Sunil Arora

Partner - Taxation & Practice Head - Mumbai

sunil.arora@asa.in

Sunil Arora leads the taxation function of the firm at the New Delhi office. He carries rich experience in devising transfer pricing policies and defending them before the tax authorities. An expert on international taxation, Sunil has advised several foreign companies on permitted operation strategy in India, structuring issues, tax planning avenues and various other facets of cross border taxation involving interpretation of complex bilateral tax treaties. He has also gained hands on experience in dealing with complex issues on taxation of expatriates in India. Sunil has successfully represented his clients in contract negotiations, various tax and appellate bodies including the Commissioner (Appeals) as well as the Dispute Resolution Panel (DRP).

Starting his professional life at ASA in 1998 as a trainee, he is a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India in 2001. Initially worked for the firms Assurance & Compliance practice, Sunil constructed his way up the ladder to take charge of the Taxation Division in the year 2002. A regular member of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) as well as the ITAT Bar Association in New Delhi, he plays a critical role in technical development of the firm by sharing his experience through internal seminars and white papers.

In his career spanning over 20 years with the firm, he is credited with several noteworthy achievements which include structuring of a transfer pricing policy for a French telecom major, development of tax compliant transfer pricing documentation for a Japanese machinery manufacturer, successfully defending a Japanese trading major on the issue of Permanent Establishment and formulating distribution contracts for a US based software corporation. He also works closely with private equity and venture funds and assists them in undertaking due diligence on tax matters.

Sunil has been an active speaker at national and international platforms on taxation. Extensively travelled as a business speaker across India, UK, and Europe, he finds time to indulge in his passion for weekend drives on his Royal Enfield.