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The Trials & Tribulations of Taxing the Digital Economy

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Our conference Beyond Borders: Redefining International Taxation is coming to Spain from October 13-16, 2019, and here’s another one of the topics and group of experts that will be featured at the event.

The global economy isn’t what it used to be twenty years ago as corporations operating in the digital realm and profiting at a global level with nary a physical presence have become the norm. Despite this transformation, many of the international corporate tax rules currently applied remain largely inadequate. With this in mind, policymakers, particularly in the EU, have begun exploring more efficient (and profitable) ways of taxing this growing digital economy.

This panel will talk about these specific EU efforts and the many challenges posed by the large American tech multinationals like Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon, among others.


Meet the Panelists

stellaStella Raventós-Calvo, Partner, Dabury Abogados, Spain

Stella Raventós-Calvo is a Partner with Danbury Abogados in Barcelona, Spain. She currently serves as Chair of the Fiscal Committee of CFE Tax Advisers Europe,  alternate Representative of CFE Tax Advisers Europe to the European Commission’s Platform for Tax Good Governance, and Member of the International Tax Committee of the Spanish Asociación Española de Asesores Fiscales. She also works as a Lecturer in International Taxation at the Universidad de Navarra and has held similar positions at both the Universidad Pompeu Fabra/Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya and the Universidad de Barcelona. Stella has both a Law Degree and an M.A. in Tax Law from the Universidad de Barcelona.

john richardsonJohn 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

eva aucejoDr. Eva Andrés Aucejo, Professor of Tax Law, University of Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Aucejo is a Professor of Tax Law at the University of Barcelona, where she specializes in financial and tax law.

Dr. Aucejo serves as the Director of the Revista de Educación y Derecho (Education and Law Review. Education and Law Review) and is a Member of both the Faculty of Law’s Postgraduate & Continuing Education Committee and the Coordinating Committee for the Master’s in Advocacy. Furthermore, she is part of the Teaching Innovation Group Dikasteia.

Dr. Aucejo’s research focus on corporate tax, tax management procedures with a special emphasis on tax verification and settlement procedures, alternative solutions for the resolution of tax disputes, comparative financial and tax law, international tax cooperation against tax havens and types of opacity, and FATCA, the OECD and the EU.

She also teaches courses on direct taxation and community harmonization, European tax law, alternative solutions for the resolution of tax conflicts, and financial and tax law.

Ronaldo ApelbaumRonaldo Apelbaum, Tax Partner, APGI Advogados, Brazil

Ronaldo has practiced for 20 years as consultant and tax manager in Brazil and Latin America for multinational companies such as KPMG, Banco Santander, Hewlett-Packard and Capgemini. He was appointed as Vice-President of the First Section of CARF/MF (the Finance Ministry’s Administrative Council of Fiscal Resources) for the period of 2015 to 2017.

Currently, he works as CEO of the law firm APGI Advogados and as a Substitute Judge at the Tax Court of the State of São Paulo. In 2018, he was recognized among the 100 best lawyers working in Brazil by the English publication Lawyer Monthly. Ronaldo graduated with a Masters in Tax Law from São Paulo University Law School (USP).