Joint Meeting of the USA and Ireland Branches of the International Fiscal Association.

September 5th & 6th, 2019 | Dublin, Ireland

Join us for a 2-day Joint Meeting of the USA and Ireland Branches on September 5th and 6th in Dublin.

The meeting will start at noon on Thursday September 5th, and will include six technical sessions in addition to a conference dinner.

For all event registration queries & any other event details, please contact the event managers:
Elizabeth Harpur at or Janie Lazar at
who will be able to assist.



Thursday September 5

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Address

Catherine O’Meara, President, IFA Ireland Branch

Sol Coffino, President, IFA USA Branch


12:30 – 1:30 p.m.



1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

The State of Play – Irish/US Tax Policy

High level comments on the following:

  • US tax reform – GILTI, BEAT and FDII provisions;
  • Brexit;
  • ATAD – implementation and impact;
  • DAC 6;
  • Transfer pricing – forthcoming Irish changes.


Tom Maguire, Deloitte


Barbara Angus, EY

Peter Blessing, Associate Chief Counsel (International), IRS

Brendan Crowley, Department of Finance

Dirk Suringa, Covington


2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Taxation of the Digital Economy
  • OECD and European initiatives.


James Somerville, A&L Goodbody


Mary Bennett, Baker McKenzie

Peter Glicklich, Davies, Ward, Philips and Vineberg

Anne Gunnell, Irish Tax Institute


3:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break


3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

IP Ownership – Current Trends
  • OECD 2017 Transfer Pricing Guidelines;
  • DAC 6;
  • US tax reform;
  • Tax authority challenges/dispute resolution.


Skip Patton, Boston University School of Law


Peter Blessing, Associate Chief Counsel (International), IRS

Peter Connors, Orrick

Mark O’Sullivan, Matheson

Susan Roche, PwC


4:45 – 5:00 p.m.

End of Day 1 Remarks

7:30 p.m.

Cocktail Reception and Dinner at Glovers Alley
Friday September 6

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Introduction to Day 2

Catherine O’Meara, President, IFA Ireland Branch


9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Holding Companies – Key Trends
  • Impact of ATAD on traditional holding company locations;
  • Substance requirements;
  • MLI and treaty benefits.


Anne Harvey, Matheson


Sonya Manzor, William Fry

Hsuany Shan, PwC

Bob Stack, Deloitte


10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break


10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Financing the Future – Interest Deductibility/Hybrids


Andrew Quinn, Maples


Peter Blessing, Associate Chief Counsel (International), IRS

Áine Hollingsworth, Irish Revenue Commissioners

Colleen O’Neill, EY

Lauren Ross, Covington


12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Managing Tax Risk in Complex Times – A Tax Director’s Perspective


Carol Tello, Eversheds Sutherland


Sheila Lawlor, Experian plc

David Paul, American Honda Motor Company

Tom Roesser, Microsoft


1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Catherine O’Meara, President, IFA Ireland Branch


1:15 – 2:15 p.m.




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70 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay
Dublin 2

Each year IFA Ireland endeavours to organise activities designed to provide a forum for our members (and other interested parties) to come together, discuss and share insights in relation to the ever changing international tax landscape.

Upcoming Events

International Fiscal Association Ireland

Date to be confirmed.
Topic: New EU Mandatory Disclosure Rules (DAC6)
Guest speakers: TBA
Venue: Offices of Maples and Calder, 75 St Stephen’s Green, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2

Young IFA Network Ireland

Thursday, 28 February 2019
Topic and Speakers:

Ireland’s Controlled Foreign Company (CFC) regime – Key features and application (Emma Arlow, Deloitte)

The Multilateral Instrument – Key considerations following entry into force in Ireland (Dearbhla O’Gorman, Arthur Cox)

Venue: Offices of Matheson, 70 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2

International Fiscal Association Congress

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Past Events

International Fiscal Association Ireland

Thursday, 7 June 2018
The Irish Holding Company Regime: CFC rules and other considerations
Guest speakers: Anne Harvey (William Fry) and Olivia Long (Matheson)

Thursday, 30 November 2017
The Tax Appeals Commission: The Experience so Far
Guest speakers: Commissioner O’Mahony (Appeal Commissioner), Mary-Claire Maney (Revenue Solicitor) and Grainne Duggan (Law Library)

Thursday, 4 May 2017
The OECD Multilateral Instrument: A new approach to international agreements but where does Ireland fit in?
Guest speakers: Maikel Evers (OECD) and Brendan Crowley (Department of Finance)

Young IFA Network Ireland

Thursday, 25 October 2018
Hot Topics in International & Domestic Tax Law
Guest speakers: Rachel Fox (William Fry), Trevor Glavey (Matheson) and Anna Crowley (Philip Lee)

Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Venue: Against the Grain, Camden Street

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