Double Tax Treaties Forum
Double Tax Treaties Forum
University of Economics, Prague

Key Speakers


H. S. H. Maria-Pia Kothbauer

Special guest

Her Serene Highness Maria-Pia Kothbauer, Princess of Liechtenstein, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Principality of Liechtenstein to Austria and the Czech Republic




Ing. Mgr. RADIM BLÁHA Since 2005, Radim Bláha has been working as a Director of Direct Taxes Department at the General Financial Directorate in Prague. He has experiences in the management of the direct taxation policy and coordination of the direct taxation internationally including double taxation. Radim Bláha is a member of EU and OECD tax bodies. In the past, Radim Bláha worked as a Head of International Tax Cooperation Division at Ministry of Finance, creating transfer-pricing strategy, international mutual assistance system and was engaged in the EU tax harmonization. Before that, Radim Bláha worked as a Personal Income Tax Expert and Tax Auditor at the tax office in Ostrava
Dr. Kasper Dziurdź Kasper Dziurdź has studied “Business and Law” at WU, started to work at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law as a Research and Teaching Associate in 2006 and received his post-doctoral lecturing qualification in 2012 with finishing his Ph.D. thesis on “Short-Term Assignments of Employees in International Tax Law” (awarded with the European Academic Tax Thesis Award 2013). He has been doing research and published in the area of European and international tax law as well as on VAT law and Austrian national tax law. Dr. Dziurdź is currently working on his habilitation thesis on “Non-Discrimination in International Tax Law in the Light of European, WTO and Human Rights Law” and receives an APART fellowship 2014–2016 of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Ing. Mgr. Pavel Fekar, LL.M.
Pavel Fekar practices in the area of tax law and is a member of the International Fiscal Association. In 2003, Mr. Fekar served as a member of the Working Party established by the Czech Ministry of Finance and the Czech Chamber of Tax Advisors to harmonize local income law with the EC law. He was later appointed by the Czech Minister of Finance to the Expert Committee for the Reform of the Direct Tax System in the Czech Republic. Mr. Fekar chairs the subgroup responsible for corporate-shareholder taxation, consolidation regimes, holding taxation regimes, taxation of collective investment vehicles and international tax aspects. Mr. Fekar has more than 13 years experience advising on tax issues, focusing on corporate income tax, international tax planning and transactional tax advice, particularly in relation to mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring.
Dr. Christoph Marchgraber Christoph Marchgraber has studied “Business and Law” at WU, joined the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law at WU as a Research and Teaching Associate in 2009 and finished his doctoral studies in 2013 with finishing his Ph.D. thesis. He was also a visiting academic at the Department of Business Law and Taxation of the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia in 2011. The research, publishing and lecturing activities of Christoph Marchgraber mainly focus on international and European business taxation as well as on Austrian corporate and accounting tax law. Currently, he is working on his habilitation thesis on “Double Non-Taxation and EU Law”.
Doc. Ing. LADISLAV MEJZLÍK, CSc. In 2014, Ladislav Mejzlík was elected as dean of the Faculty of Finance and Accounting, the University of Economics, Prague. He has worked at the department of Financial Accounting and Auditing as a lecturer, a deputy head and, finally, as a head of the department in the years 2006 to 2014. He has been a registered auditor since 1993 and was twice elected as a first vice-president of the Chamber of Auditors. Since 2004, he has been representing the Faculty of Finance and Accounting in the National Accounting Council. In 2004-2010 Ladislav Mejzlík represented the Czech Republic in the European Accounting Association. Professionally he specializes in the use of information and communication technologies in accounting and auditing and also in international regulation and harmonization of accounting. In these areas, he is also known for lecturing and publishing. Ladislav Mejzlík is a member of the advisory committee of the Ministry of Finance for accounting, a member of the editorial boards of scientific journals and a member of scientific councils of the University of Economics, Prague, and, Faculty of Finance and Accounting of this university.
Ing. Petra Pospíšilová Petra Pospíšilová worked for 10 years as a tax advisor in a major Czech legal office providing council to various clients (production companies, service providers, trading companies, non-profit organizations) mainly in the field of the corporate tax and value added tax issues. Later on she specialized in the field of value added tax. In the period of 2005 – 2007 she worked as a director of the Indirect Taxes department of the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic, working on the legislation in the field of VAT, excise duties and energy taxation. Currently she works as the country tax manager for the ČSOB group, a major financial group, in the Czech Republic. She is a vice-president of the Chamber of the Tax Advisors of the Czech Republic and a member of the International Fiscal Association. She acts as a head of the Tax Committee of the Czech Banking Association, chairs the Fiscal Committee in the European Banking Federation and Indirect Tax Subcommittee of the Confédération Fiscale Européenne.
Dr. Irene Salvi
Irene Salvi holds a doctorate degree from the University of Zürich, where she graduated in law with a thesis on the double taxation treaty between Germany and Switzerland. She began her professional career as a tax consultant with a Big 4 in Zurich, where she made partner after working two years for the firm in New York as the Tax Desk for Switzerland. For over 10 years, Irene Salvi was head of tax of a global reinsurance group based in Zurich. She then moved back into advisory to build up the Swiss Financial Services Tax practice of a major consulting firm. In September 2010, she joined the Fiscal Authority of Liechtenstein, where she heads up the International Division. Irene Salvi is member of the board of the Liechtenstein branch of the International Fiscal Association IFA.
 Irene Salvi
Dr. Bernard Schneider

Bernard Schneider is Lecturer in International Tax Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London School of Law.  He teaches International Tax Law, US International Taxation, UK Taxation and Chinese Business Law.  He wrote his PhD thesis on the development of the Chinese income tax system.  His research interests lie primarily in the areas of international and comparative taxation; taxation as public law; and Chinese taxation and the Chinese legal system.  After graduating from the New York University School of Law, he practised as a tax lawyer before studying at Columbia University and Queen Mary University of London. He studied Chinese in Taiwan and Mainland China; he is fully proficient in Mandarin and can read and write traditional and simplified characters.

 Bernard Schneider LIF
JUDr. PhDr. KAREL ŠIMKA, LL.M., Ph.D. Karel Šimka has been a member of the extended chamber of Supreme Administrative Court for several years now. He is also a member of the panel of judges and the so-called representative special panel under the Act no. 131/2002 Coll. In the past he has worked as a civilian and execution judge. Since 1998, he has been external teacher at the Faculty of Law at University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. At this university, he is engaged in various academic positions (now a member of the Scientific Board). Karel Šimka also teaches constitutional law and selected questions of tax law on CEVRO Institute, leads lectures for professionals and publishes mainly in the fields of taxation, administrative law, administrative proceedings, privacy and public rights and others. He completed several internships and fellowships for foreign academic and judicial institutions. He has worked or works as a member of various expert groups at the Ministry of Justice and Finance. Karel Šimka is a member of the editorial board of the Bulletin of the Chamber of Tax Advisors and examiner for the Department of Justice executor tests.
Mgr. Jiří Teichmann Since 2011, Jiří Teichmann has been a Senior Tax Manager at Deloitte, specializing on transfer pricing and international taxation. Jiří’s focus is on technical aspects of transfer pricing and negotiations with tax authorities in this area, implementation of recent trends in international taxation and transfer pricing into practice of the Czech Republic. From 2003 to 2010, Jiří worked as a Senior Manager at EY Prague, where he had responsibility for complex projects in the area of both domestic and international corporate taxation, development of transfer pricing team on the background of on-going changes in the Czech tax environment, preparation of advance pricing agreements and initiation mutual agreement procedure, and others. Jiří is a certified tax advisor active in the working group of the Chamber of Tax Advisors for international taxation and has been teaching various courses in the area of transfer pricing for tax authorities and tax professionals.
Ing. Jana Tepperová, Ph.D.
As an assistant professor at the Department of Public Finance of the University of Economics, Prague, Jana guaranties and teaches courses mostly focused on international taxation and coordination of social security. Within her research activities, she is interested in different aspects of taxation and social security, including the impact on international migration. She is a member of Editorial Boards of European Financial and Accounting Journal and Bulletin of Chamber of Tax Advisors of the CR. Jana has been a registered tax advisor since 2004 and gained practical expertise while working for consulting companies. In 2006 to 2012 she was a member of the expert group of the Chamber of Tax Advisors as a head of the working group for social security and health insurance issues. In 2012 and 2013 she worked at Ministry of Finance of the CR as an expert on compulsory insurance. She guaranties the tax part of professional exam for auditors since 2009 and lately cooperates also on preparation of tests for qualification exam for tax advisors.
SIMON TRIBELHORN Simon Tribelhorn is CEO of the Liechtenstein Bankers Association (LBA). He spent many years in the banking industry, most recently four years as a legal counsel in the Legal & Compliance department at the Swiss Union of Raiffeisen Banks. Since February 2006, he’s been working for the LBA, first as a lawyer and later as a Deputy Managing Director. As of January 1, 2010 he was appointed CEO of the LBA. Simon’s main objectives are the long-term preservation of the stability of the Liechtenstein financial sector, and the continuous enhancement of the capacity for innovation. His interests include the development of a sustainable financial system as well as impact investing. He participated and was significantly involved in the founding and development of the LIFE Climate Foundation Liechtenstein. Since the establishment of the LIFE Climate Foundation in 2009, he serves as its director in addition to his regular job as CEO of the Bankers Association.
JUDr. Jan Tůma Jan Tůma has been working in the tax department of the Ministry of Finance since 2011. Jan Tůma worked from 1973 to 2001 at the Ministry of Finance, initially in the Department of Finance of metallurgy and engineering, then in the years 1981-2001 in the tax department, as a head of the department of international tax relations. He also held a position of the head of Czech delegation for the negotiations on double tax treaties. He was a representative of the Ministry of Finance in the negotiations of tax expert working groups OECD. Jan Tůma is a founding member of the Czech branch of International Fiscal Association. From 2001 to 2011, he worked for consulting firm BDO Tax. Jan Tůma also publishes in professional journals.
prof. Ing. Alena Vančurová, Ph.D. Alena Vančurová is a professor at the University of Economics, Prague. She focuses on taxation (especially on personal income tax), tax policy and tax administration. Since 2003, she has been the head of the Department of Public Finance, as well as guarantor of Bachelor and Master degree “Taxation and Tax Policy” at Faculty of Finance and Accounting, University of Economics, Prague. Alena Vančurová teaches in different kinds of courses oriented on taxation and social security, income taxation and direct taxes. She is also an author and co-author of number of books. One of her books, Tax System of the Czech Republic, has been published in 13th edition. Other titles include Tax Administration for Economists (2011), Taxation of Personal Income (2013). For many years, she has been a member of advisory and expert groups at the Ministry of Finance and currently leads an Expert Group for Income Tax. Alena Vančurová has been a registered tax advisor since 1995.
Ing. ALEŠ ZÍDEK Aleš Zídek, head of White & Case Prague tax team, specializes in mergers & acquisitions and reorganizations, with a special focus on the energy industry, private equity, international tax, as well as general Czech corporate and personal tax consultancy. As a member of the panel of tax advisors to the EU Joint Transfer Pricing Forum, Aleš Zídek has been involved in several projects that mapped the status of various aspects of transfer pricing legislation in the EU member states. Aleš Zídek is a Board member of the Czech Venture Capital Association (CVCA) and a head of its Legal & Tax Committee. He is also actively involved in the Tax Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce. Aleš Zídek has been ranked as a leading tax expert in the following benchmarking publications: Chambers Europe, Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer? and Tax Directors Handbook and European Legal Experts.
Ing. VÁCLAV ZÍKA Václav Zíka has been working in the area of international double taxation treaties from August, 1994 when he started working for the Division of International Tax Relations of the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic. Nowadays, he is Deputy Director General of the Income Taxes Department and also the Head of the Division of International Tax Relations within the Ministry (from September 2001).  Václav Zíka is the Czech representative within the Committee of Fiscal Affairs of the OECD (Working Party No. 1 on Tax Conventions and Related Issues and Forum on Harmful Tax Practices). He regularly contributes to different tax publications and gives lectures on issues connected with international taxation.