Former Judge, High Court of Delhi &, Ex-Officiating President, ITAT. Panelists: Rajat Bansal, India - Carol Dunahoo, USA - Maikel Evers, OECD, Paris - Pramod
                        Kumar
, India - Nikhil Mehta, UK - Jeffrey Owens, UK.
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10.15 - 10.30 : Concluding Remarks by R V Easwar former Judge, High Court of Delhi view video view video view presentation
10.30 - 11.00 : Break
Session 
Tax and Treaty Conflicts (Option A)  
Chairman      : Pranav Sayta, National Partner, Ernst & Young, India
11.00 - 12.00 : An update on Digital Economy under BEPS Action 1Panel Discussion led by Sol Picciotto, UK. Panelists: - Joao Nogueira, IBFD, The Netherlands - Rashmin Sanghvi,Rohinton
                        Sidhwa,Vinay Singh
(all from India)
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11.00 - 12.00 : Overview of Blockchains and Crypto Currencies: Its History and how it works view video view presentation 1
                         Panel Discussion led by Jeffrey Owens, UK Panelists: Clive Baxter, Denmark -Ashvin Dwarka, Mauritius -Shikha Mehra, India - Meyyappan N, India. view video view presentation 1
Session  
Global Impact of BEPS and Its Future (Option B)  
Chairman      : Rajesh Ramloll, Senior Advocate, Mauritius
11.00 - 13.00 : An Overview of Extraterritorial Operation and Extraterritorial Legislation of Tax Laws (including Retrospective Legislation): How have Enterprises and Countries addressed them in
                        (a) North America (b) Europe (c) Asia excluding India (d) India (e) Africa (f) Rest of the World? Are they Desirable? Necessary?
Effective? Panel Discussion led by Arvind Datar, India.
                        Panelists : Gokul Chaudhri, India -Daniel Erasmus, USA & Africa - Padamchand Khincha, India -Mahesh Kumar, Singapore -Amar Mehta, Canada-Nikhil Mehta, UK -Victor van Kommer,
                        IBFD, The Netherlands -Lawrence Zlatkin, USA.
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13.00 - 14.00 : Lunch
Session
General Anti-Avoidance Rules: in India (Option A)
Chairman : Parthasarathi Shome, Director, International Tax Research & Analysis Foundation (ITRAF), Indiaview video view presentation
14.00 - 16.00 : New General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR) introduced in India as from April 2017: Some Observations on the Law and its Compliance Session led by PVSS Prasad, India. Panelists:
                        Pranay Bhatia, India - Vikram Chand, Switzerland -Gokul Chaudhri, India -Rita Cunha, UK -Hariom Jindal, India - Vijay Mathur, India - Simachal Mohanty, India- Amit Singhania, India
                       
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16.00 - 16.30 : Presentation by Philippe Thevoz, Executive Vice President, SICPA, Switzerland
                       
Impact of the next Wave of Blockchain Technologies on Tax Policy and Administration of the Future
Session  
Artificial Avoidance of Permanent Establishment Status under Action 7 (Option A)  
Chairman      : Shefali Goradia, Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmastu India LLP, India
14.00 - 15.15 : Dependent Agent Permanent Establishment: Is it a Permanent Establishment? (Action 7) followed by general discussion on Does Permanent Establishment as a Tax Concept have a future
                        in the tax world today?
Panel discussion led by Bijal Ajinkya, India. Panelists: Michael Kobetsky, Australia -Sunil M Lala, India - Rahul Navin, India - Rajesh Simhan, India - Kees van Raad,
                        The Netherlands.
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Session         : Late Afternoon (Option A)
Chairman      : Sachin Menon, Partner and Head of Indirect Taxes, KPMG, India
17.00 - 18.45 : Goods and Services Tax in India - What lies ahead
                        Panel Discussion led by Sachin Menon, India. Panelists: Prashant Bhatnagar - Prashant Deshpande - Bela Sheth Mao - Manish Mishra - Uday Pimprikar - Rohan Shah (all from India)
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Session            Late Afternoon (Option B)
Chairman         Clive Baxter, Head of Tax Governance and Policy, A P Moller - Maersk A/S, Denmark
                         Topic: How New Digital Technologies are likely to impact the International Tax Rules of the future and their Compliance?
17.00 - 17.40 : Presentation by Prof. Jeffrey Owens, WU Austria & Robert Goulder, Senior Tax Policy Counsel, Tax Analysts, USA - view video
17.40 - 18.45 : Discussion led by Jeffrey Owens, UK - Robert Goulder, USA -Shikha Mehra, India - Meyyappan N, India - Philippe Thevoz, Switzerland - view video
18.45 - 19.00 : Concluding Remarks: Jan Maarten Slagter (IBFD) - Roy Rohatgi (FIT) - view video
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