International VAT Conference 2014

26th and 27th June 2014

This year's International VAT Conference will, once again, provide participants with the unique opportu- nity to discuss the latest VAT issues with a team of international experts, as well as other attendees.
As was the case last year, our VAT panel will include representatives from the EU Commission, the tax administration, major international corporations, universities and jurisprudence experts.

The conference's goal is to ensure that all delegates leave the event having gained practical and relevant information and tips which they can immediately put into effect. Support documentation will be available to delegates with respect to all sessions. There will be ample opportunity for delegates to raise their own individual questions, to discuss VAT hot topics and to network.

Please join us for what will be a valuable, thought provoking and professionally enhancing event.

Who should join: VAT Managers, VAT consultants, officials dealing with VAT.

Conference language: English




Check in
Free shuttle service: Munich Airport to Seehotel Überfahrt, Tegernsee

Cocktail reception

Dinner at hotel









Brief update Future EU Developments
Donato Raponi

Moderator Karl-Heinz Haydl
Donato Raponi, Kerstin Alvesson, Chiu Ming Man, Prof. Rita de la Feria

Panel discussion

Lunch break

Moderator Dr. Stefan Maunz
· 2015-Services - Telecommunication - Broadcasting - E-Services
· Immovable Property
Dermot Donegan, Chris Needham, Prof. Dr. Joachim Englisch, Julien Brugère

Panel discussion


Traditional Bavarian dinner







Prof. Dr. Ben J.M. Terra

Moderator Prof. Dr. Joachim Englisch
Perspective of tax administration and companies:
· Know your customer/supplier?
· Know your taxpayer?
· Day-to-day risk management
Katarina Johannessen, Jeroen Tinholt, Theo Poolen, HMRC (representative tbc)

Panel discussion



Donato Raponi

European Commission – Head of Unit, VAT and other turnover taxes

joined the European Commission in 1980 and is currently head of the VAT unit. Donato has worked in the Budget, Internal Market and Taxation Directorates and has held various posts in the area of taxation policy. He holds a Masters degree in European tax law and a Bachelor degree in economics. He is professor of European tax law at ESSF and is co-author of the book “Arriva l’euro” (Carmenta Editor) as well as numerous articles on tax related matters.

Dermot Donegan

Irish Revenue Commissioners – VAT Policy and Legislation

is head of VAT Policy and Legislation in the Revenue Commissioners in Ireland. He is an Irish delegate at Council Working Party meetings and other Commission fora and chaired discussi- ons on the new 2015 Place of Supply rules for TBE services which were agreed during the Irish Presidency. He has worked in many roles within the Irish Tax Administration and spent 5 years in Africa as a Government adviser on GST and VAT.

Kerstin Alvesson

Swedish Ministry of Finance – Legal Expert on VAT

works as legal expert on VAT at the Swedish Tax Agency. She focuses on VAT of the interna- tional trade such as rules concerning place of supply on services and issues concerning fixed establishment. She also actively participates in the OECD VAT/GST Guidelines project as a member of the Technical Advisory Group. Kerstin has been working with VAT issues at the Swedish Tax Agency since 1992 and was appointed as legal expert on VAT in 2004.

Theo Poolen

Tax and Customs Administration of the Netherlands – Deputy Commissioner

is Deputy Commissioner at the Netherlands Tax and Customs Administration. He leads the Directorate-General's Fiscal Affairs Department and has been responsible for the development of horizontal monitoring. This co-operative compliance approach is based on mutual trust, transparency and understanding. Theo has presented the concept of horizontal monitoring in different international settings and both at multilateral and bilateral meetings; he has partici- pated in the work of the OECD/Forum on Tax Administration “Co-operative compliance: a fra- mework” which was published in May 2013.

Prof. Dr. Ben J. M. Terra

University of Amsterdam, Lund University

studied international law at the University of Amsterdam and (indirect) taxation at the University of Leiden. Previous positions held include head of post-graduate training in VAT, customs and excises at the Ministry of Finance in the Hague, pro- fessor of law at the University of Leiden and head of the global indirect tax prac- tice of Ernst & Young. He has published numerous articles and books on indirect taxation and is also a consultant of the OECD, the European Commission and IMF. At present Ben is an indirect tax and European tax law lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and the Lund University in Sweden.

Prof. Rita de la Feria

Durham University

is the Chair in Tax Law at Durham University, Programme Director at the Centre for Business Taxation, Oxford University, and Visiting Professor at the University of Lisbon since 2010. She has published widely on tax issues, and presented to academic, practitioner, and tax administration audiences, the latter, amongst others, within the framework of the European Commission’s Fiscalis Programme. She was Adviser to the Portuguese Government on VAT Policy be-tween 2011 and 2012. Her work on VAT and on the principle of prohibition of abuse of law is regularly cited by the courts, including the EU Court of Justice.

Chiu Ming Man

Barclays – Global Head of Indirect Tax

joined Barclays in 2005 and is currently the Global Head of Indirect Tax. He is responsible for leading the VAT (and GST) risk management affairs for the Barclays group on a global basis providing advice to the business and ensuring that it complies with its VAT obligations. In addition to this, Chiu Ming regularly works with peers across the industry, tax authorities and regulators to support and define tax policies and strategy.

Chris Needham

General Electric – Global VAT/GST Director

initially started as a VAT Inspector for HMRC in the UK and then worked for pwc where he established their first European VAT desk in New York in 1994. Chris has spent the last 17 years developing GE’s in-house Global VAT/GST team that now has more than 130 team members. In November 2011 the International Tax Review identified Chris as one of the “50 biggest influences in international tax”.

Jeroen Tinholt

IKEA Group – Group Indirect Tax Manager

has a background in international indirect tax for 18 years. After some 4 years at a Big Four, he worked in an in-house role within the telecoms business. During the last 11 years he has set up and led the global indirect tax department at IKEA Group.

Katarina Johannessen

A.P. Moller – Maersk A/S – Head of Group VAT and Indirect Taxes

has spent the last 10 years working with international indirect tax in Maersk. She has a law degree with tax law and transportation law as key areas. After a cou- ple of years in the Swedish administrative court system she spent 6 years as VAT advisor in a Big Four firm. Her current responsibilities cover implementation of the group indirect tax strategy which includes a global indirect tax control framework.

Julien Brugère

Time Warner – Indirect Tax Director

was born and educated in France. He started his career as an accountant in the oil industry in London and subsequently joined Arthur Andersen, working in Indirect Tax for nearly 7 years, based in London, Paris and Sydney (when Australia introduced GST). He joined Time Warner 12 years ago to head the indirect tax team for the EMEA region. Julien has since worked on many cross-border / inter- national projects involving goods and services, investments, acquisitions and dis- posals, covering both B2B and B2C transactions. He is currently driving the “Get ready for 2015” internal project.

Dr. Stefan Maunz


is a lawyer and certified tax consultant. With many years of experience in VAT and customs law, Stefan is a partner at KMLZ, a German law firm specializing in these areas. In addition, he has extensive experience working for international law firms in both Germany and the USA. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Munich as well as a VAT Forum partner and Member of the VAT Expert Group initiated by the EU Commission.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Englisch

Muenster University

studied law at the universities of Saarbrücken, Salamanca and Cologne. After completing his PhD and post-doc research at Köln University, he was appointed to a chair for tax law and public law at the University of Augsburg. Since 2010, he has held a chair for tax law and public law at Münster University and is also the university’s managing director of the Institute for Tax Law. He has published and lectured extensively on VAT topics. He is a founder and the general editor of the World Journal of VAT/GST Law.

Karl-Heinz Haydl

GE Corporate – VAT Manager

is a VAT practitioner who started his journey in VAT in the German tax authorities where he worked for 3 years, followed by a 4 year stopover in a big 4 firm dealing with international VAT issues before he joined GE 15 years ago, where he is now the European VAT Leader – Advisory & Policy actively involved in various industry groups on an EU, Member State and global level, i.e. as chair of the joint BIAC/ICC VAT/GST Task Force and of the BIAC business group to the OECD TAG on VAT/GST.

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