Athens Autumn Conference 2019

Topic: Fixing VAT on trade in Europe

Dates: 17th and 18th October 2019

More information about the main topic, Agenda and speakers will follow shortly.

Location: The conference will take place in the Royal Olympic Hotel in Athens.
Address: Athanasiou Diakou 28, 117 43 Athens, Greece

Further information will follow shortly...



Prof. Dr. David Hummel - IVA Conference - July 2019

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.

Fernando Matesanz - IVA Conference - July 2019

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.

Ludwig de Winter - IVA Conference - July 2019

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).

Mike Cunningham - IVA Conference - July 2019

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.


Nicola Galleani d’Agliano - IVA Conference - July 2019

Nicola Galleani d’Agliano, P Centore & Associates (Italy)

Nicola Galleani d’Agliano is co-founder of PC&A (Studio P. Centore & Associati) in 1991. In particular, he is deeply experienced in the development of international supply chains, implementation of VAT ERP/SAP and global advisory and compliance coordination. His core business areas are maritime, shipyards and high technologies industries. He has published several titles such as VAT Commentary - IPSOA- Wolter Kluwer, The European VAT IPSOA - Wolter Kluwer, Articles - International Commerce.

Since 2001 he has been appointed as tax law lecturer at the Hight School of Tax Police in Rome. He is also professor at the IPSOA–Wolters Kluwer post-graduate Master in tax law. Nicola has been appointed as advisor to the Government of the Republic of San Marino with respect to the enactment of VAT legislation (2013/2016). He is a member of the Vat Expert Group and of the EU Vat Forum entrusted to support the European Commission in drafting legislative measures and other political initiatives for VAT purposes.

Nicola has been a member of the Italian Association of Certified Public Accountants since 1989.

Ruth Corkin - IVA Conference - July 2019

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 2019

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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