March 18, 2021

White House senior tax counsel Andrew Strelka to speak at ABA U.S., Europe tax conference

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2021 — Andrew Strelka, senior tax counsel in the White House Counsel’s Office, will deliver a keynote speech during the Virtual 21st Annual U.S. and Europe Tax Practice Trends Conference hosted by the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, March 22-25.

International tax professionals from industry and private practice will gather to focus on practical tax practice trends for multinational corporations and their international advisers, as well as provide insight into how government tax officials may view the international tax landscape in light of important international developments that impact corporate taxpayers.

The conference will be supplemented by a half-day workshop on Monday, March 22 featuring panels on private wealth management and cryptocurrency for young lawyers.

Strelka, who has also served in the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division and on the Biden-Harris Transition team, will speak Tuesday, March 23 at 9 a.m. ET.

What:  
Virtual 21st Annual U.S. and Europe Tax Practice Trends Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Taxation  

When: 
Monday-Thursday, March 22-25

Where:
Online

Also, the Women in Tax Forum will host a virtual interview with Karine Uzan Mercié, group head of tax at LafargeHolcim in Paris, on Wednesday, March 24 at 12:30 p.m. ET. Before joining LafargeHolcim, Mercié was vice president, head of tax and corporate strategic initiatives for Coca-Cola European Partners. During an hourlong interactive discussion, she will share stories of success and resiliency throughout her exceptional career in tax.

The “Government/OECD Updates” panel on Thursday, March 25 at 9 a.m. ET will feature Peter H. Blessing, associate chief counsel (International) in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel, Washington, D.C.; Martin Kreienbaum, director general of international taxation in the German Federal Ministry of Finance, Berlin; Grace Perez-Navarro, deputy director of the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, Paris; and Mike Williams, director of business and international tax for HM Treasury, London.

Other program highlights include:

“Hallmark Hall of Mirrors: DAC6 Implementation Experiences” — This panel will assess what has been learned thus far from the implementation of the 2018 European Commission Directive on administrative cooperation in the field of taxation (DAC 6). Speakers: Antonio Barba, Cuatrecasas, Madrid; Petra Eckl, GSK Stockmann, Frankfurt am Main; Jan van den Tooren, Hamelink & van den Tooren, Amsterdam; and Christian Wimpissinger, Binder Grösswang, Vienna.
Tuesday, 9:45-10:45 a.m. ET

“Fighting on Multiple Fronts: Cross-Border Disputes and Bilateral Resolution” — Panelists will discuss dispute prevention and dispute resolution mechanisms at the various stages of the tax administrative procedure. Speakers: Jennifer Best, director, Treaty and Transfer Pricing Operations Practice Area, IRS, Washington, D.C.; Dèlcia Capocasale, Cuatrecasas, Barcelona; Raul-Angelo Papotti, Chiomenti, Milan; and Floran Ponce, Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva.
Wednesday, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ET


“Remaking International Tax for the 21st Century: Impact of and Outlook for OECD’s Evolving Pillars”
The blueprints are in, and construction is scheduled to begin soon on the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework’s grand project to redesign the international tax system for the digital age. A panel of U.S. and European practitioners, joined by an OECD official, will assess the current state of play and likely prospects from the perspectives of taxpayers. Speakers: Paul D. Carman, Chapman and Cutler LLP, Chicago; Pia Dorfmueller, Dentons, Frankfurt am Main; Joe Duffy, Matheson, Dublin; and Grace Perez-Navarro, deputy director, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD, Paris.
Thursday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

A complete agenda can be found online. For media registration, please contact Barbranda Walls at Barbranda.Walls@americanbar.org.

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