VAT Management Summit

24-25 May 2018

Berlin, Germany


Technological developments, changes in business models, the globalization of the economy make VAT rules too complex and inconvenient. Constant changes in VAT regulations, severe competition, pressures to increase revenue of the company case fraud issues. Crucially, the current VAT regime exposes EU countries to an unacceptable and damaging level of VAT fraud. Revenue losses from this type of fraud are estimated at around €50 billion annually in the EU (European Commission, 2017). Member States recently identified VAT fraud as one of their top ten priorities when it comes to the fight against organized and serious international crime (European Commission, 2017).

VAT Management Summit provides a great opportunity to discuss the latest VAT issues with a team of international experts and think about possible improvements. It is a chance to redesign operations and to capitalize on potential indirect tax savings. This conference will enable in-house VAT professionals to keep up to date with the most recent developments in the field. This event brings together best VAT experts all in one location.


  • Visibility and optimal control of VAT
  • The compliance cost of VAT – an EU perspective
  • VAT compliance process: the Spanish model
  • VAT return: how to overcome common problems?
  • While getting ready for VAT, do you think about Transfer Pricing?
  • VAT implications of transfer pricing adjustments
  • VAT in multinational business: how to manage cross border sales efficiently in terms of VAT
  • VAT in supply chain
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: How to achieve operational excellence in VAT Management?
  • Future of VAT in a digital world: implications for Tax Policy and
  • Administration
  • Implementing VAT in the GCC – How MKM Holdings of the UAE
  • achieved full automation and the challenges of adopting VAT for
  • the first time (Case study)
  • VAT on sales and purchases made using Bitcoin e-money
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: How to tackle tax issues in a digital world?
  • Fraud Audit: make financial administration right
  • Automation and Tax Technology: Innovation and Process Efficiency
  • Strategic interactive lunch
  • Conclusions from the interactive lunch discussions – continued in the conference room
  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Does your VAT compliance structure/organization meets your current needs



Tereza Šmejkalová

Indirect Tax Director

HP, Czech Republic

Laura Filip

Subdirector General – Head of Regulation and Public Policy

Flex, Romania

Grzegorz Poniatowski

Director of Fiscal Policy Studies

Center for Social and Economic Research, Poland


Tiina Ruohola

Senior Adviser (Indirect Taxes)

Verohallinto – Finnish Tax Administration, Finland

Donata Anna Koren

International Tax Manager

Zalando SE, Germany

Carron McKinney

VAT Director

BDO, Ireland


Alfredo Espada

European Senior Manager—Indirect Tax (VAT) and Tax Technology

Ford, UK

Tomasz Kassel

Partner at PwC

PwC, Poland

Nicoletta Petrosino

Former EMEA indirect tax manager for Acer

Acer, Switzerland


Andrew Bohnet


Oracle ACE

Meritxell Yus

Partner at Cuatrecasas

Cuatrecasas, Spain

Johannes Laxafoss

Global Head of Tax

TMF Group, Denmark


Jerzy Szapiro Duque

Director of Finance Middle East, Africa & Turkey

IBM, United Arab Emirates

Jan Tokarski


PwC, Poland

Dumitru Iulian Serban

Group Indirect Tax Manager

KM Holdings, United Arab Emirates

Donal Colbert

Sr. Manager Vertex Consulting

Vertex Enterprise,UK


Where and When?

24 – 25 May 2018

Eurostars Berlin Hotel Luxury Class
Friedrichstrasse 99
Tel.: +49 30 7017360 243


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