Impact of COVID on International Tax Planning

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26 November 2020, Thursday

06.00 - 07.30PM
Zoom Conference

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Programme Synopsis

COVID-19 has significantly impacted the global economy and has set a 'new normal' for businesses, markets and the workplace. 

Programme Outline

The panel will discuss some of the key tax issues arising from these developments, which include:
  • Unforeseen residence and permanent establishments risks
  • Tax challenges impacting cross-border workers
  • Budget constraints of MNCs and impact on approach to tax planning
  • Fiscal deficits and aggressive tax policies going forward
  • BEPS 2.0 and digital acceleration post COVID-19

About the Presenter(s)/ Trainer(s)

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Mr Kwan Chang Yew
Head of Group Tax
DBS Bank
Accredited Tax Advisor (Income Tax)

Kwan Chang Yew is currently the Head of Group Tax at DBS. Prior to this, Chang Yew has held various tax roles in the banking sector. His wide repertoire of tax experience started with a decade’s service in tax administration and policy work at both the tax authority and the central bank in Singapore, in addition to the tax advisory services he provided in an international accounting firm. Chang Yew is a member of the Singapore Chartered Tax Professionals, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.

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Mr Nico Derksen
International Tax Management Pte Ltd
Accredited Tax Advisor (Income Tax)

Nico is a Singapore PR and Dutch national, living and working in Singapore since the beginning of 2010. 

Nico has started his own firm, ITM, early 2012. Being independent, he offers a more personalized and tailored service than before. His current clients are ranging from large multinationals, start up entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals, private equity funds, hedge funds, to governmental institutions, based in over 35 countries, doing business all across the globe. 

Nico is a regular speaker at seminars, publishes regularly articles on tax topics, and has been teaching in many locations, including at the Singapore Tax Academy. Besides his masters in Dutch tax law, Nico has been accredited in Singapore as a tax advisor by the SCTP. He is also Deputy Chair of the Singapore chapter of the International Fiscal Association, and member of the IFA global Permanent Scientific Committee. He is further associated with the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) where he teaches Cross Border Tax Planning at the Master course.

Next to his tax related activities, Nico is since 2012 a member of the board responsible for taxation at the AT Capital Group, a Singapore head quartered private investment firm with USD 2.5 Billion investments in predominantly the energy and real estate space across multiple jurisdictions.

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Mr Mahesh Kumar
Partner, Private Client and Tax
Withers KhattarWong LLP
Accredited Tax Advisor (Income Tax)

Mahesh is a partner in the private client and tax team. He specializes in providing integrated legal, tax and strategic advice to successful entrepreneurs, MNCs, funds and family offices on complex cross-border structures and investments. He has advised major MNCs in structuring M&As and transactions valued in several billion dollars. He also advises PE / VC, hedge funds and GPs on structuring funds and carried interest. He advises high growth ventures (from startups and SMEs to MNCs) on globalization strategies and optimal structuring of global operations and investments. Mahesh advises leading families in the region on multi-generational succession and wealth planning strategies as well as structures for family offices, trusts and PTCs, private funds, governance and cross-border philanthropy.

Mahesh was ranked by Singapore Business Review in an exclusive list of the most influential lawyers in Singapore.

He regularly speaks at major conferences worldwide and is widely published. He has been quoted in leading journals and newspapers such as Wall Street Journal, Straits Times, The Edge, Economic Times, Business Standard, Private Equity International, Tax Notes International and has also appeared on popular new channels including CNBC, NDTV Profit, ET Now and others. Mahesh is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the International Fiscal Association, Singapore. Mahesh is a charter member of The Indus Entrepreneurs, the world’s largest network of entrepreneurs and is actively involved in mentoring start-ups globally. He has also led interesting thought leadership and policy reform initiatives and set up the Maya Foundation which experiments with models of social business and sustainable philanthropy.


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