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In brief

Baker McKenzie’s VAT/Indirect Tax Practice presented “VAT Around the World Pt. 1” on 18 November 2020. This was the sixth presentation in the International VAT Conference Webinar Series, a global webinar series designed for VAT specialists from all industry sectors that aims to discuss the latest developing trends and hot topics in the VAT/goods and services tax (GST) and customs arena.


The Baker McKenzie VAT/Indirect Tax Practice provided an annual review of key VAT developments outside of Europe and provide a bird’s eye view of what is going on in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia-Pacific as well as discuss which indirect tax developments have occurred or will occur.

View the recorded webinar. Password: World1Webinar.2020

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Simone is a Partner in the Sydney office of Baker McKenzie, and holds a leadership role on the Firm's Global Indirect Tax Steering Committee. She is ranked by Legal 500 as a Next Generation Partner and is listed as a Women Leader in Tax by the International Tax Review. Simone is also an author and contributor to Thomson Reuters and CCH tax commentary. She has been a guest speaker at University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, and is a regular panelist and presenter at Global Taxation Executive Institute events, the Global Tax Disputes Forum and the Asia Pacific Tax conference. Simone is a go-to person for advising companies in the digital economy / tech industry, investing/selling into Australia and managing cross border tax disputes. She has worked on the West Coast of the United States, advising US based multinationals and technology companies on Australian tax issues. She is known for being at the forefront of tax policy and tax law developments, understanding the application to a variety of business structures and supply chains. She has recently been appointed by the Australian Treasury to a group of experts providing input on tax policy and law.

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Arseny Seidov is a partner in the Tax Practice Group of Baker McKenzie's Moscow office. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in 2003, he worked at a Russian audit firm, a major Swiss bank and the Moscow office of a major US law firm. Arseny has been consistently recommended by Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and International Tax Review among leading tax lawyers in Russia. Arseny heads the Working Group on Taxation of E-commerce at the Association of European Businesses, the Working Group on Taxation of Digital Economy at the American Chamber of Commerce and co-chairs the tax subgroup of the Innovation Working Group of the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. He also acts as Russia representative of Baker McKenzie's Digital Economy Group headquartered in Silicon Valley. Arseny is a frequent speaker at leading tax and IT-related conferences in Russia and abroad. Since 2007, he has been a visiting professor of international tax law at the Moscow State University for International Relations. He has authored over 40 publications.

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Jan Snel is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Tax Practice Group in Amsterdam. He joined the Firm in 1995. In 2000 and 2001, he worked in the Palo Alto office where he focused on assisting US companies (of which many are high tech or e-commerce companies) in dealing with VAT and customs issues particularly in multinational contexts. He became a partner in the Amsterdam office in 2003. Jan is a frequent speaker on EU VAT and Customs issues at international tax planning programs, including the Tax Executives Institute and the Chicago Tax Club.

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Jana Botha is a Consultant in Baker McKenzie Johannesburg office.

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Bastiaan Moossdorff is a Senior Tax Adviser in Baker McKenzie's Dubai office.