Rakesh Nangia

A tax veteran and thought leader, Rakesh Nangia is the Non- Executive Chairman of Nangia Andersen India Pvt. Ltd. One of the top premier tax advisory firm in India. He has defined the future of various Fortune 500 multinationals and Indian business houses, by leading their advisory on a wide range of matters associated to FDI policy, International Tax, Cross-border tax structuring, Tax policy advocacy, Entry Level Strategy, India inbound/outbound, Mergers & Acquisitions, Cyber Security, Risk Advisory. He is known for his expertise in structuring, restructuring and transfer pricing related issues and has been awarded as “Economic Times Most Promising Entrepreneur of year, 2020”. He is recognized by his clients as a trusted business advisor and has also been ranked as the ‘Top Tax Leader’ in India by International Tax Review, UK. 

He has been honoured as Pride of the Profession and bestowed with the esteemed “Professional Icon Award” by the Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand, organized by Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

He has consistently been recognized as the top-tier owner of a tax and regulatory firm for eight consecutive years. In addition, he has held the position of President at The Indo-Canadian Business Chamber and served on the board of directors for trusted companies and other prominent organizations.

Positioned as Chairman at National Council of International taxes, Assocham| Member FICCI’s Council for Taxation, CII’s committee for Taxation, PHD Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Indo-American Chamber for Commerce, Rakesh has been playing a vital role in representing India Inc. as well as foreign companies doing business in India before the tax and regulatory authorities of India.

 

 

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Vikas Gupta

Vikas Gupta is a partner in the firm and heads the audit and assurance practice. He qualified in 1996 and joined the firm as partner in 2008. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from HNB Garhwal University. He possesses rich experience in the field of Auditing and Assurance Services, Corporate Law as well as Income Tax and has successfully served clients across all service, trading and manufacturing industries during the course of his practice. His areas of expertise encompass Statutory and Internal Audit, Risk Advisory, Corporate Governance, Investigations and Special Audits, SOX compliances, Tax Audits, IFRS Services, Entry Level Strategy, Information Technology Audit and Corporate Financial Advisory. Over his professional practice of more than 20 years with Nangia & Co LLP, he has successfully advised clients from all business and economic sects, domestic and foreign, with complex financial accounting issues related to matters such as valuations, pensions and share plans, listing, IFRS conversions and corporate treasury and company secretary functions. In his current role he leads a team of over 50 professionals from diversified backgrounds and skill across the firm’s domestic presence. Vikas also leads from the front, establishing cogent practices of team management, including gender inclusiveness, concepts based on principles of respect for integrity, hard work, dedication, and commitment.

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Neeraj Agarwala

Neeraj Agarwala was a Senior Tax Consultant with erstwhile Arthur Andersen, then a part of the Ernst & Young for 8 years prior to starting his own practice. He qualified in 1996 and founded the propriety concern in 2003. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Mumbai University. He has joined as a partner in the firm in 2013. He has accumulated rich experience in almost all fields of professional services. He has 18 years of vast and in-depth experience in International Tax, Transfer Pricing, Service tax and FEMA. His specialization in income tax is especially in the Oil & Gas Industry practice. He has advised leading multinational and transnational players, on complex issues like mitigating the impact of Income tax at both the Corporate as well as the Expatriate level. Over his professional lifespan he has gained expertise in FEMA and provides advisory to clients on the Entry Level Strategies for setting up office in India, dealing with regulations regarding remittances as well as Inbound/ Outbound investments. He also represents some companies on their Board as director. He has set up an NGO by name “The Cuddles Foundation” whose mission is to impact the lives of children from low income groups suffering from Cancer, by giving them access to best medical equipment, medicines and environment that aid faster recovery.

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Amit Agrawal

Amit Agarwal is a Partner within the Mergers and Acquisitions practice at the firm. With a tenure spanning over one and a half decades, he has gained extensive expertise in advising on intricate transactions involving M&A, financial modelling, corporate structuring, divestitures, promoter shareholder realignment, business transfers and acquisitions. His specialization lies in the realm of tax restructuring, financial modelling, financial restructuring, divestments, spin-offs, and cash repatriation planning, while concurrently optimizing promoter wealth. He also has had the experience assisting clients in advance pricing agreements, Value chain transformation and Supply Chain management including TESCM.

In the transaction advisory domain he has advised clients on various areas including providing guidance to clients on establishing trust structures, managing assets overseas, and implementing succession planning. He possesses a strong expertise in transaction and tax structuring, enabling him to optimize tax outcomes for clients. His advisory prowess spans a wide array of matters including entry strategy acquisitions, business consolidations, re-alignment and exit structures. Furthermore, he specializes in assisting high net worth individuals (HNIs) in achieving tax efficiency, ensuring their financial affairs are managed in a manner that minimizes tax liabilities. Overall, his diverse skill set and comprehensive understanding of these areas make him a valuable resource for clients seeking guidance in complex transactions involving M&A and fundraising

He is also a certified valuer and has advised on multitude complex valuations of equity shares, intellectual property and business. Furthermore, Amit possesses an exceptional acumen in navigating a multitude of transfer pricing issues, deftly handling documentation and three-tier documentation processes.

Amit possesses extensive expertise in advising clients on transfer pricing structuring, transfer pricing valuations (including intangible valuations and has executed various projects involving IP structuring, TESCM (Transactional Net Margin Method), intra-group cost allocations, and the implementation of global transfer pricing policies. He has undertaken various profit attribution analysis, Fin 48 analysis, and developed cost allocation and apportionment models. He possesses a wide range of expertise in resolving Transfer Pricing disputes across multiple appellate forums, including the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Dispute Resolution Panel, and Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals). Furthermore, he has successfully aided multinational corporations in settling conflicts through both the Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP) and Advance Pricing Agreement (APA) Proceedings.

Amit’s versatile professional background includes senior positions held at renowned firms such as BMR Advisors (now KPMG), Deloitte, and Price Waterhouse Coopers. Throughout his career, he has served a broad spectrum of multinational and domestic clients across diverse industries.

Amit’s prowess extends to the world of academia and thought leadership. He has co-authored a book on transfer pricing, published by the esteemed Lexis Nexis, and has authored a book on Mergers & Acquisition, published by Bloomsbury. He has contributed numerous articles delving into the complexities surrounding mergers and acquisitions, valuations and transfer pricing. As a distinguished speaker, Amit actively shares his insights at prestigious tax forums and conferences such as PHDCCI, ASSOCHAM, and IFA. Additionally, his views and articles on M&A, tax structuring, regulatory and transfer pricing matters has been regularly seen in renowned financial dailies like Economic Times and Financial Express, as well as esteemed tax journals including Bloomberg BNA, International Tax Review, and Taxmann.

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