Speaker Profiles (April 10th – May 29th, 2010)

Girish Dave: Girish retired as Chief Commissioner of Income-tax from Mumbai in early 2010 after serving in the Income tax Department for more than three decades in various capacities. He was Director of Income tax (International Taxation) Mumbai from the year 2005 until 2009, where he was involved with several major international tax cases (e.g. Vodafone, IHHI, SET). His main areas of interest are tax investigation and representation.Kuntal Dave: Kuntal is the proprietor of his firm, Nanubhai Desai & Co. in Mumbai. He actively advises clients on various corporate restructuring matters and on foreign collaboration arrangements with innovative tax efficient and legally compliant strategies. He is the honorary secretary of IFA India Branch and also of Western Regional Chapter of IFA India Branch. He is also a member of the Direct Taxation Committee of the Indian Merchants’ Chamber.

Vishal Gada: Vishal is a Senior Manager in KPMG India’s tax practice. He focuses on the Telecom, Technology and Media-Entertainment Sector. He specialises in International Taxation and Regulatory Laws concerning cross-border transactions and inbound as well as outbound Investments.

Sharad Jain: Sharad is a Partner of T.P. Ostwal & Associates in Mumbai. He heads its Global Business Advisory Service Group and is actively involved in advising on non-resident taxation, structuring of inbound and outbound investments, and advising on joint ventures, transfer pricing and corporate law. He co-authored the Indian Branch report on ‘Group Taxation’ for IFA Congress in 2004.

Jayesh Kariya: Jayesh is a tax partner in KPMG India (BSR and Associates), based in Mumbai. He has over 20 years of post qualification experience in a wide range of issues including international taxation of cross-border transactions and business restructuring (including mergers and acquisitions), private equity & venture capital fund structuring, real estate investment structuring, SEZ Strategy and Implementation, etc. He is a Member of Advisory Board of IVCJ Publication.

Sushil Lakhani: Sushil Lakhani is the founder of his proprietary firm, Lakhani & Associates, a chartered accounting firm with diversified practice in international tax and FEMA. He has almost three decades of post qualification experience in taxation. He has been a faculty member at various courses and seminars, and has authored many books. He is presently the Vice-Chairman of the IFA – India Branch.

Mayur Nayak: Mayur is the proprietor of his firm, MB Nayak & Co. in Mumbai. He is a specialist on issues involving international taxation (including transfer pricing), cross-border investments and Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). He is currently the Vice President of the Bombay Chartered Accountants’ Society. Over the years, Mayur has authored several books on international taxation and FEMA. In 2005, he was co-author on the Indian Branch Report on “Source and Residence: New Configuration of their Principles” for IFA Congress in Buenos Aires.

T.P. Ostwal: T.P. Ostwal is the senior partner of the firm of T.P. Ostwal & Associates in India. He is Ex Chairman of International Fiscal Association – India Branch, and a Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of IFA based in the Netherlands. He is also a member of the expert group on Transfer Pricing for Developing Countries set up by the United Nations. In 2007, he was ranked as 11th most influential tax professional in the world by Tax Business magazine in the United Kingdom.

Vispi T. Patel: Vispi now runs his proprietory firm, Vispi T Patel, based in Mumbai. He has been closely associated with the development of Transfer Pricing law in India since its inception. He advises companies on transfer pricing and international tax issues, including economic strategy, business transformation, transfer pricing documentation, inbound and outbound strategy & structuring of cross border transactions etc. He was recently nominated as India’s leading Transfer Pricing Consultant by International Tax Review –World Tax and by Euromoney Legal Media Group.

Roy Rohatgi: Roy spent several years in Mumbai (Bombay) in the eighties where he established and ran the Indian firm of Arthur Andersen as managing partner. He is a visiting professor in international taxation in several universities. He is the author of the book “Basic International Taxation” (now in its Second Edition). Since 1995, he has been the conference director of the annual international taxation conference organised by the Foundation for International Taxation.

Pranav Sayta: Pranav is a Partner in Ernst & Young, India & the national leader of the Tax practice for the TCE (Technology, Communication, Entertainment & Services) sector. Pranav has advised various large multinationals and leading Indian corporates, including various Fortune 500 companies on various international tax, corporate tax and regulatory matters. Pranav has been rated as one of the leading tax advisors in India in the Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Advisers.