Thursday 24, August 2017 by Jessica Combes

VAT panel for UAE female business owners

If you are a female business woman in the UAE and are unsure how to prepare for the incoming VAT join the Female Fusion VAT forum in partnership with us here at CPI Financial.

To present the new VAT law and explain its various segments and what it means for small business owners and how they need to prepare for it, the forum for UAE business women will feature:

- Introduction to the VAT Law by Lisa Martin, Founder, The Counting House FZE and what it means for your accounts and systems

- Interpretation of the law with a panel moderated by Jessica Combes, Editor for FinanceME

Panellists and speakers:

Lisa Martin, Founder, The Counting House
Lisa Martin is the founder of The Counting House FZE, a small, approachable firm supporting SMEs with systems implementation and bookkeeping in the run up to the introduction of VAT in the GCC.
She’s a PWC-trained Chartered Accountant with six years in practice and a further 25 years commercial finance experience. Before moving to Dubai in 2009 Lisa held senior finance roles with Visa Inc, Amazon and Electronica Arts, which gave her extensive VAT exposure.
She prides herself on being an accountant with a personality.

Simran Samtani, Co-Founder & Senior Partner with Xcel Accounting
Simran is extremely passionate about “xcelerating entrepreneurship” and has spoken at DMCC, TiE, Dine, Asentiv Community on cash flow, VAT and how to build to sell, and regularly conducts modules on ‘Accounting for Non Accounting' for her clients.

Bianca Gracias, General Counsel, Suits Advisors
Bianca is a seasoned legal expert based for 14 years in Dubai specialising in corporate/commercial and real estate matters. She is particularly recognised by clients for her common sense approach and her thorough knowledge of issues surrounding start-ups, investment risks, business operations, corporate structuring, acquisitions, dispute resolution strategies, joint venture transactions and general legal risk assessment. 

Shannon Rogers, Associate, Bird & Bird
Shannon is recognised for her dedication to excellent client service through punctually provided, practical commercial legal advice.
Shannon is an associate in our commercial practice in the UAE.
She advises clients on general commercial matters, and has acted for various national and internationals franchisors in respect of all aspects of their franchise businesses, including preparation of franchise documentation, advising on compliance with relevant regulations, and advising in relation to franchisee breach and termination.

Jessica Combes, Editor, FinanceME
Jessica Combes is the Editor of CPI Financial’s SME business magazine, FinanceME. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes University in South Africa and before moving to DUbai in 2015 worked journalist in Johannesburg. Prior to that Jessica spent six years living and working in Japan, Indonesia and Australia. 

If you would like to join this session, please register here and include a question you would like answered.

The event will take place at In5 Dubai.


Please not, the Federal Tax Authority website is now live!

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