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New England Spring Seminar: IP Ownership Structures / Irish Structures
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When: Thursday, April 26, 2018
7:30 - 10:30 AM
Where: Reynolds Campus Center (#25)
231 Forest Street
Babson Park, Massachusetts  02457
United States
Contact: IFA USA

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IP Ownership Structures/ Irish Structures
Spring Seminar organized by the International Fiscal Association New England Region
at Babson College in Wellesley
2.0 potential CPE/CLE credits*, no registration fee
Thursday, April 26, 2018



7:30 – 7:50 a.m.

7:50 – 8:00 a.m.

8:00 – 9:15 a.m.

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

Kerry Healey, President, Babson College
David Saltzman, IFA Regional Vice President

IP Ownership Structures After TCJA - Insights from the Life Sciences Industry

Networking Break

Reassessing the Beloved Double Irish Structure in Light of GILTI




Babson College – Wellesley Campus
Reynolds Campus Center, Conference Room 245 A/B




The U.S. tax reform, which was passed in December 2017 is affecting the optimal design of cross-border transactions and international business structures. During this seminar we will take an in-depth look at the following two topics:


Part One

Intellectual Property Ownership Structures After TCJA – Insights from the Life Sciences Industry






Norm Richter, Babson College and BU Law School
Eileen Comstock, Biogen
Chris Kelley, Ernst & Young Boston
Mark Organisak, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Rom Watson, Ropes & Gray
Chandler McKinley, Babson College




Part Two

Reassessing the Beloved Double Irish Structure in Light of GILTI




Lewis Greenwald, DLA Piper
Mark Colabella, Dell
Amelia O'Beirne, A&L Goodbody
Thomas Plank, KPMG



Mark Colabella, Dell

Mark Colabella is Vice President, Enterprise Tax Planning, Compliance and Defense at Dell. Responsible for Dell Enterprise and legacy EMC business, a $25 billion revenue leader in computer storage, software and information life cycle management, Mark leads a team of 20 global employees. His specialties are tax planning, U.S. corporate tax law and mergers and acquisitions.

Eileen Comstock, Biogen

Eileen Comstock is a Senior Tax Director at Biogen, Inc. Eileen leads the International Tax Team at Biogen focusing on US international and foreign tax planning, transfer pricing and business development support. Biogen is a global developer, marketer and manufacturer of therapies for people living with serious neurological, autoimmune and rare diseases. Biogen had $12 billion in revenue in 2017 and foreign affiliates in over 30 countries.

Lewis Greenwald, DLA Piper

Lewis Greenwald is a Partner with DLA Piper. Lew focuses on international tax planning and structuring for multinational companies, including tax-efficient acquisitions, dispositions, reorganizations and repatriations; migrating intellectual property to tax-favored jurisdictions; transfer pricing; foreign currency gains/losses; dual consolidated losses; and FTC/OFL planning.

Chris Kelley, Ernst & Young

Chris Kelley is a Partner in EY’s Boston office in the International Tax Practice.

Amelia O'Beirne, A&L Goodbody

Amelia O'Beirne is a Tax Partner with A&L Goodbody. Amelia has extensive experience of advising on the tax aspects of corporate restructurings, complex cross border financing transactions, US multinational tax planning, mergers and acquisitions. She advises a broad base of clients in various business sectors, including insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and investment funds.

Mark Organisak, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Mark Organisak is Vice President of Tax and Insurance at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a $2.5 billion revenue global biotechnology company. Mark leads the tax function and is responsible for developing US and international tax strategies and transfer pricing policies. Before working at Covidien and ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, he spent the early part of his career as an international tax partner at PwC.

Norm Richter, Babson College and BU School of Law

Norm Richter teaches courses in Strategic Business and Tax Planning, Tax Policy and Income Taxation at Babson College and Boston University’s School of Law.  Norm was the chief tax executive for Baxalta Inc. a biopharmaceutical multinational company focused on hematology, immunology and oncology, until Baxalta was acquired in June 2016 by Shire for $32 billion.

Rom Watson, Ropes & Gray

Rom Watson is a Partner with Ropes & Gray.  Rom concentrates his practice on international tax issues, and serves as the co-head of the firm’s International practice group. He has extensive experience in the international tax area. He focuses on the tax issues raised by cross-border fund formation, financial products, transfer pricing, and multinational transactions.





Chandler McKinley, Graduate Student, Babson College

Chandler McKinley is a Babson MSA Candidate for 2018, who will continue on to work as a tax associate in PricewaterhouseCooper’s Global Mobility Services group in Boston after graduation.


Thomas Plank, Manager, International Tax, KPMG
Thomas is a manager in KPMG Boston's International Tax practice specializing in domestic and
cross-border transactions involving complex international tax issues.




Main entrance: 231 Forest Street, Babson Park, MA 02457
Parking: Lot T – Trim (#8)
Seminar: Reynolds Campus Center (#25)



We look forward to your participation.

No registration required. Please arrive early.

*We are pre-approved for CPE credits. CLE credits are dependent upon approval.



Cancellation Policy:

Speakers, content and panel order are subject to change without notice, and registrations may be limited due to space or other constraints.

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