The Cyprus International Tax Conference is presented for the first time to address recent trends and developments in taxation across Europe and the globe. There is no doubt that competition between international business centers is intensifying as capital becomes more mobile, professionals become more skilled and governments offer more incentives. Nevertheless, over the last few years Cyprus has managed to not only retain but also improve its international competitiveness as a regional commercial and business centre. So how was this possible? Distinguished speakers from the local market and abroad will share their knowledge and view on recent tax developments to help answer this question and more. Alongside the conference, attendees will be offered the chance to network with like-minded peers and professionals from the financial and professional services sectors in Cyprus. The Cyprus International Tax Conference aspires to become an annual European meeting of professionals where updates and issues of concern to the industry are discussed. Don’t miss the chance to attend the ultimate tax event in Cyprus!
There is no doubt that competition between international business centers is intensifying as capital becomes more mobile, professionals become more skilled and governments offer more incentives. Nevertheless, over the last few years Cyprus has managed to not only retain but also improve its international competitiveness as a regional commercial and business centre. So how was this possible?
Over the years, Cyprus has become a crucial economic and financial operations centre for the region, a true communications and transport hub where different people and cultures meet. With its advanced technical infrastructure and skilled human workforce, it has established itself as a base from where European enterprises can launch their regional activities. The island’s strategic position in the Eastern Mediterranean, lying at the crossroad of three continents, has transformed Cyprus into the key outpost in the Eastern Mediterranean, serving as a bridge between the EU and the increasingly important market of the broader Middle East. Cyprus is also well-served by sea, air and telecommunications connectivity; offering excellent connections with the rest of Europe, Africa and Asia.
Since its accession to the European Union on 1 May 2004, Cyprus has undergone major economic and structural reforms that have transformed the island’s economic landscape. Cyprus is ideally suited for international business due to its free market economy, extensive network of Bilateral Investment Treaties, well developed banking sector, broad range of quality financial and business services, low set-up and running costs, highly educated and qualified multilingual workforce, simple administrative procedures, and high standard of living. All of these, coupled with the numerous incentives and low tax regime Cyprus has to offer, enhance the island’s attractiveness as a suitable jurisdiction for holding companies.
The Cyprus International Tax Conference is presented for the first time to address recent trends and developments in taxation across Europe and the globe. Distinguished speakers from the local market and abroad will share their knowledge and view on recent tax developments and various topics of concern to international tax professionals.
Alongside the conference, attendees will be offered the chance to network with like-minded peers and professionals from the financial and professional services sectors in Cyprus.
The Cyprus International Tax Conference aspires to become an annual European meeting of professionals where updates and issues of concern to the industry are discussed. Don’t miss the chance to attend the ultimate tax event in Cyprus!
Date: Thursday, 1 February 2018
Venue: Hilton Park Hotel, Nicosia, Cyprus
We are no longer accepting registration for this event.
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General Manager, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus
Kyriakos Iordanou is the General Manager of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus since January 2012. He has been actively involved with the Institute for many years, serving as a Council member between 2002 to 2011, holding the position of the Vice President for the period 2009-2011. Kyriakos’ professional career began in January 1995 in the banking sector, and spanned as financial controller in public and private companies since 1999, as well as financial and business advisor to firms in Cyprus and abroad until 2004. He then worked for the Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus initially as the chief accountant and then as the internal auditor from 2004 until the end of 2011. He also served as a council member of the Cyprus Institute of Internal Auditors (2006-2011). Kyriakos qualified as a Certified Accountant in 1997 and is now a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He is also a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a holder of a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA). He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.
Senior Partner and Head of Tax Policy,
Past President, Chartered Institute of Taxation, UK
Bill Dodwell is Head of Tax Policy at Deloitte. He is responsible for consultations with HM Treasury, HMRC, the OECD and the EU. Mr. Dodwell was President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation between 2016-2017 and has formerly chaired the CIOT’s Technical Committee. He specialises in international corporate taxation. Mr. Dodwell has represented Deloitte and the CIOT before the UK Parliament, including the Public Accounts Committee, the Treasury Select Committee and the House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee. He has also represented Deloitte at the European Parliament’s TAXE committee. He was a member of the UK’s interim Advisory Panel on the General Anti-Abuse Rule. Mr. Dodwell regularly speaks to the media on taxation and tweets as @BillDodwellTax. He has law degrees from King’s College London and Queens’ College, Cambridge. Mr. Dodwell is a chartered tax adviser and chartered accountant.
Tax & Law, International Tax Services Group,
Ernst & Young Moscow
Marina Belyakova has more than 14 years of experience in providing tax advisory services on structuring investments in Russian and foreign assets; specializes in tax aspects of building international structures and joint ventures, supporting complex M&A transactions, primarily in Oil & Gas and Power industries. She has participated as a leading expert in development of new tax laws in Russia, including de-offshorisation legislation and implementation of BEPS Plan. Before joining EY, Marina was leading a Tax function in a diversified industrial group. Marina holds a degree in International Economic Relations from Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Board Member, International Tax Services, KPMG Cyprus
Costas Markides is a Southern Illinois University graduate holding a Masters degree in Accountancy with special concentration on International Taxation. He has been the recipient of two full academic scholarships and has graduated first in his class at the College of Business Administration with a perfect score. In 2016, he has been nominated for induction into the College of Business Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors bestowed to an alumni. Costas is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Before taking up employment with KPMG, Costas worked as the director of research at The Center of Financial and Tax Planning in the US. He returned to Cyprus in 1999 and was employed in one of the Big 4 in Cyprus. As of 2002 he has been working for KPMG in Cyprus and he has been accepted as a Member of the Board as of 2011. Costas is a specialist in the field of International Taxation and is a regular speaker at various seminars that are being organized in Cyprus and abroad. He is the author of numerous Tax related articles in professional publications in Cyprus and the US. Costas has been active in advising clients on efficiently structuring their international tax affairs in and through Cyprus. He is also heading the Global Mobility and Personal Taxation Services unit within KPMG which is responsible for advising corporate executives and high net worth individuals.
Partner, Tax & Law Leader, EY Cyprus
Philippos Raptopoulos joined EY Cyprus in 2008 after serving for 10 years in a senior position with the Cyprus Tax Department. He worked as a personal assistant to the Commissioner of Taxation, gaining experience in all areas of the Cyprus tax legislation. He is tax Partner of EY Cyprus since 2010 and he is focused on Direct Tax (Business Tax Compliance and International Tax), covering all industries, with main emphasis on financial services, shipping and real estate. Since 2013, he has been the Head of Tax & Law Services of the EY Cyprus Firm. Mr. Raptopoulos holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting & Finance and is a fellow qualified Certified Accountant, as well as a Member of the Tax Committee of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus. He is also a Member of the Cyprus Treaty Negotiation Team.
Partner, Tax & Legal Services Leader, Deloitte Cyprus
Pieris Markou specializes in local and international taxation, is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is also an active member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus, having served as member, vice chairman and chairman of the Tax and VAT Committees of the Institute and is currently a member of the Institute’s Council. He participates in a number of meetings at the Ministry of Finance, the House of Representatives and with the Tax Commissioner for the formulation of policies on taxation and is a member of an advisory committee on treaty negotiations.
WU Transfer Pricing Center,
Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, Austria
Dr. Raffaele Petruzzi, LLM, is Managing Director of the WU Transfer Pricing Center at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and International Tax Adviser specializing in international corporate taxation and transfer pricing within the transfer pricing department of Deloitte Vienna (Austria). Since 2007, Raffaele has gained extensive experience in dealing with topics related to international corporate taxation and transfer pricing, both from a practical perspective (by working in different countries within Big 4 companies and in the tax department of a multinational) and from an academic perspective (he is a frequent speaker in international conferences, lecturer in numerous courses, and author of several publications on international tax and transfer pricing topics). Rafaelle often cooperates with professionals in advisory, the business community, governments and international organizations (e.g. OECD, United Nations, World Bank Group, European Union). Raffaele holds a Master of Science degree in business administration and law (major: corporate taxation) from Bocconi University (Italy), a Master of Laws degree (LLM) in international tax law from WU, and a PhD in international business taxation (DIBT Program) from WU.
Τax Justice Network; Director, TJN Israel
Moran Harari is a researcher at the Tax Justice Network (TJN) and her work focuses mainly on the Financial Secrecy Index. She is also the director of TJN Israel which she established in 2013 at the College of Management. She completed her LL.B at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her LL.M in International Human Rights law at University College London (UCL). She worked for several years as a tax lawyer in a law firm in Tel- Aviv, and has worked in the Corporate Social Responsibility field both in London and Israel.
Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP, UK
Jeremy Cape is a tax and public policy partner in the London office, advising on a wide range of issues, including M&A, private equity, finance, 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 UAE and Saudi Arabia. Jeremy is frequently quoted and cited in the international media, and writes a monthly column for Tax Notes International.
Tax Dispute Resolution Partner, UK
Fiona Fernie is a Tax Dispute Resolution Partner at Blick Rothenberg, having previously spent several years as a Tax Dispute Resolution Partner in a large international accountancy firm, following which she was Head of Tax Investigations at an international law firm. She provides advice and support to clients in managing their tax risk or to those who are under enquiry by HMRC, focusing on large complex investigations, and those with an offshore element. Fiona lectures in relation to tax risk/dispute resolution across the world and is quoted extensively in the media on the subject.
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists,
Will Fitzgibbon is a senior reporter with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Will has reported on ICIJ’s offshore projects, including SwissLeaks, Panama Papers and Paradise Papers. He coordinates partnerships with reporters in Africa and the Middle East.
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TFI Markets Ltd is a Cyprus based Payment Institution licensed by the CBC, and is authorised and regulated as an Investment Firm by the CySEC. TFI Markets Ltd specialises in currency conversion, third party payments and the provision of risk mitigating solutions to corporate clients. TFI services large corporate clients from a variety of industries including Information Technology, Pharmaceuticals, Service Providers and Shipping.
The Cyprus Fiduciary Association was established in November 2011 by the initiative of leading firms in Cyprus providing fiduciary, management and administration services to companies and other vehicles engaged in international business activities or involved in international business structures. The objective of the Association is to serve the Administrative Services Providers (ASPs) by promoting their interests, supporting their operations and educating their staff. The aim is to assist in creating a solid and strong fiduciary and wider international business sector in Cyprus, operating on high professional standards and integrity. CFA is recognised as a representative body of ASPs in Cyprus before public and regulatory authorities, other associations and the business community in Cyprus and abroad. The Association purports to cooperate with all bodies active in the international business sector of Cyprus in order to further develop the country’s services, advance the supervisory framework and promote it as a reputable international business centre.
CFA Society Cyprus is the local society of the CFA Institute, based in Virginia, USA. With more than 140,000 members worldwide, the CFA Institute offers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation; the most respected and recognized professional qualification in the world of finance and investments, after a stringent examination process. CFA Society Cyprus was founded in 2003 and currently numbers 124 members. All holders of the CFA qualification work at all major banks, investment firms and other financial organizations in Cyprus. As Chartered Financial Analysts, they are best-trained at both a theoretical and practical level for advanced financial and investment analysis and work.
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC) is the competent authority for regulating the accounting and audit profession in Cyprus. Established in 1961, ICPAC currently has more than 3,500 professional accountants as members and 2,800 students. Its principal objectives include the provision of an organisational framework for all professional accountants, the support and the promotion of the activities and interests of the accountancy profession, safeguarding the reputation of the profession and adherence to the Code of Ethics by all its members, as well as the continuous professional development and updating of members on issues relevant to accounting, auditing and other business matters. Apart from the above role, ICPAC is also a competent authority under the Anti-Money Laundering laws and the laws on the regulation of enterprises providing administrative services. ICPAC deploys a series of actions to provide knowledge, training, technical assistance and guidance to its members on various professional topics of interest. The Institute is a key stakeholder in the economy of the country, playing a vital role to establish and maintain Cyprus as an international business centre of repute. It provides assistance to the Government and its departments, as well as cooperating harmoniously with other bodies in the private sector. ICPAC shares its views and opinions on various issues that are addressed either by the Government or by the House of Representatives during the drafting of bills or other documents, something which is highly valued.
The conference is addressed to professionals and more specifically senior executives from the tax and legal departments of the following:
IMH is the largest business knowledge and information transfer organisation in Cyprus. Its services include the coordination and running of conferences, seminars and commercial exhibitions, specialist business media publishing and human resources consulting. Every year, IMH organises more than 80 conferences related to every sector of the market, commercial exhibitions and training seminars, and undertakes the entire process of five business award ceremonies. IMH publishes the only dedicated business magazines in Cyprus: the Greek language monthly IN Business and the English-language monthly Gold, which are read by tens of thousands of Cypriot and non-Cypriot professionals, managers and entrepreneurs. It also operates the magazines’ accompanying news portals, the IN Business Portal (www.inbusinessnews.com), the GOLD Portal (www.goldnews.com.cy) and the REPORTER (www.reporter.com.cy) ΙΜΗ also delivers via e-mail the IN Business Daily Newsletter, the GOLD News Daily Newsletter and the REPORTER Newsletter. The IMH Business Development Department bids for tenders published by local public sector bodies, the European Union and other international organisations. Through its activities, ΙΜΗ gives businesses a chance to develop, to network, to find new clients and business associates, to communicate with new audiences and discover growth opportunities. www.imhbusiness.com
Accountancy Cyprus is the official journal of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC), now published in association with IMH. Issued quarterly since 1982, it aims to keep Institute members informed on all the latest developments related to the economy, the accounting and audit profession, and to taxation, compliance and regulation issues. It also provides Institute news and includes articles on a wide range of subjects of interest to members. Since June 2016, ICPAC is the publisher of Accountancy Cyprus, while IMH is responsible for its editorial content, design, printing and commercial management.
GOLD magazine was founded in 2011 as the first English-language business monthly in Cyprus. Today, it is not only synonymous with the promotion of good business practices but it has a unique and valuable readership of High Net Worth Individuals, international company executives, English-speaking Cypriot and non-Cypriot businessmen and women. GOLD provides a comprehensive and informed overview of the local business scene, the economy and the market and has gained a reputation for its in-depth articles and revealing interviews with key local and international personalities. www.goldnews.com.cy
IN Business magazine has a monthly readership of more than 50,000. It is the only monthly business magazine in the Cyprus market that provides an overall approach to all segments of the economy, ranging from retail to services, as well as reporting on new deals, presenting new faces and, generally, all that is going on in the domestic business realm. IN Business has been a pioneer in local business journalism, thanks to its in-depth analysis and its research backed by never-before published facts and figures. www.inbusinessnews.com
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