Ukraine Tax Conference 2019

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM [EEST]

13-15 Bolsunovska str, Kyiv, Kyiv, 01014, Ukraine

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM [EEST]

About the Event

In today’s tax transparent and globalized world, companies, wealth owners and their advisors face a set of new and demanding regulatory and tax compliance challenges. Recent developments in the area of tax transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes have created a competitive landscape in which efficiently complying with tax laws is a key to success.

The 2019 Ukraine Tax Conference will discuss the most recent developments in Ukrainian tax law, both from a domestic and international tax law perspectives.

The conference will also include a comparative law analysis for selected jurisdictions.

Outstanding tax practitioners and scholars will explore the key aspects in a tax transparent world.

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Exchange Ideas offers a variety of industry-specific tax conferences around the globe. Exchange Ideas will also enable you to anticipate future changes and developments before regulations and laws become effective, allowing you to plan your client’s strategies accordingly.

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Event Speakers

HSH Prince Michael of Liechtenstein...
Industrie- und Finanzkontor Ets., Liechtenstein

Prince Michael of Liechtenstein is Executive Chairman of Industrie- und Finanzkontor Ets., a leading trust company with a tradition and expertise in the long-term and trans-generational preservation of wealth, especially family wealth. Furthermore, he is also the founder and chairman of Geopolitical Intelligence Services AG, a geopolitical consultancy company, and information platform. In addition, Prince Michael of Liechtenstein is a member of various professional organizations such as STEP, a board member of the Liechtenstein Institute of Professional Trustees and Fiduciaries, as well as chairman of the Liechtenstein-based liberal think tank European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation.

Andrew Terry
Edwin Coe LLP, United Kingdom

Andrew is an expert international tax practitioner with expertise on the Russian and CIS market. He was one of the first practitioners to use trusts as a planning and asset protection tools for Russian and CIS clients. Andrew Terry has over 33 years’ experience practicing tax law in the City of London, currently providing advice to ultra-high-net-worth individuals on trusts and foundation structures and the business underlying such structures. Andrew Terry also provides corporate tax support for corporate transactions including M&As, banking and VAT consultancy.

Eva Stadler
Wolf Theiss, Austria

Eva Stadler is a member of the Tax team. She specializes in international tax law, taxation of financial instruments, tax planning and structuring of international groups, M&As and real estate transactions. Further, Eva advises high net worth individuals on tax aspects. She is a member of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) and regularly acts as a speaker at international tax conferences and publishes articles in tax journals. Eva is admitted to the bar in Austria.

Balázs Békés
BékésPartners, Hungary

Balázs Békés is an attorney-at-law with more than 25 years’ experience in tax planning in connection with domestic and cross-border transactions, M&As, transfer pricing and operating model effectiveness, global wealth management and private client services. He began his career at BDO Austria where he started learning the profession of tax advisory, later on joining Deloitte Hungary in 2003.In 2005, Balázs joined the European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union of the European Union and in2007, Balázs Békés rejoined Deloitte and created and headed the International Tax Practice of Deloitte Russia and CIS. Between 2009 and 2013, Balázs Békés worked for Wolf Theiss Law Firm as head of tax for Hungary and in 2014 he was asked to establish the CEE practice of Ryan Tax (US). Later on, in 2015, Balázs Békés established BékésPartners. Finally, Balázs has been admitted to the Hungarian Bar as a chartered international tax advisor, he is a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP), a full and Board member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Lastly, he is an Assistant Professor in the financial law department at Pázmány Péter University.

Christos Theophilu
Taxatelier Ltd., Cyprus

Christos Theophilou is specialized in corporate and private clients’ tax issues with an international dimension, such as private equity structuring, cross-border investments, structured finance and international trade. Christos is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW), the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Cyprus (ICPAC), and an International Tax Affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). He qualified with KPMG (Cyprus) and holds a 4-year Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT) of the CIOT. Christos also holds the Transfer Pricing certificate of the CIOT and has completed the Oxford MSc degree in Taxation. Finally, he is a freelance lecturer for Tolley Exam Training and provides regularly lectures in various tax conferences.

Dr. Roland A. Pfister
Badertscher Attorneys at Law, Switzerland | Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland

Roland Pfister studied law at the Universities of Neuchâtel and Granada. After graduating from law school, he worked for an international law firm in Belgium and a leading investment bank in Zurich. Later, he joined the tax department of one of the “Big Four” firms in Zurich/Geneva. From 2011 to 2014, he worked at a law firm in Geneva. Since 2015, he works at an international corporate and tax law firm in Zurich/Zug. In addition, Roland Pfister holds an Executive MBA in Wealth Management, and a PhD in international tax law from the University of Neuchâtel. He was also a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. Roland is a regular contributor to tax journals and lectures frequently in postgraduate tax programs. His main areas of expertise include both domestic Swiss and Liechtenstein as well as international tax law with a particular emphasis on tax-compliant wealth planning for high net-worth individuals and corporate entities (including funds, trusts and partnerships). His practice focuses, primarily, on the taxation of international investment structures.

Friggo Kraaijeveld
KC Legal, Netherlands

Friggo Kraaijeveld graduated in Tax Law at the University of Amsterdam. He also graduated in Civil Law and Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and obtained a postgraduate LLM in International Tax Law from the International Tax Centre of the University of Leiden. Friggo worked in the field of international taxation at PWC and subsequently worked with a leading Dutch law firm. Friggo is specialized in tax issues with an international dimension, such as private equity structuring, cross-border investments, international trade and labour. Friggo has a strong track record in cross-border investment structures and structured finance.

Illia Neizvestny
Arendt & Medernach SA, Luxembourg

llia Neizvestny is a Senior Associate in the Tax Law practice of Arendt & Medernach SA where he specialises in the field of national and international tax law with a focus on the tax aspects of unregulated and regulated investment structures for private equities, commercial and private wealth clients. Particularly, he specializes in German, Eastern European and Eurasian markets (including Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine amongst other countries), being a member of the German Lawyers’ Association, of the Koblenz Bar (Germany) and the Luxembourg Bar. Prior to joining Arendt & Medernach, Ilia worked in the legal team of the investment funds department of a Luxembourg subsidiary of one of the biggest German banks and as an international tax manager within the Luxembourg and Moscow offices of one of the Big Four firms where he led the Russia and CIS Desk in the Luxembourg office.

Larysa Antoshchuk is a licensed Attorney-at-Law with more than 12 years of experience in litigating and advising international and Ukrainian companies. Larysa focuses on tax litigation, including tax audits, tax authorities’ requests, settlement of tax disputes during the pre-trial and trial stages. She has represented clients from a wide range of industries, including media, IT, industrial machinery and pharmacy, before local courts of all instances and the European Court of Human Rights. Larysa Antoshchuk has a unique multidisciplinary advisory experience in tax issues and different areas of law: customs, currency, commercial, labor, etc. For the last 5 years, she has been involved in the development of tax advisory institution and legislative drafting activities. Additionally, Larysa is a member of Public Council of the Parliament of Ukraine on the Committee for tax and customs issues.

Loukas Dimitriou
TotalPro Services Ltd, Cyprus

Loukas is the founder of TotalPro Services Ltd, a company licensed by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, providing integrated corporate services for over 12 years, focusing among others in international banking solutions, and investment firms and funds. In addition, Loukas advises high net worth individuals and family offices in private equity deals (financial and legal due diligence, negotiations, acquisition). He had also significant exposure to investment projects associated with the Cyprus Investment Programme for Citizenship by Investment. He is currently acting as the Director of an Alternative Investment Fund and a Risk Manager of a Cyprus real estate fund. He spent over 12 years as an executive director, a risk manager and head of middle and back office of Argo Capital Management, an award-winning London based emerging markets hedge fund. He also worked as a broker/investment consultant and financial analyst for 2 years, in a Brokerage firm. Loukas holds an MA degree in Finance from the University of Manchester and has graduated with a BSc in Economical Sciences from Athens Economical University. He also provides services as a licensed Insolvency Practitioner.

Marco Compagnino
CM Legal, Lugano, Switzerland

Marco G. Compagnino is founding partner of CM LEGAL, Studio Legale in Lugano that he founded after 12 years of activities in Lugano (and more than 20 years of practice), as Associate Partner and Head of CIS Area Desk in one of the leading legal and tax consultancy firm in Ticino (Switzerland). His practice encompasses all aspects of international taxation and business law, with a main focus on Italian tax law, Swiss tax law, cross-border and international tax planning. Marco was educated at Bocconi University of Milan (Economics), at State University of Milan (Law), and at Leiden University (LL.M. International tax law). He is member (overseas lawyer status) of the Lugano Law Society, Italian Law Society, ODCEC (Italian registered tax experts) in Milan, Register of legal chartered accountants (Rome), Swiss Register of tax fiduciary consultants (Lugano) and Swiss cantonal accountants (Lugano).

Michael Ellul
Busuttil & Micallef, Malta

Michael has practiced for over 20 years in the area of corporate services, having embarked on his career with a “Big Four” in 1994. He was mainly involved in boutique service provider set-ups as co-owner as from 2000 up to 2015 when he joined Busuttil & Micallef to head the firm’s division dealing with corporate services and trustee business. Michael has long experience in terms of implementing Malta structures and assisting clients across Europe. Michael is a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, the Institute of Financial Services Practitioners and STEP and a fellow of the Malta Institute of Taxation.

Oksana Kneychuk
Eterna Law, Kyiv

Oksana holds a law degree from the University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She is currently a Partner at Eterna Law within the International Tax Planning and Corporate Structuring Practice.In particular, she handles M&A and transaction structuring, advising on the most advantageous tax planning strategies for cross-border inbound and outbound investments, including development of practical mechanisms for profits repatriation. Oksana Kneychuk provides advisory services for high net worth individuals on the tax aspects of private wealth structuring, preservation of wealth and tax planning around life changing events. She has been recognized by Tax by Legal 500 EMEA 2015 – 2018 and the Tax Directors Handbook 2015 – 2018. Furthermore, Oksana is a frequent contributor of articles, and regularly speaks at conferences addressing tax issues, being a member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and the Association of European Lawyers (AIEL).

Previously at Withers LLP, Elena worked on private and corporate tax structuring for Russian and CIS clients. Elena has assisted with setting up a multi-million-pound endowment foundation in Russia and trusts in UK offshore jurisdictions for very prominent clients. She has dealt with probate and succession issues taking into consideration Russian law, UK legal issues and conflicts of laws. She has experience in Russian litigation, interpretation of Bilateral Investment Treaties and is skilled in a high level of due diligence. Elena also has experience of working with Russian, Ukrainian and Kazakhstani High Net Worth individuals for a family office in London. She also worked as a lawyer in Russia, acting for private and corporate clients in Russian federal and commercial courts.

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Event Schedule

  • September 24, 2019
08:30 AM
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Welcome and Registration

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09:00 AM
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09:45 AM

Overview of the latest developments for individuals and corporations under Ukrainian domestic and international tax law

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• Overview of the relevant recent developments in Ukrainian domestic tax law: - Elimination of “anti-crisis” currency restrictions - Features of non-resident “shell companies” - Introduction of “substance rules” for non-resident counterparties of Ukrainian companies • Overview of the relevant recent developments in Ukrainian international tax law: - “De-offshorization” initiatives - Ratification of MLI-Convention - Controlled Foreign Corporation (CFC) rules to be introduced in Ukraine (new draft law) - Current status of implementation of the Automatic Exchange of Information (AEoI) on financial accounts under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS)

Larysa Antoshchuk

Oksana Kneychuk

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Fundamental changes in the international tax environment and their impact on Ukrainian individuals, corporations and investments:

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• Current status of BEPS Plan implementation in Ukraine: - Multilateral Instrument (MLI) and potential issues occurring upon its implementation - Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive (ATAD I, II) and its impact on Ukrainian taxpayers with cross-border operations (i.e.: interest limitation, CFC rules, general anti-avoidance rule, hybrid mismatches, exit tax, etc.) • Enhanced international transparency requirements and their consequences for Ukrainian individuals and corporations engaged in cross-border activities: - 4th AML Directive (UBO registration in the EU and enhanced risk-based approach) - 5th AML Directive (Mandatory disclosure rules for professional intermediaries and advisors) - Directive on Administrative Cooperation in the Field of Taxation introducing mandatory disclosure of reportable cross-border tax arrangements for EU-linked intermediaries (i.e.: lawyers, accountants and tax advisers) • Impact of BEPS on tax planning strategies involving holding company structures (i.e.: future of holding companies, challenges for existing structures, intercompany cross-border debt, management of Permanent Establishment exposure, ownership of IP, etc.)

Eva Stadler

Oksana Kneychuk

Andrew Terry

10:45 AM
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11:00 AM
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12:30 AM

Overview of preferential IT and IP tax regimes in selected jurisdictions

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• Latest developments in the legal framework and regulations on the taxation of IT and IP industry in selected jurisdictions: Cyprus, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine and the Netherlands • Case studies on the application of IP box regime (for software companies) in selected jurisdictions: Cyprus, Luxembourg, Hungary, Malta, Switzerland, UK, Ukraine and the Netherlands

Balázs Békés

Michael Ellul

Dr. Roland A. Pfister

Friggo Kraaijeveld

Illia Neizvestny

Andrew Terry

12:30 PM
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02:20 PM

The Ukrainian tax system in the post BEPS era: transparency and substance

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• Consequences deriving from the latest changes in terms of transparency and substance for Ukraine (i.e.: BEPS, DTCS, AEOI) • Tax compliant planning strategies for Ukrainian individuals and corporations which satisfy the current transparency and substance requirements based on case studies

Oksana Kneychuk

02:20 PM
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Liechtenstein a competence center for wealth preservation

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• • Various instruments used for wealth preservation • Assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of locating the ownership of protected assets in Liechtenstein • Comparison with selected jurisdictions

HSH Prince Michael of Liechtenstein

Dr. Roland A. Pfister

03:00 PM
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Tax Residence and Citizenship Programs for Ukrainian High Net Worth Individuals. Use of wealth management structures in a comparative view with selected jurisdictions

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• Overview of attractive jurisdictions for Ukrainian individuals • Assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of both alternatives • Tax planning strategies for individuals through the use of wealth management structures (i.e.: corporate entities, foundations, trusts, etc.)

Loukas Dimitriou

Marco Compagnino

Andrew Terry

04:00 PM
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04:15 PM
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05:15 PM

Workshop I: Tax planning for Ukrainian individuals and corporate entities in a comparative view with selected jurisdictions: Austria, Hungary, Malta and the Netherlands

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• Overview of the latest news and changes in the domestic tax law of each jurisdiction with regard to corporate taxation • Case studies on tax planning from Ukraine’s and selected jurisdictions’ perspective. Inbound scenarios (foreign investors investing in Ukraine) • Case studies on tax planning from Ukraine’s and selected jurisdictions’ perspective. Outbound scenarios (Ukraine residents using foreign jurisdictions for investment purposes)

Balázs Békés

Eva Stadler

Michael Ellul

Oksana Kneychuk

Friggo Kraaijeveld

05:15 PM
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06:00 PM

Workshop II: Tax planning for Ukrainian individuals and corporate entities in a comparative view with selected jurisdictions: Cyprus, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Liechtenstein

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• Overview of the latest news and changes in the domestic tax law of each jurisdiction with regard to corporate taxation • Case studies on tax planning from Ukraine’s and selected jurisdictions’ perspective. Inbound scenarios (foreign investors investing in Ukraine) • Case studies on tax planning from Ukraine’s and selected jurisdictions’ perspective. Outbound scenarios (Ukraine residents using foreign jurisdictions for investment purposes)

Dr. Roland A. Pfister

Illia Neizvestny

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