The Proposal to Target Intermediaries Selling Aggressive Tax Planning Schemes & Fundamental Freedoms

The Proposal to Target Intermediaries Selling Aggressive Tax Planning Schemes & Fundamental Freedoms Within the EU

This is the sixteenth in our series of articles looking at some of the topics to be discussed at our November 2018 conference, Beyond Borders: International Taxation into 2020. More specifically, this introduces the panelists for our discussion on aggressive tax planning and fundamental freedoms with the EU. Book your early bird ticket HERE before it’s too late!
Over the past year, in an ongoing battle against tax avoidance, the European Commission introduced multiple transparency regulations targeting financial advisors, accountants, bankers and lawyers who sell aggressive tax planning schemes to their clients.
How do these rules fall in line with the EU’s fundamental freedoms, or the free movement of goods, services, capital and persons within the region?
Plenty of food for thought for financial service providers at our conference in November!


Our Aggressive Tax Planning & EU Fundamental Freedoms Panelists 

Luca Cerioni, Law Professor, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr. Luca Cerioni is Lecturer in Tax Law at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Law. He gained his Ph.D from the University of Essex and his main research interests lie in the areas of international tax law, comparative tax law and EU tax law & policy.
Furthermore, he carries out research on topics that are at the interface between tax law, on the one hand, and company law, corporate governance & CSR on the other. Dr. Cerioni authored the two books "EU Corporate Law and EU Company Tax Law" (2007) and "The European Union and Direct Taxation: A Solution for a Difficult Relationship" (2015).
John Richardson, Lawyer, Citizenship Solutions, Canada
John Richardson is a Toronto, Canada based lawyer. He provides advice and assistance for US citizens and Green card holders who do not reside in the United States. He specializes in US citizenship relinquishment, Green Card expatriation and assisting US persons with their compliance obligations. You can contact him on his website
Aisling Donohue, Partner, Andersen Tax, Ireland
Aisling is a Partner with mgpartners. She joined a Big Four firm in 1999 upon graduation and qualified as a UK Chartered Tax Adviser in 2001. She worked with that firm in Ireland for six years and in the UK for seven years before leaving the position as a director in 2012. She has significant experience with international structuring, mergers and acquisitions, EU Law based claims as well as more general corporation and employee tax advice.
Her clients range from listed companies through to owner managed businesses. She deals with all areas of business taxes from tax dispute resolution through transaction and employment equity structuring.
Recent transactions included advising on Ireland’s first cash box placing, advising on a debt equity swap by an Irish plc, along with cross border mergers and employee share schemes for listed and unlisted companies.

Our Aggressive Tax Planning & EU Fundamental Freedoms Moderator

Todd Buell, Senior Correspondent for Law360 & MLex, Belgium
Todd Buell is a Senior Correspondent for Law360 and MLex in Brussels. He writes about tax policy. Prior to joining Law360/MLex in April 2018, he worked for seven years for The Wall Street Journal in Frankfurt, covering the European Central Bank and the eurozone economy, occasionally branching out to write articles about Nazi architecture and opera houses on Malta. He began his career as a journalist with Market News International in Frankfurt.
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