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Northwestern Law Hosts International Tax Reform Symposium

Experts examine international tax system in light of economic crisis

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April 6, 2010 | by Hilary Hurd Anyaso
CHICAGO --- Criticisms abound about the international tax system being overly complicated, disadvantageous to American businesses and subject to abuse.

Experts from both the private and public sectors with real-world experience about tax issues will come together at a symposium hosted by Northwestern University School of Law's highly ranked Tax Program and the Journal of International Law and Business to examine the international tax system and reforms that have been proposed in light of the economic crisis.

"International Tax Reform in a Reset Economy" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 9, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Chicago, 160 E. Pearson, 12th floor ballroom.

Government officials, business representatives, tax practitioners and academics will participate in the daylong symposium. Participants include Pamela Olson, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, former assistant secretary for tax policy; William Sample, corporate vice president of worldwide taxes, Microsoft Corp.; Stephen Shay, deputy assistant secretary for international tax affairs; and Eric Solomon, Ernst & Young, former assistant secretary for tax policy. They are among approximately 20 panelists and speakers.

Panels will address: "What is Broken with the Current System?" "Incremental Versus Fundamental Reform," "The Potential Contours of International Tax Reform" and "The Political Reality of Reform." A luncheon speaker will complete the symposium sponsored by Ernst & Young; Mayer Brown LLP; McDermott Will & Emery; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP; and the Martin S. Appel Endowment Fund.

Visit www.law.northwestern.edu/tax/taxsymposium.html for the full agenda, registration information and a complete list of panelists and speakers.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit is available.