Speaker Profiles (April 7th – June 9th, 2012)

Rakesh Alshi: Rakesh is a Director – Transfer Pricing in Deloitte’s Mumbai office. He has over 15 years of experience in India and abroad on issues involving transfer pricing, international tax, structuring and other fields of professional work. Over the years he has written several articles and books on international taxation matters.

Rajiv Bajoria: Rajiv is a director in the tax department of Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Mumbai. He has over 15 years of professional tax experience in a wide range of industries and international clients. Recently, he has been extensively involved in advising t5he overseas partner on the Mumbai Monorail project.

Sunil Choudhary: Sunil is Associate Director, Tax & Regulatory Services, Ernst & Young, India. Prior to joining E&Y in 2007, he worked with BDO Haribhakti as partner. He has more than 17 years of experience in advising various small, medium and large corporate, on domestic, cross border tax issues, exchange control and regulatory issues.

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, etc.). His main areas of interest are tax investigation and representation.

Bijal Desai: Bijal is a Chartered Accountant working as Senior Manager in the Tax & Regulatory Services Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd., based in Mumbai. She has co-authored the India chapter on the book “Permanent Establishments” parterned by PricewaterhouseCoopers with Wolters Kluwer publication. She has authored various articles in newspapers and professional Magazines.

Vishal Gada: Vishal is a Director in KPMG India’s tax & regulatory practice. He specialises in International Taxation and Regulatory Laws concerning cross-border transactions and inbound as well as outbound Investments. He focuses on the Telecom, Technology and Media-Entertainment Sector and advises some of the leading players in these Sectors.

Ajit Jain: Ajit is Commissioner of Income tax presently posted as CIT DR ITAT TP Mumbai. He is a CA and has done LL.M from Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria. He has been a TPO for more than three years. He has represented India in the OECD in WP 6. He was Member Secretary of the Core Team which formulated the APA regulations in India.

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.

Geeta Jani: Geeta is a partner in Ernst & Young’s Tax Knowledge & Solutions group based in Mumbai. She has co-authored CITC’s publication: Income Tax Review – Penalties and International Taxation – A Compendium”. Geeta has been a visiting professor in Narsee Monjee College of commerce and Economics for four years. She was also ranked first in the international and final examinations of the Indian Institute.

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 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.

Shabbir Motorwala: Shabbir is a Partner in the Global International Corporate Tax & Regulatory team of M/s. KPMG in Mumbai with over thirteen years of professional experience. He specializes in corporate-tax, foreign exchange laws, international tax and tax treaties provisions. Shabbir is a regular speaker at tax seminars and conferences on international tax issues in India.

Vaishali Mane: Vaishali is an expert in the field of Transfer pricing and has more than ten years of work experience.She has worked on global transfer pricing requirements for Corporates across the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific.She actively conducts transfer pricing courses and trainings for the member firms within the Grant Thornton network and for other renowned organisations and has also written numerous articles on the subject.

Mayur Nayak: Mayur is the proprietor of his firm, M.B 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 the Immediate Past President of the Bombay Chartered Accountants’ Society. Over the years, he has authored several books on international taxation and FEMA. In 2005, he was a 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 has founded the firm Vispi T. Patel & Associates, Chartered Accountants. 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.

Karishma R Phatarphekar: Karishma is a Partner at Grant Thornton India LLP and leads their transfer pricing practice. Prior to joining Grant Thornton in 2004, she worked with a Big 4 for more than five years and assisted in setting up their transfer pricing practice. She specialises in litigation and managing global transfer pricing compliances. Her other areas of experience deal with tax and regulatory compliance on a wide range of international tax matters. She has also worked in the Corporate Finance division of an international Investment bank. She is a Chartered Accountant and a CPA. She has been nominated as the top ten TP advisors in India by international tax review.

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.

Keyur Shah: Keyur is a tax partner in KPMG India (BSR and Associates), based in Mumbai. He has over 15 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.

Mrugen Trivedi: Mrugen is an Associate Director in KPMG India’s tax practice. He takes care of the Tax Knowledge and Solutions Team in KPMG. He specialises in Corporate Taxation as well as International Taxation concerning cross-border transactions. He is a member of the Direct Tax Committee of the Chamber of Tax Consultants.

April 2012