Exponential Growth – the new normal or just a dream?

7 March 2019, 12:00PM - 7:00PM, EET

KPMG is pleased to invite you to its first joint Tax, Legal, Advisory and Technology conference.

This combined approach aims to take a new look at topical issues relating to tax, address controversies in legislation, as well as considering the opportunities, trends and challenges that technology can bring for companies in the Romanian business environment.

The event will begin with a presentation by a keynote speaker- Cornel Amariei, Inventor, Author, Entrepreneur and one of the 10 most influential people under 30 in Europe according to Forbes USA.

During the rest of the afternoon, we will take a closer look at Romania’s growing IT industry, with presentations by key business leaders from the sector, and examine whether this is now a good time for Romanian businesses to focus more on expansion to other countries. We will also examine the benefits for companies which implement a company-wide Center of Excellence for Data & Analytics.

The changing face of financial services is a critical topic as disruptive technology presents significant challenges to traditional ways of working, as well as creating a more competitive environment. At the same time, as we take advantage of the opportunity of new technology, we also need to guard against its risks- so the latest issues related to cyber security will be examined. The impact of technology on the workforce will be discussed, especially whether robots will take over some functions in finance and tax.

One of the main hot topics in taxation today is how to manage the VAT challenges related to the digital economy. The relationship between taxpayers and the authorities will also be considered, in particular the lessons learned during 2018, as well as current practice of the authorities during tax inspections. Another key topic will be the increasingly complex area of salary tax for employees, including commercial practices with salary tax implications. Some general macroeconomic issues will also be considered.

For the final session we have invited participants in the KPMG Startup Grow Pad to present their businesses.


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2:00 – 2:30
Registration of guests

2:30 – 3:40

70 min

Welcome speech

Ramona Jurubiță - Country Managing Partner, KPMG Romania

Innovation & Beyond 
Cornel Amariei - Head of Innovation Continental Automotive, Inventor, one of the most influential 10 people under 30 in Europe by Forbes USA

How artificial intelligence and machine learning impact every business
Dan Oros - Romania Marketing Manager at Google & YouTube

3.40 – 3.55 Coffee break
Tax - Epica room Advisory - Auditorium 10
3:55 – 4:35

40 min
Prezentare în limba română

Tax Hot topics

Digital economy and VAT challenges

Alin Negrescu - Partner, Indirect Taxation Services, KPMG Romania

  • How did we get here and what are the main issues?
  • What are the principles of charging for digital transactions?
  • What is the position of the tax authorities about digital commerce?
  • How important is the implementation of a digital system for a digital economy?
  • What are the main trends and how do we have to prepare for them?

Managing Tax Authorities in 2019

Daniel Pană - Director, Direct Taxation Services, KPMG Romania

  • Lessons learned in 2018
  • Tax risk rating and Iceberg operation. What to expect in 2019.
  • What can taxpayers do?

Managing work relationships in 2019

Oana Iatan - Tax Senior Manager, People Services, KPMG Romania

  • Last year's challenges and solutions tested successfully
  • The opportunities and challenges of this year
  • Future of work

3:55 – 4:20

25 min

What are the benefits for organizations to implement a company-wide Center of Excellence for Data & Analytics?

Carina Schöllmann - Global Execution Director, KPMG Lighthouse

4:35 – 5:00

25 min

International Expansion – Is now the time for Romanian businesses to expand overseas? Challenges, approaches and solutions.

Moderated by
Laura Toncescu - Partner, Head of KPMG Legal

Florin Talpeș - CEO and Founder, Bitdefender

Valentin Radu - CEO and Founder, Omniconvert

Burak Yildiran - Executive Committee Member, Totalsoft

4:20 – 5:00

40 min

The changing face of financial services: disruption and evolution

Moderated by
Angela Manolache - Partner, Advisory Services, KPMG Romania


Marian Ignat - Executive Director - Digital Banking , BCR

Călin Matei - Deputy CEO, Groupama Asigurări
Oana Preda, Director Customer Experience, Unicredit Bank Romania
Tudor Grecu - Partner, Head of Financial Services, KPMG Romania

5:00 – 5:25

25 min

The Future of Workforce - Will we all be replaced by robots?

Moderated by
Mădălina Racovițan - Partner, Head of People Services, KPMG Romania

Sonia Bighiu, Talent Acquisition Leader EMEA, UI Path

Student, Universitatea Alternativă

5:00 – 5:40

40 min

Cyber Security: The name of the game!

Demo coordinated by
Gabriel Tănase - Technology & Cyber Director, KPMG Romania

5:25 – 5:50

25 min

Technology in the finance function

Will robots take over the jobs of Finance and Tax specialists or will new data & analytics and compliance applications lead to more insights and give the finance and tax function (even) more importance?

Moderated by
René Schöb - Partner, Head of Tax & Legal Services, KPMG Romania


Claus ter Haar - CFO, Kaufland 

Edgar Bleier - CFO DB Schenker Logistics 

Carina Schöllmann - Global Execution Director, KPMG Lighthouse

5:40 – 6:15

35 min

Are we at the end of the economic cycle?

Moderated by
Bogdan Văduva - Partner, Advisory Services, KPMG Romania


Cornel Marian - Partner, Oresa Ventures

Daniel Farmache – CEO, E-INFRA

Lucian Butnaru – Founder ZebraPay, Romanian entrepreneur

Stefan Rotaru - Director, Deal Advisory, KPMG Romania

5:50 – 6:15

25 min

Tax inspections

Moderated by

Dragoș Doroș - Partner, Taxation Services, KPMG Romania

Vlad Peligrad - Partner, KPMG Legal

Guests :

Ionuț Mișa – Head of Large Tax Payers Direction, ANAF

Dragoș Bărbulescu - Deputy General Director & CFO,  E.ON Romania

6.15 – 6.30
Coffee break

6:30 – 7:30

60 min

Demo Night Startups

Moderated by:

René Schöb - Partner, Head of Tax & Legal Services, KPMG Romania

Pitch of participants in KPMG Startup Grow Pad - Program

Nifty Learning

7:30 – 9:00 Cocktail

Băneasa Grand Cinema 
42D Bucharest - Ploiești Road, Bucharest

RSVP by 1 March 2019

Ana David
Tel: +40751222725