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Gokul Chaudhri
Partner – Tax, Deloitte India

Gokul is a Partner with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP. 

In his career span of 27 years, which commenced with one of the Big 4 in 1991, Gokul has focused on the energy sector. Gokul was the leader of the Energy, Chemicals and Mining industry and member of the Oil & Gas industry team at a Big 4 firm. Thereafter he was amongst the founding partners at BMR Advisors and led it’s Direct Tax Practice. At Deloitte, Gokul is Head of Global Tax Clients and Senior Partner focused on the energy practice. 

His professional service experience includes significant engagements for domestic and international clients, including multi-billion dollar cross border transactions, privatization initiatives and project advisory for large infrastructure assets. He has been the engagement partner serving the largest oil and gas companies operating in India, on tax and regulatory matters. In addition, he has extensive experience in structuring and presenting (possibly over 400 in number) in-bound foreign investment proposals to the Government of India. In the early years of the liberalization in India, he was the joint leader for the engagement commissioned by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce for benchmarking concerns and challenges faced by foreign investors in India. 

Over the past two decades, Gokul has been an active speaker at domestic and international seminars. He has been a member of the Institute of Petroleum (now The Energy Institute, London) and Federation of Indian Mineral Industries. He was the Chairman of the Energy Committee of PHD Chambers of Commerce and Industry. He has also authored and presented papers at workshops and conferences on the topic of fiscal policy reforms. He has been a participant and speaker at the investment road shows held in Europe by the Government of India and was also invited by the business forum of the European Commission to speak at Brussels on the reform process in India. He was invited to present to the global boards of two leading European oil companies on the topic of “Economy & Energy in India” and was a guest speaker at the Federation of German Industries on tax environment in India, and presented on business environment to the US India Business Council, and to the Association of Oil & Gas Operators on various tax policy matters. 

Gokul has been involved in fiscal reform initiatives by the Government of India, and was a member of the task force on tax reforms for the mining industry. He is currently a member of the central council of International Fiscal Association. He also served as a member of the finance sub group for road map for Clean Development Mechanism under the National Action Plan for Climate Change, and technical group for guidance on accounting of carbon credits constituted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. 

Gokul is a graduate in Commerce from the University of Mumbai and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994.

Dinesh Kanabar
CEO, Dhruva Advisors LLP

Dinesh Kanabar (India): Dinesh is the CEO of Dhruva Advisors LLP.  Prior to founding Dhruva Advisors, he was the Deputy CEO of KPMG India.  He has been active in government committees.  Previously, he was a member of the Rangachary Committee, which dealt with tax reforms in the IT/ITES sector and evolved the Indian Safe Harbour Rules.  He has also worked on some of the largest and most complicated M&A transactions, internal reorganizations, tax litigation, Competent Authority proceedings, Advance Pricing Agreements, etc. in the country.

R Parthasarathy
Principal Partner, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Parthasarathy heads the Intellectual Property Division of L&S (All India) and the Tax Practice of Chennai and Hyderabad areas. He is an expert on Indirect Taxes, including GST, Patents, Trademarks and copyrights and also on Customs, Foreign Trade Policy, Anti-dumping and WTO laws. He is also involved in litigation in all the above areas. In addition, Parthasarathy actively involves in WTO trade remedy laws in Geneva. 

Before entering private practice, Parthasarathy was with the Government of India as an Indian Audit & Accounts Service officer and held various positions such as Deputy Secretary & Director Ministry of Commerce (Antidumping), Director Railway Board and Accountant General, Tamilnadu. He had audited the accounts of UN Headquarters and had been a UNDP consultant. 

He has been with the firm of Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan since 1996.

Presently he is also actively involved in GST implementation for various clients.

Qualifications: 

Law Degree from the University of Delhi (Rank Holder)

Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Hull, U.K

Degree in Physics from the University of Madras (Distinction)

Fellow of the Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of India (Rank Holder)

Associate of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India

Patent Agent

Advocate-on-Record Supreme Court of India (Gold Medallist) 

PRACTICE AREAS:

Tax litigation and consultancy – GST, Customs, excise, service tax, VAT and Income tax.

IP Litigation – Patents, Copyrights, Design & Trademark

WTO and International Trade Laws

Manoj Pardasani
Transfer Pricing Expert

Manoj Pardasani is amongst India’s leading transfer pricing professionals with over 24 years of experience, having served clients in a wide range of industries including industrial markets, consumer markets, technology, pharmaceuticals, automotive, media, and financial services. Manoj’s Transfer Pricing experience comprises of a wide range of matters including mutual agreement process (MAP), advance pricing agreements (APA), litigation, tax efficient supply chain management, intellectual property & transaction structuring. He has been actively engaged with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India having reviewed the “Guidance Note on Transfer Pricing” and authored the chapter on “Transfer Pricing” in their publication “Aspects of International Taxation – A Study”.

Shereen Bhan
Managing Editor, CNBC-TV18

Shereen Bhan is the Managing-Editor, CNBC-TV18. She is a graduate from St Stephen`s College New Delhi with a Masters in communication studies from the Department of communication, Pune University. She has been producing and anchoring flagships shows like India Business Hour and What`s Hot for a decade. She is the Anchor-Editor of Young Turks, one of India`s longest running shows on entrepreneurs. She is also the host of the Overdrive show, the winner of the New Television Award for the best Auto show for 3 consecutive years. She is also the recipient of the Best Business Talk show award at the News Television awards for two years consecutively. She won the FICCI woman of the year award for her contribution to the media in 2005 and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She has interviewed some of the biggest names in business and politics.

Vinay Sethi
Head of Market Development- Global Tax, South Asia, Thomson Reuters

Vinay is currently the Head of Market development for Global Tax business of Thomson Reuters in South Asia. This entails leading the Strategy, Market, Propositions an Alliances Development for the growth opportunities in tax and accounting business in South Asia.

Vinay has a work experience of over 17 years including around 10 years in BIG4. In his previous stints in India and overseas, Vinay has handled variety of roles including Business development and marketing of services and solutions to large multinationals corporate, SMEs and government sector; Planning and propelling initiatives on Tax Technology solutions, working and delivering on Global Compliance Management Services, International tax, tax compliances and assessments, Building and developing tax practice.

Vinay is a qualified Chartered Accountant with honors in commerce, has a law degree and an All India rank holder in professional exams.

Sanjiv Malhotra
Director of Economics, BM Tax and Economics Consulting Pte. Ltd

Sanjiv is part of the Global tax and transfer pricing practice of Baker McKenzie and is based in Singapore.  He is a member of the global transfer pricing steering committee of the Firm and co-chairs the Asia-Pacific transfer pricing steering committee. He is a leading tax and transfer pricing advisor who focuses on inbound and outbound  tax matters faced by companies in India and Asia-Pacific region.  He has extensive experience in tax and transfer pricing matters and has advised many Fortune 500 multinationals and their affiliates on a range of tax structuring, transfer pricing, valuation and cross-border dispute resolution matters.  Before joining Baker & McKenzie, Mr. Malhotra was a partner in a Tier 1 consulting firm in India. 

Sanjiv’s practice focus is tax and transfer pricing planning, compliance, documentation, dispute resolution, advisory and valuation work.  He has also advised companies on issues around permanent establishment, attribution of profits and implementation of global procurement structures. He has led numerous global and regional projects, in addition to advising and representing many multinational corporations on audits and supporting them in litigation on various issues. He has also handled many Competent Authority (MAP) and APA matters, and is currently leading a number of MAP and APA matters involving India, USA, Japan, Singapore etc. 

Mr. Malhotra regularly participates in national and international discussions on policy aspects of international tax and transfer pricing. His  articles have been featured in Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), International Taxation, International Fiscal Association (IFA) and Euromoney publications. He also regularly speaks in national and international seminars on transfer pricing and international tax matters including those organized by Bloomberg BNA, Tax Executives Institute, International Tax Review, and others.

Rohit Jain
Partner, ELP

Rohit Jain is a Partner in the Tax practice of ELP focusing on indirect taxes, direct tax and transfer pricing. He is a law graduate from the University of Mumbai and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). His areas of expertise include customs, excise, service tax, central sales tax, state VAT laws and foreign trade policy.

Rohit has been with the firm since its inception and has over a decade of experience in handling matters related to tax, in both advisory and litigation matters. He has advised various Fortune 500 Companies and Indian Conglomerates in sectors like financial services, manufacturing, telecommunication, oil and gas, petroleum and infrastructure projects in order to ensure smooth transitions from sales tax to the VAT regime. He has also been involved in making representations to the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Commerce in relation to various tax policy matters on behalf of numerous industry associations.

Rohit has been recognised for his expertise in Tax by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014 to 2016, has been recommended by the Tax Director's Handbook 2012 and has also featured in World Transfer Pricing 2015.

Amarjeet Singh
Partner - Tax, KPMG in India

With over 25 years of experience in the areas of International/ Indian taxation, corporate law and exchange control regulations of India, Amarjeet Singh is a Partner with the Tax practice at KPMG in India and provides advice on complex tax issues, treaty interpretations, etc. Amarjeet is well known for known for his significant insights and guidance on tax litigation matters. His experience spans across a wide range of industries and sectors including E-commerce, Retail and Consumer Markets. He has spent four years working in KPMG London with the International Tax Group, acquiring working knowledge of UK and German taxation besides domestic tax and other regulations in India. He is a regular contributor to International magazines and speaker at international conferences on tax and regulatory aspects of investing in India. He is a regular panelist on Indian TV channels to discuss impact of annual tax changes in Indian budget.

Ketan Dalal
Managing Partner,‎ Katalyst Advisors LLP

Ketan Dalal is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, having qualified in 1981. He has extensive experience on cross border tax issues and investment structuring, including mergers and acquisitions. 

In April 2017, he founded Katalyst Advisors LLP, a boutique structuring and advisory firm, to pursue his independent professional interest. Prior to Katalyst, he performed various roles in PwC, most notably as the Joint Head Tax, All India and the Regional Managing Partner (West); he was also a member of the India Leadership Team with PwC India. 

He is a Director on the board of HDFC Life Insurance (a joint venture between HDFC Bank and Standard Life Plc), Zensar Technologies and Jio Payments Bank.

He was a member of the “Working group on Non resident taxation” formed by India’s Ministry of Finance in 2003. He has also served on various committees of professional and business organisations. He is a member of the Managing Committee and the Chairman of the Direct Tax Committee of IMC. He has been a member of several SEBI committees, like SEBI’s High Powered Advisory Committee (HPAC) on consent orders and compounding. 

A speaker and author on tax and regulatory issues, he has contributed to leading international publications such as the CCH Journal of Asia Pacific Taxation and the IBFD Bulletin for International Fiscal Documentation. Leveraging his tax expertise, Ketan has authored the book “Indian Taxation Decoded: An MNC Perspective”. He has several other publications to his credit, including A Study on Foreign Collaborations and Study on Transfer Pricing, both published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

International Tax Review, a leading global magazine on international tax has listed him among India’s leading tax advisors. 

Uday Ved
Lead Partner,Global Tax Practice Group, KNAV

Mr. Ved has more than 30 years of experience in M&A, inbound and outbound tax structuring, cross-border transactions and global reorganizations, He has held positions with Big 4 firms as National Head of Tax; KPMG India, Global Tax Partner of Andersen India and Co-Head of Tax; RSM (Ratan S Mama, India).

Mr. Ved is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in India with a rich wealth of experience spanning over several decades. His clients include Indian and foreign multinational companies in multiple sectors including infrastructure, technology, manufacturing, retail and pharmaceutical sectors.

Mr. Ved has been regularly nominated as a leading Indian Tax Adviser by Euromoney in the last one decade. Uday has also co-authored a book titled ‘General Anti-Avoidance Rule’ (GAAR) – establishing substance over form, published by Bloomsbury UK.

Rakesh Nangia
Founder & Managing Partner, Nangia Advisors LLP

• Rakesh Nangia is the Founder and Managing Partner of the firm Nangia Advisors LLP In his vast professional lifespan of over 36 years, he has accumulated rich experience in almost all fields of professional services, industrial sectors and diverse clients.

• Rakesh is well-known as a corporate international tax specialist, having significant experience in advising Fortune 500 multinationals and large Indian business houses on a wide range of matters relating to FDI policy, business re-organizations, cross-border tax structuring, tax controversy across a range of sectors. Having developed expertise in practice domains ranging from Entry Level Strategy, Income-tax, Indirect taxes, Transaction Advisory, Mergers & Acquisitions, Transfer Pricing to Regulatory and most recently GST, he strongly believes that exceptional client service represents a dedication to going above and beyond expectations in every working relationship.

• Rakesh has been rated as the tax controversy leader in India by International Tax Review. Over the past decade, Rakesh has been an active speaker on international tax matters such as BEPS, GAAR, etc. at various domestic and international forums.

• Rakesh is on the Board of Directors of a major Indian Telecom Company and various other leading corporates. Rakesh is the Co- Chairman of International Taxation Council – ASSOCHAM and former National President of Indo-Canadian Business Chamber  and member of various Trade Associations. speaker on Taxation matters in Federation of UP Chambers of Commerce and Industries.

K. R. Sekar
Partner, Deloitte India

K.R. Sekar is a Tax partner with Deloitte and leads the Global Business Tax practice for Deloitte India. He is also the Regional Practice Leader for Deloitte South India. Sekar has over 25 years of experience in the field of Direct Taxes, Mergers and Acquisitions, International Taxation and Transfer Pricing. His client portfolio includes leading companies in Technology, Media, Telecommunications, Manufacturing and Engineering. 

Sekar’s key areas of expertise include inbound structuring, litigation support and advising on cross border tax issues. He advises inbound global companies on entry strategy, inbound structuring and assists them on mitigating tax risks. He is also associated with many landmark litigation cases for global companies.

In addition to advising clients, Sekar is active in representing before the Government on various tax issues impacting industry through his positions in Chambers of Commerce. He is also a prolific writer, contributing regularly to tax journals and main line papers. He has authored many books including  Transfer Pricing Law & Practice, Taxation of Merger, De-merger & Foreign Collaboration and Landmark Judgements of Supreme Court on Direct Tax Laws:An Analysis.

Sekar is the Chairman of Direct Taxes Expert Committee – Bangalore Chamber of Industry & Commerce, is a Member of the India Board of International Fiscal Association and also works closely with other chambers including NASSCOM.  He is the founder director of International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation (ITRAF) a dedicated research body in the field of International Tax.

Girish Vanvari
Founder, Transaction Square

Background

With over 25 years of consulting experience, Girish is the Founder at Transaction Square, a Tax, Regulatory and Business Advisory Firm.

A fervent champion of ethical tax practice and professional integrity in the Global Tax Eco-system, Girish had a 13 year stint with KPMG and had been the National Leader for Tax at KPMG India. He has been responsible for establishing and building the M&A Tax Business of KPMG India over the last decade. He has built an exclusive legacy of work in the M&A deals and restructuring transactions for some of the biggest deals in the industry. Prior to KPMG, Girish was at Arthur Andersen for over a decade.

Girish is a regular conference host, presenter and moderator at various tax conferences and seminars. He has been regularly featured in a number of international and Indian media outlets, newspapers and business magazines.

Professional and Industry Experience

His experience includes advising on many of the largest M&A deals and restructuring transactions in India on a year-to-year basis. Furthermore, he has worked with many large multinationals and Indian promoter companies in advising them on various tax and regulatory issues.

He has advised various companies across sectors such as manufacturing, infrastructure, telecom, IT, energy and natural resources, financial services, auto, pharmaceutical, FMCG, etc. Further, he has advised companies across industries.

 

Manish Shah
Practicing Chartered Accountant

Manish Shah qualified as a CA in 1991. He specialises in direct tax and regulatory services with substantial experience in corporate and international taxation.

Manish has served clients with complex structures and transaction advisory requirements across various sectors including automotive, software, information technology, healthcare, logistics, irrigation, chemicals, financial services, etc. He has successfully represented critical client matters before the appellate authorities. Manish actively focusses on blending tax law requirements with business necessities of clients and has over the years carved a niche in Effective Tax Rate Management for a broad spectrum of clients.

Manish is a regular speaker at professional and industry forum covering a wide range of topics such as the Union Budget proposals, intricate issues in FEMA, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, Capital Gains, Tax Deducted at Source, Landmark Court Rulings and Salary Taxation Planning.

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