International Tax

International tax talk quarterly series with the EY Global Tax Desk Network

Developments in the UK, Switzerland, Israel and Italy

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The first Global Tax Desk webcast of 2014 will focus on recent United Kingdom and Switzerland tax proposals, as well as developments from Israel and Italy … all of importance to multinationals operating in those jurisdictions.

Our discussion on the United Kingdom will center on that country’s recent CFC and Patent Box reforms and what this means for the United Kingdom as a holding country jurisdiction. Our Swiss discussion will cover the strategic direction of the next corporate tax reform to strengthen Switzerland’s fiscal competitiveness including the proposed measures in response to European Union concerns over its tax policies. In addition, we will bring you up to date on tax developments in Israel and Italy.

During this live, interactive webcast, you will have the opportunity to ask questions through the website, and the panelists will answer as many of your questions as time permits.

This program will likely be of interest to vice presidents/directors of tax/international tax, directors of finance, CFOs, international tax managers and tax accountants looking for the latest practical information and planning ideas to support their global business initiatives. We hope you will be able to join us.


Matthew Newnes

Ernst & Young LLP, United Kingdom Tax Desk, International Tax Services

Matthew Newnes leads the UK Tax Desk of Ernst & Young LLP in New York. Matt has 13 years of experience advising clients on international tax matters. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oxford University.

Matt provides cross-border tax consulting services to multinational groups in a range of industries. In particular, Matt is focused on advising on strategies to manage global tax cost with an emphasis on tax efficient financing, supply chain structuring and mergers and acquisitions. Matt works with groups parented in a number of non-UK jurisdictions, mostly the US.

Matt works closely with a number of FTSE and Fortune 500 companies on a broad range of international tax projects that involve strategic consideration of their holding structure, CFC protection strategies and tax efficient repatriation strategies.

Thomas Semadeni

Ernst & Young LLP, Switzerland Tax Desk, International Tax Services

Thomas Semadeni is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s International Tax Services, and Head of the Switzerland Tax Desk in New York.

Thomas has more than 10 years of experience at global EY organization servicing multinational outbound and inbound clients primarily in the consumer products, life science, telecommunications and mining industries. He advises multinational clients on international tax issues and has broad experience in structuring of Swiss investments, advising on group structures, tax structuring in cross-border situations, relocations and reorganizations. Thomas also has significant experience in advising clients on the implementation of tax effective supply chain structures.

Thomas received both a Master in Law and a Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Zurich. He is a Swiss certified tax expert and admitted to the bar in Switzerland.

Ram Gargir

Ernst & Young LLP, Israel Tax Desk, International Tax Services

Ram Gargir is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Israel Tax Desk in New York. Prior to joining the US firm on the EY Global Tax Desks, Ram was a senior manager with the International Tax Services practice at Kost Forer Gabbay & Kasierer, the EY member firm in Israel. He joined the EY organization in June 2005 (as a trainee) and has vast experience advising leading Israeli companies and multinationals investing in Israel on structuring crossbearer investments and operations.

Ram has managed highly complex and professionally challenging projects that involve a wide variety of international tax planning aspects. Ram holds a BA in Accounting and an LLB degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an MBA from Tel Aviv University. Ram is a certified public accountant in Israel.

Emiliano Zanotti

Ernst & Young LLP, Italy Tax Desk, International Tax Services

Emiliano Zanotti is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s Tax Services practice in New York, where he is in charge of the Italian Tax Desk.

Emiliano frequently advises US multinationals on the tax aspects of setting up, acquiring, selling or changing Italian business activities, as well as setting up Italian entities for purposes of holding, financing or licensing activities.

Emiliano has over 13 years of experience working on a variety of international tax matters, including tax due diligence and structuring advice in connection with mergers and acquisitions, cross-border investments and reorganizations and all types of ongoing tax planning in multinational groups.

Emiliano holds a graduate and a post-graduate degree in Law and studied in Italy, the US and The Netherlands. He has published a variety of contributions in international tax reviews.


Michael Anderson

Ernst & Young LLP, Australia Tax Desk, International Tax Services

Michael Anderson is an international director with Ernst & Young LLP in New York, where he leads the firm’s Australian Tax Desk.

Michael’s practice area is corporate and international taxation. During his career, he has developed a deep knowledge of the Australian income tax issues facing large domestic and foreign corporate groups, structuring and executing complex cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions (including due diligence assignments), and the direct tax aspects of infrastructure and public private partnership transactions.

Michael has a BA (honors) from Australian National University and a Master of Commerce (Accounting) from University of New South Wales. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.