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Tax Practice Advisory Council

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The Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law has grown over the years and in the meantime the tax community considers us to be one of the top academic players in tax law. With more than 90 employees on our payroll, and having more than 100 affiliated visiting faculty, at least in terms of people we are the world’s biggest tax law research institution that is part of a university. Our LL.M. and doctoral students come from all parts of the world. This is also true for many of the other researchers at our Institute.

We have now developed our Institute one step further, and would like to introduce our Tax Practice Advisory Council, consisting of leading experts from international tax practice, with whom we can consult on a regular basis. The Tax Practice Advisory Council advises the board of the Institute on strategic decisions, in order to guarantee the Institute’s position as a globally leading academic research facility in the field of tax law. Moreover, it is the purpose of the Tax Practice Advisory Council to provide a link between the Institute and tax practitioners.

The members of the Tax Practice Advisory Council

Alessandro Bucchieri

Dr. Alessandro Bucchieri is since 2014 Head of Tax Affairs of Enel Group the largest multinational utility by market capitalization in Europe operating in more than 30 countries worldwide. Degree in Economics and Business from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Alessandro is qualified as certified public accountant in Italy and is a member of the Italian Institute of Auditors. He joined Enel in 2007 covering different senior and executive positions in Administration Finance and Control function. From 2002 to 2007 Senior Manager of Deloitte & Touche and previously in Arthur Andersen where he started his professional career in 1993. Main focus areas are international taxation and structuring of cross border business combination and complex group reorganization processes.

Stefano Ceccacci

Stefano has been a Chartered Accountant since 1990 and a Certified Public Auditor since 1995. He is also a member of the Council of the Italian Branch of the International Fiscal Association (IFA). In 1986, Stefano started his career with an Italian tax firm. From 1992 to 1999, he worked as Senior tax manager in the tax department of a primary Italian banking group and in 1999 he joined Assonime (the Association of Italian Joint Stock Companies) as Executive Senior Tax Manager. In 2001, he was appointed head of the tax department of a primary Italian investment bank. From September 2004 to June 2012 he was partner of Maisto e Associati, tax law firm, and in 2007 and 2008 was also appointed as the tax consultant of the Public Debt Directorate of the Italian Treasury Department, Ministry of Economy and Finance. As of July 2012 Stefano holds the role of Head of Group Tax Affairs of UniCredit group. He gives lectures (on tax issues, especially on financial taxation) for Cattolica University and Bocconi University in Milan, for the Master in Tax Law at Foggia University, for the Ministry of Economy and Finance and for the Italian Tax Police, as well as for major national organisations. He is author and co-author of a number of publications and contributes to journals and specialised newspapers.

Paolo Ludovici

Paolo Ludovici founded L&P - Ludovici Piccone & Partners in November 2014. Previously he worked with Maisto e Associati since its set up and he became partner of the firm in 2000. He advises on all areas of tax law, encompassing all domestic and cross-border tax matters. His expertise includes domestic and international corporate reorganizations, M&A and structured finance transactions, and tax planning for high net-worth individuals and trusts. He often acts as an expert in criminal and tax proceedings. He regularly speaks at tax conferences and lectures in post-graduate specialization courses. Paolo graduated Cum Laude in Business Administration at Bocconi University. He is admitted to the Italian Chartered Accountant Association in Milan.

Guglielmo Maisto

Guglielmo Maisto founded Maisto e Associati in 1991. He is a Professor of international and comparative tax law at the Università Cattolica di Piacenza. He is President of the Italian Branch of the International Fiscal Association (IFA), member of the Board of Trustees of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD) in Amsterdam, member of the Advisory Board of the Master of Advanced Studies in International Taxation of the Lausanne University, member of the Practice Council of New York University (NYU) Law’s International Tax Program and member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy. He represents the Italian Association of Industries (Confindustria) at the OECD Business Industry Advisory Committee in Paris. He acted as a consultant to the Ministry for European Community Affairs and was a member of the EU Joint Transfer Pricing Forum. He is a member of several law societies and of the editorial board of various Italian and foreign tax legal journals. He usually participates as speaker at a number of annual tax conferences.

Arne Schnitger

Arne Schnitger is Tax adviser, CPA and LL.M. He is Partner in the area of International Tax Services in Berlin and a member of PwC since 2002. From 2006 until 2007 he worked for PwC in New York. Arne gives lectures at the Freie University Berlin and is author of numerous publications on questions of International and European Tax Law. He has more than 17 years of experience in advising German as well as foreign multinational groups and leads the German tax technical department of PwC.

Thomas Töben

Thomas Töben studied in Marburg and Hamburg. Since 1990, he has been a partner in leading national and international law firms and has also worked for several years in New York and Paris. He has been a guest lecturer in international tax law at the universities of Hamburg and Münster for many years. Thomas publishes regularly and has written about 200 articles on domestic and international tax law in German and English.Thomas advices domestic and foreign private investors, funds and companies on domestic and international tax issues, on corporate acquisitions, reorganizations and taxation of real property investments as well as debt restructuring and refinancing. He specializes in M&A transactions, pre-/ post-closing (re-)structuring and reorganizations as well as in private equity.Thomas also assists in tax audits and represents his clients in tax disputes before both local tax courts and the Federal Tax Court.

Monique van Herksen

Monique is a partner at Simmons & Simmons, specialising in transfer pricing, dispute resolution and related international tax issues. Prior to joining Simmons & Simmons, Monique worked for the United Nations Tax Committee and taught transfer pricing at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law/WU Wien, and at Maastricht University. She has been teaching transfer pricing at leading universities for over 20 years. Until 2016, she was responsible for the Global Transfer Pricing Controversy team of a “Big 4” accountancy firm consisting of more than 450 experienced lawyers, tax advisers and economists, who provided coverage across 150 countries. Monique has also worked as a tax partner with a leading international law firm, from 2001 until 2009, as well as for the US Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel (International) as APA attorney for 5 years. Monique also advises the United Nations. She serves as transfer pricing expert on the Tax Committee and assists the United Nations’ Financing for Development Office with training materials for tax authorities in developing countries and trains tax inspectors for organisations such as the Inter-American Center of Tax administrations (CIAT) and the African Tax Authorities Forum (ATAF).

Graeme Alan Wood

Graeme is Director in Global Taxes - Transfer Pricing at The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Prior to that, he has worked for Procter & Gamble since 1988 in various tax positions in the UK, Belgium, US and Switzerland. From 1978 to 1988, he worked at Delloitte Haskins & Sells in the UK. He has a bachelor in Economics from the University of Leeds, UK. He is a fellow of ICAEW and an associate of CIOT. Graeme focuses on the area of Transfer Pricing and is associated with the Institute of Austrian and International Tax Law and various accounting and law firms.