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Panel Event: The Latest on Intangibles and on Treaties – All You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask (MELBOURNE)

November 29, 2022 @ 4:45 PM - 7:30 PM

The IFA Australian Branch is pleased to invite you to the following IN-PERSON event in MELBOURNE:

The Latest on Intangibles and on Treaties – All You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

International tax developments continue apace. While the OECD is struggling with BEPS2, Australia has moved ahead in developing its tax treaty policy through the new negotiation program announced in 2021, the Albanese Government is advancing its deduction denial proposal in relation to intangibles while the ATO is pursuing intangibles issues, apart from transfer pricing, through various means. This seminar will bring together the government, academic and private sectors to discuss these hot issues.

RSVP: To mchambers@abl.com.au prior to Thursday 24 November 2022 with the following information:

  • City of attendance
  • Dietary requirements
  • Any questions for the Panel


Chair: Miranda Stewart

Miranda is Professor of Law at the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne where she is Director of Tax Studies and the Melbourne Centre for Commercial Law. Miranda is an Honorary Professor at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University and is Vice-Chair of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association and a member of the Executive Committee of the IFA Australian branch.

Miranda engages in research, policy advice and teaching across a wide range of tax law and policy topics. Her latest books are Tax and Government in the 21 st Century (Cambridge University Press, 2022, and Income Taxation Commentary and Materials (with Graeme Cooper, Michael Dirkis and Richard Vann, Thomson Reuters, 10th ed., 2022).

Panelist: Denise Honey

Denise is a Partner/Executive Director in the Tax Advisory Group within Pitcher Partners, where she leads international tax in Melbourne.

Denise’s key area of specialty is in international tax, and she regularly advises on inbound and outbound structuring, financing arrangements and transfer pricing.

Denise is actively engaged in key industry bodies, including as: a member of the Tax Treaties Advisory Panel, a member of the Executive Committee of the IFA Australian branch, the Australian WIN representative of IFA, a member of the Tax Institute Corporate and International Committee, and as a Steering Committee Member on both the International Tax & Disputes Forum and the Asia-Pacific Wealth Advisors Forum.

Panelist: Richard Vann

Richard is Challis Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, and has held teaching positions at some of the world’s leading law schools including Harvard University, New York University and the University of London. He specialises in corporate, comparative and international taxation. He is a graduate of the University of Queensland, Australia and Oxford University, UK. Richard is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Branch of International Fiscal Association.

Richard has worked in the past at the IMF and OECD and held many Government consultancies in Australia and elsewhere. He has been a tax consultant in the private sector since 1985 and is currently with PwC. A prolific writer who has published on a vast range of taxation law issues, Richard was editor in chief of the IBFD Global Tax Treaties Commentaries. He has also served as a member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of IFA.

Panelist: Nicholas Dowie

As Assistant Secretary of the Department of Treasury’s Tax Treaties Branch, Nicholas is responsible for negotiating Australia’s bilateral tax treaties and providing policy oversight of Australia’s 46 tax treaties. He took on this responsibility in 2021. This role includes responsibility for the implementation of the Government’s recently announced measure to deny deductions for payments relating to intangibles held in low tax jurisdictions.

Nicholas joined the Australian Public Service in 1999 and the Senior Executive Service in 2011. He has worked in senior roles in tourism, labour market, agriculture and tax policy. He has also had experience working in a senior role in the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Nicholas has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the University of Melbourne.

Panelist: Andrew McCrossin

Andrew is an Assistant Commissioner at the Australian Taxation Office where he is part of the Tax Counsel Network Group (a sub-group within Law Design and Practice).

In his role at the ATO Andrew predominantly deals with matters involving international tax issues, including in particular treaties and transfer pricing, and Part IVA issues (including the diverted profits tax).

Prior to joining the ATO at the start of 2017, Andrew had spent 30 years in the private sector (Ernst & Young and prior to that KPMG) where he was involved in advising clients on a wide range of corporate tax issues.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney, is a Chartered Tax Adviser and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand


Panel Schedule

4:45 pm6:30 pm
6:30 pm 7:30 pm
Drinks and Nibbles


November 29, 2022
4:45 PM - 7:30 PM


Arnold Bloch Leibler – Melbourne
Level 21, 333 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC Australia
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