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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

The 3rd Annual BRICS Tax Conference 'BRICS and International Tax Policy: Latest Developments'

5 June 2014

Time: 1:00am
Venue: John Vane Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6BQ

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3rd Annual BRICS Tax Conference focuses on the latest developments in the BRICS related to international taxation policy. The conference features speakers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa covering a wide range of 2013-14 developments in the international tax sphere. The conference is aimed at practitioners and academics interested in the BRICS and international tax policy developments. The 3rd Annual BRICS Tax Conference is chaired by Dr Tom O'Shea.

The inspirational speakers provide an insight into the latest developments in tax law with particular emphasis on what is happening in practice. Through the conference, the audience may be inspired and motivated to think outside the box. Breaking with old tradition, our ultimate goal is to create an environment for an interactive, stimulating, exciting and educational conversation or even a debate between the lecturers and the attendees.


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  • 8:45-9:15 - Registration
  • 9:15-9:30 - Chairman, Dr Tom O'Shea, Queen Mary University of London: 'Opening Remarks'
  • 9:30-10:00 - Robin Sojrani, Tax Senior Associate, India: 'Evolving Tax and Regulatory Challenges in India'
  • 10:00-10:30 - Paulo Rosenblatt, Manzi Advogados, Procuradoria Geral do Estado de Pernambuco, Brazil: 'The Taxation of the Imports of Goods in Brazil: Supreme Court Recent Cases'
  • 10:30-10:45 - Q&A
  • 10:45-11:00 - Coffee Break
  • 11:00-11:45 - Dr Danny Beeton, Head of Transfer Pricing Economics, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP: 'Problems of Transfer Pricing Compliance in the BRICS'
  • 11:45-12:15 - Dmitry Zapol, International Tax, International Fiscal Services, UK: 'The Deoffshorisation of the Russian Economy and Its Impact on the International Taxation'
  • 12:15-12:30 - Q&A
  • 12:30-13:30 - Lunch break
  • 13:30-14:00 - Nikhil Mehta, Gray's Inn Tax Chambers, UK: 'India: Approaching Tax Avoidance with a Tax Evasion Mentality'
  • 14:00-14:15 - Q&A
  • 14:15-14:45 - Shan Zhou, International Tax, China Desk, Ernst & Young LLP, UK: 'China Tax Update'
  • 14:45-15:15 - Maxim Kotlyarov, Doctor of Economics, Russian Federation: 'The Concept of Beneficial Ownership in Russian Tax Law: OECD Approach and Domestic Reality'
  • 15:15-15:30 - Q&A
  • 15:30-15:45 - Coffee break
  • 15:45-16:15 - Marcos Nóbrega, PhD, Federal University of Pernanbuco, Brazil: ' Distribution of Oil Royalties in Brazil: A Federative Battle'
  • 16:15-16:45 - Jonas Bley, PhD Candidate, Queen Mary University of London and PwC Germany: 'A
    Review of the BRIC's Tax Treaties in the Course of their Development Process'
  • 16:45-17:00 - Q&A
  • 17:00 - Chairman's Closing Remarks


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

How to Book

To registration, please visit the Queen Mary eshop.


  • Registration per delegate - £80
  • Registration per delegate from HMRC - £40
  • Registration fee for students - £20


For more information, please contact Ms Katherine Zaim on

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