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European Tax Summit 2011

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

A Unique Summit, Run by an Established Event Organiser

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13 – 15 March 2011 | Fairmont Le Montreux Palace| Montreux| Switzerland

Leading Tax Executives Attended the European Tax Summit 2011, hosted by marcus evans Summits

4 April 2011

“I cannot think if any conference in Europe that is better organised or attracts better speakers than the marcus evans European Tax Summit” Shell International BV

The European Tax Summit is a unique interactive forum for the European Tax community where you can share ideas and experiences on sophisticated transfer-pricing techniques, the latest developments in the corporate tax arena, international tax reform, assessing global risk, surviving through mergers and acquisitions phases and morel.

The primary objective of the European Tax Summit was to explore the opportunities and challenges for the corporate tax executive. The summit’s rigorous programme consisted of insightful keynote presentations, engaging case studies and stimulating discussions contributed by tax community.

The speakers included:

-           Krister Andersson, Chairman Tax Policy Group, BUSINESSEUROPE

-          David Campkin, Group Tax Director, BBC Worldwide

-          Patrick J Ellingsworth, Immediate Past Chair Taxation Committee, BIAC-OECD, Trustee, IBFD

-          Geoff Lloyd, Director Dispute Resolution, HMRC

-          Paul Morton, Head of Tax, Reed Elsevier

-          Daniel Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

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Surviving Tax: How to Face the Complexities of Tax in Europe

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Patrick Ellingsworth, the Chairman of the marcus evans European Tax Summit 2011 addresses some of the many issues troubling tax directors in Europe.
Interview with: Patrick Ellingsworth, Former Chair Taxation Committee, BIAC-OECD, Trustee, IBFD

Montreux, Switzerland, January 11, 2011 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Complexities and opportunities seem to multiply constantly when it comes to tax. Trying to address an ever changing tax environment, changing regulation and legislation, and pressures to be more transparent and commercially viable are taxing taxation executives. Patrick Ellingsworth, the Chairman of the marcus evans European Tax Summit 2011 in Montreux, Switzerland, 13 – 15 March, shares his thoughts on the challenges facing tax executives, how they can minimise their exposure to tax risks and the latest developments in transfer pricing.

What are the top tax risks in Europe?

Pat Ellingsworth: A major risk relates to the increased coordination of tax authorities. This is impacting the exchange of information practices between countries, but also, the tax authorities are exchanging information about tax planning techniques and how taxpayers have been structuring their businesses to minimise taxes. The exchange of information and coordination of techniques has made it more difficult for taxpayers to know what works and what does not.

The principal technique for dealing with this is to engage actively with tax authorities, to know what concerns them and what matters they are coordinating on. When there is a dispute they will know how to approach and resolve issues, and what areas authorities are likely to focus on in an audit. Exchange of information with tax authorities is generally a good idea, as long as the tax administration is forthcoming with respect to their perspective as well.

The other risk is what I call the “US risk”; the US has for a long time had very detailed tax rules on just about everything, and that practise has been taken up by a number of other jurisdictions in Europe. The tax authorities are each adding their variation to the rules, and as a result, taxpayer planning across borders is more complex and somewhat less certain.

What are the major developments in transfer pricing at the moment?

Pat Ellingsworth: The major one is the broad reconsideration of the taxation of intangibles, brands and the like. It is not clear how this will turn out, but more coordination among tax authorities is inevitable. Another development is the increased emphasis of tax authorities on documenting transfer pricing positions in advance. Adjustments have been proposed by tax authorities solely on the grounds that the taxpayer did not file the documentation at the time the audit commenced.

What are your projections for the coming few years?

Pat Ellingsworth: Two areas are going to be major topics for discussion, one relating to permanent establishments and whether or not taxable in the other countries, and if they are, what is the computation of the income. The OECD has two major projects dealing with this and companies will have to adapt practises to deal with any new rules.

The second area is value added tax; Europe is finally looking at whether cross-border rules are coordinated and efficient. This is especially welcome for some companies, as value added tax is a very expensive proposition and the ability to administer it more efficiently would significantly improve cost structures.

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About the European Tax Summit 2011

This unique forum will take place at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Montreux, Switzerland, 13 – 15 March 2011. Offering much more than any conference, exhibition or trade show, this exclusive meeting will bring together esteemed industry thought leaders and solution providers to a highly focused and interactive networking event. The summit includes presentations on how to respond to the changing tax environment, business restructuring, averting double taxation and achieving true tax efficiency.

For more information send an email to Daniela Trojakova at or visit the event website at

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Please note that the summit is a closed business event and the number of participants strictly limited.

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marcus evans Summits announces Patrick J. Ellingsworth, Chairman at the European Tax Summit 2011

Monday, November 29th, 2010

26 November 2010

marcus evans Summits, is pleased to announce Patrick J. Ellingsworth as the Chairman at the fifth annual European Tax Summit, on the 13-15 March 2011, taking place at the prestigious Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Montreux, Switzerland.

The European Tax Summit (, will highlight the tax profession’s current objectives and future ambitions through visionary keynote presentations and case studies delivered by your most esteemed peers in the tax practitioner community. The one-to-one meetings with leading solution and service providers will offer you the expertise needed to operate an efficient corporate tax machine that will ultimately play a core role in your business.

Patrick J. Ellingsworth is a Former Chair of the Tax Committee of the Business & Industry Advisory
Committee (BIAC) to the Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) in Paris and a Governing Trustee of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) in Amsterdam. Keynote Speakers also include Gottfried Schellmann, Chairman of Fiscal Committee, Confédération Fiscale Européenne; Urs Kapalle, Director Taxation and Fiscal Policy, Swiss Bankers Association; John Christensen, Director of the International Secretariat, Tax Justice Network; Krister Andersson, Chairman Tax Policy Group, BUSINESSEUROPE; Jim Robertson, VP Tax, Eastern Hemisphere & Global Tax Practices, Shell International; Daniel Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute and Melchior Wathelet, Minister of State for Belgium, Former ECJ Judge & Professor of European Law, University of Louvain and Liège.

This year’s European Tax Summit audience includes Senior Vice Presidents of International Tax, Vice Presidents of Tax, Chief Tax Officers, Group Heads of Tax, Heads of Transfer-Pricing, Tax Directors, Tax Counsels, International Tax Managers, Heads of Direct and Indirect Tax as well as Sponsors offering a wide range of product / service categories / including Tax Consulting Services, Tax Management, Legal Services, International Tax Planning and Tax Outsourcing.

marcus evans Summits (, produces high level business platforms for the world’s leading decision-makers. These dynamic and innovative forums initiate and develop business relationships one to one between director and C level practitioners from the world’s most influential organizations and with leading product and service suppliers. marcus evans Summit’s guarantees an exclusive format which enables participants to achieve the maximum amount of business and knowledge interaction over a three day event in a stimulating environment.

Please note that the European Tax Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants is limited.

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Tel: +357 22 849 380

Tax Issues Uncovered by Paul Morton

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010