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Justice Tony Pagone
Retired Judge, Federal Court of Australia

Justice Tony Pagone earlier this year retired from the Federal Court of Australia where he had been the national co‑ordinating judge of the Taxation National Practice Area. Before his appointment to the Federal Court he was a judge of the trial division of the Supreme Court of Victoria and had been the judge in charge of the Commercial Court of that Court.

Justice Pagone graduated from Monash University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Laws and from Cambridge University with a Master of Laws (First Class Hons) in 1983. In 2014, he was awarded an LLD from the University of Melbourne for his contribution in the field of anti-tax avoidance. He was admitted as a practitioner in 1980, signed the roll of counsel in 1985 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel for Victoria in 1996.

During his career at the Bar, Justice Pagone practiced widely in taxation law, commercial law, administrative law, constitution law, public and human rights law. He was also a part-time member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and had been Special Counsel to the Australian Taxation Office between 2002 and 2004.

Justice Pagone is a professorial fellow of the Melbourne Law School and lectures various post-graduate courses at the Melbourne Law School. He is also a member of the International Association of Judges and of the International Association of Tax Judges.

Hon. Dr. Justice Anita Sumanth
Madras HC

Distinguished tax lawyer Dr. Anita Sumanth was sworn in as a Judge of the Madras HC on October 5, 2016. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Sumanth was practicing as an Advocate before the Supreme Court of India, as well as High Courts and Tribunals and holding the position of Special Government Pleader (Taxes) for the Commercial Taxes Department of the State of Tamil Nadu.

Justice Dr. Sumanth obtained her B.A. degree in English Literature from WCC, Madras, after which she pursued her B.L. at GLC, Madras, and M.L. at University of Madras. She completed her Ph.D. in International Taxation and Electronic Commerce in NLS, Bangalore. She is an expert on Taxation, being invited to participate in programmes in the United States on Taxation Laws, and she is the faculty entrusted with the responsibility for designing and executing Taxation studies for Senior Law students. She is also a Guest Lecturer for Taxation at NLS, Bangalore. She has held several Positions in National and International Bodies, including; Chairperson, Expert Committee on Direct Taxation - Hindustan Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Bar Council of India, Revenue Bar Association, Madras Chamber of Commerce etc. She has also scripted, produced and presented about 100 Television episodes of a Serial titled ‘Tax Talk’ for a global TV network.

Philip Baker
Queen's Counsel

Philip Baker is a Queen's Counsel practising from Field Court Tax Chambers in London. He specialises in international tax issues, with a particular emphasis on double tax conventions, and on European Union law and taxation. He has a particular interest in the European Convention on Human Rights and taxation.

Before moving into practice, he taught law for seven years at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. He was subsequently a visiting professorial fellow and joint head of the School of Tax Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, and is now a senior visiting fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London University and responsible for the MA in Taxation programme based at the Institute. He is the author of Double Taxation Conventions and International Tax Law and the editor of the International Tax Law Reports. 

 

Grace Perez-Navarro
Deputy Director, OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration

Grace Perez-Navarro is the Deputy Director of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration. As such, she plays a key role in the work on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), improving international tax cooperation, promoting better tax policies and engaging developing countries in OECD tax work. Since joining the OECD in 1997, she has held several key positions, including having led the OECD’s work on bank secrecy, tax and e-commerce, harmful tax practices, money laundering and tax crimes, the tax aspects of countering bribery of foreign officials, and strengthening all forms of administrative cooperation between tax authorities. 

Prior to joining the OECD, Ms. Perez-Navarro was a Special Counsel at the IRS Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (International) where she was responsible for coordinating guidance provided to field offices on international tax issues, overseeing litigation of international tax issues, negotiating TIEAs, overseeing the drafting of regulations, rulings and other policy advice and participating in treaty negotiations. In 1993, she was seconded by the IRS to the OECD to launch the revision of the OECD’s Transfer Pricing Guidelines.

Akhilesh Ranjan
Pr. CCIT, International Tax and Transfer Pricing

Senior IRS officer Mr. Akhilesh Ranjan is currently serving as Principal Chief Commissioner (International Tax & Transfer Pricing). Prior to this, he has worked as Joint Secretary (Foreign Tax Division - FT&TR - 1) and Competent Authority of India since July 2013. Mr. Ranjan, a 1982 batch IRS officer, before assuming this charge, was Director (investigation Wing) in Mumbai. He brings with him over 3 decades of experience in different positions in Income tax Department.

Andrew Dawson
Advisor, OECD’s Tax Treaty Unit

Andrew Dawson is an advisor in the OECD’s Tax Treaty Unit, which he joined in 2018. Before that he worked for the UK Government, where he was head of the Tax Treaty Team in the UK Revenue Department, responsible for negotiating the UK’s tax treaties. While in that role, Andrew led negotiations with around 65 countries. During this time, he was also chair of the OECD’s Working Party 1, which is responsible for maintaining and developing the OECD Model Tax Convention. Andrew began his career as a teacher of economics, after which he joined the Confederation of British Industry in their economic policy department. From there he moved to the public sector and has spent most of that time in tax, mainly with the Revenue Department, but also with the UK Treasury and the Foreign Office, spending four years in the economic section of the British Embassy in Washington DC.

Vishal Parekh
Regional Head - South Asia, Thomson Reuters

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Sam Sim
Transfer Pricing Geo Leader EMEA, Asia-Pac & Japan, IBM

Sam Sim is a Transfer Pricing Geo Leader at IBM in the Asia-Pacific, Greater China & Japan region. He is also a board member of Tax Executive Institute’s Asia Chapter and Vice-Chair of the Tax Committee. Previously, he was Chair of the Capital Markets Tax Committee TP Sub-Committee. Mr. Sim has lectured at the Master of Tax program at University SIM, the IBFD and is the author of “The Logic and Practice of Transfer Pricing” by Lexis-Nexis. He was a tax attorney in New York and holds graduate degrees in Law (NYU LL.M.(Tax), Economics (M.A., Cambridge University) and Accounting (MPA, SMU). 

Mohan Parasaran
Former Solicitor General of India

• Graduated in B.A. (Economics) in First Class from the University of Madras in 1981

• Graduated in L.LB. in First Class from the Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi in July, 1984

• Acquired L.LM, from Magdalene College, Cambridge University, U.K. and passed with high ranking honours in July, 1985.

• Had wide practice in the areas of Constitutional Law, Arbitration Law, Commercial Law, Service Law, Taxation and Intellectual Property Rights, on the Original side of the Madras High Court and appeared in various High Courts and the Supreme Court of India.

• Represented leading corporate entities as well as leading political parties and socio-cultural organisations which inter alia include Ashok Leyland, Tatas, Ramco Group, The TVS Group, The Chettinad Cements Group, UB Group of Companies, Indian Hotels, Telco etc., amongst the notable few and was a Retainer Counsel for several leading corporate houses.

• 29th July, 2004 – was appointed as Additional Solicitor General of India for a period of three years and reappointed for a further period of two years in July, 2006.

• Appointed as Solicitor General of India on 13th February, 2013.

• Has appeared in constitutional and taxation matters, including Vodafone, Sanofi & Aditya Birla Nuvo.

• Currently practising as Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court of India and widely practising in Civil, Constitutional and Commercial law

Arvind Datar
Senior Advocate

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Pramod Kumar
Honourable Member, ITAT

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Rajat Bansal
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance, India

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Kamlesh Varshney
CIT, International Tax

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Poonam Khaira Sidhu
Principal CIT-2, Chandigarh, IRS

Poonam Khaira Sidhu,is a career civil servant selected to the IRS in 1987. She is empanelled as Joint Secretary,and is currently serving as Principal Commissioner-2, Chandigarh.

She is an LLM from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she graduated (with GPA equivalent of) Magna cum Laude and received a Certificate of Merit. She has a First Class First Masters in Economics from Osmania University, Hyderabad. She has also trained at IIM Bangalore and Maxwell School of Public Policy at the University of Syracuse.

She had a sabbatical attachment with the UK IRS in 1996-97 and her report was submitted to the London Training Offices of HMRC. She has served as Director of International Taxation, managing a cross-functional team responsible for auditing cases in cross border transactions, served as a Member of the Dispute Resolution Panel and issued rulings on transfer pricing and international taxation. She has advocated cases before the Income Tax Tribunal and Authority for Advanced Rulings and assisted the Indian Competent Authority in the resolution of cases pertaining to her jurisdiction under MAP.

Her academic articles have been published in the prestigious IBFD’s "Bulletin for Internation Taxation", and "The International Tax Review". Articles were also published in The Economic Times and Hindustan Times. She has written the Country chapter in the recent IBFD publication: The Relationship between Taxation and Bilateral Investment Agreements released in December 2017.

N. Venkataraman
Senior Advocate

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Porus Kaka
Senior Advocate

Porus Kaka is a Senior Advocate who completed his LL.M from Harvard Law School in the United States as an Inlaks Scholar in 1991, where he was elected the LL.M Class Representative on the Harvard Law School Council.  He completed his education from the Cathedral School and Sydenham College and qualified in First Class as a lawyer from the Govt Law College. His experience includes: 

  • Former Worldwide President of the International Fiscal Association (Netherlands). 
  • Designated Senior Advocate by the High Court.
  • India’s representative on the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), Netherlands from 2004-2011.
  • Awarded the Client Choice award for 2011 by ILO, for Corporate Tax Law for India.
  • Named by Chambers & Partners consistently as one of India’s leading Senior Tax Advocates.
  • Named one of India’s Leading Tax Counsels by International Tax Review.
  • Appointed an Expert Witness on Indian Tax Law in London in International Arbitration.
  • Appointed on Editorial Board of the World Tax Journal published by IBFD.
Ashish Kumar
APA Commissioner

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Upender Gupta
Commissioner, GST
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Ajay Vohra
 Senior Advocate

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Govindraj Ethiraj
Founder, BOOM & IndiaSpend

Govindraj is a television & print journalist and most recently founder of BOOM (www.boomlive.in) a fact checking & fake news busting initiative. He is also founder of the award-winning www.indiaspend.org & www.factchecker.in, public interest journalism efforts which use data to write and syndicate stories in areas like health, education and environment. 

BOOM and FactChecker are the only verified India members of the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN) a part of the Poynter Institute. IndiaSpend is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). He also anchors seasonal shows on Indian news television – the current one being `Aegons of Business' featuring conversations with young entrepreneurs on BloombergQuint and earlier the weekly `Policy Watch’ on public service broadcaster Rajya Sabha or RSTV. 

Previously, he was Founder-Editor in Chief of Bloomberg TV India, a 24-hours business news service launched out of Mumbai in 2008 and a partnership between Bloomberg LLP and the UTV Group in India. Prior to setting up Bloomberg TV, he worked with Business Standard newspaper as Editor (New Media) with a specific mandate of integrating the newspaper’s news operations with its digital or web platform. Before that, Govindraj spent five years with television channel CNBC-TV18 where he worked from near start-up point and actively drove most of the channels programming growth and expansion initiatives. Prior to television, he worked in print in The Economic Times, Business World and Business India magazines. He has been a career business journalist who has reported and written on Indian business for over 25 years. He is a Fellow of the Inaugural Class of Ananta Aspen’s 2006 India Leadership Initiative, a 2018 McNulty Laureate and a winner of the 2014 BMW Responsible Leaders Awards.

Mukesh Butani
Founder, BMR Legal

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Rohan Shah
Advocate

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T. P. Ostwal
Member, UN Committee on Transfer Pricing
  • CA Final Rank holder.
  • Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India since 1978.
  • Member of the CID TAG (Technical Advisory Group) of OECD Paris.
  • Member of the BIAC of OECD, Paris.
  • First vice President of the Executive committee INTERNATIONAL FISCAL ASSOCIATION-NETHERLANDS.
  • Ex - Chairman of International Fiscal Association - India Branch.
  • Member of Emerging Issues Task Force on Non Resident Taxation formed By Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India.
  • Member of Finance Sub Group of Construction Industry Development Council of Planning Commission of Govt. of India.
  • Member of Expert Committee formed by Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Ministry of Finance, Government of India for framing Transfer Pricing Regulation in India.
  • Member of Satawalekar Committee on Real Estate Mutual Fund in India.
  • Member of Indian Council of Arbitration.
  • Member - Taxation and international Committee's in various organization.
  • Member of Board of several companies listed and being listed.
  • Contributed many papers reports on Indian tax position and delivered speech on subjects of International Taxation at various forums in India and abroad regularly.
  • Professor at the University of Mumbai from 1976 to 1991.
  • Visiting professor at Vienna University Austria for teaching International tax for LLM studies.
  • Is actively involved in handling international tax issues on cross-border transactions, including corporate structuring /restructuring, joint ventures and collaborations, valuations, accounting and auditing, IFRS ,company law matters and foreign exchange management act related matters for a wide range of clients in India particularly in the field of Real Estate, technology , software and telecommunication ,Entertainment sectors.
  • Is also active in several professional and charitable organizations in India.
  • Co author of publication "Transfer Pricing Manual" published by The Bombay Chartered Accountants Society & Chamber of tax consultants.
  • Has been adjudge as 11th in the top 50 Tax Professionals in the world for the year 2006 07 by Tax-Business magazine of UK; in Nov 2006.
  • Regular speaker in all international tax conferences symposiums, workshops seminars and courses in India and abroad. M/s T.P.Ostwal & Associates has been recognized as best 2nd Tier firm in INDIA by International Tax Review for the year 2009 and 2010 consecutively.
  • World tax magazine has recognized me as one of the leading Ten tax professionals advising transfer pricing matters in India.
  • Very recently appointed as a member of sub committee on transfer pricing for developing countries by United Nations.
Padamchand Khincha
International Tax Expert

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K. Vaitheeswaran
Advocate

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P. V. Srinivasan
Corporate Advisor

• Headed Corporate tax function at leading Indian software company Wipro Ltd. for 18 Years.

• Over 30 years hands-on experience in industry with regard to corporate tax compliance across tax jurisdictions including the US, Europe India and Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Africa, addressing structuring requirements, cross-border mergers & acquisitions, de-mergers, business re-organizations, transfer pricing, taxation of IPRs, employees taxation, Indirect taxes in India and EU VAT, social security etc. 

• Secured landmark decisions on tax matters from High Court. Mitigated recurring large tax demands.

• Successfully represented and concluded tax assessments before tax authorities in developed countries like USA, Germany, Japan, UK etc. 

• Advocacy to Central and State Governments in India and Governments of foreign countries.

• Advising the promoter group on Holding Structure and changes to align to change in objectives / laws.

• Hands-on experience in structuring philanthropy initiatives and HNI family wealth management.

• Monitoring the corporate law compliances of companies registered in India and overseas.

Forums:

• Participated as a Member of Emerging Issues Task Force on Non-resident taxation formed by Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

• Was appointed a Nasscom representative for resolving issues in Japan Tax Treaty.

• Nominated on the Expert Panel of the Working Group on Transfer Pricing.

• Heading the tax research responsibility for International Tax Research and Analysis Foundation (ITRAF), a section 8 company under the Companies Act, 2013 formed under the Chairmanship of Dr. Parthasarathy Shome, former Advisor to the Union Finance Minister.

• Member of the GST Committee constituted by the Commercial Taxes Department of Karnataka.

Gautam Doshi
Chartered Accountant

Mr. Gautam Doshi, a Chartered Accountant and Masters in Commerce, has been in professional practice for over 40 years. He advises various industrial groups and families and also serves as director on boards of leading public listed and unlisted companies. 

Mr. Doshi has more than 40 years of experience in wide range of areas covering Mergers and Acquisitions, Direct, Indirect and International Taxation, Transfer Pricing, Accounting and Corporate and Commercial Laws. He has been actively involved in conceptualizing and implementing a number of mergers and restructuring transactions both domestic and cross border, involving many of the top 20 listed companies on the BSE as also those forming part of FTSE 100.

A prolific speaker, Mr Doshi has addressed several seminars and conferences within and outside of India and courses organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, International Fiscal Association, Other professional bodies and Chambers of Commerce. 

Pallavi Bakhru
Group Head of Tax, Vedanta Ltd

Vedanta, the global, diversified natural resources company has appointed Ms. Pallavi Joshi Bakhru as Senior Vice President & Group Head Taxation, effective November 2, 2015. In this role, Ms. Bakhru will oversee Group Taxation covering both Direct and Indirect Tax functions. Ms. Bakhru is a Chartered Accountant and has over 25 years of post-qualification experience in tax advisory and compliance. Prior to joining Vedanta, she was a Partner and Head of Tax at Grant Thornton India with focus on inbound and outbound structuring advisory including regulatory compliance for both Indian and foreign investors.

Kartikeya Dube
Tax Director, India, Middle East and South Asia, British Petroleum

Kartikeya is the Tax Director BP for India, ME as South Asia.  He is alo the Risk Manager for BP Tax Group global.  He is also CFO of BP India Services Pvt Ltd and a Director of BP India.  He is part of the India Leadership Team of BP.

He heads the CII Oil and Gas GST task force and is part of the CII and FIPI Tax and GST committees.

He has 25 years’ experience and expertisdubedubee in international tax, transfer pricing, corporate tax, indirect tax etc with BP and before that E&Y, and Andersen advising several Fortune 500 multinationals.  

Recent experience includes several M&A transactions including the largest FDI into India, regional projects incl GST in Malaysia/India/ME, APA, transfer pricing, indirect taxes – excise, VAT, customs, and trade incl. anti-dumping, leading Industry advocacy on a range of issues with MoF and PMO.

Navin Jain
Head - Taxation (Cairn India Limited)
  • Navin Jain is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He has 20 + years’ experience in Industry / consulting firms.
  • Since February 2006, he has been with Cairn India Limited (Vedanta Group company). The group operational footprints spans four continents encompassing India, Namibia, South Africa, Liberia, Ireland, Sri Lanka and Australia. Navin has enriched experience in direct & indirect tax, international taxation, expatriate taxation, including representation to tax authorities on industry specific tax issues.
  • His role involves tax litigation management, advocacy, tax advisory to business, efficient Group corporate structure, tax accounting and optimize effective tax rate.
Praveen Sood
Chief - Corporate & International Taxation Tata Steel Limited

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Vinay Mangla
Head of Tax, Google India

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Vineet Agrawal
Group Head, Taxation, JSW Steel Ltd

Mr.Vineet Agrawal is Senior Vice President & Group Head with the JSW group handling Corporate Taxation. Mr. Agrawal handles various core functions like Strategic Planning, Regulatory Compliance, Legal and Fiscal Analysis, Corporate Advisory and Financial Decision Making for Business Development and Support Modules.

Prior to joining JSW Group, Mr. Vineet Agrawal worked in the Income Tax Department, Ministry of Finance, having joined them in 1997 for almost a decade in various capacities in the administration of Tax Laws, Resource Planning and Investigative Leadership.

He has an engineering background being an M.Tech (Management and Systems) from IIT, Delhi, and recipient of the “Finance Minister’s Gold Medal” for his outstanding performance as an officer of the Indian Revenue Services (IRS).

Ramesh Khaitan
Global Head & Vice President - Taxation, Lupin Ltd.

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Priya Murali
Country Group Head - Taxation, Bayer Crop Science Limited

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Jaspreet Bindra
Digital Transformation Expert

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Anuprita Mehta
Vice President - Taxation, Piramal Enterprises Limited

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Rohan K Phatarphekar
Partner, Deloitte India

Rohan is a Chartered Accountant and Bachelor of General Law and  has more than 27 years of all round experience in the arena of International tax and Transfer Pricing. He is a Partner and leads the Base Erosion Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative for Deloitte in India. He is a part of the Tax Leadership team and is the Chief Strategy Officer playing a key role in the strategy and the overall growth of the Tax Practice.

Rohan previously was the national leader of Transfer Pricing practice for nearly a decade leading a team of around 400 professionals in a ‘Big Four’ Firm where he helped build a premier  transfer pricing and Advance Pricing Agreements (APA) practice. Rohan has earlier worked for 3 years with another MNC consulting Firm as the  National Tax head.  

Rohan has been consistently recognized as a leading transfer pricing adviser and features in the Euromoney’s biennial Guide to the World’s Leading Transfer Pricing Advisers 2013, 2015 and 2017. Rohan has also featured in the past and in 2018 in the Tax Controversy Leaders guide published by International Tax Review (ITR). Rohan has been rated in the Top 10 Transfer Pricing advisers in India in a survey carried out amongst Indian tax payers by an ITR publication. He is the only professional from India to be nominated by ITR as Asia Transfer Pricing Leader in 2016.

Rohan is a prolific speaker and contributes articles on regular basis to various national and international publications. His views on Transfer Pricing, APAs and BEPS are often sought by publications and business channels.

Rohan  has serviced client across various sectors including Technology, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Consumer etc.

Rahul Mitra
Partner, Dhruva Advisors LLP
  • Rahul has over 25 years of experience in handling taxation & regulatory matters in India. He specialises in transfer pricing, particularly inbound & outbound planning assignments; supply chain management projects; profit attribution to permanent establishments, etc.
  • Rahul has been a tax partner in PwC and KPMG for an aggregate period of 19 years, including having served both the organisations as their national transfer pricing leaders. 
  • Rahul independently handles litigation for top companies at the level of Tax Tribunals & Authority for Advance Ruling. 
  • Rahul has won several landmark rulings before Tax Tribunals in the field of transfer pricing, creating precedents, both nationally and globally, in matters relating to Berry Ratio, Marketing Intangibles; Selection of Tested Party; Corporate Guarantee; Profit Split Method; Supply Chain nuances etc.
  • Rahul has handled several APAs in India, involving clients from across industries, covering complex transactions, e.g. industrial franchise fees under non-integrated principal structures; contract R&D service provider model; distribution models, with related marketing intangible issues; financial transactions; profit split models for royalties; etc.
  • Rahul was the country reporter on the topic, “Non Discrimination in international tax matters”, for the IFA Congress held in Brussels in 2008. 
  • Rahul was invited by the OECD to speak in the 2012 Paris roundtable conference on developing countries’ perspective on APAs.
  • Rahul was invited by the Indian Revenue Board in 2015 to impart training to transfer pricing Directors & Commissioners of the Indian Revenue, on the topic of marketing intangibles.
  • Rahul was invited by the President of the Tax Tribunal in 2012 to impart training to Members of the Tribunal on the topic of transfer pricing.
  • Rahul has been consistently rated as amongst the leading transfer pricing professionals; and also tax litigators in India by Euromoney and International Tax Review, since 2010
B.L. Narasimhan
Principal Partner, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Mr. Narasimhan is highly respected practitioner of tax law in India with vast experience. He is a Principal Partner in Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan. He heads the Litigation Division upto CESTAT and Consulting Division (Excise) for North and Eastern Regions. He is based in New Delhi office of Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan.  

For over 15 years, Mr. Narasimhan has been involved in representing clients’ interest, in a huge number of cases, before various quasi-judicial and judicial fora including the Tribunal, the Settlement Commission and other departmental adjudicating and appellate authorities. Mr. Narasimhan defends clients in Supreme Court and High Courts also. He has to his credit a large number of landmark rulings of courts and appellate bodies. 

Mr. Narasimhan has rich experience in providing legal sound solutions to clients on various issues relating to indirect taxes helping them to derive optimal benefits while also being compliant with law. Unambiguous and forthright in his approach to even complex issues, Mr. Narasimhan has provided highly effective tax solutions to MNCs, Indian big corporates, MSMEs and large number of service providers. 

Mr. Narasimhan regularly addresses the trade and industry across India on various subjects relating to Central Excise, Service Tax, VAT and Customs. His lectures are widely acclaimed for precision and clarity besides being realistic and legally well-grounded.

L. Badri Narayanan
Partner, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

Badri Narayanan is a lawyer practicing at the firm in the area of tax, intellectual property and regulatory laws. His practice includes a mixture of litigation practice in the area of tax and intellectual property before the High Courts, Tribunals and quasi-judicial authorities and advisory practice in the area of tax particularly goods and services tax (GST).

Mr. Narayanan has particular experience in Goods & Service Tax (GST) laws. He has been advising several companies on a variety of issues having GST implications such as trade promotion schemes, royalties and license fee arrangements, contract manufacturing scenarios, software as a service offerings, outsourcing, consortiums and joint ventures, valuation, secondment, etc. His clients include a variety of companies from across a range of industries including several technology and services companies.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Narayanan practiced as an intellectual property lawyer in the United States and has drafted and negotiated intellectual property licensing and cross-licensing arrangements. He was also involved in many patent litigation matters in the United States.

Mr. Narayanan holds Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Law Degree from the University of London and Master’s Degree in Law from the Cornell Law School. He is admitted to practice in India and New York and is a qualified patent agent in India.

Rohinton Sidhwa
Partner- Tax, Deloitte India

Rohinton is a tax partner and the North & East leader of the Global Business Tax practice of Deloitte India.

He is a Partner in the Tax practice, based in Delhi, with over 20 years of experience including 5 years with Deloitte in their Mumbai and the Los Angeles offices. He leads the North/East India Cluster of the Deloitte India Business Tax service line and is based in our Gurgaon (New Delhi) office. 

Rohinton works extensively with inbound and outbound clients, specifically in the media and consumer business industry. He has also served clients in the technology, manufacturing, energy & resources and infrastructure sector. He specializes in assisting clients with international tax planning studies and implementing advantageous tax structures for the conduct of business. He also advises clients on restructuring their operations to minimize local and foreign income taxes and managing audit defenses.

Rohinton has managed several large international projects and has assisted in implementing FAS109/FIN48 and IAS12 compliances for multinational entities. Additionally, he has worked with Deloitte US where he served at the India tax desk for the US member firm.

Rohinton is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Science graduate from the University of Mumbai.

M. Fahad Khalid
Director - Transfer Pricing, Deloitte India

Fahad is a Director in Deloitte’s Transfer Pricing Group based in New Delhi.  He is a Chartered Accountant and has over 9 years of experience in transfer pricing. 

He has worked on a diverse client profile including various industry segments such as IT & ITeS, auto and auto ancillaries, pharma, telecommunication, electronic transaction processing etc. 

He has experience in transfer pricing compliance and planning assignments including advisory on structuring cross border transactions and has actively represented clients at various stages of transfer pricing litigation. 

Fahad has also been involved in researching on transfer pricing matters and has co-authored several articles on the recent developments in transfer pricing environment.

Professional qualifications and affiliations:

  • Bachelor of Commerce; and 
  • Member of Institute Of Chartered Accountants of India.
Vijay Iyer
Partner, Deloitte India

Vijaykumar Iyer (Vijay) has been with Deloitte in India for over 25 years and is currently a partner in Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India LLP and is the Chief Operating Office for the Firm’s Financial Advisory Services.

Vijay is a registered Insolvency Professional and has been appointed as the resolution professional for certain path-breaking projects incuding Bhushan Steel Limited, Binani Cement Limited and the Aircel group of companies.

Vijay has over 20 years as a full-time M&A specialist and has worked on over 400 domestic and cross border M&A transactions. He has carried out financial due diligence on companies in stress across a spectrum of sectors.

Vijay has also worked in the UK and Singapore offices of Deloitte and has valuable experience in the fields of financial analysis and transaction support.

Vijay is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and an associate member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

Rishi Kapadia
Partner, Dhruva Advisors LLP

Rishi Kapadia is Chartered Accountant with more than 13 years experience in the field of Corporate Taxation.

He has significant experience in advising MNCs and domestic companies on various aspects of domestic and cross border taxation, inbound investment and entry strategies, cross border leasing, SEZs.

He also has vast experience in representing clients before tax authorities. He has worked across industry sectors such as Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing and FMCG, Pharmaceuticals, IT / ITeS, etc.

Rishi has worked with EY and PwC, and was a Director with KPMG's tax practice before joining Dhruva.

Saumil Shah
Partner, Dhruva Advisors LLP
  • Saumil is a Chartered Accountant with a distinct rank in the year 1996 and has also completed Certificate Course in International Taxation from Golden Gate University, San Francisco in the year 2000. 
  • He was a Partner in Tax practice at KPMG India from 2010-2016 and at PwC India from 2008-2010 with around 20 years of professional consulting experience including 2 years in Silicon Valley, US and another 2 years in Bangalore. 
  • He has over 12 years of specialisation in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) tax, has vast experience in Private Equity (PE), joint ventures and corporate restructuring. He has advised and executed assignments on corporate mergers/demergers, internal capital re-organisations, balance sheet rightsizing, family arrangements, buy-back of securities, and transactions such as acquisition structuring, due diligence reviews, investments/divestments routes, minority buy-outs, etc.
  • Saumil works with clients from a cross-section of industry segments; however, in the recent past, he has done a significant amount of work for large family offices, private equity funds and corporates in the financial services, consumer markets and the pharmaceuticals sectors. He also speaks regularly at various seminars and workshops at national and international levels.
Shishir Lagu
National Lead Partner, US inbound tax & regulatory services - KNAV

Shishir Lagu is the Mumbai Lead Partner within the US Tax Advisory and Regulatory Service practice at KNAV. Within a decade Shishir has garnered rich experience of rendering a comprehensive range of Tax Advisory and Regulatory Service comprising US federal, state and local tax compliances, India direct and indirect tax compliances, tax representations, tax advisory opinions on domestic and cross border transactions and Tax Accounting services (US GAAP, IAS / IFRS & Indian GAAP).

Ambitious, enthusiastic and enterprising Shishir enjoys working on challenging international tax restructuring assignments. He has performed a vast number of US tax due diligence assignments for varied manufacturing and service industries and has made a key difference as a core member of our tax due diligence practice.

His exposure to International Transfer Pricing though young; has brought to fore tax efficiencies for the customer. Shishir has assisted in the preparation of global transfer pricing plans and tax efficiency studies.

Himanshu S. Sinha
Partner, Trilegal

Himanshu Sinha is a leading tax lawyer who heads the tax practice at Trilegal, one of India’s largest and well-regarded law firms. Himanshu has more than two decades of experience in direct taxes. He has advised his clients on entire range of direct tax matters including Transfer Pricing and International Taxation. He specializes in tax disputes, especially, in the field of transfer pricing, an area he has been working in right since the inception of transfer pricing regime in India. He has represented well-known multi-national companies in complex transfer pricing disputes before Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, High Courts and the Supreme Court on a range of cross-border issues like intangibles, risk, business-restructuring, cost-allocation, Intra-group services and supply chain management. He regularly collaborates with Big 4 firms on transfer pricing disputes. Himanshu has also been actively involved in negotiating bilateral and unilateral APAs with the Govt.

Himanshu has been consistently ranked as one of India’s Tax Controversy Leaders every year since 2014 by the International Tax Review. The Asian Lawyer Magazine had named him as the Tax Lawyer of the Year in 2016. He has spoken extensively at international conferences and contributed to leading international journals.

Darshan Upadhyay
Partner, ELP

Darshan Upadhyay is a Partner in the Corporate & Commercial and Private Equity & Venture Capital practices of ELP. He is a qualified Company Secretary and a law graduate from the University of Mumbai.

With over 14 years in Private Equity and M&A transactions, Darshan has advised several Fortune 500 companies in the world and continues to advise funds and multinationals on aspects like entry, acquisitions, joint ventures and other commercial transactions for their India-related forays. His expertise in exchange control regulations, SEBI and general corporate law is an added advantage on M&A transactions. Several private equity funds and hedge funds consult him on various matters of importance. He has been involved in some of the most complex M&A transactions including takeover matters involving structuring, regulatory approvals, open offer compliances and other transactional support.

Darshan has been ranked as a Leading Lawyer for Corporate/M&A & private Equity by Asialaw Profiles 2014 to 2018; Highly Recommended for his expertise by The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2016 to 2017; and a Highly Regarded in IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate 2017 & 2018; and Up and Coming lawyer for Private Equity by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017 & 2018. 

Prior to joining ELP, Darshan was a Partner with ARA Law heading the Private Equity and Mergers & Acquisitions group. He has worked extensively in the Telecom, Media and Technology space with Thacker & Thacker from 2000 to 2005.

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