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“US the world’s biggest tax haven”, hear delegates

“US the world’s biggest tax haven”, hear delegates

10 November 2017

The head of Florida’s international bankers’ association (FIBA) categorised the US as a tax haven and one of the world’s “least transparent jurisdictions” at Latin Lawyer’s 2nd Annual Tax Summit, held in Miami yesterday.

Chairs

Celso Costa

Machado Meyer, São Paulo

Celso has extensive experience in M&A, reorganizations, cross-border transactions, transfer pricing and general advisory. Solid background in corporate law. Accounting skills acquired in a leading accounting firm. In depth knowledge of administrative litigation. Continuously involved in several of the largest M&As, reorganizations and IPO's. His practice includes advisory on financial and insurance services, infrastructure, information technology, manufacturing and mining advisory.

Michael Silva

DLA Piper, Miami

Michael Silva focuses his practice on international tax law, with emphases on US investment structures, cross-border tax issues, tax treaty planning, withholding obligations of US real property investments and US activities of foreign banks. He has significant experience providing counsel in connection with the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), a complex, unilateral US tax legislation that imposes third-party reporting obligations on global financial entities.

Keynote

Patricia Brown

Director, Graduate Program in Taxation, University of Miami School of Law, Miami

Patricia A. Brown is Director of the Graduate Program in Taxation and Taxation of Cross-Border Investment and is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of international taxation, with specialties in tax treaty policy and interpretation and the international taxation of financial products and institutions.

Speakers

Adrián Rodríguez

Lewin & Wills, Bogotá

Alberto Benshimol

D'Empaire Reyna, Caracas

Antonio Macias Valdes

DLA Piper, Miami

Armando Lara Yaffar

Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa, Mexico City

Claudine Choquette

Senior Vice President, UBS International, Miami

David Schwartz

President & CEO, Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA), Miami

Diego Salto van der Laat

Consortium Legal, San José

Greg Featherman

KPMG, Washington, DC

Gustavo Lian Haddad

Lefosse, São Paulo

João Magalhães Ramalho

PLMJ, Lisbon

Jorge Correa Cervera

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez, Mexico City

Jorge San Martin

SMPS Legal, Mexico City

Juan Carlos Garantón-Blanco

Torres, Plaz & Araujo, Caracas

Julian Vasquez

Regional Head of Legal and Compliance - USA, Compass Group, New York

Katherine Arones

Head of Global Tax Affaires, AJE, Madrid

Laura Owen O'Leary

Director of Tax, Canada and Latin America, UPS, Miami

Manuel Benites

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz, Buenos Aires

Rafael Sayagués  

Managing Partner, Tax & Legal, EY, San José

Raimundo Lopez-Lima Levi

Lopez Levi Lowenstein Glinsky, Miami

Richard Winston

Winston Legal Group, Miami

Rocío Liu Arévalo

Miranda & Amado, Lima

Tiago Espellet Dockhorn

Machado Meyer, São Paulo

CLE Accreditation

The event has been accredited with 5 CLE credits (Advanced Level) by The Florida Bar

Programme

9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs' morning welcome

Celso Costa, Machado Meyer, São Paulo
Michael Silva, DLA PiperMiami

9.40: Automatic exchange of information: Year one

The OECD's automatic exchange of information standards were enforced in many countries for the first time this year. In 2018, many more will follow as the tax world is opened to unprecedented scrutiny. What do governments need to do for the reforms to be effective? Moreover, what economic, legal and political challenges must tax advisors and financial institutions confront?

Moderator:
Michael Silva, DLA Piper, Miami

Panel:
Claudine Choquette, Senior Vice President, UBS International, Miami
David Schwartz, President & CEO, Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA), Miami
Rafael Sayagués, Managing Partner, Tax & Legal, EY, San José
Tiago Espellet Dockhorn, Machado Meyer, São Paulo

10.40: Coffee break

11.10: Global tax enforcement trends in the Americas

While taxes are one of life's certainties, their associated policies and legislation are constantly changing and evolving. Are governments in the region favouring some forms of taxation over others and what sort of behaviour do legislators hope recent reforms will promote? Is promoting uncertainty part of the government´s general strategy? Panellists will share their reactions to the latest tax trends in the region and discuss how businesses can best prepare for the future.

Moderator:
Greg Featherman, KPMG, Washington, DC

Panel:
Jorge San Martin, SMPS Legal, Mexico City
Juan Carlos Garantón-Blanco, Torres, Plaz & Araujo, Caracas
Richard Winston, Winston Legal Group, Miami
Rocío Liu Arévalo, Miranda & Amado, Lima

12.10: Networking lunch

13.40: Afternoon keynote

Patricia Brown, Director, Graduate Program in Taxation, University of Miami School of Law, Miami

14.10: BEPS: A strategic approach to implementation

It's been two years since the G20 group of nations approved the OECD's Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS) project. As 2017 comes to close, how are companies and their advisors dealing with the associated country by country reporting standards, general anti-avoidance rules and treaty abuse controls? Is it still possible to reduce tax bills through effective planning?

Moderator:
Celso Costa, Machado Meyer, São Paulo

Panel:
Alberto Benshimol, D'Empaire Reyna, Caracas
Armando Lara Yaffar, Chevez Ruiz Zamarripa, Mexico City
João Magalhães Ramalho, PLMJ, Lisbon
Patricia Brown, Director, Graduate Program in Taxation, University of Miami School of Law, Miami

15.10: Coffee break

15.40: Transfer pricing and substance over form: How will law firms respond to the BEPS challenge?

Complex economic formulas, local files, master files, country by country reporting standards along with a host of other requirements all seek to crack down on transfer mispricing, but represent a challenge for businesses and their lawyers. As regulators place a growing emphasis on financial clarity, economic substance and legal compliance; what can law firms do to expand their casework and avoid being undercut by non-legal service providers?

Moderator:
Raimundo Lopez-Lima Levi, Lopez Levi Lowenstein Glinsky, Miami

Panel:
Antonio Macias Valdes, DLA Piper, Miami
Diego Salto van der Laat, Consortium Legal, San José
Katherine Arones, Head of Global Tax Affaires, AJE, Madrid
Laura Owen O'Leary, Director of Taxes, Americas Region, UPS, Miami

16.40Structuring for withholding tax, VAT and IP rights in the digital economy of taxation

The world's economy has changed dramatically since the dawn of the internet age and more business than ever before is conducted online. However, legislation is often out of date, creating many uncertainties for lawyers and their clients. How should withholding tax, VAT and IP rights be structured in this complex regulatory environment?

Moderator:
Julian Vasquez, Regional Head of Legal and Compliance - USA, Compass Group, New York

Panel:
Adrián Rodríguez, Lewin & Wills, Bogotá
Gustavo Lian Haddad, Lefosse Advogados, São Paulo
Jorge Correa Cervera, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez, Mexico City
Manuel Benites, Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz, Buenos Aires

17.40: Chairs' closing remarks 

Celso Costa, Machado Meyer, São Paulo
Michael Silva, DLA PiperMiami

17.50 onwards: All delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception kindly hosted by KPMG

Venue

The Betsy South Beach, 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Florida 33139, USA

Testimonials

  • “Latin Lawyer conferences provide a great forum for the latest industry trends and regulations as well as networking with the leading industry players in the region. The quality of speakers and topics of discussion deliver a balanced academic and practical view of the law.”

    Marco Solano
    Aguilar Castillo Love

  • “Simply perfect! Outstanding speakers, very interesting content and deep discussions on the same event.”

    Marcel de Melo Santos, Director of Legal Services
    Magna International Inc.

  • “The conference was very well organised and the level of speakers made it really productive and interesting.”

    Fernanda Ruiz Tomasoni Laender, Senior Counsel
    Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Ticket Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Until
Super Early $750 29 September 2017
Early $850 27 October 2017
Standard $950 9 November 2017

 

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