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Anticipating tomorrow's complex issues and new strategies is a challenge. Reach new heights with Dbriefs that give you valuable insights on important developments affecting your business in Asia Pacific

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Industries – Financial Services
Hong Kong Extended Offshore Funds Law for Private Equity Funds: Is There More Than Meets the Eye?

17 September, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Patrick Yip
Presenters: Anthony Lau and Davy Yun

The Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No. 2) Ordinance 2015 (the Extended Offshore Funds Law) was enacted on 17 July 2015, extending profits tax exemption to non-resident private equity (PE) funds. This new legislation has been widely anticipated by the PE industry in Hong Kong and is expected to benefit many non-resident PE funds with fund management operations in Hong Kong. How PE funds can benefit from the Extended Offshore Funds Law and what are the potential pitfalls that PE funds should be aware of? We'll discuss:

  • What is an "excepted private company" – practically speaking?
  • What benefits are available to a special purpose vehicle used to hold your investment, and the operational considerations?
  • What is a "qualifying fund" and how might it interact with existing deeming provisions?
  • How might increased operational flexibility impact the fund management group and their remuneration?

Understand the key concepts introduced in the Extended Offshore Funds Law and how they may benefit, or impact, your PE fund.

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Industries – Energy & Resources
The Taxation of Service Providers in Timor-Leste and the Joint Petroleum Development Area (JPDA)

1 September, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Francis Thomas
Presenters: Nilesh Sewpal

Investment opportunities abound in Southeast Asia’s youngest country, Timor-Leste, and in the Timor Sea. What do you need to know when investing in this market? We’ll discuss:

  • Tax incentives available to new investors in Timor-Leste.
  • The taxation of service providers in the non-petroleum sector.
  • The taxation of service providers in the petroleum sector in Timor-Leste and in the JPDA.
  • Transfer pricing.

Don’t get left behind: find out what you need to know when investing in Timor-Leste.

International Tax
Inbound Investment into Taiwan: Keeping up with The Changes

8 September, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Jun Takahara
Presenters: Arthur Chen and Cheli Liaw

For years, Taiwan has remained as a key location for contract manufacturing and R&D because it has a large talent pool and friendly investment environment. However, what opportunities and challenges should foreign investors consider when entering this vibrant market? We'll discuss:

  • Business and regulatory environment for inbound investment.
  • Foreign investment update.
  • Proposed tax regulation update.
  • Recent tax audit cases.

Gain a clearer understanding of the inbound investment climate in Taiwan and consider ways for your company to make tax-efficient moves there.

Transfer Pricing
Transfer Pricing Developments in India: Range, Multiple Year Data, Advance Pricing Agreements, and Audits

10 September, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Anis Chakravarty
Presenters: Manisha Gupta and Sanjay Kumar

Recent transfer pricing developments in India include proposals from the Government to reduce the extent of audits and litigation. The range and multiple year data concept will soon be incorporated into law. Furthermore, some high profile judgments are ensuring that the path to transfer pricing certainty slowly becomes clear in India. What does this mean for your Indian operations? We'll discuss:

  • Impact of the range and multiple year data concept on intercompany transactions.
  • Latest happenings in audit and tax scrutiny.
  • Status of the Advance Pricing Agreements (APA) program.
  • Review practical implications of key rulings and understand how they affect transactions.

Find out how companies impacted by Indian transfer pricing can navigate the regime with these updates.

International Assignments
Business Travelers Go Global: Managing the Risks

15 September, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Don Riegger
Presenters: Russell Bird, Daniel Walker, and Hong Ye

For many businesses, the short term business traveler is an essential resource. However, encouraging employees to travel across international borders fulfilling immediate business staffing needs or meeting with overseas colleagues or clients inevitably presents tax compliance risks. Employees working in multiple locations are often senior executives whose cross-border travel is rarely covered by an international assignment policy. They typically do not cease home location tax residence yet can still trigger tax obligations and liabilities in other jurisdictions, both for themselves as employees, and for their employer. In this session, we will explore these risks from an individual tax compliance perspective together with the employer tax costs and permanent establishment (PE) issues. We'll discuss:

  • Who are short term business travelers and what are the key issues which companies struggle with to manage business traveler risk?
  • What are the factors driving companies to take action?
  • What data sources can help companies in managing this population and the associated risk?
  • Case studies of business travelers moving around Asia Pacific creating PE / corporate tax risks, individual and employer tax obligations, and immigration issues.

Discover the risks and possible solutions to ensure employees and employers comply with global tax obligations.

Indirect Tax
How do the New GST Rules Compare: India, Malaysia, and the OECD International VAT Guidelines? Chalk and Cheese?

22 September, 5:00 – 6:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Robert Tsang
Presenters: Odile Courjon, Kah Seong Fan, and M.S. Mani

In Asia Pacific, there are many new indirect tax systems being introduced. The Malaysian GST went live on 1 April 2015, and India moves forward with a dual GST that may be in force as early as 2016. What are the latest developments in the two countries? We'll discuss:

  • How do these new rules compare to the framework being developed by the OECD for International VAT / GST Guidelines?
  • Are exports and imports taxed in a similar way in India and Malaysia?
  • Do the OECD Guidelines allow businesses to create a framework where there is no double taxation (or worse) for GST in either country?
  • Are non-resident suppliers of goods or services really subject to GST obligations in India and Malaysia – and what about the corporate income tax implications of a GST registration?

Stay current and find out how this may affect the way your business handles cross-border transactions and in-country transactions in both goods and services.

International Tax
Inbound Investment into Indonesia: A Primer

30 September, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Daniel Ho
Presenters: John Lauwrenz, Carlo Navarro, and Cindy Sukiman

In recent years, Indonesia's economic potential has attracted significant amounts of foreign investment. However, a recent tax complexity survey conducted by Deloitte revealed that most tax executives felt the tax regime of the country has grown more complex in the last three years. What do you need to be aware of and how can you effectively manage potential tax exposures when pursuing investments into Southeast Asia's largest economy? We'll discuss:

  • Recent and proposed changes affecting inbound investments into Indonesia, with a focus on areas such as tax facilities, tax holidays, revenue collection efforts, proposed reduction of corporate tax rate, etc.
  • Recent changes to the transfer pricing regulations.
  • Increased focus on tax audits as a revenue collection measure – challenges and cases.

Discover the latest inbound investment climate in Indonesia and how it affects your investment strategies into Indonesia.

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