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

December 1, 2022 @ 4:45 PM - 7:30 PM

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

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: Andrew Mills

Andrew is currently Chair of the Financial Reporting Council, a Principal Fellow at Melbourne University Law School, a member of the Australian Executive Committee of the International Fiscal Association and a member of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute Advisory Board.

Andrew was Second Commissioner of Taxation from 2013 – 2019. Prior to this, Andrew was a Director at Greenwoods and Freehills for 20 years and Managing Director of the firm from 2006 to 2011. Andrew is a former Governor of the Taxation Research Foundation. He has also spent time as an in-house corporate advisor.

Panelist: David Watkins

David is the leader of the Deloitte Australia Tax Insights and Policy Group.

David has over 25 years’ experience in corporate income tax and international tax covering a wide range of tax issues across various industry sectors.

David has worked in Malaysia, Singapore and New York. In his current role, David’s focus is on emerging tax developments and in particular, the Australian tax reform debate and the international process addressing Base Erosion & Profit Shifting (BEPS).

The Tax Insights and Policy Group is involved at various stages in these emerging issues including consultation and submissions, publications and presentations and assessing the impacts of tax law changes.

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


December 1, 2022
4:45 PM - 7:30 PM


Arnold Bloch Leibler – Sydney
Level 24, Chifley Tower, 2 Chifley Square
Sydney, NSW Australia
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