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Changes to Economic Substance Regulation

We are joined by Mr Nilesh Ashar, Tax Partner at KPMG Middle East, engaging in a conversation about the recently introduced changes in the UAE Economic Substance Regulations and how will the SME sector be affected by some of its resolutions.

The speakers will provide an overview of these changes and outline the scope of the relevant activities as set out in regulations and the subsequent guidance required.

The webinar will also include a discussion around what businesses should do next in preparation of ESR compliance.

Topics:

11:00 - 11:30
  • Overview to the newly introduced changes to the Economic Substance Regulations
  • Scope of Relevant Activities as set out in regulations and subsequent guidance required
  • Substance Tests and Core Income Generating Activities’ for each relevant activity
  • What businesses should do next in preparation of ESR compliance

Moderator

Lorenzo Jooris
Lorenzo Jooris

CEO, Creative Zone
Lorenzo Jooris holds extensive and diverse experience in the Middle Eastern and South Asian business markets and retains an expert opinion on the regions’ SMEs and startup culture. He was the founder of One World Communications, a full-fledged multi-media powerhouse advising governments around the world in branding and communication strategies. He also started LEADERS Middle East Magazine in the UAE and formulated ‘Leaders without Borders’, an initiative that promotes young social entrepreneurs’ development. He is the author of “Recipes for a Better World” and an advisor to the James Michel Foundation.

Nilesh Ashar
Nilesh Ashar
Tax Partner, KPMG
Nilesh Ashar is a Tax Partner with KPMG based in Dubai with over 24 years of Big 4 International and M&A tax experience advising clients across emerging (Middle East / India) and mature economies (UK / Europe).

He has significant experience in advising a wide variety of clientele spread across sectors like real estate and infrastructure, financial services, SWF/ PE, oil and gas, retail, family owned businesses, etc. on international tax matters, cross border tax structuring, M&A tax, economic substance advisory, tax governance, transfer pricing, FATCA/ CRS advisory and VAT. He has an extensive experience in helping businesses manage tax risks, effective tax rates and improve their tax processes in the ever evolving business and transactional environment.

Nilesh has extensively advised MNEs on developing tax manuals/ governance frameworks to help them shape the tax function in the current global tax environment and managing their regional/ global tax compliances including meeting BEPS Action 13 documentation requirements, or the more recent economic substance regulations. He has also advised GCC headquartered MNEs on tax structuring and foreign investment regulations requirements and tax due diligence for global acquisitions / expansions.

He serves as the lead Tax Partner on a number of key accounts and advised on a range of tax issues including international and corporate tax, transfer pricing, VAT, customs duty, and global mobility tax issues.

He started his professional career with EY in India (Arthur Andersen upto 2002) and was relocated to EY London to set up the India Tax Desk, with business development, tax structuring and foreign investment advisory responsibilities for international companies in the UK and the European region, before relocating to UAE to lead KPMG’s tax practice in the UAE.

He is a regular speaker at seminars, conferences, client workshops and various industry forums and has contributed to many thought leaderships and views on tax matters in print and television/ radio.

Speakers

Nilesh Ashar
Nilesh Ashar
Tax Partner, KPMG
Nilesh Ashar is a Tax Partner with KPMG based in Dubai with over 24 years of Big 4 International and M&A tax experience advising clients across emerging (Middle East / India) and mature economies (UK / Europe).

He has significant experience in advising a wide variety of clientele spread across sectors like real estate and infrastructure, financial services, SWF/ PE, oil and gas, retail, family owned businesses, etc. on international tax matters, cross border tax structuring, M&A tax, economic substance advisory, tax governance, transfer pricing, FATCA/ CRS advisory and VAT. He has an extensive experience in helping businesses manage tax risks, effective tax rates and improve their tax processes in the ever evolving business and transactional environment.

Nilesh has extensively advised MNEs on developing tax manuals/ governance frameworks to help them shape the tax function in the current global tax environment and managing their regional/ global tax compliances including meeting BEPS Action 13 documentation requirements, or the more recent economic substance regulations. He has also advised GCC headquartered MNEs on tax structuring and foreign investment regulations requirements and tax due diligence for global acquisitions / expansions.

He serves as the lead Tax Partner on a number of key accounts and advised on a range of tax issues including international and corporate tax, transfer pricing, VAT, customs duty, and global mobility tax issues.

He started his professional career with EY in India (Arthur Andersen upto 2002) and was relocated to EY London to set up the India Tax Desk, with business development, tax structuring and foreign investment advisory responsibilities for international companies in the UK and the European region, before relocating to UAE to lead KPMG’s tax practice in the UAE.

He is a regular speaker at seminars, conferences, client workshops and various industry forums and has contributed to many thought leaderships and views on tax matters in print and television/ radio.

Date

Oct 07 2020

Time

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost

Free

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