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2012 Gateway to International Trade Conference Held May 22

The Gateway to International Trade Conference was presented by J.H. Cohn LLP, one of the leading accounting and consulting firms in the United States, and Citi® Commercial Bank, a leading global financial services company, in affiliation with Nexia International, the world's tenth largest global provider of accounting, tax, and business advisory services, on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at the Citibank Auditorium in New York City.

This executive briefing featured an international panel of experts, representing major world money centers. Keynote speaker John Ahearn, Citi Global Product Head-Trade, opened with Global Trade - Current Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities. Following were two panels, affording CEOs, CFOs, and COOs the ability to learn how their international businesses can most effectively address supply chain and transfer pricing issues, access capital in the global markets, and manage currency risk.

Panel One: Supply Chain and Transfer Pricing

A panel of tax and transfer pricing experts from Nexia International member firms in Canada, India, the U.S., and the UK evaluated supply chain scenarios often considered by multinational organizations to streamline operations and reduce costs. Issues addressed included contract or toll manufacturing, commissionaire or limited risk distribution, shared service centers, IP and/or finance companies, direct and indirect tax considerations, and transfer pricing planning and documentation. Panelists included:

  • James K. Wall, Principal and International Tax Practice Director, J.H. Cohn LLP (U.S.)
  • Rajesh Sharma, Director, International Tax, Smith & Williamson LLP (UK)
  • John Voyez, VAT Partner, Smith & Williamson LLP (UK)
  • Jonathan Bicher, Partner, Taxation, Nexia Friedman (Canada)
  • Sudhir Nayak, Partner, International Tax and Transfer Pricing, SKP (India)
  • David Slemmer, Director of Transfer Pricing, J.H. Cohn (U.S.)

Panel Two: Access to Capital and Managing Currency Risk in the Global Markets

As middle-market companies venture and expand into international markets, their need for capital in foreign markets grows. Citi Commercial Bank speakers covered multicurrency loans; exim bank and SBA export working capital programs; other options for accessing capital in the global markets; and managing currency risk. Panelists included:

  • Nate Land, Director, Citi Commercial Bank - Loan Syndication
  • Yomari Olivero, SVP, Citi Commercial Bank - Trade Products and Services
  • Prakash Chonkar, Managing Director, Citi Commercial Bank - International Sector
  • Rajiv Goswami, Director, Citi Commercial Bank - Credit and Trade Products
  • John Forgione, Director, Citi Commercial Bank - Foreign Exchange

About Citi Commercial Bank Citi® Commercial Bank is part of Citi, a leading global financial services company, which has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in over 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi Commercial Bank provides global banking solutions for medium-sized businesses at every stage of their growth through a talented team of relationship managers, product specialists, and client service professionals. Citi Commercial Bank has local operations in the U.S. and over 30 countries with local and regional expertise contributed by in-country commercial bankers.

Two hundred years ago on June 16, 1812, Citibank was founded as the City Bank of New York, a commercial bank. In 1914, National City Bank was the first bank in the United States to inaugurate a foreign branch outside the U.S., in Buenos Aires. For our first 100 years, commercial banking made up the bulk of our activities. For the next 100, other banking services were added to the commercial banking business. In 1976 we were renamed, Citibank. Visit Citi Commercial Bank on the web at:

About the Journal of Commerce

For over 200 years, the Journal of Commerce ("JOC") has covered global trade and transportation news. Led by a veteran team of industry experts, the JOC provides insightful analysis and comprehensive research data on the logistics industry. Free subscriptions are available online at

About J.H. Cohn LLP

One of the leading accounting and consulting firms in the United States, J.H. Cohn LLP specializes in audit, accounting, tax, and business consulting services for public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations. Since 1919, the Firm's philosophy has remained constant: to provide a highly personalized approach to each client, with intelligent guidance and solutions driven by technical and industry expertise that positively affect client profitability and growth. J.H. Cohn has cultivated a reputation for strategic insight, proactive leadership, unwavering integrity, and a genuine concern for clients and their businesses. T

o help clients think and act across national boundaries, J.H. Cohn is an independent member of Nexia International, a global network of independent accountancy, tax, and business advisors and the tenth largest provider of audit and advisory services worldwide. The Firm has offices in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and California. For more information, visit our website at

Published date: 5/23/2012

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