Tax Management International Forum Advisory Board

think and code’s Tax Management International Forum Advisory Board is comprised of esteemed professionals from renowned corporations around the world. Below is a list of our current board members.

Peter A. Glicklich (Chair) 
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, New York

Peter Glicklich is the Managing Partner of the Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP's New York office and a partner in its Taxation practice. For over 25 years, he has counseled North American and foreign-based multinationals and other institutions on their international and corporate tax concerns.

Peter concentrates his practice in the taxation of corporate and international transactions. He advises public and closely held corporations and REITs in connection with their mergers and acquisitions, cross-border financings, restructurings, reorganizations, spinoffs and intercompany pricing. Peter has advised entities in diverse fields, including real estate, infrastructure, finance, retail, manufacturing, mining, biotechnology, service software, transportation, telecommunications, beverages and pharmaceuticals.

He has worked with institutional investors, private equity, hedge and venture capital funds, foreign governments, pension plans, Fortune 50 companies, investment banks, commodities and securities dealers, insurance companies, and others. Peter also arbitrates tax-related contract disputes arising in connection with M&A and other transactions and handles tax controversies.



Manuel Benites
Peréz Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz, Buenos Aires

Manuel M. Benites, a founding partner of Peréz Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz, focuses his practice on tax law. Admitted to the bar in 1980, he is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires (JD, 1980); master in laws, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas (LLM, 1987). He is professor of Corporate Income Tax at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and professor of Tax-free Corporate Reorganisations, Universidad Católica Argentina, School of Law. He is a member of the Argentine Association of Fiscal Studies, IFA, the Tax Committee of the International Bar Association and of the Buenos Aires City Bar Association. He is the author of several articles on tax law and a lecturer and panellist at national and international 


Ana Lucía Ferreyra

Pluspetrol, Montevideo, Uruguay

Ana Lucía Ferreyra, a William J. Fulbright Scholarship (2002-2003) and University of Florida graduate (LL.M. 2003), currently works as tax counsel for new business at Pluspetrol.  Previously, she was a partner at Teijeiro y Ballone Abogados offices in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a member of the International Bar Association and has been appointed as vice-chair of the Tax Committee for the period 2016-2017. Mrs. Ferreyra has written several publications related to her practice in Practical Latin American Tax Strategies, Latin American Law & Business Report, Worldwide Tax Daily, International Tax Review, Global Legal Group, Errepar, among others. She has been a speaker on tax matters at the International Bar Association, IFA Latin America, and IFA Argentina congresses and seminars. She has been a professor of international taxation at the Master Program in Taxation, Argentine Catholic University and CIDTI, Austral University.


Guillermo O. Teijeiro

Teijeiro y Ballone, Buenos Aires

Guillermo O. Teijeiro writes and lectures frequently on corporate and international tax law, with articles and books published by think and code, Law & Business Inc., Euromoney, Tax Analysts, The Economist, Thomson Reuters, Lexis-Nexis, Kluwer, Global Legal Group, and Ediciones Contabilidad Moderna, among others, and was named think and code's Contributor of the Year in 2015. Mr. Teijeiro has been a member of the Board of the City of Buenos Aires Bar Association, as well as of the Board of the Argentine IFA Branch (Argentine Association of fiscal studies) and is currently president of the Argentine IFA branch for the period 2016-2018. A former plenary member of IFA Permanent Scientific Committee (2006-2014), he is currently a member of IFA General Council and vice president of the IFA LatAm Regional Committee. He graduated LL.B from La Plata University, Argentina, and obtained an LLM degree from Harvard University, and later spent a year at Harvard Law School as a visiting scholar, under the sponsorship of the International Tax Program and the Harvard Tax Fund. Mr. Teijeiro teaches International Taxation at the Master Program in Taxation, Argentine Catholic University, CIDTI, Austral University, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Master Program in Taxation of Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires.


Robyn Basnett
KPMG LLP, Sydney

Robyn Basnett serves as a senior consultant with KPMG's Australian Tax Centre and previously served as audit learning & development manager with the firm. Before joining KPMG, she served as accounting lecturer at Charles Darwin University and as taxation lecturer and course coordinator at the University of Kwazulu-Natal. She graduated cum laude from the University of Kwazulu-Natal with a degree in Business Science (Finance) in 2003, and completed her B. Comm (Honours) degree in Accounting in 2008. She received a Master of Commerce (Taxation) from Rhodes University in 2016. A Chartered Accountant (South Africa), Robyn also completed courses as Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA1) Foundations and CommLaw1 Australian Legal Systems at The Tax Institute (2016).

Adrian Varrasso
MinterEllison, Melbourne

Adrian Varrasso is a Partner with MinterEllison in Melbourne, Australia. Adrian's key areas of expertise are tax and structuring advice for mergers, acquisitions, divestments, demergers and infrastructure funding. Adrian has advised on an extensive range of general income tax issues for Australian and international clients, with a special interest in tax issues in the energy and resources sectors and inbound and outbound investment. His experience includes advising on taxation administration and compliance issues, comprehensive tax due diligence reviews and managing tax disputes. Adrian also has tax expertise in the automotive sector and infrastructure sector.

He received his BComm (2002) and an LLB (Hons) (2002) both from the University of Melbourne. He is admitted as a barrister & solicitor in Victoria, and is a member of the Law Council of Australia (Taxation Committee Member and National Chair and also a member of the National Tax Liaison Group (NTLG)); the Taxation Committee of the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia; the Law Institute of Victoria; and an Associate of the Taxation Institute of Australia.

Grant Wardell-Johnson

KPMG LLP, Sydney

Grant Wardell-Johnson joined KPMG in December 1987 and has been a partner since July 1997. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the leader of the KPMG Tax Mergers & Acquisitions Practice and since 2012, has served as head of the KPMG Australian Tax Centre. He was lead tax partner on several high-profile acquisitions and listings, including Dyno-Nobel, $1.7b (2005), Boart Longyear, $2.7b (2006), and Westfarmers acquisition of Coles, $20b (2007). Other clients have included AGL, CHAMP, Corporate Express, CSR, Lend Lease, Macquarie, Optus, and Standard Chartered Bank. An adjust professor of business and tax law at the University of New South Wales, Grant is also a Fellow of the University of Western Australia. He serves as co-chair of the Australian Tax Office's National Tax Liaison Group (until December 2017), chair of the Tax Technical Committee of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand, a member of the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Treasury Advisory Group, an advisor to the Board of Taxation, and a member of the Expert Panel to the Board of Tax Working Group on Hybrids. He holds a bachelor of Economics and bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.


Howard M. Liebman
Jones Day, Brussels

Howard M. Liebman is a partner of the Brussels office of Jones Day. He has practiced law in Belgium for over 34 years. Liebman is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and holds A.B. and A.M. degrees from Colgate University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Mr. Liebman has served as a Consultant to the International Tax Staff of the U.S. Treasury Department. He is presently Chairman of the Legal & Tax Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium. He is also the co-author of the think and code Portfolio 999-2nd T.M., Business Operations in the European Union (2005).

Thierry Denayer
Stibbe, Brussels

Thierry Denayer is presently tax counsel at the Brussels office of Stibbe. Thierry holds a law degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (1978). He served as staff member at the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation in Amsterdam (the "IBFD"). He practiced tax law in Belgium for 30 years at the Brussels office of Linklaters and since 2009 at Stibbe, specializing in national and international corporate tax. He was chairman of the Belgian branch of the International Fiscal Association from 2012 to 2014.

Pascal Faes
Antaxius, Antwerp

Pascal Faes is a tax partner with Antaxius in Antwerp. He received his J.D. from the University of Ghent (1984); special degree in economics, University of Brussels (VUB) (1987); and his master's in tax law, University of Brussels (ULB) (1991). He is a special consultant to Tax Management, Inc. think and code.


Henrique de Freitas Munia e Erbolato
Santos Neto Advogados, São Paulo

Henrique Munia e Erbolato is a tax lawyer in São Paulo, Brazil. Henrique concentrates his practice on international tax and transfer pricing. He is a member of the Brazilian Bar. Henrique received his LL.M. with honors from Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago, USA) and a Certificate in Business Administration from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management (both in 2005). He holds degrees in Postgraduate Studies in Tax Law - Instituto Brasileiro de Estudos Tributários - IBET (2002), and graduated from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (1999). He has written numerous articles on international tax and transfer pricing. He served as the Brazilian "National Reporter" of the Tax Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) - 2010/2011. He is an administrative judge at the Taxpayers Council of the Municipality of São Paulo - 2018/2020. Henrique speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Pedro Vianna de Ulhôa Canto
Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra, Advogados, Rio de Janeiro

Pedro is a tax partner of Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and concentrates his practice on international and domestic income tax matters, primarily in the Financial and Capital Markets industry. Pedro served as a foreign associate in the New York City (USA) office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP (2006-2007). He is a member of the Brazilian Bar. Pedro received his LL.M. from New York University School of Law (New York, NY, USA) in 2006. He holds degrees from his graduate studies in Corporate and Capital Markets (2006) and Tax Law (2004) from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Rio de Janeiro, and graduated from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (2000). Pedro speaks Portuguese and English.


Jay Niederhoffer
Deloitte LLP, Toronto

Jay Niederhoffer is an international corporate tax partner of Deloitte, based in Toronto, Canada. Over the last 17 years he has advised numerous Canadian and foreign-based multinationals on mergers and acquisitions, international and domestic structuring, cross-border financing and domestic planning. Jay has spoken in Canada and abroad on cross-border tax issues including mobile workforce issues, technology transfers and financing transactions. He obtained his Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and is a member of the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations.

Rick Bennett
DLA Piper

Rick Bennett has over 30 years of experience advising businesses and corporations on complex tax issues.

Rick’s well-established practice focuses on income tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations and both inbound and outbound international taxation. He has served as lead tax counsel on several billion-dollar acquisitions and regularly advises clients in tax disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency. Rick has also appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of British Columbia, British Columbia Court of Appeal, Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal.

Active in the tax community, Rick currently serves on the Board of Governors at the Canadian Tax Foundation and is a contributing editor to ’s Tax Manager’s International Forum.

People's Republic of China

Peng Tao
DLA Piper, Hong Kong

Peng Tao is Of Counsel in DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office. He focuses his practice on PRC tax and transfer pricing, mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, and general corporate and commercial issues in China and cross-border transactions. Before entering private practice, he worked for the Bureau of Legislative Affairs of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China from 1992 to 1997. His main responsibilities were to draft and review tax and banking laws and regulations that were applicable nationwide. He graduated from New York University with an LLM in Tax.

Julie Hao

Ernst & Young, Beijing

Julie Hao is a tax partner with Ernst & Young's Beijing office and has extensive international tax experience in cross-border transactions such as global tax minimization, offshore structuring, business model selection, supply chain management and exit strategy development. She has more than 20 years of tax practice in China, the United States and Europe, and previously worked with the Chinese tax authority (SAT). She holds an MPA degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and an International Tax Program certificate from Harvard Law School.


Nikolaj Bjørnholm
Bjørnholm Law, Copenhagen

Nikolaj Bjørnholm concentrates his practice in the area of corporate taxation, focusing on mergers, acquisitions, restructurings and international/EU taxation. He represents U.S., Danish and other multinational groups and high net worth individuals investing or conducting business in Denmark and abroad. He is an experienced tax litigator and has appeared before the Supreme Court more than 15 times since 2000. He is ranked as a leading tax lawyer in Chambers, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, Which Lawyer and Tax Directors Handbook among others. He is a member of the International Bar Association and was an officer of the Taxation Committee in 2009 and 2010, the American Bar Association, IFA, the Danish Bar Association and the Danish Tax Lawyers’; Association. He is the author of several tax articles and publications. He graduated from the University of Copenhagen in 1991 (LLM) and the Copenhagen Business School in 1996 (Diploma in Economics) and spent six months with the EU Commission (Directorate General IV (competition)) in 1991–1992. He was with Bech-Bruun from 1992–2010, with Hannes Snellman from 2011–2013 and with Plesner from 2014–2016.

Christian Emmeluth
EMBOLEX Advokater, Copenhagen

Christian Emmeluth obtained an LLBM from Copenhagen University in 1977 and became a member of the Danish Bar Association in 1980. During 1980-81, he studied at the New York University Institute of Comparative Law and obtained the degree of Master of Comparative Jurisprudence. Having practiced Danish law in London for a period of four years, he is now based in Copenhagen.


Stéphane Gelin
CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre, Paris

Stéphane Gelin is an attorney, tax partner with CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre. He specializes in international tax and transfer pricing. He heads the CMS Tax Practice Group.

Thierry Pons
FIDAL, Paris

Thierry Pons is a partner with FIDAL in Paris. He is an expert in French and international taxation. Thierry covers all tax issues mainly in the banking, finance and capital market industries, concerning both corporate and indirect taxes. He has wide experience in advising corporate clients on international tax issues.


Dr. Jörg-Dietrich Kramer

Dr. Jörg-Dietrich Kramer studied law in Freiburg (Breisgau), Aix-en-Provence, Göttingen, and Cambridge (Massachusetts). He passed his two legal state examinations in 1963 and 1969 in Lower Saxony and took his L.L.M. Degree (Harvard) in 1965 and his Dr.Jur. Degree (Göttingen) in 1967. He was an attorney in Stuttgart in 1970-71 and during 1972-77 he was with the Berlin tax administration. From 1997 until his retirement in 2003 he was on the staff of the Federal Academy of Finance, where he became vice-president in 1986. He has continued to lecture at the academy since his retirement. He was also a lecturer in tax law at the University of Giessen from 1984 to 1991. He is the commentator of the Foreign Relations Tax Act (Außensteuergesetz) in Lippross, BasiskommentarSteuerrecht, and of the German tax treaties with France, Morocco and Tunisia in Debatin/Wassermeyer, DBA. He maintains a small private practice as a legal counsel.

Pia Dorfmueller
P+P Pöllath + Partners, Frankfurt

Pia Dorfmueller is a partner at P+P Pöllath + Partners in Frankfurt. Her practice focuses on corporate taxation, international tax structuring, M&A, finance structures, European holding companies, German inbound, in particular, from the United States, and German outbound structures.

For her PhD thesis “Tax Planning for US MNCs with EU Holding Companies: Goals—Tools—Barriers”, Pia received the Award “International Tax Law” from the German Tax Advisor Bar in 2003. Moreover, Pia is a frequent speaker on Corporate / International Tax Law and has authored over 80 publications on tax law. She is a current co-chair of the International Tax Committee of the International Law Section of ABA.


Meyyappan Nagappan
Nishith Desai Associates, Mumbai

Meyyappan Nagappan is a Leader in the International Tax practice at Nishith Desai Associates. He is a Pemanda Monappa Scholar and graduated from Cambridge University with a Masters of Law specializing in International Taxation and economics. He has done extensive work advising some of the biggest non-profit foundations, charities and impact investment funds, including structuring advice in relation to India’s first $1 billion (USD) education outcomes fund. He has also advised several top technology companies on tax and structuring issues apart from publishing academic articles on taxation of digital economy.

Prior to joining Nishith Desai Associates, he worked in the Chambers of Mr. Mohan Parasan, Solicitor General of India between 2010 and 2014, where he was involved in some landmark international taxation disputes in India. He has also been a regular speaker at conferences in India and abroad on issues relating to taxation of the digital economy, GAAR, MLI, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrencies and blockchain. He leads the impact investment, social finance, tax policy, taxation of digital economy and GST practices at NDA.

Ravishankar Raghavan
Majmudar & Partners, International Lawyers, Mumbai, India

Mr. Ravishankar Raghavan, Principal of the Tax Group at Majmudar & Partners, International Lawyers, has more than 18 years of experience in corporate tax advisory work, international taxation (investment and fund structuring, repatriation techniques, treaty analysis, advance rulings, exchange control regulations, FII taxation, etc.), and tax litigation services. Mr. Raghavan has a postgraduate degree in law and has also completed his management studies from Mumbai University. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Raghavan was associated with Ernst & Young and PWC in their respective tax practice groups in India. He has advised Deutsche Bank, Axis Bank, Future Group, Bank Muscat, State Street Funds, Engelhard Corporation, AT&T, Adecco N.A., Varian Medical Systems, Ion Exchange India Limited, Dun & Bradstreet, Barber Ship Management, Dalton Capital UK, Ward Ferry, Gerifonds, Instanex Capital, Congest Funds, Lloyd George Funds and several others on diverse tax matters. Mr. Raghavan is a frequent speaker on tax matters.


Peter Maher
A&L Goodbody, Dublin

Peter Maher is a partner with A&L Goodbody and is head of the firm’s tax department. He qualified as an Irish solicitor in 1990 and became a partner with the firm in 1998. He represents clients in every aspect of tax work, with particular emphasis on inbound investment, cross-border financings and structuring, capital market transactions and US multinational tax planning and business restructurings. He is regularly listed as a leading adviser in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Lawyers, The Legal 500, Who’s Who of International Tax Lawyers, Chambers Global and PLC Which Lawyer. He is a former co-chair of the Taxes Committee of the International Bar Association and of the Irish Chapter of IFA. He is currently a member of the Tax Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland.

Louise Kelly
Deloitte, Dublin

Louise Kelly is a corporate and international tax director with Deloitte in Dublin. She joined Deloitte in 2001. She is an honours graduate of University College Cork, where she obtained an accounting degree. She is a Chartered Accountant and IATI Chartered Tax Adviser, having been placed in the final exams for both qualifications. Louise advises Irish and multinational companies over a wide variety of tax matters, with a particular focus on tax aligned structures for both inbound and outbound transactions. She has extensive experience on advising on tax efficient financing and intellectual property planning structures. She has advised on many M&A transactions and structured finance transactions. She led Deloitte’s Irish desk in New York during 2011 and 2012, where she advised multinationals on investing into Ireland. Louise is a regular author and speaker on international tax matters.


Dr. Carlo Galli
Clifford Chance, Milan

Carlo Galli is a partner at Clifford Chance in Milan. He specializes in Italian tax law, including M&A, structured finance and capital markets.

Giovanni Rolle
WTS R&A Studio Tributario Associato, Member of WTS Alliance, Turin – Milan

Giovanni Rolle is a partner of R&A Studio Tributario Associato, a member of WTS Alliance. He is a chartered accountant who has long focused exclusively on international and EU tax, corporate reorganisation and transfer pricing, and thus has significant experience in international tax planning, cross-border restructuring, and supply chain projects for both Italian and foreign multinationals. He is a member of IFA, of the Executive Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation – European Branch, and of the International Tax Technical Committee of Bocconi University, Milan. A regular contributor to Italian and foreign tax law journals, he is also a frequent lecturer in the field of international, comparative, and European Community tax law.


Shigeki Minami
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo

Shigeki Minami is a lawyer licensed in Japan and a partner at Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Tokyo. His practice focuses on tax law matters, including transfer pricing, international reorganizations, anti-tax-haven (CFC) rules, withholding tax issues, and other international and corporate tax issues, and, with respect to such matters, he has acted as counsel in various tax disputes on behalf of major Japanese and foreign companies. His recent achievements include the successful representation of a Japanese multi-national company in a transfer pricing dispute before the National Tax Tribunal, which resulted in the cancellation of an assessment of more than $100 million (USD), and the successful representation of a U.S.-based multinational company in a tax dispute involving an international reorganization before the Japanese court, which resulted in the cancellation of an assessment of more than $1 billion.

Akira Tanaka

Anderson Mōri & Tomotsune, Tokyo

Akira Tanaka is a partner of Anderson Mōri & Tomotsune. He holds an LLB degree from the University of Tokyo and a JD degree from the University of Tokyo School of Law. He was admitted to the Japanese Bar in 2008. He is a member of the Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association and IFA.


Terri Grosselin
Ernst & Young LLP, Miami, Florida

Terri Grosselin is a director in Ernst & Young LLP’s Latin America Business Center in Miami. She transferred to Miami after working for three years in the New York office and five years in the Mexico City office of another Big Four professional services firm. She has been named one of the leading Latin American tax advisors in International Tax Review’sannual survey of Latin American advisors. Since graduating magna cum laude from West Virginia University, she has more than 15 years of advisory services in financial and strategic acquisitions and dispositions, particularly in the Latin America markets. She co-authored Tax Management Portfolio—Doing Business in Mexico, and is a frequent contributor to Tax Notes International and other major tax publications. She is fluent in both English and Spanish.

José Carlos Silva
Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cia., S.C., Mexico City

José Carlos Silva is a partner in Chevez, Ruiz, Zamarripa y Cia., S.C., a tax firm based in Mexico. He is a graduate of the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) where he obtained his degree in Public Accounting in 1990. He has taken graduate Diploma courses at ITAM in business law and international taxation. He is currently part of the faculty at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. He is the author of numerous articles on taxation, including the General Report on the IFA’s 2011 Paris Congress “Cross-Border Business Restructuring” published in Cahiers de Droit Fiscal International. He sits on the Board of Directors and is a member of the Executive Committee of IFA, Grupo Mexicano, A.C., an organization composed of Mexican experts in international taxation, the Mexican Branch of the International Fiscal Association (IFA). He presided over the Mexican Branch from 2002-2006 and has spoken at several IFA Annual Congresses. He is the Chairman of the Nominations Committee of IFA.

The Netherlands

Martijn Juddu
Loyens & Loeff, Amsterdam

Martijn Juddu is a senior associate at Loyens & Loeff based in their Amsterdam office. He graduated in tax law and notarial law at the University of Leiden and has a postgraduate degree in European tax law from the European Fiscal Studies Institute, Rotterdam. He has been practising Dutch and international tax law since 1996 with Loyens & Loeff, concentrating on corporate and international taxation. He advises domestic businesses and multinationals on setting up and maintaining domestic structures and international inbound and outbound structures, mergers and acquisitions, group reorganisations and joint ventures. He also advises businesses in the structuring of international activities in the oil and gas industry. He is a contributing author to a Dutch weekly professional journal on topical tax matters and teaches tax law for the law firm school.

Maarten J. C. Merkus
KPMG Meijburg & Co., Amsterdam

Maarten J.C. Merkus is a tax partner at Meijburg & Co Amsterdam. He graduated in civil law and tax law at the University of Leiden, and has a European tax law degree from the European Fiscal Studies Institute, Rotterdam.

Before joining Meijburg & Co, Maarten taught commercial law at the University of Leiden.

Since 1996 Maarten has been practicing Dutch and international tax law at Meijburg & Co. Maarten serves a wide range of clients, from family-owned enterprises to multinationals, on the tax aspects attached to their operational activities as well as matters such as mergers, acquisitions and restructurings, domestically as well as cross-border. His clients are active in the consumer and industrial markets, travel leisure and tourism sector and the real estate sector.

In 2001 and 2002 Maarten worked in Spain. At present Maarten is the chairman of the Latam Tax Desk within Meijburg & Co, with a primary focus on Spain and Brazil.


Luis F. Briones
Baker & McKenzie Madrid SLP

Luis Briones is a tax partner with Baker & McKenzie, Madrid. He obtained a degree in law from Deusto University, Bilbao, Spain in 1976. He also holds a degree in business sciences from ICAI-ICADE (Madrid, Spain) and has completed the Master of Laws and the International Tax Programme at Harvard University. His previous professional posts in Spain include inspector of finances at the Ministry of Finance, and executive adviser for International Tax Affairs to the Secretary of State. He has been a member of the Taxpayer Defence Council (Ministry of Economy and Finance). A professor since 1981 at several public and private institutions, he has written numerous articles and addressed the subject of taxation at various seminars.

Eduardo Martínez-Matosas
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo SLP, Barcelona

Eduardo Martínez-Matosas is an attorney at Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, Barcelona. He obtained a Law Degree from ESADE and a Master of Business Law (Taxation) from ESADE. He advises multinational, venture capital and private equity entities on their acquisitions, investments, divestitures or restructurings in Spain and abroad. He has wide experience in LBO and MBO transactions, his areas of expertise are international and EU tax, international mergers and acquisitions, cross border investments and M&A, financing and joint ventures, international corporate restructurings, transfer pricing, optimisation of multinationals’ global tax burden, tax controversy and litigation, and private equity. He is a frequent speaker for the IBA and other international forums and conferences, and regularly writes articles in specialized law journals and in major Spanish newspapers. He is a recommended tax lawyer by several international law directories and considered to be one of the key tax lawyers in Spain by Who’s Who Legal. He is also a member of the tax advisory committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Spain. He has taught international taxation for the LLM in International Law at the Superior Institute of Law and Economy (ISDE).


Walter H. Boss
Bratschi AG, Zürich

Walter H. Boss is a partner with Bratschi AG, Zürich. A graduate of the University of Bern and New York University School of Law with a master of laws (tax) degree, he was admitted to the bar in 1980. Until 1984 he served in the Federal Tax Administration (International Tax Law Division) as legal counsel; he was also a delegate at the OECD Committee on Fiscal Affairs. He was then an international tax attorney with major firms in Lugano and Zürich. In 1988, he became a partner at Ernst & Young's International Services Office in New York. After having joined a major law firm in Zürich in 1991, he headed the tax and corporate department of another well-known firm in Zürich from 2001 to 2008. On July 1, 2008, he became one of the founding partners of the law firm Poledna Boss Kurer AG, Zürich, where he was managing partner prior to joining Bratschi AG.

Dr. Silvia Zimmermann
Pestalozzi Rechtsanwälte AG, Zürich

Silvia Zimmermann is a partner and member of Pestalozzi’s Tax and Private Clients group in Zürich. Her practice area is tax law, mainly international taxation; inbound and outbound tax planning for multinationals, as well as for individuals; tax issues relating to reorganisations, mergers and acquisitions, financial structuring and the taxation of financial instruments. She graduated from the University of Zürich in 1976 and was admitted to the bar in Switzerland in 1978. In 1980, she earned a doctorate in law from the University of Zürich. In 1981-82, she held a scholarship at the International Law Institute of Georgetown University Law Center, studying at Georgetown University, where she obtained an LL.M. degree. She is Chair of the tax group of the Zürich Bar Association and Lex Mundi, and a member of other tax groups; a board member of some local companies which are members of foreign multinational groups; a member of the Swiss Bar Association, the International Bar Association, IFA, and the American Bar Association. She is fluent in German, English and French.

United Kingdom

Charles Goddard
Rosetta Tax LLP, London

Charles is a partner with Rosetta Tax LLP, a U.K. law firm which specializes in providing “City” quality, cost-effective tax advice to businesses and professional services firms. Charles has wide experience of advising on a range of corporate and finance transactions. His clients range from multinational blue-chip institutions to private individuals. The transactions on which he has advised include corporate M&A deals, real estate transactions, joint ventures, financing transactions (including Islamic finance, structured finance and leasing), and insolvency and restructuring deals.

James Ross
McDermott, Will & Emery UK LLP, London

James Ross is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, based in its London office. His practice focuses on a broad range of international and domestic corporate/commercial tax issues, including corporate restructuring, transfer pricing and thin capitalisation, double tax treaty issues, corporate and structured finance projects, mergers and acquisitions and management buyouts. He is a graduate of Jesus College, Oxford and the College of Law, London.