IRS chief counsel to keynote Latin Lawyer Tax – in-house go free!

IRS chief counsel to keynote Latin Lawyer Tax – in-house go free! Credit: iStock.com/GCShutter

Peter Blessing, head of international and foreign law tax matters at the US Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) office of chief counsel, will give the morning keynote at Latin Lawyer Live 4th Annual Tax, which takes place at Omni Berkshire Place in New York on 2 December.

In-house counsel and governmental lawyers can register, for free, here.

Blessing oversees an office of some 95 lawyers and other professionals responsible for advising the IRS and the US department of the treasury on international tax issues.

Prior to joining the IRS, he practised in the international tax and complex transactions units at KPMG. He has also served as partner at Shearman & Sterling LLP for over 25 years, focusing on international tax matters and financial institutions.

His keynote will focus on the latest US tax legislation and its impact on US companies doing business in Latin America, as well as giving a US perspective on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS).

Also confirmed to speak at the conference is Alvin Shrago, deputy head of tax for the Americas at investment banking group UBS, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise senior counsel Emiliano Baidenbaum, who leads the company’s worldwide innovation law lab.   

Mexican tax practitioner Manuel Tron will give an afternoon keynote talking about current tax reforms in Latin America. He has over 30 years’ experience in international tax law, providing tax consulting and planning to international businesses, as well as wealth and estate planning. He leads his own firm Manuel Tron SC, and has previously worked at Ernst & Young LLP in New York and White & Case LLP.

The first panel will concentrate on outbound perspectives – including the consequences of the 2017 US tax reform for investments in Latin America.

The second panel on the digital economy will cover two topics, including taxation and cryptocurrency, and the digital economy.

A networking lunch will split the event in two parts, followed by Tron’s afternoon keynote on the latest trends in Latin American tax reforms.

Tax related to funding operations in the region is the topic of the third panel. Speakers will consider tax regulations’ impact on cross-border financing structures and cash-pooling arrangements.

Panel four will discuss disclosure of uncertain tax positions, including current and proposed disclosure obligations for companies.

The final panel of the day will discuss the impact of BEPS actions and tax reforms on M&A and cross-border transactions in the region, with a focus on the indirect transfer of assets.

The full programme can be found here. The event is co-chaired by Andrés Sánchez from Cuatrecasas and Celso Costa from Machado Meyer Advogados.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, BKM | BerkemeyerD'Empaire, Foley Gardere Arena and SMPS Legal are sponsoring the event.