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Director, Senior Tax Counsel

Singapore, Singapore | Visa

  • Industry:
    Financial Services
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    Financial Services Professional
    General Management
    Consulting - Accounting
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Job Description and Responsibilities


Group Overview


Visa’s Global Tax department comprises a diverse group of over 40 professionals located throughout Visa’s global offices spanning; Foster City, California, London, Miami, Dubai and Singapore.The Global Tax department manages both direct and indirect tax strategy, planning, reform, transfer pricing, controversy and compliance as a US multinational organization. 


Position Summary


Visa is seeking a Director, Senior Tax Counsel to join its Asia Pacific (AP) Tax team in Singapore.This newly-created position will be a key tax legal adviser to the business in relation to contract review, deal structuring, and tax litigation matters to manage the effective tax rate and cash taxes for the AP region.


The role will report to the Vice President, Head of Tax – AP and partner closely with various Global Tax, Finance, Treasury, Legal, HR and Business teams. 


Responsibilities


Engage directly with business partners, cross functional teams as well as external advisers to provide excellent real time tax analysis and deal structuring advice during negotiation of major client and vendor contracts

Provide tax legal support for key projects and initiatives, including but not limited to business restructuring, M&A integration

Provide legal counsel on the application of complex tax laws and rulings to resolve questions from the business and senior management

Draft, review, and negotiate a broad range of commercial agreements from a tax risk management perspective, such as client incentive agreements, advertising and promotion agreements, sponsorship agreements, technology agreements, consultancy and contractor agreements, and confidentiality agreements

Ability to create standard tax templates and clauses to expedite agreement drafting and improve time to market.This also includes development of template/standard documents or adapting existing documents to local requirements.

Take responsibility for developing, implementing and updating tax documentation as required

Participate as the "tax legal department" representative on various projects teams, steering committees and panels as and when the need arises

Lead tax audit controversy matters for selected entities; partner with the cluster/country tax team leads to review tax litigation strategy for the region

Assist in managing tax-related disputes with commercial parties where necessary

Determine when external legal advice is required and instruct and manage external tax counsel to procure advice on various specialist tax legal matters in an efficient and cost-effective way.Translate external tax legal advice into practical business solutions for the applicable country or functional business units

Perform legal research and analysis on tax regulatory developments across the region

Proactively monitor and analyze newly enacted tax legislations in selected geographies and advise management on tax changes that will impact the business

Follow tax digitalization trends and tax policy changes.

Provide tax training to Finance or the business, where appropriate


Qualifications


The Ideal Candidate…


Has excellent tax legal analytical skills with the ability to untangle and analyze complex tax issues and to integrate legal advice and business knowledge, while providing balanced, strategic advice regarding risks and benefits

Has strong business acumen and creative problem-solving skills

Able to connect multi-dimensional data and collaborate with others to carry out appropriate analysis and drive decision making in line with business objectives/insights, financial plans and tax regulations

Communicates well (written and verbal); able to develop and present value propositions to stakeholders of various levels and abilities from a tax perspective

A good PMO lead who is able to drive, execute and monitor the implementation of multiple projects, and addresses obstacles effectively

Able to prioritize multiple responsibilities and activities and pivot quickly when necessary

Willing to engage in a broad range of activities necessary to support the tax planning function

Able to maintain effectiveness in an environment with uncertainties

Operates at an expert tax adviser level and can learn and navigate technical/new concepts independently

Go-getter; proactive and a team player

Enjoys collaborating with others; constantly seeking to identify win/win solutions and align goals with Visa’s strategic objectives 


Requirements


At least ten years of experience gained in private practice and/or in-house with multinationals, with significant legal experience

LLB Law degree required

Bar qualification in an AP or Commonwealth jurisdiction required 

Direct/International tax expertise in multiple AP countries required; Indirect tax expertise preferred

Experience in dealing with tax counsel, tax authorities and government agencies directly


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