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Joint Meeting of the USA and Colombia Branches
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8/24/2017 to 8/25/2017
When: Thursday, August 24 & Friday August 25, 2017
Where: Bogotá, AR Centro de Convenciones
carrera 7
N° 113 – 43, salón Arcoíris
Contact: IFA USA

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Please join IFA Colombia and USA Branches as they host a Joint Meeting on August 24th and 25th in Bogotá, Colombia to discuss current tax developments impacting Colombia and US businesses. The US and Colombia tax reforms, taxation of the digital economy, exchange of tax information and tax controversy are at the front of the agenda for businesses, companies and practitioners. This will be a unique opportunity to share knowledge, experiences and understand the impact of these developments in the international tax space as experts from IFA Colombia and USA Branches lead technical discussions and panels.


Thursday, August 24


Welcome Lunch


Welcome and Introduction
Carlos Miguel Chaparro, IFA Colombia President
Peter H. Blessing, IFA USA President


I.            Colombian Tax Reform Aspects Relevant to Foreign Investors and New Controlled Foreign Corporation Rules

This session will discuss the pending Colombian tax reforms, particularly as they relate to foreign investors in Colombia, including commentary from a U.S. perspective and from a UN perspective. It also will examine certain changes relevant to Colombian outbound investment, and in particular Colombia’s new CFC rules.

Ricardo Ruiz, Colombia Chair,  EY LLP
Natalia Quiñonez, Colombia member, Quiñones Cruz Abogados
Andrés Hernandez, Colombia member, Brigard & Urrutia
Andrés González, Colombia member, Lewin & Wills
Sol Coffino, USA Chair, Fremont Group
Tatiana Falcão, USA member,  Associated with the Financing for Development Office of the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs


Coffee Break


II.           Prospects of U.S. Tax Reform and Their Effect on Colombian Investors          

This session will discuss the prospects and promises of US tax reform. Particular focus will relate to the effect on U.S. investment in Colombia and Colombian investment in the U.S. The perspectives from Colombia will be offered, as well as commentary from a UN perspective.

Richard Winston, USA Chair, Winston Legal Group LLC
Dan Berman, USA member, RSM US LLP
Devon Bodoh, USA member, KPMG LLP
Tatiana Falcão, USA member, Associated with the Financing for Development Office of the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Gustavo Pardo, Colombia Chair, Gustavo Pardo & Asociados
Héctor Falla, Colombia member, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría


Meet at the W Hotel to catch the bus to dinner.


Gala Dinner



Friday, August 25


III.          Digital Economy Developments in Colombia, the U.S., and Latin America

This session will begin with a review of the historical approach taxation of the digital economy and perceived inadequacies. It will proceed to the manner in which Colombia and various other countries in the region have responded, principally with changes to their VAT rules. The extent to which turnover, income or other tax regimes are relevant to digital services will be discussed, particularly in the case of the U.S., which does not have a VAT regime. Finally, possible direction of the OECD’s task force may be considered.

Monica Reyes, Colombia Chair, Reyes Abogados Asociados SA
Jessica Massy, Colombia member, KPMG LLP
Monica Hernández, Colombia member, Godoy & Hoyos Abogados
Seth Entin, USA Chair, Greenberg Traurig, PA
David Saltzman, USA member, Ropes & Gray LLP


Coffee Break


IV.            Exchange of Information and Tax Transparency, Including FATCA          

This session will tackle the enormous amount of activity that has taken place in arena of information exchange and transparency generally. Topics covered will include automatic exchange of information under the common reporting standard (CRS) and the FATCA regime, and country by country reporting.  The panel will discuss the practical issues faced by both individuals and multinationals as a result of the new transparency.  

Carol Tello, USA Chair, Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
Michael Silva, USA member, DLA Piper LLP
Pedro Corona de la Fuente, USA member, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP
Luis Hernando Franco, Colombia Chair, Franco Murgueitio & Asociados SA
Juan David Velasco, Colombia member, Posse Herrera Ruiz
Natasha Avendaño, Colombia Government delegate, DIAN




V.            Recent Audit and Controversy Experiences in Colombia and the U.S.        

This session will address controversy experiences and lessons to be learned, in connection with examinations by the Colombian tax authorities and by the U.S. tax authorities, respectively, as well as interesting and important judicial decisions in each country. The perspectives of both large multinational companies and of high net worth individuals will be covered. Attention also will be paid to voluntary disclosure programs and their degree of success.

Pedro Sarmiento, Colombia Chair, Sarmiento Consultores
Javier Blel, Colombia member, PwC LLP
Cesar Cermeño, Colombia member, Garrigues
Peter Blessing, USA member, KPMG LLP
Scott Michel, USA member, Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered
Natalia Vélez, USA Member, MGO LLP


Coffee Break


VI.           A Potpourri of Hot Colombian and U.S. Tax Issues 

This session will address a number of hot current issues identified by our panelists as of particular interest at this time and not covered in other panels, which may include financing, IP and M&A issues arising in transactional settings.

Ernesto López, Colombia Chair, Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas

Pablo Angel, Colombia member, Deloitte
Carlos Gómez, Colombia member, Baker McKenzie
Jairo Higuita, Colombia member, JHR Corporation
John Harrington, USA Chair, Dentons US LLP
Eduardo Cukier, USA member, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Peter Glicklich, USA member, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Edward Osterberg, USA member, Mayer Brown LLP


Closing Remarks
Ciro Meza, IFA Colombia VicePresident



Bogotá, AR Centro de Convenciones, carrera 7
N° 113 – 43, salón Arcoíris

Bogotá, Colombia


Recommended Hotels – Please make your own reservation:

Sofitel Bogotá Victoria Regia - 5* hotel
CARRERA 13 85-80, Bogotá, D.C., Capital District


W Bogotá Hotel - 4* hotel
Avenida Carrera 9 No. 115 - 30, Bogotá, D.C., Capital District
Walking distance to conference center


Dress code:  Business attire required.



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