12 Nov 2015 to 12 Nov 2015
08:30 AM to 05:30 PM
12 Nov 2015 to 12 Nov 2015
08:30 AM to 05:30 PM
The accountancy profession is undergoing an exciting transformation. Technological advancement presents new opportunities and threats. At the same time, more is expected of accountants, who must move towards a more strategic role and lead their organisations through the rapidly changing business landscape.
Singapore Accountancy Convention 2015 will present thought leaders who will share their perspectives on the leading issues for the profession. Through the Convention, you will discover opportunities brought about by the digital economy, and prepare yourself to take on an expanded role as a change agent and strategic adviser.
Experts at the Convention will discuss how the digital revolution can create opportunities for accountants and how it will change their roles within their organisations. With digitalisation comes cyber security risks; industry experts will share why accountants should take active steps to create a cyber resilient organisation to ensure security of financial information and intellectual property. In today’s dynamic business environment, the profession ought to change their traditional mindset and make use of data analytics in their course of work to create a competitive advantage for their organisations and add value to their clients.
Our distinguished foreign speakers will engage the audience with thought-provoking discussions, including the accountant’s role in combating money laundering as well as the evolving role of the accountant in pro-active risk management.
Hear the views of the standards setter, practitioners and CFOs on the new revenue standard. Panellists will engage the audience in exploring the practical aspects of a new chapter in revenue accounting. The panellists will also share how their organisations are preparing to implement the new revenue standard, and whether it will lead to higher quality financial reporting for their organisations and industry.
The Convention concludes with a much talked about topic sweeping across the world – Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). Participants will be able to discern the wide-ranging views and practical tips with panellists from the public sector, international bodies, multi-national corporations and the Big Four firms.
Join us at the Singapore Accountancy Convention 2015, and gain the latest industry knowledge to lead in a rapidly changing global landscape, from a uniquely Asian perspective.
Marina Bay Sands (MBS) is linked directly to Bayfront MRT station (Circle Line Extension or Downtown Line). Use Exit D to leave the Bayfront MRT station and enter MBS. Take the escalators from Basement 2 to the concierge on Level 1. From there, take the escalators to the ballrooms on Level 4.
Public bus services to MBS include 97/97E, 106 and 133/133M. Alight at the bus stop immediately in front of the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, and proceed towards the concierge on Level 1 before taking the escalators up to the ballrooms on Level 4.
Cars may enter via Bayfront Link to the South Car Park. Take the lift to Level 1 and take a 5-minute walk towards the Sands Expo and Convention Center. For more details on parking locations and rates, visit Marina Bay Sands website. For Conference Participants who park at MBS, a limited number of complimentary parking coupons will be provided. The coupons will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis to participants who request for them at the registration desk as they register to attend the conference. Participants who are not able to obtain any of the the complimentary car parking coupons can purchase coupons at the special rate of S$6.00 per day, from Event Services Concierge (Level 1).
|7:45 am to 8:30 am||Registration and Welcome Coffee|
|8:30 am to 8:45 am||
|8:45 am to 9:00 am||Keynote Address
Lim Soo Hoon, Permanent Secretary (Finance)(Performance), Ministry of Finance
|9:00 am to 9:30 am||
Positioning Accountants to Lead in the 21st Century
Find out how accountants can leverage their training, qualifications, experience and exposure to be a key driver of economic growth.
Olivia Kirtley, President, International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
|9:30 am to 10:20 am||
Discussion on the themes from IFAC’s global study, such as the economic contribution of the global profession by region, Singapore’s development as an accountancy hub, and the correlation between the profession’s development and economic development.
|10:20 am to 10:45 am||
Morning Tea Break
|10:45 am to 11:15 am||
Transforming the Profession in the Digital Era
With rapid technological advancement, the profession must innovate to capitalise on opportunities presented in the digital era. This session addresses questions such as how the digital revolution is creating opportunities for accountants, and how the accountant’s role would change as a result.
Andrew Ratcliffe, President, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
|11:15 am to 11:45 am||
Building Cyber Resilience in the Digital Era
Learn more about the accountant’s role in creating a cyber-resilient organisation, including the active steps to take, to ensure security of financial information, data and intellectual property.
Kyra Mattar, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Singapore
|11:45 am to 12:15 pm||
Enhancing Assurance Through Data Analytics
Understand how the profession can effectively enhance assurance on financial information through data analytics.
Lee Sze Yeng, Head of Quality, KPMG
|12:15 pm to 1:45 pm||Lunch|
|1:45 pm to 2:00 pm||
Hear more on Singapore’s on-going journey to make good quality corporate financial reporting and high quality audit hallmarks of our financial and corporate sectors.
Kenneth Yap, Chief Executive, Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)
|2:00 pm to 2:30 pm||
Combating Money Laundering – The UK Experience
The accountancy profession has a key role to play in Anti-Money Laundering (AML). More can be done, including timely information-sharing between organisations involved in tackling money laundering and greater effectiveness in cracking down on cross-border laundering. The UK’s AML regime is considered to be among the best.
Anthony Harbinson, Chairman, Anti-Money Laundering Task Force, UK Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB),
|2:30 pm to 3:00 pm||
Managing Risk in an Evolving Business World: Accountants’ Value
The role of accountants in risk management is changing. Accountants should capitalise on their skills to drive best practices for enhanced risk management. Discover the challenges and opportunities related to accountants’ evolving roles in pro-active risk management.
Andrew Harding, Managing Director, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
|3:00 pm to 3:30 pm||
Afternoon Tea Break
|3:30 pm to 4:30 pm||
Get insights from panellists as they look into the impact of BEPS from global and local perspectives.
|4:30 pm to 5:30 pm||
Panellists will share their views on how the new revenue standard will lead to higher quality financial reporting from different perspectives. Also hear from a tax advisor on the potential tax implications arising from the new revenue standard.
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Registration, Cocktails and Networking
|Guests to be seated|
|7:15 pm||Opening Performance|
Mr Gerard Ee, President, ISCA
Mr Teo Ser Luck, Advisor, ISCA
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Singapore Accountancy Convention 2015
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
As Managing Director of CIMA, Andrew Harding is responsible for the operational performance of the institute. In his role, Andrew leads CIMA’s corporate centre, which is based in the UK, along with all international markets, including Europe, North Asia, South East Asia and Australasia, Africa, Middle East, South Asia and North Africa.
Prior to joining CIMA, Andrew was Managing Director of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), where he drove success on a global scale. Andrew is a chartered global management accountant, a chartered accountant, and holds an MBA from Henley Management College. Besides working for CIMA, he is non-executive chairman of GTS Chemicals plc.
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
Andrew is the President of ICAEW; he chairs its Board and he is a member of its Council.
Formerly an audit engagement partner with PwC, he spent his career leading a variety of large international audit engagements in a range of industries. He also worked on management buy-outs, IPOs and other transactions, risk assessment and control effectiveness, investigations for regulators and expert witness work.
In the late 1990s, he was a member of the PwC UK firm’s Board and was subsequently elected to PwC’s Global Board, which oversees the PwC international network. He was the Chairman of that Board from 2001 to 2005.
Andrew is the chairman of the Audit Committee of the Royal College of Music and the Honorary Treasurer of The National Gardens Scheme. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1976 having read mathematics.
Senior Economic Adviser
Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR)
Andrew Smith is Senior Economic Adviser at the Centre for Economics and Business Research in London, which has for twenty years supplied independent economic forecasting and analysis to hundreds of private firms and public organisations. Andrew is a renowned macroeconomist and commentator specialising in financial markets and business services, drawing out the strategic implications of economic events and applying them to real-life commercial situations. He was one of the few economists to forecast the financial crisis and the long recession thereafter. Formerly Chief Economist at KPMG, and before that Chief Economist and Investment Strategist at Credit Lyonnais Laing, Andrew also served as a member of the UK Government Secretary of State’s Panel on the Economy at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. He is currently a Board Member of the Centre for International Business and Management at the University of Bath. Andrew has an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and an M Phil in Economics from Oxford University.
Chairman, Anti-Money Laundering Task Force, UK Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB)
Anthony is the immediate past Chairman of the UK Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies (CCAB) the umbrella group of British and Irish chartered professional accountancy bodies. The combined membership of the five CCAB bodies - ICAEW, ACCA, ICAS, CIPFA and Chartered Accountants Ireland - amounts to 245,000 professional accountants in the UK and the Republic of Ireland (354,000 worldwide).
He continues is work on behalf of CCAB as Chairman of its Anti-Money Laundering Task Force which seeks to capitalise on the success of CCAB’s publication Coming Out in the Wash of June 2014.
Anthony currently is the Director of Safer Communities for the Northern Ireland Department of Justice. He is responsible for the resourcing, policy and legislative framework for policing and community safety within Northern Ireland as well as the Forensic Service Agency, the State Pathologist Department and the NI Probation Service. Before taking up his current role he was the Director of Justice Delivery for the Department of Justice and prior to this he was Director of Resources for the Northern Ireland Office, a Department of Central Government in Westminster. Anthony also spent five years as a Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions and over twelve years as a Director of Finance within the Health Service.
Anthony is also the immediate past President of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Partner, Tax Services
Mr Chai Wai Fook specialises in corporate and international tax and is actively involved in negotiations with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore to resolve tax disputes and advising clients on international and corporate tax planning for outbound and inbound investments. He is also the Tax Accounting and Risk Advisory Services Leader for ASEAN and Singapore.
Wai Fook has worked with clients across different sectors including food and beverage, media and entertainment, technology, construction and commodity trading.
A first-class honours graduate of the Nanyang Technological University’s Accountancy degree coupled with in-depth practical experience which extends beyond advising clients. He also speaks at external seminars and conducts workshops on Singapore withholding tax and tax accounting. He is an Accredited Tax Advisor (Income Tax) with the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals and a Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
Chief Financial Officer
Keppel Corporation Limited
Mr Chan Hon Chew is the Chief Financial Officer of Keppel Corporation Limited, appointed with effect from 1 February 2014.
Prior to joining Keppel Corporation, Mr Chan was with Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA) and served as Senior Vice President (SVP) of Finance since June 2006. As SVP Finance, Mr Chan was responsible for a diverse range of functions including investor relations, corporate accounting and reporting, treasury, risk management and insurance. He was also involved in SIA’s strategic planning process and had represented SIA as Director on the Boards of various companies including Tiger Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited.
Prior to SIA, Mr Chan was Assistant General Manager for Finance and Corporate Services at Wing Tai Holdings Limited where he oversaw all financial matters as well as tax, legal and corporate secretarial functions from 1998 to 2003.
Mr Chan’s principal directorships include Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, Keppel Land Limited, Keppel Infrastructure Holdings Pte Ltd and Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation Ltd. He is also the Chairman of Keppel DC REIT Management Pte Ltd (Manager of Keppel DC REIT).
Mr Chan graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
Assistant Commissioner, Tax Policy and International Tax Division
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS)
Ms Chow Wai Yee is the Assistant Commissioner - Tax Policy and International Tax Division of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore. In her current role, she leads a team of officers in tax policy formulation and advises MOF on income tax matters. As one of the Competent Authorities of Singapore, Wai Yee is also responsible for the negotiation of tax treaties and transfer pricing agreements with foreign tax authorities.
Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals
A Board Member of the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals (SIATP) with over 30 years of tax experience, Ms Fang Fang is the Vice President, Group Tax of Singapore Telecommunications Limited.
Besides being SIATP’s board member, Fang is also an active member of SIATP’s Tax & Levies Committee - a committee representing tax professionals that engages the government and other key stakeholders in discussions on matters pertaining to tax practices and laws.
Fang started her career in an international accounting firm providing corporate, personal and indirect tax services to MNCs and SMEs. Since 1999, she has been working in in-house tax roles and currently, she is responsible for the full spectrum of tax matters in Singapore and beyond.
Fang holds a Master of Taxation from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Singapore. She was one of the contributing authors of the definitive go-to reference ‘The Law and Practice of Singapore Income Tax’, is an Accredited Tax Advisor (Income Tax & GST) of SIATP and a Fellow of Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia.
Chief Executive Officer
International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
Fayezul Choudhury became chief executive officer of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) in February 2013.
Mr Choudhury was previously with the World Bank, where his last two assignments were as vice president, Corporate Finance and Risk Management; and controller and vice president, Strategic Planning and Resource Management. In this latter role he was the World Bank's spokesperson on global accounting and auditing issues. Mr Choudhury started his career in 1974 with PriceWaterhouse in London, initially in public accounting and later management consulting. During his career with PriceWaterhouse, he spent three years in Nigeria, developing the consulting practice in the region.
Mr Choudhury has served on a number of high-level representative bodies. He was a member of the Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB) from its formation in 2005 until 2010. Mr Choudhury also chaired the Global Steering Committee of the International Forum for Accountability Development and was a member of the Standards Advisory Council of the International Accounting Standards Board. He served as a member of the Iraq Advisory and Monitoring Board established by the Security Council of the United Nations.
Mr Choudhury has an MA (Hons) in Engineering Science and Economics from the University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)
Kenneth Yap is the Chief Executive of the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) since 1 Feb 2013. He directs and oversees the operations of ACRA which is the national regulator of business entities and public accountants in Singapore. This includes the formulation of policies and consideration of law reforms related to business entities and public accountants. Concurrently, Mr Yap also performs the statutory functions of the Registrar of Companies, Businesses, Public Accountants, Limited Liability Partnerships and Limited Partnerships.
Mr Yap sits on several national councils and committees including the Accounting Standards Council of Singapore, Corporate Governance Oversight Committee; the Singapore Accountancy Commission, the National Community Leadership Institute Board and the Appeal Board of the Commission for Foreign Manpower. Internationally, he is on the board of the Executive Committee of the Corporate Registers Forum and XBRL International.
Prior to joining ACRA, Mr Yap was the Divisional Director of the Legal Services Division at the Ministry of Manpower. His other legal service postings include stints as Deputy Senior State Counsel at the Attorney-General’s Chambers and Senior Assistant Registrar and Director of Finance at the Supreme Court.
Kyra Mattar has over 16 years of operations and technology risk and controls experience, servicing PwC's Financial Services clients globally (i.e. Asia Pacific, US and UK/Europe). She is currently with PwC’s Cyber practice, helping clients with Cyber Risk Governance. She helps businesses understand, govern and remediate their cyber risk posture, including how to prepare and respond to cyber attacks.
She has led many cross functional, multi-territory projects within Financial Institutions and has in-depth experience with operations and technology risk across the Financial Services sector.
Most recently, she led the execution and post-mortem of a large-scale industry wide cyber-attack exercise that was conducted for Singapore’s financial services sector.
Head of Quality
Ms Lee Sze Yeng chairs Audit Practice Committee and is also the Partner in charge of Audit Quality at KPMG in Singapore. She is a member of ACRA Practice Monitoring Steering Committee and an accredited IFRS Partner. Sze Yeng has extensive experience in auditing companies in various industries including financial services, real estate and statutory boards. She holds a first class honours degree in Accountancy from the National University of Singapore.
Ms Lim Soo Hoon was appointed Permanent Secretary (Finance)(Performance) at the Ministry of Finance on 1 April 2012. She is also the Chairman of the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) and a Board Director of Changi Airport Group (Singapore) Pte Ltd (CAG).
In her capacity as Permanent Secretary (Finance)(Performance), she oversees the Ministry’s central role in creating a high performance government through efficient and effective use of resources, and working towards an integrated government through synergies in programmes, processes and systems across the various government agencies.
Ms Lim joined the Administrative Service in 1981 after graduating with a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) degree from the University of Adelaide on a Colombo Plan Scholarship. She also has a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.
She has served in various portfolios in the Singapore Civil Service including the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the former Ministries of Communications, Labour, and the Registry of Vehicles. She was appointed Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Community Development in 1999 and became Permanent Secretary (Public Service Division) in 2005 before joining the Ministry of Finance in 2012.
Managing Partner, ASEAN and Singapore
Max Loh is EY’s Managing Partner for Asean and Singapore and has overall responsibilities for the operations in the Region. With over 25 years of audit and business advisory experience, his clients span a broad range of industries including technology, food and beverage, construction, manufacturing, trading, hospitality, financial institutions and government.
Max has been involved as an audit partner with various Singapore Exchange (SGX) listed companies, responsible for their financial statement audits and internal control reviews. He is experienced in acting as reporting accountant for companies from Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Middle East and the People’s Republic of China, listing or doing reverse takeovers on the SGX, Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Shenzhen Stock Exchange. He is also experienced in strategic planning, reorganization and operations improvement projects for companies as part of their globalization and transformation efforts.
Accounting Standards Council
Nagaraj Sivaram is Deputy Chairman of the Accounting Standards Council. He is an assurance partner with EY Singapore. He qualified as a chartered accountant in London and is member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA).
International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
Olivia Kirtley, CPA, CGMA, became president of the IFAC Board in November 2014. She previously served as deputy president from 2012 and was first elected to the Board in 2007. Ms Kirtley also served on the independent IFAC Task Force on Rebuilding Public Confidence in Financial Reporting in 2002 and 2003.
Ms Kirtley is a business consultant on strategic, risk, and governance issues. She is also a non-executive director of three public companies - U.S. Bancorp, Papa John's International, and ResCare. She was previously vice president of finance and chief financial officer of a global manufacturing company and a joint venture of Emerson Electric Co. and Robert Bosch GmbH. Ms Kirtley spent the first decade of her career with Ernst & Ernst/Ernst & Whinney (now EY) in both audit and tax.
In 1998, Ms Kirtley was elected chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). From 2000 to 2003, Ms Kirtley was chairman of the AICPA Board of Examiners, where she led computerization of the Uniform CPA Examination with substantial changes to the content and structure. Ms Kirtley is the recipient of the AICPA’s highest honor, the Gold Medal and was also named to NACD Directorship 100 by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the leading 100 corporate directors and governance professionals in the U.S.
Ms Kirtley has a master's degree in taxation from Georgia State University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida Southern College.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr Raymond Yeo joined M1 in September 2013 as Director, Finance and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in March 2014. He has more than 23 years of work experience in auditing, as well as local and regional financial management. Mr Yeo began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and has since held various senior financial positions in public listed companies and multinational corporations in infocomms and technology sectors where he was involved in several initial public offering and due diligence exercises. Prior to joining M1, Mr Yeo’s last appointment was Vice President, Finance and Administration, Asia Pacific of TomTom Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.
Executive Director, Professional Relations, and Chief Financial Officer
International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
Russell Guthrie has recently been named Executive Director, Professional Relations, and Chief Financial Officer for IFAC. In his role, he is responsible for external and member relations, finance, and the overall governance of the organization. He oversees the operating line Global Representation and Advocacy, which include public policy, regulation, and communications. He also oversees the Quality operating line, which includes the Member Body Compliance Program and the Forum of Firms.
Mr Guthrie previously held various executive roles within IFAC having joined IFAC as director in March 2001.
Prior to joining IFAC, he worked for 12 years in the assurance practice of KPMG—initially in Dallas, Texas, followed by two years in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He also has extensive experience in the development and maintenance of firm quality control programs, having served for three years in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, as KPMG's Director of Global Quality Assurance.
Mr Guthrie graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1988, receiving a bachelor's degree in business administration. He is a licensed CPA in the states of Texas and New York and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs.
Board member & Vice-Chair Tax Committee, Tax Executive Institute (Asia Chapter)
Mr Sam Sim oversees tax transfer pricing issues across the Asia-Pacific, India, Greater China, Japan and Australia. He was previously Deputy Head, Global Transfer Pricing at a FTSE 100 financial institution and Chair of the Capital Markets Tax Committee TP Sub-Committee.
Sam is passionate about education and continuous learning, having helped designed the Tax Academy’s Executive Program in International Tax and lectured at the Master of Tax program at University SIM, the IBFD and is the author of “The Logic and Practice of Transfer Pricing” by Lexis-Nexis. He particularly enjoys conveying complex topics in an accessible, practical way to tax students, in-house tax and finance professionals and business decision makers.
Sam is an Accredited Tax Advisor (Income Tax). He also holds an LL.M. (tax) from New York University, an M.A. from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Accountant (Singapore) as well as a qualified attorney of both the New York and Singapore Bars.
Director, Governance Global Practice
The World Bank
Samia Msadek is currently the Practice Director, Governance Global Practice and is in charge of the Public Resource Mobilization and Management Department. She leads the Financial Management agenda in the public and private sectors in the World Bank Group’s member countries with a goal to use global knowledge to meet local needs with efficiency and effectiveness.
A Tunisian national, she joined the World Bank Group in 1998 as Financial Management Specialist in the Rural Development, Water and Environment Sector in the Middle East & North Africa (MNA) region. She has since then held different positions in the institution including Manager, Financial Management in MNA and East Asia and Pacific (EAP) regions and Director of Operational Services and Quality and Director Operations and Strategy in the Europe & Central Asia (ECA) region.
Before joining the World Bank, she spent 15 years including 12 years with Arthur Andersen in the accounting, auditing and business consulting areas covering a wide range of line of services in a variety of sectors. Over the last 30 years she worked extensively with public and private institutions and International Organizations, to enhance Public Financial Accountability and advocated with passion and professionalism for enhanced transparency and adherence to good governance principles to eradicate poverty and achieve better shared prosperity.
Chair, ISCA Financial Reporting Committee Revenue Working Group
Partner, Assurance & Advisory Services, Deloitte & Touche Singapore
Mr Shariq Barmaky has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting in the United Kingdom and Singapore. He has extensive experience in the audits of multinationals and local companies in various industries, as well as due diligence and public listings of equities and commercial paper.
Shariq acts as audit partner for entities in the trading and distribution, manufacturing, oil and gas, shipping and telecommunications sectors.
Shariq is the Professional Practice Director for Deloitte Southeast Asia. He is Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) Leader for Deloitte Singapore.
Shariq regularly provides his views on topical accounting and auditing issues to the media and professional publications. He is a regular speaker and delivers presentations at conferences and events on International Financial Reporting Standards, Changes to Singapore Companies Act, Changes to Singapore Exchange Rules and International and Singapore Standards on Auditing.
He is actively involved within the accounting profession in Singapore: he is the Chairman of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Committee of the Singapore Institute of Chartered Accountants (ISCA) and a member of the Financial Reporting Committee of ISCA. He also chairs ISCA’s working groups on IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers and the recently issued Enhanced Auditor’s Report.
Regional Partner, Alternative Investments
Simon Clark has over 25 years of tax experience in all aspects of corporate tax advice. Previously Head of Real Estate and International Tax at one of Australia’s leading tax specialist law firms, Simon is an established tax adviser with deep experience of transactional tax advice both in Australia and internationally.
Simon’s practice involves cross-border transactions in all parts of the globe and, as such, he is regularly called upon to advise on the application of existing responses by various countries to the issues raised by the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiatives and to anticipate what further changes might result from the BEPS process across real estate, private equity, infrastructure and other cross-border transactions.
He is part of the KPMG Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) team which is closely involved in looking at the BEPS outcomes, has produced internal training for KPMG staff on BEPS issues and was involved in KPMG’s survey of the Asia Pacific countries’ responses to the BEPS process.
He has advised a number of SWF and other clients on aspects of the BEPS proposals.
Chief Financial Officer
Chosen Holdings Limited
Ms Soong Wee Choo is the Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of Chosen Holdings Limited. She listed the company and is currently responsible for the financial and treasury functions, corporate affairs and the management of the operations. In her role, she also oversees the investor relations, legal and corporate secretarial functions.
Ms Soong has more than 18 years of experience in financial management holding senior finance positions in local listed companies. She graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy from the National University of Singapore and started her career with KPMG in 1989 where she performed audit and due diligence assignments before leaving in 1995 as Audit Manager.
Ms Soong is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.
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