Global Tax & Legal Chief Operating Officer
35/F One Pacific Place
Sarah is the Global Tax & Legal Chief Operating Officer. Sarah led the China Indirect Tax and Customs team from 2008 until 1st June 2020. Sarah also led the AP Indirect Tax and the AP Customs CoE from 2016 until 1st Jan 2020.
Sarah started her career as an inspector with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in the U.K. before entering the consulting profession. Sarah spent 7 years in the UK primarily advising on Governmental issues and International VAT before relocating to Switzerland where she spent 8 years establishing an International VAT Centre of Excellence prior to building and heading up an International VAT team in Switzerland for another Big 4.
Sarah works with clients in planning and implementing complicated VAT and Customs structures both in China and globally. Sarah is experienced in resolving some of the most complicated Customs matters regarding TP Valuations, Classifications and Anti-smuggling. Her main interest also lies in implementing supply chain structures combining the optimal export VAT refund structure, utilizing Customs driven reliefs. Although Sarah has in-depth experience in a number of industries, such as luxury products, manufacturing industry and automotive industry, her specialism lies in the Life Science and Pharmaceutical sector. Sarah is the global indirect tax and Customs lead for some of Deloitte's most strategic clients. For the past few years, Sarah has worked as a domestic expert with the Chinese Government on the design and approach of the VAT Reform.
Sarah issued many articles or books in different publications including International Tax Review ("ITR"), "Taxation", "CCH's China Tax Guide". She was quoted as Recognized Tax Adviser, “World Tax Guide” by ITR in 2009 and was named as an Indirect Tax recognized leader from 2012 through to 2017. She was also continuously recognized as a global leading indirect tax and Customs advisor. Sarah is a Chartered Tax Advisor with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. She also works as a recurring lecturer for the University of Zurich, University of Shanghai and University of Wuhan.