EY International Tax Webcast

Operating Model Effectiveness . . . with EY Africa's international tax, transfer pricing and indirect tax professionals

Growing into Africa: is your organization capturing this growth opportunity?

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Africa is becoming an increasingly attractive investment and business destination.

The sheer size and complexity of the continent, combined with the significant development in many of its markets, makes Africa an inherently challenging place to do business. Organizations seeking to define a successful growth strategy in Africa need to understand the complex African business environment, and recognize and manage the risks and challenges that exist across this diverse continent.

Leveraging scarce resources and skills to operate successfully in Africa is critical. Identifying and selecting the right operating model to deliver sustainable success is also a key challenge, especially for cross border value and supply chains. Aligning operational and value chain processes and activities, risk management, tax and transfer pricing and regulatory requirements are key focus areas.

This webcast will feature international tax, transfer pricing and indirect tax professionals from EY’s member firm in Africa. They will discuss working models and leading practices as well as the operational and supply chain issues faced when expanding into Africa, including:

  • Permanent establishments
  • Transfer pricing
  • Foreign exchange controls
  • Withholding taxes
  • VAT and other indirect taxes
  • Trade blocks and customs unions

You will have the opportunity to ask questions through the website and the panelists will answer as many of your questions as time permits during the webcast.

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


Justin Liebenberg

Ernst & Young Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd, Africa International Tax Services Leader

Justin Liebenberg is an International Tax Services leader for Ernst & Young Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd in South Africa and for the EY Africa Region. He joined EY in August 2010 and is a member of the National Tax Committee of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Justin has been a speaker at a number of tax seminars, sharing the panel with the Minister of Finance and the previous Commissioner of SARS.

He has advised clients on Black Economic Empowerment transactions in the mining and financial services industries, central securities depository participant and financial institution on inter alia securities transfer tax, and taxation of share schemes. He has advised clients on taxation of cross-border operations and transactions, taxation issues surrounding sale and acquisition of businesses, and South African groups on tax residency issues. He has also advised foreign residents on permanent establishment exposure.

Justin has a CA(SA), B Comm (Hons), LLB, higher diploma in Tax and higher diploma in International Tax. He has worked with corporate tax advisory in relation to transactional tax matters, including domestic and international tax, and given tax advice in relation to M&A transactions, financing and Black Economic Empowerment transactions. He has experience in a range of industries including mining, consumer products and financial services.

Cornelia Wolff

Ernst & Young Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd, Africa Transfer Pricing and Operating Model Effectiveness Leader

Cornelia Wolff is a Transfer Pricing partner of Ernst & Young Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd., and leads its Operating Model Effectiveness (OME) practice in Africa. She is based in Johannesburg since 2012.

Prior to working in Johannesburg, South Africa, Cornelia gained experience in internal tax, transfer pricing and tax effective supply chain management in Europe, the US and Asia Pacific. Her experience includes alignment of tax to business transformation, transfer pricing experience, including planning, in particular assistance with the design, optimization and implementation of new business models, and transfer pricing documentation, post implementation reviews and controversy (tax audit defense and APAs) for multinational corporations and medium-sized companies.

Cornelia has a Master in Business Administration from the University of Trier, Germany. She has an LLM Tax from the University of Osnabrueck, Germany, and is a member of the German Chamber of Certified Tax Advisors.

Folkert Gaarlandt

Ernst & Young Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd, Indirect Tax Leader for Africa

Folkert Gaarlandt is an Indirect Tax partner of Ernst & Young Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd. in its Johannesburg office, which he joined in 2013 to expand the Indirect Tax practice in Africa. Prior to working in Johannesburg, South Africa, Folkert gained experience in Indirect Tax and Operating Model Effectiveness in Europe and the US.

Folkert is a EU VAT subject matter resource focused on consumer products. He has been responsible for several (Indirect Tax) supply chain/OME projects in Europe and globally. He has worked with indirect tax and mergers and acquisitions, including temporary services agreements and interim modelling. He has worked with indirect tax technology for several large multinationals, including data analytics and ERP setup/ optimization. He has indirect tax and shared service centers, procurement hubs, electronic invoicing, etc. experience.

Folkert has a Master in Law, Leiden University, Netherlands, and is a member and teacher of the Dutch Order of Tax Advisors.


Lisa Lim

EY Americas Director of Operating Model Effectiveness

Lisa Lim is the global Ernst & Young organization’s Americas Director of Operating Model Effectiveness. Lisa provides international tax and tax effective supply chain management services to clients that have significant or expanding operations overseas, particularly in Asia. Based in New York, she is a partner of Ernst & Young LLP and previously was Ernst & Young LLP’s Director of the Asia Pacific Business Group.

During her 27-year career with the global Ernst & Young organization, Lisa has advised clients regarding the structure of multinational company cross-border transactions, tax effective structures for supply chain, transfer pricing and China inbound investment planning. Her supply chain experience - from feasibility to design to implementation - spans various industries, including apparel and fashion design, footwear, retail, consumer products, consumer electronics, personal care, high technology, industrial products, chemicals and medical device and diagnostics products.

Lisa received an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. She is a certified public accountant licensed in the state of New York.