The taxation of the digital economy is one of the focus areas of the OECD’s BEPS project, and many countries in the Middle East and Africa are increasingly introducing changes to their tax rules or considering avenues for imposing taxes in relation to digital economy earnings. It is critical for companies to fully understand the local tax regimes across the region and the impact of global developments on the future of taxation of digital services.

During our whole day Middle East and Africa Digital Tax Seminar, our tax experts from the Middle East, Africa and Europe will lead interactive discussions around:

  • the global tax reform initiatives driven by the OECD;
  • the local issues and trends in key countries in the Middle East and North, West, East and South Africa;
  • the key global developments in other emerging jurisdictions; and
  • the practical challenges and experiences in dealing with the evolving regimes for taxation of digital services.

The full agenda can be viewed here.

The seminar is suitable for tax, finance and legal professionals and senior business executives.

It is FREE to attend, but seats are limited – please email [email protected] to RSVP. If you have any queries regarding the event, please do not hesitate to contact Jenny Medina.

About this event

Date: Monday 24 February 2020

9:15 – 9:45 – Welcome and registration
9:45 – 10:00 – Introduction to taxation of digital services
10:00 – 11:00 – Global trends
11:00 – 11:15 – Coffee break
11:15 – 12:15 – Overview of the position in Middle East and Africa (MEA) countries
12:15 – 13:00 – Financial services and digitization
13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch
14:45 – 16:00 – Case study
16:00 – 16:30 – Coffee break
16:30 – 17:00 – Where are we heading with technology?
17:00 – 18:00 – Networking reception

Location: The Capital Club, Gate Village, Building 3, DIFC, Dubai


Reggie Mezu is a Senior Special Counsel in Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, based in Dubai. He has practiced tax for nearly 30 years in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, including in the UAE for 15 years. Reggie regularly advises clients on tax planning, corporate structuring, cross-border transactions, double tax treaties, reform and development of fiscal frameworks, general advice, and most recently, the new value added tax (VAT) regime in the Gulf region.


Jan Snel is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Tax Practice Group in Amsterdam. His practice focuses on international VAT and customs law, primarily on behalf of high-tech, e-commerce and medcare companies. Jan is a frequent speaker on EU VAT and Customs issues at international tax planning programs, including the Tax Executives Institute.


Mirko Marinć is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s Indirect Tax practice in Amsterdam, and a member of the EU VAT Steering Committee. He focuses his practice on matters involving indirect taxes. Mirko also advises businesses on supply chain opportunities, acquisition and restructuring projects particularly in the pharmaceuticals and IT sectors, holding company issues and intra-group compliance simplification.


Kate Alexander is a Partner in Baker McKenzie's Tax Practice Group, based in London. A chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser with nearly 20 years' experience in tax-related matters, she handles all aspects of cross-border tax structuring for UK-headed and non-UK headed groups. Kate is particularly knowledgeable in UK DPT provisions, CFC regime, loan relationship anti-avoidance provisions and the new interest limitation rules.

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