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After a short break, our monthly webinar series is back on track with an action-packed session on Wednesday, August 9th at 12:00 pm UK that will look at the wonderful world of international taxation. 

Our panellists, who are based in the UK and the UAE, will be discussing the management of international tax risk, providing you with tips and suggestions on how to comply with international tax regulations and avoid any financial or reputational damage to your firm.

Hope to see you there!

International Tax Topics Covered

Some of the questions to be discussed by our panellists include:

  • Why is it crucial to properly manage international tax compliance risks?
  • What are some of the main challenges of properly managing international tax compliance risks? Anything that is specific to your region of the world?
  • What is the main impact of inadequately addressing international tax issues?
  • How should practitioners balance their organisation’s international tax risks with other compliance risks?
  • How has the OECD’s BEPS programme changed the international tax landscape when it comes to managing international tax risk?
  • How can practitioners work more closely with regulators to alleviate or lessen the risk organisations are exposed to in the international tax sector?
  • What do you foresee for the international tax sector as it relates to managing risk in the next five-to-ten years?
  • And plenty more!

Our Panel of International Tax Experts

Dr Peter Wilson, Founder & Global Tax Advisor, PB First Global Tax

Dr Peter Wilson is an international taxation adviser with more than 40 years of experience. Peter has advised companies, individuals, partnerships, trusts, foundations, collective investment funds, pension funds and governments on taxation, international tax law and associated planning and compliance, firstly from a base in Sydney, Australia, then London, New York and now in Dubai.

He also advises corporate service providers, financial institutions, investment managers, and administrators on their client taxation matters together with FATCA, CRS and ESR reporting obligations.

Dr Wilson also assists clients in defending domestic and cross-border disputes with taxation authorities and in subsequent taxation litigation before tribunals and courts, together with advising family lawyers on the taxation consequences of disputed family investment entities in contested divorces. He advises clients on regulatory matters and entity (companies, partnerships, trusts, foundations, stock option schemes) formation, including countries or territories where the entities may be formed.

Over the years, he has advised clients on the cross-border taxation laws of more than 75 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America and Asia, including Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Wilson has a PhD in Commercial Law, written at Queen Mary, University of London on ‘BRICS and International Tax Law’. He is an established author and is the UAE subject matter expert for the ACCA in creating its Tax Certificate for the UAE Ministry of Economy, covering entity formation, consumer protection, UBO and public registers, and company and international taxation.

Dr Robert Peake, Chairman & Managing Director, The Cragus Group

Robert has been a tax and business adviser in the Middle East for thirty years. He has experience in several industry sectors. He advises on how to do business in the region, developing tax policies/strategies; managing tax risks and maximizing returns by reducing tax liabilities.

Robert has extensive experience in managing and assisting tax and legal due diligence for acquisitions, restructuring, and dispute resolution. In addition, he provides expert witness and advice on tax and business culture issues in litigation and disputes.

Robert started his career as a UK Fully Trained Inspector of Taxes. Then he spent over fourteen years with Ernst Young (partner) and Arthur Andersen (head of tax and legal for Kuwait and Lower Gulf) based in London, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and UAE. Subsequently, Robert was Senior Tax Advisor to Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and an Abu Dhabi Investment Council advisor.

He has served as a member of the UAE Free Trade Agreements negotiation team; an adviser to Abu Dhabi government agencies (including ADNOC) regarding FTAs, investment treaties and tax treaties; and an observer to the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds.

He was a member of the Drafting Committee responsible for the “Santiago Principles” for Sovereign Wealth Funds. Robert also served as SVP and Executive Officer of Dhow Kuwait, an affiliate of Hunt Oil.

Robert was a founding shareholder of The Cragus Group in 2006 and serves as its Managing Director.

Dr Ajay Kumar, Of Counsel, PB First Global Tax

Dr Ajay Kumar is an international commercial lawyer specialising in international taxation, development, and financial crimes. Ajay started as a qualified lawyer in India, and after more than 10 years of practice, principally as a litigation lawyer, he moved into academia.

Subsequently, he qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales. Presently he holds a full-time academic position with the University of Bradford, where he teaches international taxation, Trusts and Banking & Finance.

Before that, he held academic positions at different educational institutions in the UK, India and the UAE. He is also an Of Counsel with PB First Global Tax, Dubai.

The University of Manchester awarded Dr Kumar a PhD in International Economic Law in (2015) for the thesis – ‘International Tax Coherence a Development Perspective’. The thesis is a work in progress and focuses on tax jurisdiction and looks at the principles and practices of the international tax regime while evaluating its efficacy for offering development. This is being developed into a monograph for publication by 2024.

He also holds a master’s degree in international Commercial Law from the University of Aberdeen, UK and an undergraduate degree in law from Mahatma Gandhi University, India. Ajay has also co-authored a book published by Kluwer on ‘The Public International law of international taxation: Text, Cases and Materials’, with Asif Qureshi.

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