Mazars International Tax Conference 2019

We are delighted to be hosting the Mazars Annual International Tax Conference on 3 October 2019, kindly supported by King’s College London.


Our 2019 conference focuses on: 'Tax in the next decade: preparing for 2020 and beyond'

The conference gives a unique opportunity to discuss and debate international tax topics featuring panel discussions in the morning with a detailed discussion about the future of tax driven by BEPS 2.0 and the challenges for MNEs, and break-out sessions in the afternoon.

Morning session
08.00 - 09.00 Registration and breakfast
09.00 - 09.10 Welcome, Anita de Casparis, Global Head of Tax, Mazars
09.10 - 10.45 Panel discussion, speakers:

  • Professor Jonathan Schwarz, King’s College London, Dickson Poon School of Law
  • Michael Lennard, Chief of International Tax Cooperation and Trade in the Financing for Development Office of the United Nation
  • Caroline Malcolm, Head of Blockchain Policy-Center, on International Blockchain Regulation, OECD

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 – 13.00 Panel discussion, speakers:

  • Christian Kaeser, Global Head of Tax, Siemens
  • Ken Chan, Global Head of Tax, TransferWise
  • Cory Hillier, Senior Counsel (Tax Law), International Monetary Fund

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch break

Afternoon session
14.00 - 16.45 Break-out sessions

  • Tax in the Banking, Insurance and Asset Management industry
    Achieving global tax effectiveness by understanding and mitigating your tax risk through the use of robust risk management and emerging technology within the banking, insurance and asset management industry.
    In the first session, a panel that consist of tax specialists and management consultants, will set the scene discussing the pressure points in today’s FS environment, including tax and regulatory issues. In the second session we will dig deeper into operational side of such issues and which risk and technology tools and approaches could be considered to develop and document a client’s tax governance.
  • Real Estate: The life-cycle of real estate investments
    Discussion on the tax and financing challenges faced by international real estate funds. How should youstructure your property acquisitions? What developments can you expect in 2020 and how to manage your tax risks in the next decade? What is your divestment strategy?
  • Automotive and Tax: How to survive disruption?
    The tax environment will change substantially in the near future. Initiatives like digital tax, the EU action plan on VAT, BEPS and Brexit influence business decisions and may result in amended supply chains., How can the automotive sector prepare for these radical changes. 
    During this session, you will meet a representative of our Mazars Automotive sector expert group and a speaker from the industry sharing with you their thoughts on how to survive in the light of the upcoming changes. Tax experts highlight what needs to be done for businesses in order to be compliant with the new regulations. 
  • M&A in a post-BEPS world
    International companies are needing to manage uncertainty at a time when they are also expected to provide much more information about how they are managing taxes, the key outcomes and risks. Discussion on how to navigate M&A through these challenges.
    The session will consider the impact that BEPS has had on M&A related tax risks, specifically looking at how the M&A process will need to adapt in the face of BEPS and other international tax issues. The session will also consider some of the key BEPS action points which are likely to impact deal structuring and strategy, as well as the recent trends arising on our most recent engagements.
  • Hiring for the next decade
    Legal and tax considerations for employers managing their cross-border workforce.
    An interactive session how politics, economy and law impact company’s hiring’ strategy in 2020. The session will provide useful insights from tax, legal, social security and immigration perspective.
  • Global Tax Solutions
    Significant events have occurred in recent years that have reshaped the fiscal and political landscape. Whether it is BEPS / CbCR, Digital Services Tax, US Tax Reform or Brexit, the ultimate implication is that, at a time when tax functions are more resource constrained than ever, they have more reporting and filing obligations than ever.
    The session will centre on how internal resource can be utilised to allow teams to focus on driving value through tax. We will discuss practicalities of keeping global reporting and compliance moving forward, finding efficiencies in reporting requirements, how technology can be leveraged to encourage automation and the common pitfalls of operating a global tax function from a centralised location.

Each session will last 75 minutes with a 15 minute break and will be repeated to allow delegates to attend two different sessions. The second starts at 15.30. Please note that the Banking, Insurance and Asset Management Industry sessions differ.

16.45 – 17.45 Closing remarks and cocktail reception


Pullman London St Pancras Hotel, 100-110 Euston Road, Kings Cross, London NW1 2AJ (Map)


On the evening of 2 October, we will also be hosting a networking event and reception to which delegates are warmly invited. This event will take place at Tower Bridge Walkways from 6.30 pm, with panoramic views across the Tower of London, River Thames and spectacular city skyline.


Register now via this link for the conference and pre-event networking. Attending the pre-event networking is only possible if you register for and attend the conference. Please note that the maximum number of delegates who can attend the conference is 300 and that we may need to limit the number of delegates from one organisation to a maximum of two delegates.

Please register for the conference as soon as possible as spaces are limited. The deadline to register is 27 September 2019.


The Pullman London St Pancras has provided a room booking discount for the conference and we have secured 70 hotel rooms (rate is £270). For booking please contact the hotel: and provide the following booking code to book a room: MAZ021019. Please note that your room needs to be paid by you upon departure.

Registration fee, cancellation, no-show and amendment policy

There is no registration fee for the conference. Cancelling your registration before 27 September 2019 is free of charge. We do charge a €50 fee for cancellations as from 27 September 2019 and no-shows on 2 and 3 October 2019. Mazars reserves the right to modify the programme content and/or speaker line-up as required.


Follow the discussion at Mazars Group on LinkedIn, or on Twitter with the hashtag #MazTax2019

The Conference is supported by King’s College London, Dickson Poon School of Law, International Tax Law LL.M Programme.

Over 275-300 tax practitioners are expected to attend this year, and the programme being prepared will cover key issues faced by the international tax community and businesses.


Mazars International Tax Conference 2019 - invitation and agenda
Mazars International Tax Conference 2019 - invitation and agenda