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The 11th Annual Avoir Fiscal Anniversary EU Tax Conference: “BEPS: EU Law Issues and EU Tax Latest”

29 January 2016

Time: 8:30am - 5:40pm
Venue: At Mazars London Office, 2nd floor, Tower Bridge House, St Katherine’s Way, London E1W 1DD

The 11th Annual “Avoir Fiscal” EU Tax Conference celebrates the 30th anniversary of the CJEU’s landmark “Avoir Fiscal” EU Tax judgment and again features a top class line up of speakers including representatives from the UK, Europe and Queen Mary University of London Alumni and the European Commission. This year’s theme is split into – BEPS + EU Law and EU Law Latest Developments. The morning features a significant state aid element for those interested in the Apple, Google, FIAT and Starbucks litigation.

Once again we are very grateful for the significant support received from Mazars UK and in particular wish to thank Dr Renata Ardous of Mazars for all her dedicated work putting this year’s event and programme together.


8:30-9:15am - Registration and Coffee

9:15-9:25am - Ton Tuinier, Global Head of Tax, Mazars, the Netherlands: ‘Opening remarks’

9:25-9:40am - Professor Philip Baker QC, Field Court Tax Chambers: ‘Welcoming remarks’

9:40-10:20am - Aisling Donohue, Partner, MGPartners, Dublin, Ireland: ‘Ireland and EU Tax Law’

10:20-11:00am - Conor Quigley QC, Serle Court, UK: ‘Tax rulings and EU state aid law’

11:00-11:20am - Coffee Break

11:20-12:20pm - Helena Malikova, European Commission, DG Competition, Belgium: ‘EU State Aid challenges for Member States’

12:20-12:30pm - Q+A

12:30-1:10pm - Lunch break

1:10-1:55pm - Dr Timothy Lyons QC, 39 Essex Street, UK: ‘From Discrimination to Distortion‐ Re‐Thinking National Tax Systems’

1:55-3:40pm - Panel discussion chaired by Professor Hans van den Hurk, Maastricht University, the Netherlands; Panel members: Dr Katerina Perrou, Tax Lawyer, K&K Perrou Law Firm, University of Athens, Greece; Mantas Juozaitis, Motieka & Audzevicius Lithuvania; Philip Laroma Jezzi, University of Florence, Italy and Bernhard Heusser, Director, IPS Wealth Planning Switzerland at UBS AG.

3:40-4:00pm - Coffee break

4:00-4:30pm - Vincent McCullagh, UK Head of VAT, Mazars: ‘The current position of Head Office to Branch transactions post Skandia’

4:30-5:00pm - Renata Ardous, International Tax Policy, Mazars: ‘EU response re BEPS’

5:00-5:40pm - Dr Tom O’Shea, Queen Mary University of London: ‘LoBs and EU Law – the NL-Japan LoB’

5:40pm - Closing Remarks

How to Book

Spaces are limited to 120, to book your place please visit our QMUL e-shop.


The registration fee for this conference is £100 (a 50% discount is offered for CIOT / ADIT students).


For more information, please contact the CCLS Events Team on

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