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New Frontiers of Automatic Exchange of Information and Anti-Money Laundering Rules
Friday 10 January 2014, 12:00 - 14:00

About this Seminar

Following the G20 Finance Ministers' endorsement in April this year of automatic exchange of information as the expected new standard for tax purposes, the OECD presented a new report titled A Step Change in Tax Transparency to G8 leaders at the Lough Erne Summit in Ireland in June this year. Automatic exchange of information (AEOI) was agreed upon as the new international standard for pursuing tax evasion globally, for developed and developing counties.

Rapid developments have taken place around the world in various countries establishing and operating the new legal framework for AEOI. Other changes have been made in many countries following recommendations from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to include tax evasion as a predicate offence for anti-money laundering (AML) purposes. Singapore's legal landscape and operating environment has also changed with introduction of AEOI in tax laws and the designation of tax crimes as money laundering offences in her AML Rules.

Our speakers will discuss recent developments in these areas both internationally and locally and their implications for the financial sector.  

Seminar Programme

12.00 - 12.30pm

Registrations & Standing Buffet Lunch

12.30 -12.45pm

Opening Remarks & Overview by Chairperson

  • Mr. S Sharma – Committee Member, STEP (Singapore Branch);Consultant, ATMD Bird & Bird LLP

12:45 – 1:45pm

New Frontiers of Automatic Exchange of Information and Anti-Money Laundering Rules

Mr. Jason Collins - Head of Tax Group; Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP

  • Mr. S Sharma – Committee Member, STEP (Singapore Branch);Consultant, ATMD Bird & Bird LLP  

1:45 - 2:-00pm

Q&A Session & Closing Remarks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Chairperson

Ms. Goh Seow Chee, Chairman - STEP (Singapore Branch); Executive Director - J.P. Morgan Private Bank (Singapore)

Goh Seow Chee is an Executive Director of the Wealth Advisory Group at J.P. Morgan's Private Bank based in Singapore, which is dedicated to serving the international tax, trust, succession and strategic planning needs of our clients.She is responsible for the firm's Wealth Advisory practice and will be advancing the firm's efforts to develop customized and leading edge wealth planning products and solutions for clients. 

About the Speakers

Mr. Jason Collins - Head of Tax Group; Partner, Pinsent Masons LLP 

Jason is a Partner and Head of the Tax Group at international law firm Pinsent Masons. He is also Head of Client Relationships across the firm's Financial Services Sector practices. He is one of the leading tax practitioners in the UK. He specialises in the resolution of complex disputes with HM Revenue & Customs, including assisting clients under investigation by HMRC where offshore structures are involved. He also advises offshore banks and fiduciaries on the impact of AML and automatic exchange of information legislation – and multi-jurisdictional High Net Worth families on responsible international tax planning. Much of Jason's work involves a negotiated settlement. He also handles litigation before the Tax Tribunal and all the way through to the European Court. He has a particular expertise in managing Group litigation against HMRC.  

Jason is a Tax Committee member of both the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Quoted Companies Alliance. He is consistently top-ranked in the independent legal directories, Legal 500 and Chambers, and is described as a "fantastic name in the market".

Mr. S Sharma – Committee Member, STEP (Singapore Branch); Consultant, ATMD Bird & Bird LLP 

Sharma has been a legal and tax advisor for more than 20 years in public service and in private practice. He has been legal advisor and counsel to the Inland Revenue authorities, a legislative draftsman with the Attorney-General’s Chambers specialising in tax and other financial legislation for the Government, and a District Judge in the Subordinate Courts.

In private practice, Sharma has advised and represented clients on a range of legal issues, including in their dealings with regulatory authorities on civil and criminal matters. He has also advised on wealth management, trusts and estate planning. In dispute resolution, Sharma has acted against the Inland Revenue authorities before the tax tribunals and the Courts. Sharma was cited in the International Bar Association’s Who’s Who Legal 2008 for his tax and legal expertise. In alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Sharma holds appointments as a Panel Arbitrator, Panel Adjudicator and Panel Mediator with various arbitral and mediation institutions. He is admitted to practice law in Singapore and in England & Wales. He is a registered Trust and Estate Practitioner and an International Tax Affiliate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is also a Council Member of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. 


For more information, please contact the STEP Secretariat at +65-31287781 (VOIP no., no 6 prefix required) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Simply download and return the completed registration form and e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to +65-31287781 (no 6 prefix required) before the closing date 3rd January 2014

Location :STI Auditorium, Level 9, Capital Tower
Contact :E-mail; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Tel: +65-31287781
STEP CPD Scheme: 1.5 structured hours
STEP Singapore CPD Training Level: Update

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