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.


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

Bayerstraße 12,
80335 München,


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Dr. Christian Salder - IVA Conference - January 2019

Dr. Christian Salder, KMLZ (Gemrany)

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 - January 2019

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 - January 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.

Emmanuel Cotessat - IVA Conference - January 2019

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 - January 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.

Kyriaki Yiallourou - IVA Conference - January 2019

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 - January 2019

Ludwig de Winter, Deputy Head of Unit C1 responsible for VAT in DG TAXUD (European Commission)

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).

Prof. Dr. Hans- Michael Wolffgang - IVA Conference - January 2019

Prof. Dr. Hans- Michael Wolffgang, AWB Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

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.

Stephen Dale - IVA Conference - January 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.

Tanja Rasic Krajnovic - IVA Conference - January 2019

Tanja Rasic Krajnovic, 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.

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