by Thomas Muskett-Ford  

Big names from Dell, KMPG, the Florida International Bankers Association, the Panamanian Task Force on Financial Transparency and SABMiller are all confirmed for the first Latin Lawyer Tax Summit, to be held in Miami on 9 November.


The event, to be hosted at the W Hotel, will bring together top Latin American and US lawyers, tax directors and government authorities. These include Alexia Gamero, Latin American tax director for beverage maker SABMiller and her counterpart at computer company Dell, Lionel Nobre. Devon Bodoh, KMPG principal for Latin American Markets, will also be speaking, as will the CEO of Florida International Bankers Association, David Schwartz. Gisela Porras, former managing partner of Arias & Muñoz (Panama), is set to make an appearance. She is one of five experts on a government-backed panel recommending improvements to Panama´s legal and financial sectors following the Panama Papers leak.


The full programme can be viewed here, while early-bird tickets can be purchased here. DLA Piper LLP´s Michael Silva and Celso Costa from Brazilian firm Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados will chair the event.


The conference will start with a session on aggressive tax planning and the rising popularity of general anti-avoidance rules (GAAR), which governments use to clamp down on evasive tax practices. How GAAR is likely to make its way into government legislation and the timetable for the OECD´s base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project will also be discussed.

BEPS´ impact on transfer pricing rules will be up for debate. Country-by-country reporting under the new rules will be put under a microscope, while its impact on company´s budgets will be teased out.

Other topics set to dominate are global tax transparency trends, limits on the exchange of information, EU black listing and the OECD´s common reporting standards. 

Unsurprisingly, the Panama Papers will feature prominently. The penultimate panel will assess client due diligence in the wake of the leak as well as the impact it could have on banks and fiduciaries.

M&A opportunities in the post-BEPS era will be the final panel’s focus. The project´s impact on international tax planning, treaty shopping and hybrid entities will be explored.

The conference will close with a cocktail reception hosted by KPMG.

(Latin Lawyer - 15.07.2016)

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