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.


David Hummel - IVA Stokolm Conference - October 2018

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.

Michaela Merz - IVA Stokolm Conference - October 2018

Michaela Merz, Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers AG (Switzerland)

Michaela joined PwC Switzerland in 1997 and has over 20 years of professional experience in advising domestic and multinational companies in area of indirect taxes.

Riccardo Cassisa - IVA Stokolm Conference - October 2018

Riccardo Cassisa, Italian Tax Administration

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Stephen Dale - IVA Stokolm Conference - October 2018

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.



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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