2014 KPMG EMA Tax Summit 

Barcelona, Spain
EMA Tax Summit

New facts trigger new trends

Economist John Maynard Keynes once said, “When the facts change, I change my mind”. In the world of international business tax, the facts around us are changing fast.

The economic, political and legislative environments are changing radically. The way society and the media view business tax has altered beyond recognition. Information technology continues to revolutionize our world – not only in terms of process management and automation but also in terms of the data management and analytics.

This new landscape is driving new thinking and innovation. Tax policymakers are being forced to innovate. Tax directors are being compelled to view tax strategies, tax processes and tax leadership in very different ways.

At our Summit, moderated by ITN journalist and TV presenter Mary Nightingale, we will explore these themes. We will hear from policy experts including Pascal Saint-Amans (Director, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), Professor Pasquale Pistone (Academic Chairman for IBFD and Professor at WU Vienna (A) and University of Salerno (Italy)) and John Micklethwait (Editor-in-chief of The Economist magazine).  We will hear from trend and technology experts, including David Rowan (Editor, Wired magazine), Alwin Magimay (Head of Digital and Analytics, KPMG in the UK), and Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (Professor of Internet Governance, Oxford) and author of the bestselling book Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think.

A range of leading tax directors from global organizations, including BP, eBay and BskyB will join us to discuss tax-related strategic, operational and technological innovations within international companies.

The final session of our Summit will explore leadership and innovation. Ben Verwaayen (former CEO, Alcatel-Lucent, former CEO, British Telecom (BT) and current Partner at RoBen Partners) and a panel of leading tax professionals will debate the challenges facing global tax directors as they seek to deliver innovation for their organizations. Throughout the Summit, we will review how tax authorities are harnessing innovation and technology to improve their revenue collection processes. We will ask: what innovation is required from those who manage taxes on behalf of global companies? And, more fundamentally: do we need to reshape the tax function itself?

Between plenary sessions, you can enjoy a range of in-depth incubator sessions. You will also have opportunities to speak with tax technology specialists in our Innovation Zone. If transfer pricing is at the top of your agenda, you will also want to check out the Special Transfer Pricing Event. During the course of your time with us, I hope you will also have time to explore the stunning city of Barcelona in the company of peers and colleagues.

We look forward to meeting you there.

Jaap Rog

Head of Tax for KPMG’s EMA Region

2014 KPMG EMA Tax Summit
22-24 September 2014
Hotel Arts Barcelona
Marina 1921, 08005
Barcelona Spain

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  • The registration fee for the 2014 KPMG EMA Tax Summit is EUR2500.00 per person, plus VAT where applicable. This fee covers your attendance at the plenary sessions, break-out sessions, and innovation zone, as well as Summit material, Summit lunches and the Summit dinner. It does not include accommodation, flights and transfers. Payment will be handled by the local KPMG member firm office that invited you, so please ensure they are aware you are registering.

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