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World tax triumvirate at tax forum

Saint-Amans, Moutarlier and Stack among speakers at Global Tax Policy Conference

The Global Tax Policy Conference has a stellar line up of speakers, including what might be described as the world tax triumvirate: OECD's Pascal Saint-Amans, the European Commission's Valère Moutarlier and Bob Stack of the US treasury, who will kick off the conference with an update on the major tax changes around the world.

Pascal Saint-Amans is director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration at the OECD. He has played a key role in driving the OECD tax transparency agenda in the context of the G20.

Before joining the OECD, Saint-Amans was at the French ministry for finance for nearly a decade.

Valère Moutarlier has been director in charge of direct taxation, tax co-ordination, economic analysis and evaluation in the DG for Taxation and Customs Union of the European Commission since 2014. Before that he spent five years in the private office of the Commissioner in Tax Policy, as adviser to tax commissioner Algirdas Šemeta.


Bob Stack is the deputy assistant secretary for international tax affairs in the office of tax policy at the US department of the treasury.

He is responsible for the conduct of legal and economic aspects of tax policy in bilateral and multilateral relations with other countries, as well as advising the legal and economic staffs within the office of tax policy, other offices of the treasury department and other government agencies on policy analysis for domestic legislation and administrative guidance in all matters involving cross-border taxation.

US thinking on corporate tax is critical and some leading US tax figures will give their views. Dave Camp is senior policy adviser within PwC's Washington National Tax Services (WNTS) practice and brings professional and political experience.

He provides his perspective to PwC clients on federal policy issues, including tax reform, the economy and the impact of proposed policy changes on businesses. He served in the US House of Representatives from 1991 to 2015, and from 2010 to 2014 he was chairman of the powerful House ways and means committee, which is responsible for US tax policy.

Camp was also on the joint committee on taxation (JCT) for six years, chairman in 2011 and 2013 and vice chairman in 2012 and 2014.

Ronald Dickel brings an industry perspective as vice president of finance and director of global tax and trade at Intel Corporation, where he is responsible for tax, export licensing and customs planning and compliance. Before Intel he was vice president of tax at Alcoa in Pittsburgh and executive director of international tax for Sara Lee Corporation. He was an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he taught taxation of foreign income in the master's of law.

Dickel chairs the R&D Tax Credit Coalition and is a director of the Tax Council.

Nick Giordano also adds public service and private sector perspectives to US tax policy topic. He is tax policy leader for EY in the US and co-ordinates the practices and resources in US tax policy work, including Washington Council EY, the Quantitative Economics and Statistics group and the EY Center for Tax Policy.

Before EY, he was chief tax counsel of the US Senate Committee on Finance and has also chaired the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants tax legislation and policy committee and the American Bar Association’s formation of tax policy committee.

John Connors brings Vodafone's perspective to the session on what transparency and country-by-country reporting mean to countries and companies. Connors is group tax director with Vodafone and is responsible for all aspects of Vodafone's global tax affairs, including its overarching tax strategy, structuring, planning and reporting and managing tax risk and issues across the group. He also instigated the groundbreaking publication of Vodafone's total tax and economic contribution, which is disclosed on a country-by- country basis.

Connors has worked in the public sector, as a tax inspector with the UK Revenue and Customs, tax policy adviser at the British treasury and three years at DG Taxud at the European Commission.

Jan Van Trigt of Deloitte brings expertise in data analytics to the session. He is a senior partner in the tax practice of Deloitte Netherlands and has been data analytics leader of Deloitte Netherlands since 2012. His range of experience from 25 years in tax started with the Dutch Revenue Service. Van Trigt works with multinational clients, assisting with strategy, risk management, efficiencies in tax accounting and compliance, technology and data analytics.

BEPs changes will have a huge impact on the transfer pricing policies of multinationals and Catherine Harlow of RELX and Sean Foley of KPMG global transfer pricing services in the US will bring insights on the new approaches for this leading issue.

Catherine Harlow has nearly 20 years' experience advising on transfer pricing both in practice and industry. She has been head of transfer pricing at the RELX Group for eight years, managing a multinational team and advises business divisions worldwide on how to manage, plan and defend their transfer pricing.

She is experienced in leading negotiations with tax authorities on transfer pricing and is currently negotiating the world’s first quadrilateral advance pricing agreement. Harlow’s team won the 2015 International Tax Review in-house transfer pricing team of the year award. Before RELX, she trained as a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser with EY and then joined Deloitte’s transfer pricing team.

Sean Foley leads KPMG's Washington DC-based global transfer pricing services team. His primary focus includes advance pricing agreements and competent authority matters and transfer pricing risk management.

Before joining KPMG, he managed the IRS advance pricing agreement (APA) programme, an alternative dispute-resolution procedure for international transfer pricing issues under IRC section 482. He is a past chair of the American Bar Association Transfer Pricing Committee.

Simon Henry of Royal Dutch Shell will address what the changes mean for companies and countries. He has been Shell's chief financial officer since 2009 and was previously chief financial officer for exploration and production and head of group investor relations. He has been a non-executive director of Lloyds Banking Group since 2014.

Also contributing to that session will be Edward Troup, second permanent secretary and tax assurance commissioner at the British Revenue and Customs. Having become involved in tax policy through the Institute for Fiscal Studies and other academic and professional groups, he was asked to join the treasury as special adviser on tax to Kenneth Clarke in 1995.

He joined as director, business and indirect tax in 2004 and was director-general, tax and welfare from 2010 until he joined Revenue in 2012.

Barry McCall

Barry McCall is a contributor to The Irish Times