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Tax Directors Meeting 2019

09. - 10. October 2019
Hotel MYRIAD by SANA, Lisbon, Portugal

Thank you for participating!

All presentations will be made available soon. Stay tuned!


BEPS 2.0 - Paradigm shift in global taxation

The business world and the fiscal landscape are changing at an unseen pace. Governments across the globe are announcing fiscal measures and new concepts faster than ever. International institutions such as the OECD, United Nations, as well as the EU Commission and the G20 are imposing guidelines and hard laws on their respective member states in order to do away with harmful tax competition and overly aggressive tax planning.

It is in this volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world that senior tax leaders need to re-align their tax strategy and tax governance to the overall business strategy of their company. During our two-day conference, we will debate those latest developments assessing the impact on existing operational business models (for new and old industries), to finally give an insight on the tax governance of the future.


Wednesday Oct 9 (Day 1)

10.00 -10.15: Welcome & Introduction 

Wim Wuyts, CEO, WTS Global
Speaker profile

10.15 - 11.00: Keynote speech 

Impact of current trade war on Europe and rest of the world

Paulo Portas, Former Vice-Prime Minister and Former Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Portugal

Speaker profile

11.30 - 13.00: Panel 1

In search of purpose and substance - Current struggles of tax practitioners

  • Impact of anti-abuse rules on group structures 
  • Intermediary holdings
  • Substance requirements
  • Beneficial ownership
  • CFC rules

Moderator: Roelof Gerritsen, Founding Partner, Atlas (WTS Global, The Netherlands)
Fernando Araújo, Executive Board Member, Navigator Company
Sjoerd Douma, Professor of International & EU Procedural Tax Law at the University of Amsterdam
Thomas Eisgruber, International Taxation, Federal Ministry of Finance (Germany)
Michel Gillet, Head of Tax, Vinci (Portugal)
Tiago Marreiros Moreira, Head of International Operations, Head of Tax Practice, VdA (Portugal)

Speaker profiles

12.45 - 14.30: Lunch

14.00 - 15.30: Panel 2

BEPS 2.0 and VAT challenges of data-driven business models

  • Significant economic presence as new taxable nexus
  • Arm’s length principle vs. formulary apportionment
  • The value of data and user participation
  • Use and Enjoyment as 'virtual fixed establishment'?
  • The value of data and user participation (data as currency)
  • BEPS 2.0 – EU VAT Consequences

Keynote: Manuel de los Santos Poveda, Advisor, OECD
Moderators: Axel Nientimp, Partner, WTS (WTS Global - Germany) | Johan Visser, Director, Atlas (WTS Global -
The Netherlands) | Sam Sim, Head TP Asia Pacific, WTS Global (WTS Global -Singapore)
Gorka Echevarría, Global VAT Leader, Lexmark
Christian Kaeser, Global Head of Tax, Siemens
Raquel Saraiva, Global Head of Direct Tax, Maersk

Speaker profiles

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 - 17.30: Panel 3

How companies deal with DAC6 compliance in day-to-day business 

  • Update on developments of DAC6 in the EU
  • ‘War story’ - Experiences from Poland
  • How to implement a DAC6 compliance process throughout MNCs

Moderation & Introduction: Gabriele Rautenstrauch, Partner, WTS (WTS Global, Germany) | 
Florent Gardes, Group Tax Director, Veolia
Michael Hölzl, Global Head of Tax, OSRAM 
Nadia Konkel, Global Head of Tax, Körber AG
Magdalena Saja, Managing Partner, WTS & Saja (WTS Global, Poland)
Hugo Albuquerque, Head of Tax of Banco Santander (Totta)

Speaker profiles

17.30: Closing Remarks

18.30 - 23.00: Evening Event

18.30: Departure to the evening event from Hotel MYRIAD 
19.00 - 20.00: Reception at the office building of Vieira de Almeida (VdA)
20.20 - 23.00: Guided tour and reception dinner at the Tejo Power Station

Attendees are invited to a reception at the impressive office building of our host Vieira de Almeida (VdA) followed by a guided tour and dinner at the Tejo Power Station. Transportation to all venues and back to Hotel MYRIAD will be provided.


Office Building Vieira de Almeida(VdA)   Tejo Power Station


Thursday Oct 10 (Day 2)

Day two of the program will give you the opportunity to spend the morning meeting privately with our senior tax partners from over 60 countries discussing your company specific tax challenges. The afternoon will include an invitation for parallel roundtable discussions on Africa, Asia and Latin America, getting the latest tax insights on those emerging regions.

09.00 - 15.00: 1:1 Meetings with WTS Global tax advisors from countries of your choice 

15.00 - 15.30: Panel Discussion

Connecting the tax world on all continents

Moderator: Tiago Marreiros Moreira, Head of International Operations, Head of Tax Practice, VdA (Portugal)
Panelists: Eugene Lim, Regional Coordinator WTS Asia
Emmanuel Laalia, Senior Consultant – Anglophone Africa
Ricardo M. Debatin da Silveira, Regional Coordinator WTS Latin America

Coordinator profiles


15.30 - 17.00: Regional Roundtables

Mega Projects' Tax Challenges and Tax Trends and how companies in the region deal with them

  • Taxation of Digitalized Businesses
  • Transfer Pricing Issues: Establishment of Legislative and Administrative Framework
  • Continued Spread of VAT Across Africa
  • Excise tax as an alternative to VAT

Moderators: Tiago Marreiros Moreira, VdA (Portugal), Guilherme Daniel , GDA, (Mozambique)
Panelists: Matthieu Le Roux, VdA (Francophone Africa) I Samuel Fernandes de Almeida, VdA (Lusophone Africa) I Emmanuel Laalia, Viva Africa/WTS Kenya (Anglophone Africa) I Jair Omar, Senior Tax Consultant, Anadarko (Mozambique) I Luís Sousa, Head of Tax, Mota Engil I Sebastine Odimma, Head of Tax Controversy, Maersk Africa

Speakers profiles

Asia’s Response to BEPS and Growing Trade Tensions

  • Macro-trends
  • Perspectives on trade tensions (US-China; Japan-Korea)
  • Update on BEPS implementation (Digital economy, Transfer pricing, MLI adoption)
  • Impact on European multinationals in Asia Pacific

Moderators: Eugene Lim, WTS Taxise (Singapore) | Benedicta D. Baladad, BDB Law (Philippines) | Masoumeh Kangarani, Atlas (The Netherlands) | Sam Sim, WTS Taxise (Singapore) with further panelists from 10 key jurisdictions in Asia Pacific

Speakers profile

Latin America
Latin America’s Hot Tax Topics and Tax Trends and how companies in the region deal with them

  • Tax Reform
  • BEPS Action 3 – Controlled Foreign Company
  • BEPS Action 4 – Limitation on Interest Deductions
  • BEPS Action 5 – Harmful Tax Practices

Moderator: Ricardo M. Debatin da Silveira, Machado Associados (Brazil)
Panelists: Cristian Rosso, Alba - Rosso Alba, Francia & Asociados Abogado (Argentina) | Stephanie Makin, Machado Associados (Brazil) | Jorge Espinosa, Espinosa, Granese, Bianchi Abogados (Chile) | Mauricio Bravo, Turanzas, Bravo Y Ambrosi ( Mexico)

Speaker profiles


19.00 - 23.00: Cocktail dinner at Hotel MYRIAD

The conference will be closed with a cocktail and dinner reception at the Hotel Myriad where WTS Global representatives from 60 countries shall be in attendance. 

Hotel MYRIAD Terrace


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