Anti-Avoidance Rules, Transfer Pricing and Advanced Pricing Agreements (APAs)

Date(s) - 14/05/2014
8:00 am - 10:30 am

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DFDL’s Tax Team Jack Sheehan, Partner, Bernard Cobarrubias, Director and Grace Molina, Transfer Pricing Director, will be speakers at the next American Chamber of Commerce breakfast seminar on 14 May 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Last year, we have seen the enactment of new tax laws, the introduction of a new circular that is described as Vietnam’s version of the general anti-avoidance rules, a continuing focus on transfer pricing, including the formalization of rules for Advance Pricing Agreements (APAs).

During the presentation we will re-examine where the Vietnamese tax authorities stand on these global and local tax issues.

In addition, questions on how these rules affect your corporate and tax structures and if is it time to revisit how you do business in Vietnam will be answered during the seminar.

Key points include:

  • High profile international and local tax avoidance cases
  • Global trends in aggressive tax planning, Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) and anti-avoidance rules
  • Discussion on Vietnam’s General Anti-Avoidance Rules
  • Transfer pricing overview and framework
  • Trends in TP enforcement
  • Introduction of APAs in Vietnam


8:00 am Registration and Networking
8:30 am Welcome and Introduction
8:35 am International Tax Trends and Their Impact in Vietnam
9:45 am Transfer Pricing
10:25 am Event ends


Members: VND 480,000 | Non-members: VND 630,000


Jack SheehanJack SheehanPartner, Regional Tax Practice Group, DFDL
Jack is a Partner in the regional tax practice group. He specializes in providing international tax planning and consulting, corporate structuring and restructuring, M&A and cross-border tax advisory services. He is advising clients in sectors ranging from telecommunications, mining, oil & gas, manufacturing, aviation, banking and financial institutions to Government and aid-funded projects. Jack is regularly invited as a speaker on international taxation issues at events in the SE Asia Region including IFA, IBFD, CCH, Thai Tax Forum, Australian Chamber, American Chamber, Euro-Cham, Japan Board of Investment, In-house Counsel, Indian Chamber, Canada Chamber, Chinese Chamber, Myanmar Private Sector Forum and DFDL sponsored events. Jack and his team are regular contributors to international tax publications including International Tax Review, IBFD, Bloomberg BNA and CCH. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in the UK. He speaks English, Lao and basic Thai.

Bernard Cobbarubias BWBernard CobarrubiasDirector, Regional Tax Practice Group, DFDL
Bernard has over 12 years of tax and legal experience in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Myanmar. He also handles Lao PDR and Cambodian tax engagements. Bernard specializes in international tax services with focus on cross-border transactions, corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions advisory and implementation. He also deals with local business tax advisory services, corporate structures and licensing, as well as regulatory and tax compliance. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications (Journalism) degree from the University of the Philippines. He speaks English and Filipino.

Grace MolinaGrace MolinaTransfer Pricing Director, DFDL
Grace, as Transfer Pricing Director, is seconded to DFDL’s Tax Practice Group based in Ho Chi Minh City and has over 15 years of combined corporate, legal, international tax and transfer pricing experience in the Philippines and Vietnam. She is concurrently a director of Quantera Global, the world’s leading independent transfer pricing advisory firm, providing specialist transfer pricing services to multinationals of all sizes across the globe, having previously gained valuable experience as a Transfer Pricing Senior Manager in a Big 4 accounting firm in Vietnam. Prior to this, she worked for a Big 4 accounting firm as well as a law firm in the Philippines and led the Legal section of the trust and investments division of one of the Philippines’ leading banks. Grace holds a Bachelor of Laws (University of the Philippines Diliman) and a Bachelor of Arts in English Studies (University of the Philippines Diliman). She speaks English, Filipino and basic Vietnamese.

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