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Asia Pacific Dbriefs

Anticipating tomorrow's complex issues and new strategies is a challenge. Stay fresh with Dbriefs – live webcasts that give you valuable insights on important developments affecting your business in Asia Pacific.




Archived Webcasts

Webcasts archived in the last month can be accessed on this page. Click here to view the full list of available archives from the past 6 months. For a complete program schedule and topic information on upcoming webcasts, select the Program Guide the menu on the right.

Special Edition Webcasts

International Tax

Business Model Optimization: Making Process and Operational Changes Real
1 March, 5:00 – 6:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Steve Towers
Presenters: Thomas Ewigleben and Jan-Gerben Smallenbroek


The alignment of a multinational company's operating model and its global tax planning enhances the opportunity for value creation. But that's no easy task. Building a structure with the right balance that can be sustained over time takes a commitment of senior management to a transformation of key functions embedded within the operating model. The change needs to be substantive and real, and it's seldom easy. Business Model Optimization (BMO) is the process of pursuing this balance and integrating the operating model and global tax planning into the way a business operates to ensure such changes are real. Using a case study approach, we'll discuss:

  • Key success factors.
  • What can go wrong.
  • How to get everyone’s buy-in.

Learn from the mistakes of others and ensure your process and operational changes are real and your tax benefits are sustainable.

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Customs & Global Trade

Transfer Pricing and Customs Valuation: Is There Common Ground?
2 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Stuart Simons
Presenters: Bob Fletcher and Michael Roche


The use of transfer pricing methodologies to determine values for customs duty purposes are under increasing scrutiny from customs authorities in the Asia Pacific region. Companies that only focus on transfer pricing not only risk customs challenges, but also may overlook duty planning opportunities. We'll discuss:

  • Interaction between transfer pricing and customs valuation.
  • Managing the transfer pricing adjustments.
  • Practical experiences with interaction between customs and the tax authorities.
  • Planning issues for transfer pricing and customs.

Learn about practical issues associated with the administration of the transfer pricing and customs valuation rules, and actions companies should consider.

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Country Focus

Australia's New Investment Manager Regime: Technical and Practical Considerations
6 March, 12:00 noon – 1:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Vik Khanna
Presenters: Malcolm Gordon and Peter Madden


Australia recently announced measures for attracting foreign capital and establishing the country as a global financial services center. What should foreign investors know? We'll discuss:

  • Current tax barriers that discourage foreign funds from investing in Australia and engaging Australian-based investment advisors.
  • The cornerstone of the government’s strategy – an investment manager regime (IMR) – and how it may help achieve government objectives.
  • The IMR’s key features and limitations, foreign funds that it covers, and related issues the government is considering.
  • How the IMR may impact the way foreign funds conduct their Australia business activities.

Learn about changes to tax treatment of foreign funds and considerations for how foreign funds can structure their Australian activities going forward.

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International Tax

New FATCA Proposed Regulations: The Time to Operationalize is Now
7 March, 9:00 – 10:30 AM HKT (GMT +8)
* Length of webcast: 90 minutes
Host: Jim Calvin
Presenters: Oliver Farnworth, Hiromi Ikuta, and Alison Noble 


The U.S. Treasury and the IRS released proposed guidance in early February on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). At the same time, the U.S. Treasury issued a joint statement with France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, proposing an intergovernmental approach to implementing FATCA. Beginning in January 2013, FATCA requires Foreign Financial Institutions to annually identify and report their U.S. account holders. What is new and how might the changes reflected in the proposed regulations impact your organization? We'll discuss:

  • Impact of the intergovernmental approach to FATCA.
  • Key changes reflected in proposed FATCA rules.
  • Implications for Foreign Financial Institutions.

Learn more about the proposed regulations and understand what other organizations are doing to address FATCA compliance.

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Upcoming Webcasts

International Tax

International Tax: What Can We Learn from the Top Tax Cases of 2011?
21 February, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Steve Towers
Presenters: Leonard Khaw, Jun Takahara, and Sunil Shah


Fascinating court decisions have emerged in 2011 involving the interpretation of double tax treaties and other international tax issues. What do these cases reveal? We'll discuss:

  • Permanent establishment cases in Norway and India, as well as Indian cases involving the applications of the royalties definition to telecommunications and cloud computing transactions.
  • Anti-avoidance cases in the UK and Australia.
  • Non-discrimination article cases in the UK and Germany.
  • A Mexican case involving equity derivatives, an update on a royalties conduit case in Canada, and a review of the Vodafone case in India.

Understand technical and practical implications of key rulings and discover how they apply to your company's international tax planning.

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Indirect Tax

Getting Set for GST: Developments in India and Malaysia
23 February, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Robert Tsang
Presenters: Prashant Deshpande and Kah Seong Fan


Goods and services taxes (GST) continue their inexorable spread across Asia Pacific as both India and Malaysia get set for new GST regimes. What should multinationals consider as they conduct business in these countries? We'll discuss:

  • India's recent concept paper proposing a negative list of services subject to the country's Service Tax – how will this change the Service Tax landscape in India and pave the way for dual GST?
  • Malaysia's draft general and specific GST guidelines, including provisions for the Approved Trader Scheme, which many companies that export from Malaysia may want to use.

Learn about practical issues associated with the administration of the new rules in both countries, and actions companies should consider now to prepare.

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International Assignments

Asia Pacific International Assignments: Planning Social Security for Mobile Employees
28 February, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Robert Basker
Presenters: Sandy Cheung, Ciaran Devery, and Saraswathi Kasturirangan


Multinational employers with mobile employees may incur significant unanticipated costs arising from continued home country or new host country social security obligations. What issues should tax executives be aware of, including recent developments in India and China? We'll discuss:

  • An overview of social security in the region, including details of triggers for these social security obligations for mobile employees.
  • Recently proposed changes to social security laws in India and China.
  • Other hot issues for companies with mobile employees, including identifying potential cost savings opportunities through structuring of employment income packages, totalization agreements, and medical benefits under a state scheme, as well as mitigation of dual coverage.

Learn about this complex area of planning for companies with international assignees.

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2月29日上午11时-下午12时(香港/北京时间, GMT +8)
主持人: 梁捷
主讲人: 尹文、李晓晖及袁毓东



  • 监管壁垒及审批程序;
  • 政治风险以及如何减弱风险;
  • 技术转让问题及知识产权问题;
  • 并购后整合成本及规划;
  • 其他针对不同地区的风险。


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Indirect Tax

Targeted VAT and GST Audits: Are You in The Line of Fire?
8 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Robert Tsang
Presenters: Rodger Muir and Turmanto


Indirect tax authorities in the Asia Pacific region are moving away from traditional audit approaches based on size of a business to ones based on complexity of a particular industry or sector. Who should be concerned? We'll discuss:

  • Recent audit developments around the region, including Australia, India, and Southeast Asia, and how these audit activities are panning out for taxpayers.
  • From macro to micro – which types of businesses are likely to be targeted?
  • Potential impacts, risks, and benefits for targeted businesses and strategies for defending against targeted audits.

Gain insights into the evolving focus and scope of audits by indirect tax authorities across the region and how businesses can prepare for potentially increased scrutiny.

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International Tax

2011 Update to the UN Model Treaty and Commentary: "Abuse" of Double Tax Treaties
13 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Steve Towers
Presenters: C.A. Gupta, Alyson Rodi, and Vicky Wang


The 2011 Update to the United Nations Model Double Tax Treaty and Commentary contains significant comments and examples on the "abuse" of double tax treaties. These UN statements are far more extensive than the corresponding passages in the OECD Commentary. We'll discuss the UN Commentary's analysis of various "abusive" situations, including:

  • Dual residence, transfer of residence, and triangular cases.
  • Transactions which modify the treaty characterization of income, such as the conversion of dividends into interest, conversion of royalties into capital gains, allocation of price under mixed contracts, and the use of derivatives.
  • Time limit for certain permanent establishments and thresholds for the source taxation of capital gains on shares.

Understand how the UN's new comments on abusive situations might affect the application of double tax treaties in the Asia Pacific region.

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R&D Tax Incentives

R&D Tax Incentives in Malaysia: Driving Innovation towards a High Income Economy
15 March, 2:00 – 3:00 PM HKT (GMT +8)
Host: Jason Crawford
Presenters: Daniel Lim and Marcus Tan

Today, incentives for research and development (R&D) often apply to much more than the traditional scientific research performed in laboratories. What R&D incentives are available to businesses operating in Malaysia? We'll discuss:

  • Activities that qualify as R&D expenditures or double deduction opportunities across a range of industries, including engineering, manufacturing, energy, and software development.
  • Incentives available in Malaysia for R&D expenditures, including Investment Tax Allowance (ITA), Pioneer Status (PS), and 200% super deduction.
  • Documentation requirements for making incentives claims.
  • Strategies to maximize incentive claims for R&D expenditures.

Learn about the complexities of a company's R&D activities for tax incentives or double deduction opportunities in Malaysia.

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