Treasury has just released hundreds of pages detailing the new regulations under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ("FATCA"). The information reporting and withholding rules will have a pervasive impact on foreign financial institutions (FFIs) and on non-financial foreign entities (NFFEs). Here’s your opportunity to hear a top-level panel of industry leaders and private practitioners discuss & dissect how the new regulations will impact the Insurance industry. Sufficient time will be allotted for attendees to pose questions to the panelists. Panelists will discuss:
Carol Tello, Partner, Sutherland, Alan Granwell, Partner, DLA Piper LLP, Mandana Parsazad, American Council of Life Insurers, and Christopher Donnelly, (Canada) Manulife Financial
Carol Tello is a partner in Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP’s Washington office and a member of its Tax Practice Group where she focuses primarily on international tax matters. Her practice includes a broad range of cross-border tax planning and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) controversy matters for both business entities and individuals. Much of her work has been for insurance companies in the cross-border context. She has particular experience in cross-border restructuring transactions, inbound corporate transactions, withholding matters, and treaty interpretation issues, as well as cross-border taxation of corporate executives and the U.S. taxation of non-U.S. citizens. She also advises clients on tax issues involving intellectual property transactions.Her prior experience includes service in the IRS Office of Associate Chief Counsel (International) and as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner (International). While at the IRS, she participated in a number of income tax treaty negotiations, was the IRS National Office adviser in several Tax Court cases, and worked on various regulations and other guidance, including significant participation in developing regulations concerning the taxation of software transactions.Carol is the author of the BNA TMP 915-3 Payments Directed Outside the United States - Withholding and Reporting Provisions Under Chapters 3 and 4, as well as numerous articles on various tax issues. She also has been recognized in Euromoney’s The Guide to World’s Leading Tax Advisers (2011).Alan Winston Granwell is an international tax partner resident in DLA Piper's Washington, DC office. Mr. Granwell’s practice encompasses representing multinational corporations on cross-border planning, to include acquisitions, dispositions and business restructurings, IP migrations, services arrangements, repatriation planning, international insurance, international transportation, cross-border leasing, transfer pricing and the use of bilateral tax treaties. He also advises high-net-worth individuals on cross-border tax planning and structuring.Recently, Mr. Granwell has become active in advising investors from emerging countries engaged in cross-border transactions involving the United States and Europe and in advising financial institutions and their clients on international tax enforcement initiatives. He conducts an active administrative practice, regularly representing clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the US Treasury Department.
Mandana Parsazad is Senior Tax Counsel at the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI). She has provided a broad range of counseling and negotiation services to multinational corporate clients throughout her legal career, and has practiced exclusively as a business tax lawyer since 1997. She has worked in Deloitte & Touche’s International Tax Group in Washington D.C. and Baker & Hosteltler’s Washington D.C. office, where she advised numerous multinational corporations on U.S. international tax issues. Ms. Parsazad also served as Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Mark Dayton on Tax and Economic Issues. Ms. Parsazad graduated from the University of Massachusetts and earned a law degree from Tulane University School of Law and LL.M.s in Taxation, and in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University Law Center.Chris Donnelly is AVP & Chief Regulatory Counsel for Manulife’s Canadian Division. In this role, Chris coordinates Manulife’s involvement in industry associations, regulators and policymakers across Manulife’s Canadian insurance, group benefits, pensions, securities and banking business units. Chris is past chair of the Legal Section of the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) and has chaired or participated in groups at numerous financial services associations including the Investment Funds Institute of Canada and the Toronto Financial Services Alliance. Chris has spoken on topics relevant to the industry at industry events as well as events sponsored by the Conference Board of Canada and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Chris is the chair of the CLHIA FATCA Working Group. Prior to joining Manulife, Chris worked for the Government of Canada in the areas of trade, intellectual property and competition policy.