Taxand Global Conference 2009

Taxand Global Conference 2009

Cash is King
18 Feb 2009 to 20 Feb 2009

In his keynote speech at the Taxand 2009 Global Conference, Tony Alvarez advised delegates that in the current economic climate,"Cash Is King".  This perspective was a recurring theme as Taxanders from around the world presented a global view of the key tax issues facing multinational clients today and in the future.

Hosted by Alvarez and Marsal Taxand LLC, Taxand US, this year's Taxand Global Conference took place at The Westin Diplomat Hotel in Miami, Florida from the 18th to the 20th February. Over 200 Taxand delegates attended alongside more than 60 global Taxand clients to deliver and contribute to a wealth of sessions focussed on making the most of the economic downturn.

Key pointers from the conference

  • help our clients generate more cash by managing tax effective supply chain management
  • leverage sophisticated advice to deliver tax efficient operations
  • prepare for the impact of the OECD business restructuring paper
  • structure acquisitions in a cash efficient manner
  • identify refund opportunities
  • realise value from depreciating real estate through distressed asset investment or divestment
  • organise the model tax department of the future
  • restructure the debt of your global operations
  • leverage from changes anticipated in the tax audit arena
  • achieve global tax efficiencies through benefiting from new contract manufacturing regulations

Anecdotes, case studies and surveys carried out across Taxand's 47 member countries were also shared to help clients picture how to apply Taxand's experience to their businesses. All of the materials are downloadable here.

Representatives from the International Tax Review, an influential Euromoney publication, also attended the event to present three newcomer awards given in 2008, recognising the quality of our international tax advice in the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Client feedback from the event has been outstanding. One particular client comment really hit home:

                "I would like to thank you [Taxand] on behalf of all of the tax professionals
                 in industry for providing us with an alternative for high quality tax advice".

Welcome presentation

Bob Lowe: Host & CEO of Alvarez & Marsal Taxand LLC, Taxand US
For the conference context, the Taxand story and more ...

Plenary Session I - Supply Chain Management: Achieving Tax Efficiencies
Chair: Shiv Mahalingham, UK
Mike Murphy, US; Laurent Grençon, Luxembourg; Albert Liguori, US; Ramon Lopez de Haro, Spain; Mukesh Butani, India
How to help our clients generate more cash by managing tax effective supply chain management; instigate a repatriation strategy; learn more about the implications of US cost sharing regulations; prepare for the impact of the OECD business restructuring paper and more including detailed case studies.
Find out more about our Taxand global transfer pricing and indirect tax teams and services here.

Plenary Session II - Getting The Deal Done: A Global Guide to Transaction Tax Considerations
Chair: Kevin Hindley, UK
Denis Andres, France; Martin Williams, US; Dennis Xu, China
How to structure acquisitions in a cash efficient manner; restructure financing and planning arrangements to yield efficiencies and collect your tax due diligence check list to guide you through the key considerations surrounding all of your transactions.
Find out more about our Taxand global transaction tax services here and locate your nearest Taxand transaction tax advisor here.  

Keynote Speech - The Global Economic Downturn
Tony Alvarez II, Alvarez & Marsal LLC
An inspiring speech covering how we got to today's economic reality and its implications. Put simply, in line with our conference theme, Cash is King. Liquidity is determining the amount of time and options companies have to acquire, restructure and improve operating performance. "He who has the gold, makes the rules". Never was it truer than in this business environment. And it will get worse before it gets better. But buying opportunities will exist and the economic cycle will eventually move to good times. In the meantime Taxand is positioned to provide the value that its clients seek.

Plenary Session III - Real Estate Tax: Profiting in a Crisis
Chair: Keith O'Donnell, Luxembourg
Pär Sundberg, Sweden; Vince Imerti, Canada; Pedro Saavedra, Spain; Frank Walker, US
How to achieve value from depreciating real estate through distressed asset investment or divestment; take advantage of historically low valuations; structure your investments to lower tax levels and review anecdotes from our Taxand global real estate tax team.
Find our more about our Taxand global real estate tax services here and locate your nearest Taxand real estate tax advisor here.

Plenary Session IV - Emerging Global Tax Issues: A Look Ahead
Chair: Tim Wach, Canada
Richard Baxter, UK; Pedro Fernandez, Spain; Mukesh Butani, India
How to organise the model tax department of the future; restructure restructure the debt of your global operations and leverage from changes anticipated in the tax audit arena. Also provided exclusively here, our Taxand global debt restructuring survey findings delivering a country by country view of the key issues surrounding the application of income tax, indirect tax and stamp in a debt restructuring context.

Plenary Session V - New Contract Manufacturing Regulations: A gentle breeze blowing in the right direction
Chair: Ernie Perez, USA
Juan Carlos Ferrucho, USA
How to achieve global tax efficiencies through benefiting from new contract manufacturing regulations. Practical guidelines for US multinationals including an overview of US taxation of controlled foreign corporations; new non-physical definition of manufacturing; new branch rules and examples of the application of the new rules.

Client Panel Discussion
Four Taxand global clients joined two Taxand moderators - Frédéric Donnedieu de Vabres, Taxand Chairman and Bob Lowe, US - to discuss the key challenges and opportunities multinationals face today and in particular their expectations from tax advisors and client service requirements. This discussion was an exclusive feature of the day for attendees.

General Queries
If you would like to know more about any of these topics please contact our Taxand speakers or your nearest Taxand advisor. If you would like to be considered for an exclusive invitation to one of our future conferences, please contact atarren@taxand.com.

Event details

Wednesday, 18th February 2009 to Friday, 20th February 2009
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12:00 UTC
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Westin Diplomat Hotel
Miami, FL
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