6 November - 7 November 2018 | Brussels


2-day intensive training on the concept of State aid for tax measures, regulations applicable for the tax sector, and relevant case law


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Phedon Nicolaides (Chair & Speaker)
Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges and the Maastricht University, and Academic Director at lexxion training

Dr. Nicolaides has been educated in the United States, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and has a PhD in economics and a PhD in law. He has acted as consultant to a number of public authorities in various EU Member States and to international institutions and organisations such as the European Commission, the European Investment Fund, the European Economic and Social Committee, the OECD and the UN. He has published extensively on competition policy, State aid, and policy implementation. During the past 15 years, he has carried out training activities on State aid in most EU Member States.

Andreas von Bonin
Partner, Antitrust, Competition and Trade, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Brussels

Andreas has spent over 10 years developing his practice in Brussels. He is focusing on EU and international competition law spanning merger control and joint venture cases, antitrust compliance and investigations of anti-competitive behaviour, as well as competition litigation before the EU Courts. Andreas also specialises in EU State aid and regulatory procedures, including in the context of privatisations and most recently in respect of the European Commission’s focus on State aid breaches throughMember States’ tax measures. Additionally, Andreas oversees Freshfields’ EU regulatory and public affairs practice, advising clients at the interface of law, politics and business.

Andrew Thomson
Sullivan & Cromwell, London

Andrew Thomson is European Counsel in Sullivan & Cromwell’s London office advising on general U.K. corporate tax matters. He joined Sullivan & Cromwell in 2011. He has advised on the tax aspects of M&A, redomiciliation, capital markets, banking, securitisation, project finance, structured products and real estate transactions. He also advises on value added tax. Mr. Thomson has published articles on topics including the European Commission’s proposal for a financial transaction tax and U.K. taxation of regulatory capital instruments.


Massimo Merola
Professor of Law, College of Europe, Bruges; Senior Partner, Bonelli Erede Pappalardo, Brussels

Massimo Merola is the managing partner responsible for the Brussels Office of Bonelli Erede Pappalardo and is the scientific director of the firm’s European Law and Antitrust group, where he oversees a broad regulatory practice specializing in EU law and competition law. In the field of competition law, he is mainly recognised as one of the leading experts in State aid law. In the broader context of EU law other than competition law, his focuses on Customs law, regulation of network industries, internal market rules, EU funding, etc.. He has a long and extensive experience as a litigator before the EU Courts. In conjunction with his active legal practice, Massimo Merola is a professor since more than twenty years at the College of Europe, Bruges,where he (i) teaches an obligatory course in State aid and public undertakings, and (ii) chairs the Global Competition Law Centre, the research centre on Competition Law of the College of Europe. As a renowned practitioner and scholar, Massimo is a regular speaker at European conferences and seminars on Competition and State aid and the author of more than fifty scientific publications.


José Luis Buendía Sierra
Partner at Garrigues, Brussels

Jose Luis obtained his PhD, and previously his degree in Law, at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. He also has a Master in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium). Jose Luis is currently Partner at Garrigues and leads the Brussels office of this law firm, where he regularly works in State aid and antitrust cases. He previously worked at the European Commission (State aid team of the Legal Service, DG Competition, Internal Market and Cabinet of Commissioner Oreja) intensively advising and litigating for the Institution in areas such as State aid. He is currently visiting professor at King’s College London and he has also been visiting lecturer at Vrije Universiteit Brussels. José Luis Buendía is a widely respected practitioner on State aid issues and has taken part in a many international legal conferences. He regularly publishes on State aid and other competition matters. Among its publications special mention has to be done to its book ‘Exclusive Rights and State Monopolies under EC Law’, published by Oxford University Press. He is currently co-managing editor of EStAL.


Pierpaolo Rossi (invited)
Senior Legal Expert, Competition and Mergers Team, Legal Service, European Commission

Pierpaolo Rossi is Senior Legal Expert and works at the Competition and Mergers Team of the European Commission’s Legal Service. Pierpaolo is an attorney and certified accountant in Italy. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Universities of Rome and Pavia with degrees in economics and law. He further obtained his LL.M. at NYU where he graduated from the International Tax Program. Pierpaolo has a vast and lasting professional experience in public administration. After graduating top of his class from Guardia di Finanza Academy in Italy, he directed several Guardia’s outfield offices. He later worked at Guardia’s Headquarters in Rome in the Office of the Chief of Staff being responsible for international tax cooperation. In 1995, he took office at the European Commission where he was Case Officer and Legal Counsel for Judicial Cooperation at the Antifraud Office, and Case Handler at the Competition Directorate where he dealt with fiscal aid measures. Since 2008, Pierpaolo joined the Commission’s Legal Service, Agricultural Law Team. He is lecturer and teacher of EU taxation at various graduate programs in Italy, France, Portugal and Switzerland. He authored a number of publications in the field of taxation and EU law.


Péter Staviczky
State Aid Attaché, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Brussels, Belgium

Studied law at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Law (1996-2001) and Comparative Law at the International Faculty of the University Robert Schuman Strasbourg (1999-2002). He did a banking-lawyer postgraduate training (2000-2002) and took part in the common European specialist course of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the French École National d’Administration in spring 2002. He has been working at the State Aid Monitoring Office in Budapest since 2001. In 2007, he was appointed as head of the unit. He is a regular speaker at the seminars on State aid. Since January 2011 he is the attaché responsible for State aid at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU in Brussels.


Dimitrios A. Kyriazis
Senior Lecturer and Head of the Law Faculty New College of the Humanities, University of Oxford

Dimitrios Kyriazis is the Head of the Law Faculty at the New College of the Humanities and a Stipendiary Lecturer in Law at Oxford University. He was previously a Teaching Fellow in Competition Law at UCL and has been a guest lecturer at Leiden University and Queen Mary University of London. He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on State aid law and has published extensively on the recent investigations into multinationals’ tax arrangements.


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