Nice Spring Conference 2018


Main topic: 

Fundamental Reform of the European VAT System - VAT in a new era.

Dates: 17h and 18th May 2018  


The conference will take place in Le Meridien Hotel in Nice.

1, Promenade des Anglais
06000 Nice


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 Christopher Pousse, EASYTAX (France)

Christopher Pousse, EASYTAX (France)

Christopher Pousse holds a university degree in marketing and accounting gaining his experience in the maritime industry being in charge of Customs formalities and passenger clearance on-board passengers’ vessels, and later on when working for a well-known Monaco-based maritime agency. Since Chris joined EASYTAX, a French leading fiscal representation company who focuses on handling VAT & Customs matters for yachts.

 Daniel Sztanko, RSM Hungary (Hungary)

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 (France)

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.

 Enrico Giannotti, Economisti Associati (Italy)

Enrico Giannotti, Economisti Associati (Italy)

Enrico Giannotti is a senior economist and project manager at Economisti Associati, an Italian company specialised in the evaluation and impact assessment of EU initiatives. During over 15 years of professional experience, he has managed and contributed to over 50 assignments for the European Commission (DG TAXUD, DG GROW, DG ENTR, DG SANTE/SANCO, etc.), other European Institutions and Agencies (European Parliament, EFSA, CDE, etc.), and international organizations (World Bank, African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, etc.). He is currently leading an evaluation of the Second Invoicing Directive (Council Directive 2010/45/EU) for DG TAXUD, which aims at assessing the European Commission’s efforts to simplify, modernise and harmonise the invoicing rules and requirements in the European Union.

 Marcos Álvarez Suso, Spanish Tax Administration - May 2018

Marcos Álvarez Suso, Spanish Tax Administration

Mr. Álvarez has been working as a tax auditor for the Spanish Tax Administration for 18 years, with special devotion to VAT, aggressive tax planning and tax crimes.

He uses to attend international meetings in the EU, OECD and IOTA environment, and is also author of many studies and articles regarding VAT and tax practice both in Spanish and international magazines. He is currently leading the Deputy Direction for legal affairs in the Tax Audit Department of the Spanish tax administration.

Mr. Alvarez holds a bachelor degree in law by the Universidad Complutense of Madrid.

 Martin Klam , Deputy director for indirect taxation, tax legislation directorate, Ministry of Economy and Finance (France) - May 2018

Martin Klam, Deputy director for indirect taxation, tax legislation directorate, Ministry of Economy and Finance (France)

After graduation at Sciences Po Paris and holder of a DEA in public law from the University of Assas, Martin KLAM began his career as a public law judge in France and then overseas in charge amongst other cases of tax litigation. He joined the tax legislation directorate (DLF) in 2008 in the coordination and synthesis unit and since then has held several positions in this directorate and in the general directorate for public finances (DGFiP). In 2010 he became head of unit in charge of litigation and rulings in registration law in the legal department of the DGFiP. As of 2010 he became head of unit responsible for value added tax (VAT) and financial transaction tax (FTT). He was representing France in UE negotiations for those two taxes. Between 2015 and end-2017, he was responsible for bilateral tax treaty negotiations. In this capacity, he also participates in OECD tax negotiations, notably as Head of Delegation for the negotiation of the Multilateral Convention for BEPS within the ad hoc group. Since 1 January 2018, Martin KLAM has been appointed deputy director for indirect taxation. As such he is in charge of VAT policy and legislation.

 Ing Martin Sádovský, Czech Tax Admnistration

Ing Martin Sádovský, Czech Tax Admnistration

Martin holds a Master degree in taxation by the University of Economics in Prague. After 4 years of experience from customs field at DHL or other logistic company, he started working for the Czech Tax Administration. Currently he works in the Methodology of Taxes Section. Martin is also a member of the VAT unit of the Czech Tax Administration. The unit covers interpretation of EU legislation or judgments from CJEU. Martin is specialized in impact of VAT in the field of intracommunity trading, import or export of goods.

 Olga Maximova, Mark Prior

Olga Maximova, Mark Prior (Russia)

Olga Maximova is Partner and Business development director in MarkPrior, one of the main VAT services providers within the Russian market.

She counts on more than eighteen years of experience in providing advice in VAT and other Indirect Taxes. She is Co-Author of the book “Taxation of Foreign Companies and branches in Russia” and several articles in tax matters. Olga is a member of National Advisory Council on Tax Legislation reforming. She regularly acts as speaker and lecturer in different organizations.

Olga holds a Masters degree in Economics and an MBA from the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.

 Patrice Pillet, European Commission

Patrice Pillet, European Commission

Patrice Pillet is the Head of Unit for indirect taxation legal affairs, in DG Taxud (European Commission). He is therefore responsible for the management of complains, the handing of infringement procedures as well as other legal issues (including preliminary rulings) in the area of indirect taxation.

He was previously Head of Sector responsible for VAT on electronic commerce (2008-1016). He has also previously been responsible for international affairs and technical assistance in the Customs Directorate of DG Taxud (2004-2008), as well as for fighting VAT fraud and promoting mutual assistance in tax matters (1998-2004).

 Paweł Gruza, Undersecretary of State

Paweł Gruza, Undersecretary of State (Poland)

Paweł Gruza was born on 1 June 1977 in Warsaw. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration of Warsaw University. He participated in numerous professional training activities, seminars and conferences in Poland and abroad (inter alia, courses on Polish and international accounting standards, economic legislation of the European Union, international tax planning, industry-specific training programmes).

He has broad professional experience. He managed many interdisciplinary projects for companies from the industrial and financial sector. In the years 2000 - 2006 he worked for advisory companies. From April 2016 he acted in the capacity of Vice Minister of the State Treasury.

Co-author of the first commentary to the Act on the social security system (1999) and co-author of the first commentary in Poland to EU VAT directives (2004, selection and editing of rulings of the EU Court of Justice). Author of articles in specialized journals and economic press.

 Piet Battiau, Head Consumption Taxes Unit at OECD

Piet Battiau, Head Consumption Taxes Unit at OECD

Piet Battiau is the Head of the Consumption Taxes Unit in the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (CTPA) of the OECD. He is responsible for the OECD's expanding work on indirect taxes, including the International VAT/GST Guidelines and the OECD Global Forum on VAT.

He has been included in the International Tax Review’s Global Tax 50 of the world’s most influential persons in tax policy and practice every year since its inception in 2011.

Piet joined the OECD in 2011. He began his career as a tax inspector for the Belgian Ministry of Finance in the early 1990’s before moving on to an international financial institution in 1995, where he became Head of International Taxation and subsequently Head of Public Policy. He was also Chairman of the Fiscal Committee of the European Banking Federation.

He studied Law in Brussels and Ghent and holds a Law degree and a degree in Tax Science.

 Richard Asquith, Asquith, Avalara Europe

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.

 Stefan Maunz - May 2018

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 - May 2018

Stephen Dale, HEDEOS société d'avocats (France)

Stephen Dale is a partner in a specialist VAT practice in Paris in HEDEOS 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.

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You can be very proud of what you have achieved with IVA over the last years. It is great to see that my beloved VAT has an advocate that aspires to act on a truly global level.

Stefan Maunz, KMLZ (Germany)


“The conference was great and the setting was fabulous!

Lisa Dowling, Taxback (UK)


Thank you for organized so professional and valuable conference. It was pleasure to be there.

Natalia Kozieradzka-Wanke, EnerSys Sp. z o.o. (Poland)


 “Thank you for organising another great conference in Nice!

Caroline Heath, rbcVAT (UK) 


“On behalf of the Norwegian Tax Administration I would like to thank you very much for the opportunity to participate at the conference. We appreciate the opportunity to meet both members of your board and experts in the VAT area.

Elin Minge, Norwegian Tax Administration

It was a pleasure for me to attend the IVA conference in Nice. The organization was excellent.

Marcos Álvarez Suso, Spanish Tax Administration

At the first... thanks for the opportunity to participate in the conference. I'm still very impressed!!

Robert Sasak, EnerSys Sp. z o.o. (Poland) 


“Thank you very much for the exquisite conference (again)!

Myrthe Broers, Nebu Transport (Netherlands)

It was an excellent conference at Nice. Congratulations.

Rajendra Kumar, Sanjiv Shah & Associates (India)


 “Thank you for another well organised and nice conference.

Jane Holmberg, United Cashback (Sweden)


 “Thanks for organising the conference – it was really good!”

Vera Menezes, Accordance (UK)


“Thank you for the organization of the session in Nice, it was perfect.

Sébastien Schmitt, Eurotax (France)


It was a really good conference. Congrats on that!

Mathieu Levasseur, VAThub (Sweden)


Big thank you from my side for all your support, organisation of the great event!

Dr. Mónika Molnár, MME Tax AG (Switzerland)


Congratulations for the organisation in Nice.

Jean-Francois CLOCHEAU (France)


I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to you for organising this event. It was a great conference!

Dr. Christian Salder, KMLZ (Germany)


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