Brussels Autumn Conference 2017


Dates: 19th and 2oth October 2017 


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The Conference will take place in Renaissance Brussels Hotel in Brussels.

Rue du Parnasse 19,
1050 Brussels,


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At the IVA Autumn conference in Brussels we will welcome guest speakers from the Swiss, Finish and French (tbc) Tax Administrations. We will also have Ms Maria Elena Scoppio from the European Commission providing an update on the work of the EC.

From outside of the EU, we will have Mrs Aslina Joned from the GST Malaysian Appeal Tribunal talking about the Malaysian experience. We will also have an update from the Gulf States and from India.

Our guest speaker Dr. George Salis from Vertex (USA) will talk about global indirect taxation and tax reform trends. Richard Asquith from Avalara will provide update on Brexit. There will be a special panel discussion about Meetings Incentives Conventions Exhibitions (MICE) with speakers: Fabrice de Laval from UNIMEV (France), Dr. Hans-Martin Grambeck from Nesemann & Grambeck umsatz (Germany) and Marja van den Oetelaar from the Netherlands.

Dr. Stefan Maunz will provide an update on technical VAT. Daniel Sztanko from RSM Hungary will present an update on recent developments in Hungary (EKAER) and Emmanuel Cotessat will talk about the increasing links between VAT and Customs.


 Aslina Joned

Aslina Joned, Malaysian GST Appeal Tribunal, Ministry of Finance

Aslina Joned read law, graduated with an LLB (Hons) and later LLM (Hons) from University of Malaya respectively. Aslina has 30 years of experience behind her serving the Judicial and Legal Service of Malaysia. She had served as Magistrate, Deputy Registrar of High Court, Deputy Public Prosecutor, Deputy Commissioner of Law Revision, Deputy Director General of Legal Aid Department and Chairman of Industrial Court. Aslina was the first lady appointed as Chairman of the GST Appeal Tribunal, Ministry of Finance effective February 2016.

Aslina has presided over numerous GST appeals by taxpayers against the decision of DG of Customs, deliberated on various issues argued by Tax Representatives, Tribunal Officers and Lawyers before her, handed down decisions as well as writing close to 30 judgments.

Aslina is a member of the International Association of Tax Judges (IATJ), International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) and the Commonwealth Magistrate and Judges Association (CMJA).

 Cyrille Konter

Cyrille Konter, TEVEA International (France)

Graduated from HEC in 1997 with a specialisation in Finances, Cyrille Konter started his career in Germany within various investment banks as structureur and seller of derivatives on action. In 2003, he returns to France to take over the business development of TEVEA International.

 Daniel Sztanko

Daniel Sztanko, RSM Hungary (Hungary)

Daniel currently heads the International Indirect Tax Services Team at RSM Hungary, the leading fiscal representative service provider in Hungary. Daniel has 10+ years of experience in indirect tax, including 5+ years of experience as Deloitte manager in the EU and Asia Pacific region. Trained as a lawyer at ELTE University he acquired tax professional qualification and is registered as tax professional with the Hungarian Ministry of National Economy. During his career, Daniel managed teams of tax professionals in multiple projects/tasks/roles and coordinated regional indirect tax (GST and VAT) advisory projects in Europe and Asia Pacific – dealt with tax professionals from over 30 jurisdictions across 5 continents. He authored numerous publication in Hungary, EU and conducted indirect tax (GST/VAT) trainings in multiple languages in Europe and Singapore. Recently Daniel delivered a series of lectures on the Hungarian EKAER obligations.

 Emmanuel Cotessat

Emmanuel Cotessat, E. Cotessat Law Firm (France)

Emmanuel is a French tax lawyer specializing exclusively in indirect taxes (VAT, Excise and Customs duties). After 10 years of experience at Price Waterhouse Tax and Legal and then Arthur Andersen International, he started his own consulting law firm in 2000. He has specifically built a significant experience in international supply chain structuring, ERP/SAP VAT implementations and multi-national advisory and compliance coordination. His main areas of activity are pharmaceuticals, energy utilities, aeronautics and chemicals. He is a partner of VAT Forum CV and regularly lectures at international VAT events.

 Fabrice de Laval

Fabrice de Laval, UNIMEV (France)

Fabrice de Laval is general counsel and tax Director at UNIMEV, the French meeting industry council. Graduated from the University of Paris Dauphine, Fabrice started his career as a lawyer. He then worked in professional organisations such as SNE (book publishing), FICIME (import of mechanics and electronics). He joined UNIMEV in 2012.

 Dr. George Salis

Dr. George Salis, Vertex (USA)

Dr. George L. Salis is a recognised economist and lawyer specializing in the area of international economic law, including trade, global taxation, and transfer pricing. Presently, he serves as Principal Senior--Tax Compliance at Vertex, Inc., one of the top tax software companies in the world. He is an adjunct professor of Texas A&M University School of Law for transfer pricing and international tax risk management courses as well as an adjunct professor of international taxation and of the transfer pricing concentration at Thomas Jefferson School of Law's Graduate International Taxation Program in San Diego, California. Dr. Salis received his Ph.D. (Union) in International & Comparative Law & Economic Policy, and his LL.M. with Honours (Magna Cum Laude) (Thomas Jefferson) in International Taxation and Financial Services. He read law at the University of Wolverhampton and in 1998, he received his LL.B. Honours law degree at the University of Wolverhampton School of Law in England, and later received the Specialist Diploma in European Union Law from Holborn College London & Oxford University. He earned an M. A. in Legal & Ethical Studies from The University of Baltimore, in 1988. He also holds two Bachelor's degrees, one in in Economics & Political Science (dual concentration) with Honours, and another in Philosophy & Humanities. In 2014, he attended the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and received its Advanced Certificate in EU Law. He is also a Certified Business Economist (CBE) NABE – Charter.

 Dr. Hans-Martin Grambeck

Dr. Hans-Martin Grambeck, nesemann&grambeck GmbH (Germany)

Dr. Hans-Martin Grambeck is a fully specialized VAT expert who advises clients of any size and from any sector. He started his carrier at Grant Thornton (7 years in Hamburg plus 1 year in London) and after another 5 years in the indirect tax service line of PricewaterhouseCoopers he joined a VAT boutique, now being a shareholder and director.

Dr. Hans-Martin Grambeck has a focus on VAT matters in the fast growing E-commerce sector. Insofar he has many clients and a strong network covering different areas of the value chain, such as gaming, gambling, software, modern payment methods, financial services and platforms. He closely monitors EU developments as well as activities of interest groups in this regard and publishes in tax journals on a regular basis.

 Maria - Elena Scoppio

Maria - Elena Scoppio, European Commission

Maria Elena Scoppio is currently the Head of Unit for VAT in the Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union in the European Commission.

Beforehand, she was the adviser on taxation issues of Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Taxation and Economic Affairs. She was also a member of the two previous Taxation Commissioners' cabinet, Mr. Semeta and Mr. Kovacs. Before entering cabinet, she worked for two years in the Legal Affairs Unit in DG TAXUD. A lawyer by training, prior to joining the European Commission, she was employed in the private sector as an international lawyer and as a tax adviser.

Maria Elena holds a Master of Laws in the College of Europe in Bruges, a DESS diploma on International Taxation in the Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Fiscales of Brussels and a Ph.D. on European Taxation in the University of Bologna, in co-tutorship with the University R. Schuman of Strasbourg.

She is the author of various books and articles on taxation and regularly lectures on fiscal subjects in various European institutes. In addition to her native Italian, she speaks fluently English, French, Spanish and German.

 Marja van den Oetelaar

Marja van den Oetelaar, The VAT Consultancy Firm BV (Netherlands)

Marja van den Oetelaar has a university degree in tax law. After working for several years as a VAT specialist in two of the BIG4 firms, she started her own company, The Vat Consultancy Firm, at Naarden in the Netherlands. Since 2002, The VAT Consultancy Firm has been advising internationally operating companies on VAT issues. On behalf of several tax institutions, she lectures on VAT. She has also published several books and articles on VAT.

 Raffaello Pietropaolo

Raffaello Pietropaolo, Swiss VAT Administration

Mr Raffaello Pietropaolo started his professional career in the area of VAT in 2000 within the Swiss VAT Administration. Afterwards he joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in Switzerland in 2008 to strengthen the Tax and Legal Team. In 2016 he returned to the Federal Tax Administration to take over the role of the Head of the Swiss VAT Administration. He is also member of the board of the Federal Tax Administration. Mr Pietropaolo has published many articles and acts as a lecturer on seminars and courses in relation to VAT in Switzerland. He holds a Master degree in law by the University of Freiburg, Switzerland.

 Raymond Feen

Raymond Feen, The VAT Consultancy Firm BV (Netherlands)

Is an experienced international VAT consultant. He has worked since 1996 in international VAT for a Big Four (9 years) and 6 years in industry as in-house VAT manager. He is frequent speaker at international seminars, organizes trainings for the Federation of Dutch exporters, the Chamber of Commerce and is partner of VAT Forum CV. For the IVA he supports the board as member of the technical committee and writes in the Dutch chapter of the European VAT Handbook. His focus is on the international supply chain and trade by companies, primarily US based and Swiss multinationals doing business in the European region.

 Richard Asquith

Richard Asquith, Avalara Europe

Richard is the VP Indirect Tax at Avalara, which provides close-based VAT and US Sales Tax software and services.  Richard is responsible for helping Avalara’s thousands of clients understand their international VAT compliance obligations, and helping them remain fully compliant as they expand their operations.  Richard previously established TMF Group’s VAT compliance business, and grew it into a multi-national service around the world. He qualified as an accountant at KPMG in the UK, and went on to work at EY in Hungary, Russia, France and the USA.

 Dr. Stefan Maunz

Dr. Stefan Maunz, KMLZ (Germany)

Dr. Stefan Maunz advises clients on all VAT matters and represents them in dealings with the tax authorities and before the tax courts, the German Federal Finance Court and the European Court of Justice. The majority of his clients consist of larger medium sized businesses, German corporate groups and foreign companies of all sizes. He regularly lectures on VAT topics at both the domestic and international level. A further important focus is advising on customs issues, in particular, those connected with import VAT.

Dr. Stefan Maunz is a visiting lecturer at the University of Munich and a member of various national and international VAT research groups and VAT clubs as well as a partner of VAT Forum C.V. He was recently appointed to the European VAT Expert Group and is also a member of the EU VAT Forum. Both groups have recently been established by the EU Commission.

Dr. Stefan Maunz is recommended as a leading taxation lawyer in Chambers, World Tax Handbook as well as the German JUVE-Handbook.

 Stephen Dale

Stephen Dale, PwC Société d’Avocats (France)

Stephen Dale is a partner in the Indirect Tax group and compliance services in PwC Société d’Avocats and has worked in French taxation for more than twenty years, having previously worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK.

Stephen is a member (and former Chairman) of the FEE (Fédération des Experts Comptables Européens) Tax Policy Group and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales VAT Committee (and former Chairman). He represents the IVA on the Expert Group and is a member of the OECD’s Global VAT Forum.

He is a board member of the Association de la Pratique de la TVA européenne (APTE).

He is the author of several publications such as VAT Yearbook – Kluwer, VAT Guides – PwC, Articles – International Indirect Tax, BNA, journals and newspapers.

 Tiina Ruohola

Tiina Ruohola, Uusimaa Regional Tax Office (Finnish Tax Administration)

Tiina Ruohola is the Head of Indirect Tax in Uusimaa Regional Tax Office in the Finnish Tax Administration. Before joining Uusimaa Regional Tax Office that is responsible for companies operating in the capital area, all foreign companies doing business in Finland and VAT refund applications for foreigners, Tiina was working for the Large Taxpayers’ Office in Finland. Before joining the Finnish Tax Administration, Tiina worked for several years in two Big4-companies and a company concentrating on VAT refund applications for foreign companies and consultancy related to their activities abroad.

 More speakers to follow...


I was delighted to participate to the conference organised by the IVA.  I have been impressed by choice of the topics and the high level of the presentations.

Christian Amand, Xirius (Belgium)


 “Many thanks for the possibility to come and talk at your conference. I really enjoyed the conference and was very happy for the questions raised during and after my presentation.

Tiina Ruohola, Finnish Tax Administration 

The topics were well structured, the speakers were excellent in presenting their view points and perspectives. It was great to have speakers from the Revenue department sharing their experiences.  

Sivarajan Kalyanaraman, PwC (India) 

Thank you for inviting me to the Brussels Conference. It was excellent, and I am certain it was a great success. I enjoyed all the useful and excellent presentations from my colleagues, along with the discussions with them as well.

Dr. George Salis, Vertex (USA)


 “I can personally say that I have benefited a lot in the sharing of experiences and best practices with other speakers and participants. I echo your thoughts that VAT/GST is here to stay for a long time, despite challenges it faces.

Aslina Joned, Malaysian GST Appeal Tribunal


 “Thank you for a very well organised Conference in Brussels. I have had a very fruitful session listening to the speakers throughout the 2 day conference.

Aslina Joned, Malaysian GST Appeal Tribunal, Ministry of Finance


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