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2016

States Unbound: An Update on the Multistate Tax Compact Litigation

Date: October 20, 2016, 12:00-2:00 pm

Law complex, Room 1002

Speaker: Visiting Assistant Professor Natasha Varyani

About Natasha: Visiting Assistant Professor Varyani focuses her scholarly work on the taxation of multijurisdictional entities, and the ways in which systems of taxation are evolving in response to changes in technology and commerce.  She has published articles focusing on the constitutionality of imposing a sales tax on entities that have only a digital presence in state, and the response to a standard set forth that requires a “physical presence” for a jurisdiction to have the right to tax.  Professor Varyani continues to examine the impact of increasingly digital commerce on the manner in which taxes are both levied and apportioned.  Her most recent article examines the history of the Multistate Tax Compact, an agreement between states about how to apportion income of multi-jurisdictional taxpayers, as well as the current litigation in state high courts regarding whether that Compact among states is binding.

European Value Added Tax 101 and Brexit

Date: November 14, 2016, 12:00-2:00 pm

Graduate Student Lounge, 10th floor

Speakers: Daan Arends, Partner and Sebastiaan Wijsman, Associate — DLA Piper, Amsterdam

About Daan:  Daan heads DLA Piper’s Dutch Tax practice and has over 12 years’ experience in international and Dutch indirect taxation, including customs, VAT and Dutch transfer tax matters.

About Sebastiaan:  Sebastiaan has conducted many EU VAT projects for various companies entering the European market. He also has specific experience in the field of VAT and customs and in the assistance of voluntary disclosure procedures in many EU member states. He has been involved in many multi-jurisdictional reviews of VAT rules regarding use and enjoyment and also advised on Dutch transfer tax matters.

More than Just Corporate Inversion – The 385 Regulations’ Effect on International Companies

Date: December 1, 2016, 12:00-2:00 pm

Alumni Boardroom

Speaker: Ameek Ponda, Director of Sullivan & Worcester’s Tax Department

About Ameek: He concentrates his practice in structuring corporate mergers and acquisitions, advising emerging companies on financing and business issues, designing REIT transactions and financial instruments and working on cross-border financings and acquisitions. He has represented public and private REITs in the office, industrial, hotel, senior living, travel centers, retail, solar, wind, electricity transmission & distribution, timber, vineyards, agriculture, greenhouse, communication towers, business storage, cold storage and data center industries. In total, he has designed the tax structure for over 1,000 M&A tax deals.

Topic Overview: The 385 Regulations have the capacity to completely change how international companies do business in the United States. This talk will focus on this highly controversial set of US Treasury Department-proposed regulations which are designed to prevent multinational corporations from engaging in corporate inversion and profit-stripping. For more information about the 385 Regulations, KPMG has laid out a more comprehensive overview on the proposed changes.

2017

In-House Career Paths and Election Cycle Issues for Tax-Exempt Organizations

Date: January 30, 2017, 12:00-2:00 pm

Law complex, Barrister’s Hall

Speaker: Ken Monteiro, General Counsel, The Ford Foundation

About Ken: Read Ken’s full bio here and a profile on page 18 of the latest edition of the BU Law Alumni Magazine, The Record.

Topic Overview: Please join us for a conversation with BU Law alumnus, Ken Monteiro.  During this event, Professor Natasha Varyani will lead a discussion with Mr. Monteiro about his career path from large law firm practice to his current role as General Counsel for a global, tax-exempt charitable organization.  He will discuss the various roles of lawyers, as well as, the cutting edge issues currently facing charitable foundations during the new election cycle.

Technology Innovations and Tax Practice at Professional Services Firms

Date: February 15, 2017, 12:00-2:00 pm

Charles River Room, 5th Floor, Sumner M. Redstone Building

Speaker: Jeffrey Saviano, Director of Indirect and State and Local Tax, Ernst & Young LLP, New York, NY

About Jeffrey: Jeffrey Saviano is the global Ernst & Young organization’s Americas Director of Indirect, State and Local Tax. Jeff leads the indirect, state and local tax practices in the Americas, which includes North, South and Central America and Israel. Based in New York City and Boston, Jeff is a principal of Ernst & Young LLP.

Jeff directs a practice that helps companies manage their state and local taxes in the United States and their non-income-based taxes in Canada and South and Central America. He also advises clients on state tax policy matters affecting corporate taxpayers.

Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Iona College, a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law and an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. He has published articles on state tax policy and practice. Jeff is a member of the Board of Directors of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Boston Municipal Research Bureau. He is a former professor of state and local taxation at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School.

Tax Reform—The Process

Date: April 12, 2017, 12:00-2:00 pm

Charles River Room, 5th Floor, Sumner M. Redstone Building

Speaker: Norm Richter

About Norm: Norm Richter was the chief tax executive for Baxalta Inc, a biopharmaceutical multinational company focused on hematology, immunology and oncology, until Baxalta was acquired in June 2016 by Shire for $32 billion.  A year earlier, in July 2015, Baxalta Inc had been launched as a spin-off from Baxter International, a healthcare company based near Chicago which retained the medical devices business, and where Norm also served as the chief tax executive.  Prior to joining Baxter, Norm served as the chief tax executive of Textron Inc, a multi-industry global industrial company based in Rhode Island.

Before joining Textron, Norm worked in all three branches of the Federal government in various tax roles.  In Washington, D.C., he led the international tax counsel group in the Office of Tax Policy at the U.S. Treasury Department, served as majority tax counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, and clerked for Judge Arthur Nims III of the U.S. Tax Court.   Norm also served as adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School’s LLM program.

Before joining the staff of the Senate Finance Committee, Norm was a tax attorney with the Steptoe & Johnson law firm in Washington, D.C. for four years.  He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Topic Overview: High expectations about tax reform are reported in the news nearly every week — but tax reform will have to run a gauntlet of special Congressional procedures, budget rules and political hurdles before becoming law.   To understand the process and politics, and better understand the news reports over the coming months, please come to hear it explained by Norm Richter, who worked in DC in tax policy roles in all three branches of the federal government.

Beyond Apple’s $14 Billion Tax Penalty: Issues Facing Multinational Taxpayers

Date: TBA

Speaker: Drew Adams, Chief Tax Officer, Global Taxes, PerkinElmer, Inc.

About Drew: Drew has been PerkinElmer’s CTO for over seven years., where he directs  the tax provision preparation process, as well as provides support on tax research required for tax positions taken by the Company. He has primary responsibility for worldwide compliance with all tax regulations, as well as planning, audit, and implementation of strategies to optimize the Company’s global tax position. Prior to PerkinElmer, Drew worked at Covidien and EMC Corporation in various corporate tax department functions.  Drew started his tax career at Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers). Drew holds degrees from Boston University School of Law, Suffolk University School of Law, Suffolk University, Graduate School of Management, and Boston College, Carroll E. Wallace School of Management,  In addition, Drew has studied overseas at IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Spain and Brasenose College, Oxford University, England.