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State Aid, Tax and the Notion of Selective Advantage

Date: 26th March 2015

Time: 14:00 - 18:00

Venue: University Foundation, Egmontstraat 11 rue d’Egmont, BRUSSELS, 1000

Event Details

Time: 14:00-18:00, followed by a drinks reception from 18:00. Registration at 13:30.

Venue: University Foundation, Egmontstraat 11, rue d'Egmont - 1000 Brussels, Belgium

This event will be looking at the EU state aid rules of certain tax practices in Member States in the context of aggressive tax planning by certain multinationals. It will consider the question of when a tax provision derogating from a wider tax rule confers a selective advantage on those undertakings benefitting from it. The OECD arm's length principle will be discussed and transfer pricing including national tax authority's discretion and margin of interpretation.


  • Humbert Drabbe, Fipra, former DG Competition Director of State Aid
  • David Evans, Executive Director, International Tax, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • Professor Leigh Hancher, University of Tilburg
  • Jonathan Schwarz, Temple Tax Chambers
  • Karl Soukup, European Commission, DG Competition Director of State Aid
  • Dr Rita Szudoczky, Vienna University of Economics and Business


  • Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, British Institute of International and Comparative Law
  • Kristina Nordlander, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Event convened by Dr Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Senior Research Fellow in Competition Law and Director, Competition Law Forum, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL).

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This event is accredited with 4 CPD hours.

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This event is free to attend, however advance registration is required.


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