Lakshmi Sankar

Lakshmi Sankar is a Chartered Accountant with around 11 years experience in assisting clients navigate Indian tax & regulatory challenges. He has worked with Indian promoters & MNEs from Middle East & western world, build their business in India and is currently focusing on dealing with the Government at the Centre State level, on emerging fiscal policies with specific context to financial sector reforms. He is currently working in the capacity of Associate Director- Financial Sector with the firm.

He has been involved in establishing financial undertakings in India for large foreign banks, foreign venture capital investors and helping promoters/ Indian conglomerates to set up financial service business, navigate acquisition opportunities, create structure that unlock and preserve value creation.

He has extensively worked on engagements/ projects cutting across the financial services spectrum of FinTech, family offices, estate planning, banks, NBFC, peer to peer lending platforms and insurance players. He has successfully helped start-ups and their promoters by exploring the expansion opportunities in India & globally and holds significant experience in advising clients in the areas of transaction advisory, fund structuring, inbound investment advisory, corporate & international tax.

Lakshmi Sankar has worked on tax dispute resolution certainty initiatives including focused discussions with CIT & need based advocacy with the CBDT, Ministry of Finance. He has assisted clients in obtaining complex regulatory approvals with the key arms of the Govt including RBI, DIPP, SEZ.

Sophia Hegnauer

Sophia Hegnauer is currently working as a Manager- German Desk with Nangia Advisors. She is an experienced German Language Consultant with multiple skill sets including Marketing & Sales activities, Business Development, Lead Generation, Sales Management, Business-to-Business (B2B) & Business to Customer (B2C) domains as well as expertise in English/German Translations. A fairly decent track record in demonstrating sales related tasks pertaining to international markets such as Germany, Switzerland, Austria, UK, USA, UAE & Saudi Arabia as well as domestic Indian markets. A varied experience across sectors such as IT – Software & Contract Management, ERP, FMCG, Exports Sales and ITES.

Sudin Sabnis

Mr. Sudin Sabnis has more than 12 years of experience in strategizing and advising tax efficient end-to-end business models for large turnkey Construction and Infrastructure Projects and long-term maintenance contracts across in-house Energy, Infrastructure and Healthcare sectors, tax optimization in IT / ITES and manufacturing sectors. Excellence in analyzing tax planning and tax saving strategies in cross border projects; minimized overall tax burden of large project and infrastructure business in APAC region. He possess International (Germany) as well as domestic work experience spread across Big 4 Consulting firms and Industry. He is currently working in the capacity of Director- Direct Taxation with the firm.

He is Co-Author of The book “International Group Financing and Taxes‟, Chapter 12:” and “International Taxation Compendium”, Chapter “Beneficial Ownership – An International Perspective” published by CCH, India. He also Composed a book on Section 14A under Indian Income Tax Law, published by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Honored with multiple opportunities for being a Speaker at various forums on various topics under Domestic and International Tax Law, conducted by ICAI. He is also leading a team of Governance professionals in providing final tax approval of Permanent Establishment (PE).

Sandeep Jhunjhunwala

Sandeep Jhunjhunwala is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, a Company Secretary and also holds Bachelor’s degrees in Law and Commerce. He currently leads the Corporate and M&A tax practise of the Firm in Bengaluru, Karnataka. He has more than 12 years of consulting experience in diverse fields of tax and regulatory aspects and specialises in advising clients in efficient business structuring, requiring global compliance of varied tax and regulatory requirements across several geographies. He has worked on a number of international leading multi-national companies across multiple sectors viz IT, communication, real estate, pharma, e-commerce, automotive to name a few. His signature work has been in delivering significant value in the most cost-effective manner remaining above board on all aspects of the law of the land. He has also been extensively involved in tax and regulatory compliance and litigation support.

Sandeep has been an eminent speaker/ panellist on tax and regulatory matters at various forums such as NASSCOM, ASSOCHAM, CII, BCIC, NAREDCO, CREDAI, industrial/ trade bodies such as TiE, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), various Government recognised start-up incubators, Bengaluru chapters of the ICAI, ICSI & ICMAI and leading business schools & Engineering/ Commerce colleges in Bengaluru. He is a regular columnist and has written several articles on tax and regulatory matters in business dailies and magazines.

Sandeep is an honorary member of the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) and Builders and Real Estate Developers Association of India (BREDAI). He is a mentor for the Start-up India programme of the Government of India and also serves as a member in Taxation and Representation committees of Karnataka State Chartered Accountants Association (KSCAA) and Direct & Indirect Taxes Committee of ASSOCHAM Karnataka council. He has recently authored a book on Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, titled “Decoding RERA”.

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