Where Tax Residency & Aggressive Tax Planning Meet

Where Tax Residency & Aggressive Tax Planning Meet

This is the fourteenth 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 tax residency and aggressive tax planning. Book your early bird ticket HERE before it’s too late!

How is tax residency being currently used for aggressive tax planning purposes?

What challenges do the different tax residency programs available in Europe and beyond pose to potential tax residents?

How have these programs been affected by BEPS and other initiatives being pushed by the OECD and the EU? 

Tune in to this exciting panel (panelists & moderator bios below!) during our conference in November, which will break down tax residency’s relationship to aggressive tax planning.

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Our Tax Residency & Aggressive Tax Planning Panelists

Luca Cerioni, Law Professor, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Luca Cerioni, Law Professor, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Dr. Luca Cerioni is Lecturer in Tax Law at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Law. He gained his Ph.D from the University of Essex and his main research interests lie in the areas of international tax law, comparative tax law and EU tax law & policy.

Furthermore, he carries out research on topics that are at the interface between tax law, on the one hand, and company law, corporate governance & CSR on the other. Dr. Cerioni authored the two books "EU Corporate Law and EU Company Tax Law" (2007) and "The European Union and Direct Taxation: A Solution for a Difficult Relationship" (2015). Regarding the potential tax implications of Brexit, prior to the June referendum, Dr. Cerioni co-authored the article “Brexit and Direct Taxation: What are the Implications?” in the European Futures blog of the University of Edinburgh.


Laszlo Kiss, Managing Director, Discus Holdings Ltd, Malta

Laszlo Kiss, Managing Director, Discus Holdings Ltd, Malta

Laszlo Kiss is the founder, owner and managing director of Discus Holdings Ltd., which was one of the official exclusive agents appointed by the Economics Committee of the Hungarian Parliament in 2013 to handle applications for the Hungarian Residency Bond Program.

Many in the international immigration and business community regard Mr. Laszlo Kiss as a leading authority and much-sought-after speaker on immigration, entrepreneurship, business and tax structuring in Central and Eastern Europe.

Laszlo has over twenty years of experience in international immigration, business and tax structuring. He founded OCRA (Eastern Europe) Ltd., which became the largest privately-owned consultancy firm in Hungary to offer tax and corporate structuring and immigration solutions in Hungary. After running the company as managing director he retired from the day-to-day management of the business in 2006, concentrating in private equity and real estate investments. He founded Discus Holdings Ltd., in 2013, a private company offering participation in the Hungarian Residency Bond Program.

Academically, Laszlo earned his Bachelor’s from the College of Hospitality and Tourism, his Master’s from the Budapest University of Economics. He became a certified tax advisor in 1990 and studied International Relations at the Salve Regina University on Rhode Island, USA. He has been a member of the International Tax Planning Association (ITPA) since 1994 and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) since 2006, and works as the Treasurer of the Hungarian STEP Branch.


Dmitry Zapol, International Tax Advisor & Partner, Interfis, UK

Dmitry Zapol, International Tax Advisor & Partner, Interfis, UK
 
Dmitry Zapol is an international tax and business adviser with practical knowledge of the principles of individual and corporate international taxation and cross-border business planning. He joined IFS in September 2010 after earning his LL.M (Tax) degree at King’s College, London. Five years prior to this, Dmitry earned his LL.B Law at Durham University. Dmitry is a qualified Russian lawyer and, prior to coming to the UK, he was an associate at Moscow City Bar Association “Barshchevsky & Partners.” Dmitry holds the Advanced Diploma in International Tax (ADIT).


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.


Our Tax Residency & Aggressive Tax Planning Moderator

Xenia Neophytou, Director, C.X. Financia Ltd., Cyprus

Xenia Neophytou, Director, C.X. Financia Ltd., Cyprus

Xenia Neophytou holds a BSc in Accounting from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

She is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA), a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus (ICPAC), and an Advanced Licence Holder by the Cyprus Securities & Exchange Commission. She is also a Registered Mediator in financial disputes with the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), the Cyprus Ministry of Justice and the Financial Ombudsman of the Republic of Cyprus.
 
She has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate services, company law, international taxation, financial and regulatory compliance and matters related to money laundering. She is also adept in matters pertaining to Cyprus company law, Cyprus tax and VAT law, banking, and requirements for maintaining a Cyprus company in good standing, and has strong accounting and audit experience related to both Cyprus and foreign companies.

Furthermore, Xenia has substantial experience both in an advisory capacity and hands on operations as a CEO, and she is a member of the Board of Directors and Risk Committees of a number of regulated Investment Firms in Cyprus.