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Historically within the Asia Pacific setting ASEAN has been second to China when it came to being a manufacturing powerhouse. This is largely due to several non-tariff barrier challenges such as relatively low intraregional FDI, infrastructural deficits, relatively low labour mobility and availability of labour for rapid mass production. Today, with the disruption in global trade due to key geopolitical factors such as the US-China ongoing trade negotiation impasse, the focus is on ASEAN’s ability to absorb the accommodate new production demands. Of special focus are opportunities in Vietnam. There are large, strategic, long-term decisions that companies need to think about and plan for now. These decisions are definitely already significant and at board level for many multinationals. Is ASEAN and your operations in particular ready for the added pressure on physical, regulatory and human capital infrastructure? ASEAN based multinationals need to take a holistic view of their role in the supply chains as well as the changes to the supply chain ecosystem in order to be set up for the immediate and distant future.


11:30 AM Registration
12:00 AM Lunch is served
12:20 PM Welcome Remarks
12:25 PM Presentation and Q&A
01:30 PM Event ends


AmCham Members: VND 300,000 | Non-members: VND 400,000

Reservations/cancellations must be received by 24 hours before the event, and must be made on-line or by email. We are unable to accept reservations/cancellations by telephone.


Jay L. Camillo
Americas Operating Model Effectiveness
Ernst & Young LLP

Jay Camillo, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is Ernst & Young LLP’s Americas Operating Model Effectiveness (OME) leader. Ernst & Young has active OME practices in all major countries and cities in North, South, and Central America.

Jay has been with the firm since 1994, and has worked with clients in a wide range of industries, including food and beverages, consumer products, retail, services, automotive, hospitality, apparel, computer software, and biopharmaceuticals.

Jay has led transfer pricing (TP) planning/OME projects on a global basis. He has assisted clients to develop defensible OME and TP structures and to maintain robust documentation to meet global requirements in the Americas; Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; and in the Asia Pacific regions. Further, Jay has been involved in intellectual property and high value services planning, including cost sharing and platform contribution transaction payment calculations. Finally, he has addressed many transfer pricing issues in the context of unilateral and bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements with the United States, Canada, and the People’s Republic of China.

From 1990-1994, prior to joining Ernst & Young, Jay worked as a consultant with the Washington, DC-based The Advisory Board Company focusing on the financial services industry. During this period, Jay also was an international trade specialist for the US International Trade Administration’s Office of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) where he was active in all phases of the negotiation and implementation of NAFTA.

Jay has undergraduate and graduate degrees in foreign languages, business, economics and international relations from Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A.), The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (M.A.), and Georgia State University’s Robinson School of Business (M.B.A).


Rob King
Tax Partner, EY

Rob King is a tax partner at EY and leads the tax practice in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. Rob is a lawyer and chartered accountant. He started his career in Sydney but has since worked in London, Perth, Croatia, Slovenia and for the last 3 years in Indochina. Rob has helped clients in a variety of industries and from the largest multinationals to local startups.


Jay Smith
Senior Manager
International Tax and Transaction Services
Operating Model Effectiveness (OME)

EY Asia Pacific Tax Centre

Jay Smith is a Senior Manager in the Asia Pacific Tax Centre, Operating Model Effectiveness team based in Singapore. Jay has worked in this team since 2014. Prior to EY Jay ran his own tax consulting business in Sydney.

His focus at EY is on supporting companies from the Asia-Pacific region design and implement operating models that support business strategies, complement existing operating model designs and drive appropriate tax outcomes and operational efficiencies.

Jay has been advising US and European multinational clients who wish to enter APAC and ASEAN across various industries such as consumer product and retail, diversified industrials, life sciences, e-commerce amongst others. Likewise, Jay works with APAC and ASEAN headquartered companies that are looking to grow within the region and internationally.

Jay’s recent focus has been assisting clients in realignment of their supply chains considering shifts in the global geopolitical and economic factors. Jay is currently working with a number of US and European multinationals that have manufacturing footprint in the region. Key activities involve assessing diversification of the manufacturing footprint and how various locations impact the group’s tax profile, IP planning including locally generated IP, review of various incentives, realigning the transfer pricing model due to changes in the operating model and various other cross-border issues.

Jay holds degrees in quantitative finance, accounting and modern history from The University of Sydney and The Australian Catholic University.  Jay is also an Australian Chartered Accountant with the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a diploma of tax law with the Tax institute of Australia.

Donald Thomson
Associate Partner, Asia-Pacific Tax Center, Indirect Tax
EY, Singapore


Donald is an Executive Director in the firm and has over 20 years experience working in industry and practice. He specializes in customs & indirect tax and business restructuring projects.

He serves a wide range of local and multinational clients which are mainly in the automotive, pharmaceutical, chemicals and consumer products industries. He has extensive experience advising clients on customs and indirect tax issues, both at a conceptual planning and practical operational level.

Donald holds a degree in Mathematics for Business Analysis from Glasgow Caledonian University. He is also an Accredited Tax Practitioner of the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals (SIATP).

Professional experience

Donald has advised companies on restructuring their supply chain operations in Asia. Such projects encompass end-to-end support with a wide range of work streams including: market assessment, supply base evaluation, partner selection, licensing requirements, tax design, government incentive negotiation support, and PMO support.

He has helped several companies plan and implement their new business arrangements by providing inputs on the operational customs and indirect tax impact of such arrangements.

He has led supplier footprint optimization projects to achieve optimal balance between landed cost of input material versus local content / FTA considerations for resultant final products.

Donald has considerable experience in complex customs planning, including customs valuation planning and the use of FTAs.

Sam Barrett
Associate Partner
International Tax and Transaction Services
Operating Model Effectiveness (OME)
EY Asia Pacific Tax Centre

Sam Barrett, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is Associate Partner, Operating Model Effectiveness (OME), EY Asia Pacific Tax Centre.

Before recently joining EY, Sam managed the Tax and Treasury operations of a large ASEAN headquartered tech start-up, including incentives, strategy, compliance, government relations, planning and controversy. Prior to this, Sam had 15 years’ experience working in senior International Tax and Global Transfer Pricing roles for a number of well-known multinationals, as well as a Big 4 transfer pricing advisor being based in Sweden, US, UK, Luxembourg and Mexico during his career so far.

Sam has led global transfer pricing planning and restructuring projects as in-house lead and understands the hands-on implementation and non-tax challenges of managing such projects.

Sam is a frequent speaker at international tax and transfer pricing conferences.


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