International Business Structuring in the Digital Economy

The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, United Kingdom 03 Jun 2014


Conference, 3 June 2014, Mandarin Oriental, London, UK

Keynote Speaker: Raffaele Russo, Head of the BEPS project, OECD

Are you aware of all the impacts the OECD’s BEPS project is going to have?

Mismanaging tax risks in an uncertain regulatory environment significantly raises cost burden for international companies across all industries. How can businesses protect themselves from unexpected liabilities? To navigate the increasingly more complex compliance requirements, businesses are relying more on external advisors in creating effective structuring policies. Future-proof your strategies by accessing the most up-to-date information on regulatory developments and the threat they pose to established business practices.

Find out how leading firms identify and monitor intangible asset valuation, transfer pricing and permanent establishment risks from the world’s leading experts, including International Tax Directors of Mars Inc., Reed Elsevier,, Microsoft, Time Warner, Michelin, Omnicom, Kaspersky Lab, Paramount Pictures, As well as a full briefing on the developments of the project and the opportunity to engage directly with Raffaele Russo, Head of the BEPS project, OECD.


IP in the Digital Economy: Structuring Implications of Emerging Business Models

Digitalised enterprises tend to pursue innovation as an important element of their competitive advantage and expansion strategies. As a result, high-tech businesses have a greater part of their value driven by intangible property as opposed to physical assets. Efficient R&D and brand-related IP protection and structuring are vital as it affects the future profitability, productivity and sustainability of any company operating in the global marketplace.

  • Session One examines the challenges of providing a solid basis for accurate IP valuation along with common valuation methodologies and practices

  • IP structuring experts will discuss the legal aspects of centralisation trends among digital businesses

  • The panel speakers will debate the issue of the growing enterprise costs in relation to crossborder digital service transactions

The Future of Transfer Pricing: Aligning Business and Tax Objectives

Uncertainties surrounding value creation in data-driven supply chains creates an environment where existing transfer pricing regulations need to be revised. However, there is scope for improvement in the transfer pricing processes currently employed. Industry experts will share their experiences of designing and implementing effective policies across different business functions and jurisdictions, in the context of international transparency and cooperative compliance.

  • Session Two addresses the importance of transfer pricing policy, best practice and risk management awareness among all corporate functions

  • Plenary speakers will share their experience in planning and implementing effective transfer pricing policy

  • A multi-disciplinary panel will cover regulatory issues, focusing on transparency and compliance

Dealing with the Unintentional Permanent Establishment Exposure Risk

Some aspects of increased business virtualisation challenge and at times directly conflict with the traditional taxation principles. The conference will examine the extent to which the current international law concepts respond to concerns of both business owners and authorities. Attendees and speakers will look into proposed solutions and how the existing business structuring and taxation issues are likely to evolve in the future.

  • Session Three looks into controversial aspects of the BEPS debate, including the validity of the “virtual permanent establishment” concept

  • Experienced structuring advisors will clarify the uncertainties of permanent establishment exposure for e-commerce companies operating internationally

  • Industry professionals will explain the potential implications of proposed country-by-country reporting scheme for non-digital companies

Standard rate: £875 + VAT
IBSA member rate: £700 (20% discount) + VAT


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