Technology & Tax Panel

How Can Technology Help the International Tax Sector?

This is the thirteenth 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 the relationship between technological advancements and the international tax world. Book your early bird ticket HERE before it’s too late!

In this day and age, technology is advancing by leaps and bounds.

Many of the current technological advancements are making financial services providers’ lives a lot cheaper, simpler and efficient.

Take a look at Estonia’s digital economy, which via the bold use of technology has managed to digitize everything but the delivery of pizza.

In this panel, our experts will delve into the different applications of technology within the international tax world and how these might help the industry take yet another leap forward.

Our Technology & Tax Panel’s Participants

Emmeline Bocherel, Tax Attorney, Tax Suits You, France

Emmeline Bocherel, Tax Attorney, Tax Suits You, France

Emmeline Bocherel currently works as a Tax Attorney in a newly established tax law firm in Nantes, France.

She began her work in tax law in 2012 in Paris as a member of several multinationals and international tax law firms. For four years, she worked as part of the tax department at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Ivanhoe Cambridge Europe, the real estate European investment fund of the National Bank of Quebec, and Arsene Taxand, a member firm of the Taxand group. She also held roles in M&A for middle-cap and CAC 40 companies and European real estate tax law for investment funds.

She recently moved to Nantes to refine her skills in tax litigation and dispute resolution, start working with more startups and SMEs, and help set up a new law firm operating exclusively within the tax sector.

Her clients include startups and SMEs, as well as Breton, Chinese and Japanese groups with cross-border tax issues and US residents. Furthermore, she works pro bono to help local social, artistic and educative organisations, and is a point of contact in Brittany for issues related to cryptocurrency, international and cross-border taxation, and asset optimization.

Dr. Tatiana Falcão, Policy Leaders Fellow, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Italy

Dr. Tatiana Falcão, Policy Leaders Fellow, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Italy

Tatiana Falcão is a Policy Leaders Fellow at the European University Institute’s (EUI) School of Transnational Governance.

She is a consultant for the United Nations on tax issues, a member of the United Nations’ Subcommittee on Environmental Taxation, and is a recurrent contributor to the work of the United Nations, the OECD and the International Labour Organization (ILO). Tatiana has a monthly column in Tax Notes International and is a regular commentator in international tax topics. 

Tatiana holds a Ph.D from Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria), a LL.M from Cambridge University (UK), a LL.M from New York University (USA), and a Bachelor Degree from Universidade Cândido Mendes (Brazil).

Nikola Korbar, CEO, Center for Economic Research, Serbia

Nikola Korbar, CEO, Center for Economic Research, Serbia

Nikola Korbar is the CEO of the Center for Economic Research Belgrade, a regional leader for education of banking, auditing, financial, management and IT professionals. He has more than two years of professional experience with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology and more than five years experience as an executive. He founded DigitalMoneyPulse, the first Serbian cryptocurrency educational platform in 2016. His primary interests are focused around cryptocurrency and blockchain disruptions, but not in a classical 'Bitcoin enthusiast' way, more from a professional economic standpoint (especially taking full advantage of his other spheres of interest). His biggest focus is currently on blockchain technology and how can it be used to take humanity to the next step of digital revolution.

Jeremy Cape, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs, United Kingdom

Jeremy Cape, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs, United Kingdom

Jeremy Cape is a tax and public policy partner in Squire Patton Boggs’ London office, advising on a wide range of issues, including M&A, private equity, finance, restructuring and insolvency, and VAT.

He has substantial experience in both domestic and global matters, with specific expertise regarding emerging markets and Africa, counselling both governments and taxpayers. He is the only UK-based lawyer specifically rated as an Africa-wide tax expert by Chambers Global and is currently focused on helping businesses deal with the introduction of VAT in the Gulf in 2018.

Jeremy was also the winner of Taxation Magazine’s Tax Commentator of the Year 2018.

Our Technology & Tax Panel’s Moderator

Thomas Jacobsen, Managing Director, Papilio Services Ltd., Malta

Thomas Jacobsen, Managing Director, Papilio Services Ltd., Malta

Thomas Jacobsen is the founder of the company and heads the organisation and the firm’s private clients’ department. He is the company’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer and is also the company’s accredited agent with Identity Malta for Malta’s residence and citizenship by investment programmes.

After graduating from the University of Oslo, with a law degree specialising in International Tax, Thomas spent some time working as a lawyer for the Royal Norwegian Air Force. Thomas relocated to Malta in 1997 and spent ten years working within the tax and legal department of PwC. He has, over the past years, assisted and advised a number of international and local clients with their tax compliance requirements and on various cross border issues. In 2007 Thomas was a co-founder of a boutique multi-disciplinary organisation that advised international clients and high net worth individuals on a variety of compliance, corporate, residence and tax issues.

He has extensive experience in advising clients in the setup of complex cross-border structures through the use of Maltese Companies, Trusts, Funds, Partnerships and Foundations. Besides income tax matters, including international tax optimisation, double tax treaties, capital gains tax and intellectual property structuring, Thomas has a great deal of knowledge about Maltese company law and corporate matters including corporate governance and management and administration affairs.

Thomas is a fellow of the Malta Institute of Taxation (MIM) and a member of the Malta Institute of Financial Services Practitioners (IFSP), International Bar Association (IBA), the Investment Migration Council (IMC), the International Fiscal Association (IFA) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

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