Munich Spring Conference 2019


Dates: 16th and 17th May 2019

Main topic: New VAT foundations

Irresistible forces are making VAT and indirect taxes rapidly change in Europe and worldwide: whether due to the development of e-commerce, the permanent and continuous creation of new types of goods, services and other products, the fight against tax evasion and fraud, new VAT and customs rules, introduced in a sort-of harmonized disorder by governments, general digitalization, new IT systems and automation to cope with all these changes, and finally the tax judges trying to interpret this complex world.

All of these major disrupters are shaking up the principles, the rules and the interpretations of the VAT and indirect taxes legislation and compliance requirements.

Our forthcoming conference in Munich will be the occasion to try to understand the new VAT foundations emerging from this challenging environment, now and the imminent future, including what we should expect to see in the post-Brexit EU.

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The conference will take place in the Sofitel Hotel Munich Bayerpost.

Bayerstraße 12,
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Andrew Tucker - IVA Conference - July 2021

Andrew Tucker, HMRC (UK)

Andrew Tucker is Head of VAT Deductions and Financial Services policy in HMRC.  Prior to his current role he headed up the VAT policy team in HMRC dealing with EU Exit.  He has previously led a variety of teams and projects across a number of different UK Government departments including on legal aid reform, devolution and in the somewhat niche area of coroners and burials.  He is a trustee of two charities, is Chair of Governors at a free school in London and (at the time of writing) is currently training for the London Marathon.  He is married to Jane with two daughters Hannah (7) and Sophie (5).

Cedric Vaslin - IVA Conference - July 2021

Cedric Vaslin, SANOFI (France)

Cedric is the Head of Indirect Taxes and the Head of Tax Technology at Sanofi. After 10 years of experience at Arthur Andersen International and then EY where he built a robust international expertise in VAT matters, especially in cross-border supply chain, Cedric joined Sanofi in 2008.

At Sanofi, Cedric had the opportunity to be part of several SAP implementation projects and therefore to develop strong skills and experience in this area. Cedric is currently overseeing the tax questions related to a global SAP S4/Hana implementation within Sanofi and is coordinating in parallel some Tax Technology Transformation initiatives.

Dr. Christian Salder - IVA Conference - July 2021

Dr. Christian Salder, KMLZ (Germany)

Christian advises clients on all aspects of national and international VAT issues and specializes in customs and excise duty matters. His particular focus is on import VAT related issues as well as optimizing cross-border supply chains and processing schemes. Christian has extensive experience in carrying out SAP-VAT audits and customs reviews. He also accompanies external audits and represents clients before tax authorities and fiscal courts. His clients range from individuals to international groups.

He is a post-graduate degree lecturer at the University of Münster and regularly lectures on VAT and customs related topics, as well as regularly publishing comments, articles and annotations in these areas.

Cyrille Konter - IVA Conference - July 2021

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.

Prof. Dr. David Hummel - IVA Conference - July 2021

Prof. Dr. David Hummel, European Court of Justice (Luxemburg)

David Hummel is since October 2016 legal secretary (référendaire) at the European Court of Justice at the cabinet of advocate general Kokott.

Before (2013 – 2016) he represented several tax law chairs at the Universities of Münster, Trier, Leipzig and Hamburg. In mid-2017 the appointment as a Professor at the University of Leipzig took place. His academic career starts with the Study of Law at the University of Leipzig, a Graduation (Phd) as an assistant of Prof. Dr. Stadie with a VAT-Thesis in 2009 and a Habilitation in 2013 with the matter: „Rechtsformneutralität im Öffentlichen Recht“ (neutrality of legal forms in public law – venia legendi: public law, especially tax law and public economic law).

David Hummel is one of the authors of, inter alia, „Rau/Dürrwächter“ (commentary of the VAT-Law), „Kirchhof/Söhn/Mellinghoff“ (commentary of the income tax law) and “Hübschmann/Hepp/Spitaler” (commentary of the procedure tax law). Furthermore he is engaged as a tutor in the field of European Tax Law and State Aid Law.

Emmanuel Cotessat - IVA Conference - July 2021

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.

Fernando Matesanz - IVA Conference - July 2021

Fernando Matesanz, Spanish VAT Services Asesores (Spain)

Fernando Matesanz is the owner and Director of the firm named Spanish VAT Services Asesores SL. He Counts on more than twelve years of experience in providing advice in VAT and other Indirect Taxes.

Fernando holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Degree in European Legislation. He also holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Corporate Tax Law from the IE Business School.

He is an active Tax Lawyer, member of the Bar and a certified Tax Advisor.

Fernando began his carrier within the VAT Group of Ernst & Young, managing the VAT and customs practice for more than eight years. After that, he founded the firm Spanish VAT Services Asesores SL a firm exclusively working on international VAT matters and other Indirect taxes. Spanish VAT Services is currently one of the main VAT services providers for small and medium-sized companies within the Spanish market.

Fernando regularly acts as speaker and lecturer in different Universities and organizations. He is also a member of the VAT Forum CV.

Hans Joachim Narzynski - IVA Conference - July 2021

Hans Joachim Narzynski, Federal Ministry of Finance (Germany)

After studying law at Freiburg University in Germany Hans Joachim Narzynski joined the tax administration in Ge‎rmany in 1998. He worked in different local tax offices in the federal state of Saxony. In 2009 he became an advisor in the Federal Parliament of Germany. He joined the Federal Ministry of Finance In 2013, first working in the press department of the Ministry. Since 2016 he is involved in European negotiations on tax issues as head of division. Hans Joachim Narzynski is now head of division in the Ministry's directorate for customs and indirect taxation. In this position he is dealing with international VAT matters, in particular European VAT regulations.

Prof. Dr. Hans- Michael Wolffgang - IVA Conference - July 2021

Prof. Dr. Hans- Michael Wolffgang, AWB Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH (Germany)

Prof. Dr. Hans- Michael Wolffgang is a professor of law and head of the Institute of Customs and International Trade Law at the University of Mün-ster, Germany.

He is co-founder of the AWB Tax Consultancy and AWB Law Firm, specialized in customs law, value added tax law and law of export controls, with branches in Hamburg and Munich.

Prof. Wolffgang is member of the PICARD Advisory Group to the World Cus-toms Organization (WCO). He is co-founder and vice president of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU) and member of the editorial board of the World Customs Journal (WCJ).

Prof. Dr. Wolffgang has written extensively on international trade law, customs law and export control law.

Igal Hassine - IVA Conference - July 2021

Igal Hassine, SANOFI (France)

After a higher degree in Finance and Accounting which led him to Finance director positions in international companies, Igal had the opportunity to lead numerous SAP implementations where he focused on taxes.

With now more than 15 years of experience as a recognized Tax Technology expert, Igal has a proven record of expertise over SAP different modules and integration, European VAT and Intrastat, Corporate Income Tax & ETR, but also in Finance Transformation and Shared Service Center implementation.

Being solution oriented, he is consulted by Worldwide Industries to accompany SAP implementations on the tax area, to conduct SAP Tax audits and remediation plan, or to design and reinforce tax processes during Finance transformation.

Josef Debono - IVA Conference - July 2021

Josef Debono, Ecovis Malta

Josef Debono has been engaged in accountancy services at Ecovis Malta since 2006. Josef has since been appointed director and is the firm’s leader in the field of Indirect Taxation after following the course leading to a Diploma in VAT Compliance in 2010 and pursuing his interest and research in this line of business.  He Is a graduate from the University of Malta in Business Management, has obtained the ACCA qualification and holds a warrant of Certified Public Accountant.

Josef sits on the VAT Sub-committee of the Malta Institute of Taxation and on the Accounting Task Force of Ecovis International.

Kyriaki Yiallourou - IVA Conference - July 2021

Kyriaki Yiallourou, S.A. Evangelou & Co LLC (PwC Cyprus)

Kyriaki Yiallourou is a Trainee Lawyer at S.A. Evangelou & Co LLC, the Legal Network firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cyprus. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from Cardiff University and a Master of Laws (LLM) in International Corporate Law from the University of Leeds. During her Master, Kyriaki was awarded the IVA prize for best VAT dissertation for her LLM thesis on the limitations of the VAT GAP measurement. Her main areas of activity are company and commercial law and she is also involved with various tax related engagements.

Ludwig de Winter - IVA Conference - July 2021

Ludwig de Winter, European Commission, VAT in DG TAXUD

Ludwig De Winter is responsible for the VAT e-Commerce package, derogation requests, optional reverse charge mechanisms and VAT obligations. As deputy HoU I follow all other files within the competence of the unit, including relationswith the customs colleagues.

Before joining the Commission he had worked as a tax inspector with the Belgian Ministry of Finance and when he joined the Commission more than 20 years ago, he was active in the anti-dumping policy (1996-1997). Subsequently he moved to DG TAXUD, where he was responsible for VAT and administrative cooperation and the fight against VAT fraud. Ludwig De Winter was also responsible for the different enlargement processes where he had to verify that the candidate countries had adapted their VAT legislation and administrative capacity in order to be allowed to join the EU.

He also takes part in the meetings at IOTA and OECD and bilateral negotiations such as for the Agreement on Administrative cooperation with Norway, recently concluded.

He has a Master Law degree (University of Ghent) and a Master Degree in Business Administration (Brussels).

Martin Klam - IVA Conference - July 2021

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.

Mike Cunningham - IVA Conference - July 2021

Mike Cunningham, Deputy Director - HM Treasury

Mike heads up the VAT and Excise team at HM Treasury. These cover all the relevant domestic, EU and international issues on VAT; alcohol and tobacco duty; gambling taxation; the Soft Drinks Industry Levy; and Insurance Premium Tax. Mike is currently Chair of OECD’s Working Party 9 – which covers consumption taxes. Mike has been at HM Treasury since September 2004, coming across from (what was) HM Customs and Excise, which he originally joined back in 1987.


Dr. Nathalie Harksen - IVA Conference - July 2021

Dr. Nathalie Harksen, AWB Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH (Germany)

After studying law at the Universities of Marburg, Münster and Paris, Dr. Nathalie Harksen is working as a lawyer in tax law.

She is a managing partner of AWB Steuerberatungsgesellschaft and AWB Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft with offices in Münster, Munich and Hamburg. The AWB provides a further platform for assisting multinationals in their cross-border activities relating to customs, VAT, excise duties and export controls. Nathalie specializes in the customs and VAT implications of cross-border transactions. Due to her studies in customs law at the University of Münster, she advises multinational clients on the interfaces between VAT and customs with particular emphasis on VAT, import VAT and Incoterms..

She is an experienced trainer and holds seminars throughout Germany for the management staff of major German companies in VAT, customs and intrastat topics. She also has been accredited by the ICC as trainer for Incoterms2010. Furthermore, she is a guest lecturer at the Federal Finance Academy in Berlin.

Nathalie is one of the authors of „Rau/Dürrwächter“ (commentary of the VAT-Law - § 21 import VAT) and publishes regularly on customs and VAT issues.

Pr. Rita de la Feria - IVA Conference - July 2021

Pr. Rita de la Feria, University of Leeds (UK)

Professor and Chair of Tax Law at the University of Leeds. She is an International Research Fellow at the Centre for Business Taxation, Oxford University; and holds a law degree from the University of Lisbon, and a PhD from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.  Her research focus primarily on tax law and policy – particularly on the intersection between tax law and EU constitutional law, tax law and public economics, and tax law and criminology – having published widely on these areas, including four books, and over 60 journal articles and book chapters. She was Tax Policy and Legal Adviser to the Portuguese Government (2011-2012), and to the Government of Timor-Leste (2015-2016); has provided tax legal advice to the Irish Revenue Commissioners (2016), and tax policy advice, and/or legal drafting advice to the Governments of Sao Tome and Principe (2016-), Angola (2016-2018), and Turkey (2018) under the auspices of the IMF.  Professor de la Feria was listed two years running (2015-2016) in the Global Tax 50, by the International Tax Review, as one of the most influential tax people in the World; and was co-recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Women in Tax Award, awarded by the Tax Analysts.

Ruth Corkin - IVA Conference - July 2021

Ruth Corkin, The VAT Practitioners Group (UK)

Ruth is the national Technical Chair for the VAT Practitioners Group. She is also an Associate specialising in indirect taxes with Hiller Hopkins LLP in the UK. In her VPG role, Ruth has worked closely with HM Revenue and Customs (“HMRC”) on the “Making Tax Digital” project, ensuring that HMRC is fully aware of the challenges faced by taxpayers unused to accounting software.

She also represents the VPG and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (“ICAEW”) on various committees with HMRC and was seconded to the Office of Tax Simplification for seven months in 2017 to look at ways of simplifying the VAT code in the United Kingdom.

Stephen Dale - IVA Conference - July 2021

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.

Tanja Rašić Krajnović - IVA Conference - July 2021

Tanja Rašić Krajnović, Croatian Tax Administration

Senior Adviser - Specialist for VAT and EU Legislation with 21 years of experience in taxation related questions, specialised in VAT field. She has a Master Law degree (University of Zagreb).

Currently she works in the Croatian Tax Administration in Central Office, VAT Department. Also is the author of many of articles related to VAT which are published in local professional journals and some abroad.

Toon Vroon - IVA Conference - July 2021

Toon Vroon, Dutch Tax Administration

Toon Vroon is the Nationwide VAT coordinator at Belastingdienst since 2008. He is an experienced coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. He has strong professional skills in Sales Tax, International Tax, Banking, Tax Law, and Tax Accounting.


“I want also to thank you for the very good organization of the conference and the good and valuable time I have spent there.”

Igal Hassine, SANOFI (France)


"It was good to meet you in Munich and to spend some time with all the guests and attendees. I want to use this opportunity to thank you for the “simply perfect” organization."

Cédric Vaslin, SANOFI (France)


"Thank you, and thank you for the invitation. I enjoyed it very much!"

Toon Vroon, Dutch Tax Administration


"I very much enjoyed the IVA conference last week and met some interesting people."

WendY O’Reilly, Quipsound (UK)


"Thanks a lot for the great organization of the conference."

Prof. Dr. David Hummel, European Court of Justice (Luxemburg)

"A unique chance to speak with members of diverse audience from ECJ, HMRC, E. Commission, reps from European Ministries of Finance, businessmen, academics and discuss latest changes, current landscape and future of VAT regimes"

Anna Szafraniec, KR Group TAX LLP (Poland)


"Really enjoyed presenting VAT and customs interfaces at the IVA spring conference. Thanks to IVA for organising an excellent conference in Munich!"

Dr. Nathalie Harksen, AWB Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH (Germany)


"Thanks again for the successful conference."

Mark Van Zijtveld, VATWorkx (Netherlands)


"Thank you for a wonderful conference at Munich."

Deepa Kumar, Universal VAT Services (USA)

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