Double Tax Treaties in a BEPS World: Introducing Our Conference’s Panelists

Double Tax Treaties in a BEPS World: Introducing Our Conference’s Panelists

This is the eleventh in our series of articles looking at some of the topics to be discussed at our November 2018 conference, Beyond Borders: International Taxation into 2020. More specifically, this introduces the panelists for our discussion on double tax treaties in a BEPS world. Book your early bird ticket HERE before it’s too late!

The OECD’s BEPS proposal has introduced multiple changes that will impact the application of DTTs across the globe.

For one, the MLI was designed to make it easier for jurisdictions to re-negotiate and amend DTTs so that they meet minimum BEPS standards.

This panel will look into these changes and how efficient they will be in curtailing tax avoidance at a global level.

Introducing Our DTTs & BEPS Panelists

John Richardson, Lawyer, Citizenship Solutions, Canada

John Richardson, Lawyer, Citizenship Solutions, Canada

John Richardson is a Toronto, Canada based lawyer. He provides advice and assistance for US citizens and Green card holders who do not reside in the United States. He specializes in US citizenship relinquishment, Green Card expatriation and assisting US persons with their compliance obligations. You can contact him on his website www.citizenshipsolutions.ca.


George Savvides, Managing Director, Fiducenter Ltd., Cyprus

George Savvides, Managing Director, Fiducenter Ltd., Cyprus

George Savvides, is the Managing Director and a shareholder of Fiducenter (Cyprus) Ltd.

He has a first class honours degree in Accounting & Finance from Lancaster University, UK. He is a Chartered Accountant and a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC). George has undertaken his training contract with PWC in Limassol for which he worked for a total of almost five years as a member of its Audit and Assurance Department.

He is a licensed Insolvency Practitioner in Cyprus and an Associated Arbitrator, being member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

George was the originator and First President of the Cyprus Fiduciary Association, a body that has been established to represent the fiduciary services providers in Cyprus.

He is also the Cyprus representative for the Referral Scheme operated by the Tax Faculty of the ICAEW for what concerns international tax matters.

George has been the author of many articles on the tax system and other aspects related to the international business sector in Cyprus, among others, and has organised and participated as a chairman or speaker in various conferences and other professional events in Cyprus and abroad.


Emmeline Bocherel, Tax Attorney, Tax Suits You, France

Emmeline Bocherel, Tax Attorney, Tax Suits You, France

Emmeline Bocherel currently works as a Tax Attorney in a newly established tax law firm in Nantes, France.

She began her work in tax law in 2012 in Paris as a member of several multinationals and international tax law firms. For four years, she worked as part of the tax department at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Ivanhoe Cambridge Europe, the real estate European investment fund of the National Bank of Quebec, and Arsene Taxand, a member firm of the Taxand group. She also held roles in M&A for middle-cap and CAC 40 companies and European real estate tax law for investment funds.

She recently moved to Nantes to refine her skills in tax litigation and dispute resolution, start working with more startups and SMEs, and help set up a new law firm operating exclusively within the tax sector.

Her clients include startups and SMEs, as well as Breton, Chinese and Japanese groups with cross-border tax issues and US residents. Furthermore, she works pro bono to help local social, artistic and educative organisations, and is a point of contact in Brittany for issues related to cryptocurrency, international and cross-border taxation, and asset optimization.


Dr. Venetia Argyropoulou, Lecturer in Tax Law, European University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Dr. Venetia Argyropoulou, Lecturer in Tax Law, European University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Venetia Argyropoulou is a Tax Law Lecturer at the European University Cyprus. She is educated in both civil and common law and has been actively practising law in both Greece and Cyprus, while she has successfully passed the B.Bar in California, where she obtained her Juris Doctor. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, a Master’s Degree in Maritime Law from the University of Oslo, and a Master’s in International Public Law (specialization in Financial, Commercial and Investments Law) from the same University. She then obtained her PhD from the University of Tilburg, where she was a member of the Center for Transboundary Legal Development (CTLD).

Adding to her education, she has worked in one of the biggest law firms in Thessaloniki and, for several years, led the commercial and tax department of one of the oldest and most well known firms in Cyprus. She has, inter alia, worked as a scientific researcher for the University of Cyprus and as a lecturer for the University of West London.

She is a member of the Spark Legal Network and serves as the Cyprus Correspondent for the IBFD, Tax Analysts, International Bar Association’s Taxes Committee, the Observatory of the Taxpayers' Rights, and the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law Initiative.

Additionally, she is listed in the European Court of Auditor’s list of Experts in Financial Law, and Best 100 and International Advisory Experts selected her as the best international law lawyer of Cyprus for 2016. Lastly, she was the IBA’s Individual Tax and Private Client Committee Scholar for 2017.


Introducing Our DTTs & BEPS Moderator

Dr. Tatiana Falcão, Policy Leaders Fellow, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Italy

Dr. Tatiana Falcão, Policy Leaders Fellow, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Italy

Tatiana Falcão is a Policy Leaders Fellow at the European University Institute’s (EUI) School of Transnational Governance.

She is a consultant for the United Nations on tax issues, a member of the United Nations’ Subcommittee on Environmental Taxation, and is a recurrent contributor to the work of the United Nations, the OECD and the International Labour Organization (ILO). Tatiana has a monthly column in Tax Notes International and is a regular commentator in international tax topics. 

Tatiana holds a Ph.D from Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria), a LL.M from Cambridge University (UK), a LL.M from New York University (USA), and a Bachelor Degree from Universidade Cândido Mendes (Brazil).