International Tax and Trust Congress Barbados

The International Tax and Trust Congress Barbados presents a great opportunity to learn more about latest international tax, trust and regulatory issues.  The two day congress is being hosted by LexisNexis and the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA).  Attendees will be able to hear from numerous international tax experts on a variety of offshore business topics.

Attendees and speakers will be representing Barbados, the Caribbean, US, Canada, UK, Europe, Central and South America.  The international breadth and depth of the speakers will bring a truly worldwide perspective to issues pertaining to the latest case law and regulation with practical case study examples explaining how these situations can be applied to attendees’ clients and the businesses that they represent.  The congress will also present a great networking opportunity with business leaders and tax experts all in attendance.

Topics covered will include Barbados tax treaties, offshore trust planning opportunities in Barbados and the Caribbean, Canadian low tax offshore opportunities in Barbados, migration to Barbados, US estate planning, UK tax and wealth structuring, as well as a jurisdictional focus on countries in Central and South America.

Event Details and Registration Information

Location: The Hilton Barbados, Needham’s Point, St. Michael, Barbados

Date: March 21 – 22, 2012

Cost: US$999 for BIBA Members, £818.50 full price

Registration: Click here to register online

Full Agenda

March 21

8:00 – 9:00 Registration and networking breakfast

9:00 – 9:10 Chair’s introduction and opening remarks
James Corbett QC, Kobre & Kim (UK) LLP

9:10 – 9:40 The role of the Caribbean in the world economy
Dr. DeLisle Worrell, Governor, Central Bank of Barbados

9:40 – 10:20 Global developments in IFCs and international regulation
Henry Christensen III, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery (USA)

10:20 – 11:00 Exchange of information, the tax treaty network and the intra-CARICOM treaty
Ben Arrindell, Director & International Tax Consultant, Cidel Bank & Trust (Barbados)

11:00 – 11:25 Networking break

11:25 – 12:05 US estate planning and the implications of FATCA for private wealth
Dean C. Berry, Special Counsel, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft (USA)

12:05 – 12:45 US planning issues and opportunities for Latin American clients
Ivan A. Sacks, Regional Senior Partner and Head of Latin American Practice Group, Withers (USA)

12:45 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 14:15 Jurisdictional focus: Venezuela
Alberto I. Benshimol, Partner, D’Empaire Reyna Abogados (Venezuela)

14:15 – 14:45 Jurisdictional focus: Colombia
José Andrés Romero Tarazona, Partner, Brigard & Urrutia (Colombia)

14:45 – 15:15 Financial services regulation and fiscal responsibility in the Caribbean
Gillian Clarke, Attorney, Clarke Gittens Farmer (Barbados)

15:15 – 15:40 Networking break

15:40 – 16:15 Developments in trust planning in the Caribbean
Andrew C. Ferreira, Attorney, Chancery Chambers (Barbados)

16:15 – 16:50 The role of Private Trust Companies in the Caribbean
Vanessa Schrum, Partner and Local Group Head of Private Client & Trusts, Appleby (Bermuda)

16:50 – 17:30 Trends and developments in offshore western European International Financial Centres
St John Robilliard, Partner, Mourant Ozannes (Guernsey)

17:30 End of day one and cocktail reception

March 22

8:00 – 09:00 Registration and networking breakfast

9:00 – 09:10 Chair’s introduction and summary of day one
James Corbett QC, Kobre & Kim (UK) LLP

9:10 – 09:50 Global trust case law update
The Honourable Mr Justice David Hayton, Caribbean Court of Justice

9:50 – 10:25 Beneficial ownership and tax residency options for corporations in the Caribbean
Dr Trevor Carmichael QC, Chancery Chambers (Barbados)

10:25 – 10:50 Networking break

10:50 – 11:20 Jurisdictional Focus: Brazil
Roberto Duque Estrada, Partner, Xavier Braganca Advogados (Brazil)

11:20 – 11:50 Jurisdictional Focus: Mexico
Ricardo León Santacruz, Partner, Sanchez DeVanny Esseverri, S.C. (Mexico)

11:50 – 12:20 Migration to the Caribbean
Maria Robinson, Tax Director, Ernst & Young (Barbados)

12:20 – 13:20 Lunch

13:20 – 14:00 Canadian opportunities in the Caribbean and offshore wealth planning
Jonathan N. Garbutt, Lawyer, Tax Chambers (Canada)

14:00 – 14:40 UK tax and wealth structuring and relations with the Caribbean
Penelope Williams, Partner, Withers (UK)

14:40 – 15:15 Decolonization and the development of alternative wealth structures in the Caribbean
Heather L. Thompson, Partner, Higgs & Johnson (Bahamas)

15:15 – 15:40 Networking break

15:40 – 16:20 Investment opportunities in the Caribbean

16:20 – 17:00 Capitalising upon the growth and development in Latin America
Panel Discussion

17:00 – 17:30 Future developments, obstacles and prospects for global International Financial Centres
Professor Avinash Persaud, Chairman, Intelligence Capital

17:30 Chair’s closing remarks and cocktail reception

The International Tax and Trust Congress Barbados presents a great opportunity to stay on the cutting edge of all the latest international tax developments in the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe.

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