SCTP: Landmark International Tax Court Decisions (Live Webinar)

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Recommended: Gain an overview on important decisions on various areas of contention
15 August 2024, Thursday

Closing date: 8 August 2024, Thursday or when spaces are filled

10.00AM - 12.00PM

Tech check from 9.45am


CPE Hours (Income Tax):

2.0 hour(s)

CPE Hours (GST):

0 hour(s)

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(w/GST): $41.42 (SCTP Member); $63.22 (ISCA/ Association Member); $98.10 (Non-Member)
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Programme Synopsis

This is an SILE-accredited webinar.
Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, this includes logging in at the start of the webinar and logging out at the conclusion of the webinar in the manner required by the organiser, and not being away from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to for more information.

Decisions of influential courts from around the world are shaping the interpretation and application of double taxation agreements (DTA). How are some key treaty concepts such as permanent establishments (PE), beneficial ownership, royalties and service fees interpretated internationally? What can be learned from these international cases for the practice in Singapore or around the region? Among the highlights: 

  • Is shared office space a PE? Can one office be a PE for two enterprises? 
  • In which cases is a subsidiary also deemed a PE? 
  • How much substance is enough to deem a holding the beneficial owner?
  • Is use of a data centre a royalty under DTAs? 
  • Are upfront fees paid to a lender interest under the DTA?
  • What is the difference internationally between services and royalties? 

Join Accredited Tax Advisor (Income Tax), Mr Edwin Vanderbruggen, an international tax expert formerly lecturing at universities in Europe and Asia, in a highly practical and to-the-point analysis of some interesting landmark court cases from around the world. 

Programme Outline

  • Delve into practical, clear analysis with real life tax planning in mind
  • Learn more about the intricate world of international tax law with a comprehensive overview of court decisions from around the globe
  • Understand international tax and double taxation agreements through a rundown of real-life law cases over the years
  • Gain insights on how these cases may be important to international organisations amidst heighted scrutiny across the world

SCTP reserves the right to vary any aspect of the event/ webinar should the situation warrant or due to unforeseen circumstances. This includes but not limited to the following: cancel the programme, change the venue, speakers, programme dates, fees and CPE hours. SCTP will take reasonable effort to notify participants of the changes.

About the Facilitator(s)

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Mr Edwin Vanderbruggen
Senior Partner
Accredited Tax Advisor (Income Tax)

Edwin Vanderbruggen is the senior partner of VDB Loi, a leading legal, tax and non-regulated services advisory firm with offices in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Indonesia. Edwin has advised Governments, international financial institutions, oil and gas supermajors, independent power producers, commercial banks, mobile network operators and other multinationals on some of the region's largest projects and deals.

Edwin has 21 years’ experience as a legal and tax adviser, author, government adviser and academic. He has regularly advised Governments, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank in Southeast Asia, drafted laws and regulations and has supplied expert testimony to courts. 

Edwin previously lectured international tax law in six universities across Europe and Asia. He has also published more than forty scientific articles in international legal journals and six textbooks on international law, taxation and investment law issues, some of which won scientific awards. 

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This is an SILE-accredited activity.


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