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International Core Centre of Excellence

Our international core of excellence (ICE) desks in New York and Hong Kong demonstrate the global reach of Deloitte Ireland.

The ICE team members are highly experienced international tax practitioners from the largest countries and key financial centres around the world. The team brings together experience and knowledge from the Deloitte network of affiliated offices worldwide, providing easy access to international tax specialists from outside the US/Asia who understand the issues relevant to US and Asian businesses. The ICE team based in New York is currently comprised of over 50 individuals from 23 countries across the globe, from Argentina to Australia and from Canada to China. The Asia- Pacific ICE team, based in Hong Kong comprises of 23 individuals from 15 countries.

Irish ICE Desks

The Irish ICE Desk in New York is led by Louise Kelly, a Tax Director from the Dublin office. Louise is currently supported by Anne-Margaret Gormley, a Tax Manager, also from the Dublin office. Enwright de Sales, a Tax Director leads the Irish ICE Desk in Hong Kong.

The teams are an extremely valuable resource, providing assistance on tax issues and working closely with various Deloitte offices across the US and Asia as well as other foreign desks based in those countries.  Operating in the same time zone and in close geographical proximity, our Irish desks in New York and Hong Kong can easily participate in ad hoc meetings or brainstorming sessions with US/Asian based clients. They are available to instantly and personally explain local ramifications of the tax alternatives considered. They have a working knowledge of the interaction between the US, Asian and Irish tax system. Thus, they are able to bring an integrated perspective to any situation and answer the specific needs of US/Asian based companies.

The Irish Desks can help in an array of areas, including:

  • Tax optimisation of supply chain-oriented business restructurings
  • Use of intellectual property in a global enterprise
  • Business restructurings to reduce worldwide taxes and to optimise foreign tax credits
  • Business expansion planning, including choice of entity and capitalisation issues
  • Tax-effective financing strategies
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures
  • Reduction of foreign taxes
  • Optimisation of cash repatriation
  • Tax treaty planning and interpretation
International Core Centre of Excellence
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