PwC’s NPO Breakfast Spring 2017 – breaking barriers in delivery

Breaking barriers in delivery

Switzerland, and more specifically Geneva, is an important global hub for international Not-for-Profit organisations. These play a vital role in key humanitarian activities worldwide. In spite of the importance of this work, which benefits a growing stakeholder community, these organisations can find themselves confronted with a number of formal issues in an increasingly complex environment.

Artificial intelligence and equal pay are two topics rising in importance in the business world. How do they benefit your organisation? How do they impact your organisation’s activities?

We would like to address these matters and share key questions asked by NPO managers around artificial intelligence and equal-salary at our upcoming
NPO Breakfast on Tuesday, 20 June.

The breakfast will provide a great opportunity to meet with PwC experts and peers encountering similar issues. If you would like to attend please register, as the number of participants will be limited.

We look forward to meeting you over breakfast!


8.30 am Welcome coffee & breakfast

9.00 am Introduction
Gill Sivyer, Partner, Global Leader International Development, PwC

9.10 am Artificial Intelligence
Christian Westermann, Partner, Leader Data & Analytics, PwC Digital Services
Manuel Capel, Senior Manager, Data & Analytics, PwC Digital Services
The Speakers will introduce the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) and the reasons why it is gaining importance in the business world. Interconnected digital systems generate valuable information from new sources such as the internet, sensors or images captured by drones. By applying artificial intelligence to this data, it can be used to drive revenues and reduce costs by identifying new market opportunities, increasing process automation and detecting anomalies.

9.30 am Equal-Salary Certification
Sue Johnson, Senior Manager, Inclusion & Diversity, PwC
Attracting the best talent continues to be a top of mind challenge for leaders in all sectors. Fostering an inclusive workplace is key to enabling an innovative work culture and high performing teams with a customer centric ethos. The speaker will outline the impact of how EQUAL-SALARY certification can support your organisations journey to a diverse and inclusive workplace.

9.50 am Questions & discussion

10.20 am End

Event details

Date and time
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
From 8.30 am to 10.20 am, including breakfast

PwC Geneva
Avenue Giuseppe-Motta 50
1202 Geneva

Participation fee
The event is free of charge.
The number of participants is limited. Participants will be accepted in the order registrations are received.

Please register by clicking on the below link. Your registration will be confirmed.
Register here

Olga Alfaro
Event Coordinator

Event series − VAT in ERP systems: how does it challenge IT, the Tax Administration and tax experts?

Register Online to our upcoming series of events on VAT in ERP systems: how does it challenge IT, the Tax Administration and tax experts?

ERP systems are often not equipped to handle the complex requirements of VAT correctly, flexibly and efficiently without extra work or manual intervention.

The legal requirements are constantly changing, and on the basis of the OECD guidelines many countries are exchanging data or demanding evermore detailed information from taxpayers. Organisations are well on the way to transparency.

At these events we’ll be discussing the views of our clients, looking at the different needs of the IT and tax functions, and finally sharing some insights from the Tax Administration.

The aim of the events is to talk about experiences and needs, learn from each other, and build ‘best practice’ together. If required this dialogue can be continued afterwards within our “ITX ERP Support Community”. In the beginning, the questions and the coordination of the same language in the cooperation of the tax and IT department are at the company’s disposal. Our discussions will revolve around the issues that organisations face and creating a common language enabling the tax and IT functions to work together.

Have we piqued your interest? We look forward to welcoming you to one of our discussions.

The dates are planned as follows:


  • Wednesday, 31 May 2017, 4.30 pm registration / welcome drink
  • 5.00 pm start, 6.00 pm end, followed by an apéro and individual discussions and questions
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Birchstrasse 160, 8050 Zurich


  • Tuesday, 6 June 2017, 4.30 pm registration / welcome drink
  • 5.00 pm start, 6.00 pm end, followed by an apéro and individual discussions and questions
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Bahnhofplatz 10, 3001 Berne


  • Thursday, 15 June 2017, 4.30 pm registration / welcome drink
  • 5.00 pm start, 6.00 pm end, followed by an apéro and individual discussions and questions
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, Avenue Giuseppe-Motta 50, 1211 Geneva
  • This event takes place in English. To discuss your questions, local PwC colleagues will be at your disposal


  • Thursday, 22 June 2017, 4.30 pm registration / welcome drink
  • 5.00 pm start, 6.00 pm end, followed by an apéro and individual discussions and questions
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers AG, St.Jakobs-Strasse 25, 4002 Basel

The detailed programme has been published on our website We are looking forward to your registration.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with your usual PwC contact person or one of the experts below

Your contacts

Ilona Paakkala
ITX Technology Leader
Tel. +41 58 792 42 58

Sandra Wirz
Senior Manager
ITX ERP Support Responsible
Tel. +41 58 792 25 32

PwC invites you to the Tax Technology Fair 2017

Over the last 20 years digital transformation has changed the world almost beyond recognition. The Internet has connected people around the globe, mobile phones have opened up a new dimension of communication, and accounting systems have driven efficiency and enabled new business models.

The world of tax is changing just as rapidly. But despite the transformation brought about by developments such as BEPS, many corporate tax divisions, in Europe at least, are still structured the same as they were ten years ago. And they still heavily rely on Excel – for analytics, calculations and reporting – even though ever shorter deadlines and increasing data volumes are pushing old-fashioned spreadsheets to their limits.

This is where modern tax technology comes in:

  • It can reduce risks associated with spreadsheets
  • It can free up resources from administrative tasks (data collection) for analytics
  • It can reduce future costs.

While most tax professionals acknowledge these benefits, many still do not completely grasp the true power and relevance of the developments behind buzzwords, such as software robotics, blockchain and machine learning.

The sixth Tax Technology Fair is designed to give you an overview of the leading solutions available to support people working in tax. It will also provide insight into the relevance to your tax division of hot topics, such as artificial intelligence and data analytics.

You will get to hear market-leading PwC professionals and IT vendor representatives with live presentations on their technologies and applications. You will also be able to compare solutions and discuss your questions and issues directly with providers in one-to-one sessions.

PwC’s Tax Technology Fair is a great opportunity to discover how the latest solutions can benefit your organisation and to share experiences with people facing the same issues as you.

Date & Time:
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
9.45 am to 4.10 pm

Find here more information about our programme. Please note that as technology is evolving so quickly, details of the break-out sessions will not be published until closer to the event.

Swissôtel Zurich, Schulstrasse 44, 8040 Zurich

Participation fee:
CHF 380 (including VAT) per participant (full day)

Register now:
Online registration

The Philippines – the gateway to South East Asia


The Philippines is among the world’s most promising emerging economies– and it is the top provider of shared services centres, call centres and process outsourcing facilities! The new free trade agreement between EFTA and the Philippines will take effect in 2017. And the country’s new leader regularly makes the global headlines.

Will the new government impact a 15-year-old success story that has catapulted the Philippines to becoming a global player in the digital economy? Will new policies and areas of economic focus like the ‘farm to table’ industries help support investment and boost exports of Swiss technologies such as machinery and equipment? Join our tailor made business mission to find the answers to the questions that are relevant to your company.

Experts on Switzerland and the Philippines at PwC will put you in contact with local economic experts, business players, relevant institutions, government officials and decision-makers. Visits to the Swiss embassy in Manila, branches of international companies already established in the Philippines and B2B with business allied with the Philippine-Swiss Business Council will enable you to gain valuable experience and insights into good practice from local entrepreneurs, identify concrete business opportunities, and familiarise yourself with the relevant regulatory frameworks and how to kick-off successful market entry. You’ll also be able to get an idea of what services you can expect from government agencies and PwC.

Form your own impression of the Philippines as a promising gateway from Europe to Southeast Asia and back − and register now!


Dates: Sunday, 12 March 2017 to Wednesday 15 March 2017
Invitation: Please find here the invitation.
Programme: Here you can find further information about the trip.
Travel and accommodation: Please find here some travel and hotel options.

Secure your participation for PwC’s Stay Smart – Financial Reporting Autumn 2016

sliderA_Stay_Smart_EN_980x400_redWe are proud to announce the next Stay Smart event:
“Financial Reporting Autumn 2016”.

Our seminar on IFRS and other important accounting and reporting issues is the ideal way to continue your professional education! As usual, you are invited to discuss the topics with specialists from PwC’s technical department before, during or after the Event.

  • IASB update
    Overview of recent developments and current work plan of the IASB

  • Corporate Tax Reform III
    Background and overview of CTR III measures

    Substantive enactment and related tax accounting Impacts

  • Debt, equity or share-based payment?
    Recap key concepts on debt vs equity
    Identifying hidden share-based payments

  • Statutory and regulatory update
    New accounting law, frequently asked questions

Interested? Sign up today for your preferred date.


Geneva 09.11.2016 (morning and afternoon)
Basel 10.11.2016 (morning)
Bern 18.11.2016 (morning)
Lugano 22.11.2016 (morning)
Lucerne 23.11.2016 (morning)
Zurich 29.11.2016 (morning and afternoon)

Keep yourself up to Speed and register now here! We look forward to welcoming you.

The Gamechangers

 Regulation – from strategy to execution

Strategy, tax transparency, regulation and pressing deadlines – it is time to take stock. How far have we come? Importantly, what have we learned in the implementation of EU financial services regulations in Switzerland over the last two years?

This Gamechangers seminar will address regulations such as MiFID II, MAD/MAR and PRIIPs, and tax transparency topics such as CRS from a practical perspective. How were/are they dealt with? What are the lessons learned? What can we expect in the medium term?

Register here

Please find the full programme here.

Date: Wednesday, 21.09.2016

Time: 13.00 to 17.00h, followed by an apéro riche

Location: Widder Hotel Zurich

PwC Webinar: Final decision of Corporate Tax Reform III

Swiss companies and businesses will be significantly impacted by the new tax rules. At the PwC webinar we provide an update on the final CTR III package and answer questions such as:

  • What are the impacts for Swiss companies?
  • Which changes did the Parliament introduce?
  • What elements survived and what surprises does it hold?
  • And what are the next steps that lie ahead?

These and other questions are addressed during our webinar.

To access the webinar (via PC or Mobile device) – click on the following link to open the recording of the webcast:

Online recording

The presentation can be downloaded here:



Speakers of this webcast

Armin Marti, Partner
Leader Corporate Tax and Member of the Working Group CTRIII
+41 58 792 43 43

Claude-Alain Barke, Partner
Tax & Legal
+41 58 792 83 17

Benjamin Koch, Partner
Leader Transfer Pricing and Value Chain Transformation
+41 58 792 43 34


We look forward to welcoming you online.

Europe’s tax world in turbulent times

Come and discuss the impact of BEPS-inspired measures in the DACH Region


Date: Wednesday 8 June 2016

Time: 13:30 to 18:30, followed by an apéro riche

Venue: Hotel Marriott Zürich


Online registration


As if times weren’t tough enough just doing business, companies are now faced with a reshuffled deck in terms of tax treatment. In this respect, we invite you to attend our next International Tax Services (ITS) workshop on 8 June 2016 – we’ll take an in-depth look at the latest developments on the European fiscal front, focusing in particular on their impact on the tax legislation in the DACH region.

After setting the scene with an update on Europe’s efforts to generate tax revenue, we’ll delve into the key influences BEPS is likely to have on your company in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to directly discuss your personal questions in separate country workshop sessions.

The PwC International Tax Services Event is an ideal venue for coming to grips with those tax developments. So take this opportunity to rise to the challenge, meet our international tax experts and expand your network.


Full programme available here.


Data Classification & DLP

SIG – “must attend” event for all security professionals!

Meet with and be inspired by professionals who face a similar set of challenges as you are. Share strategies for mitigating the most current information security threats. A friendly, relaxed and professional atmosphere will ensure that you leave this event with a new wealth of trust-based contacts and tangible takeaways.

Join us on the 3rd of May 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Basel for the “Data Classification & DLP” event and earn 2 CPE (Continuous Professional Education).


Please find the full programme and additional information on the participating presentators here.


If you have a XING account don’t wait and register here. If you don’t have or don’t like to have a XING account, just send us an email to

Event – Taxmarc: your cure for the SAP VAT headache

Handling VAT isn’t getting any easier. As if it wasn’t hard enough to ensure the compliant tax classification of transactions, you also have to enter them in SAP. Given that SAP’s tax determination logic was developed 30 years ago at a time when the legislation governing cross-border transactions was far less complex and the reporting requirements a lot less comprehensive, it is no wonder this is a headache for many of our clients.

At our half-day seminar on 21 April we want to show you PwC’s cure for the SAP VAT headache. Our new technology solution, the Taxmarc add-on for SAP, enables you to deal with the problems efficiently in a language users understand.

We will be showing you how you can use Taxmarc to automate your VAT determination and processes and overcome the potential limitations of your SAP system. Among other things you will learn

  • How to automate (complex) incoming and outgoing VAT transactions in your SAP system
  • How to establish an integrated control framework to check whether the VAT treatment of each individual transaction is correct and consistent
  • How to establish and change the tax codes (including extension of tax codes to three characters) flexibly
  • How to handle your VAT, European Sales List and Intrastat reporting efficiently
  • How to use tax data for analytics and controlling purposes.

The seminar is geared to tax and VAT managers, finance function representatives responsible for VAT, and IT people responsible for SAP maintenance and configuration – so as well as a chance to talk to PwC’s VAT and SAP specialists, this will also be a great opportunity to network with your peers.

Thursday, 21 April 2016
8 am to 1 pm

PwC Zurich I Birchstrasse 160 I 8050 Zurich
Map & directions

Reserve your seat as soon as possible by registering here.

If you have any further questions regarding the event, please do not hesitate to contact Demet Koç.