Why did you choose to pursue a career in tax? Was there an ‘aha’ moment? If so, please describe.
From the time I was very young, I knew I would be an accountant and that I would work in tax. I think it was because of the respect my father felt for his tax advisor. He always emphasized the importance of evaluating the fiscal impact in any transaction.
From your career, is there a particular deal that sticks out to you as a turning point, or watershed moment for you, and why? What did you learn or take away from that deal?
We learn from our clients constantly. I believe that behind each assessment there is a business analysis from which we can learn, to make us unique as advisors. We can achieve knowledge of the industry, of fiscal laws, and that, combined, can make us more attractive for the next deal.
What do you consider the greatest achievements of your career to date?
I have been a Tax Advisor for almost 30 years. Since 2019, I am the Managing Partner – CEO – of the Southern Cone Marketplace of Deloitte Spanish Latin America. I consider this a very important achievement.
Tax work in the pandemic era
What kind of challenges did you face adapting to the workplace amid the pandemic?
The most important challenge was to continue being beside our professionals and clients. Help them continue their activities, fulfill the tax requirements and understand the new regulations.
Are there any initiatives that you have observed which you feel may help your clients deal with the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic?
I think that the incorporation of technology for tax consulting has proven to be very useful, specially working remotely, as we were able to do this past year.
What is the most significant change to your region/jurisdiction’s tax legislation or regulations in the past 12 months?
The country’s economy was affected by a reduction on the tax collection, and that led to the approval of new taxes, such as the wealth tax in Argentina.
What was one of the most interesting deals you worked on in the past year and why?
One of the most important challenges was to accompany our clients in the analysis of the legality of the new taxes analyzing their specific situations, and to measure the impact and definition of courses of action.
What potential other legislative/regulatory changes are on the horizon that you think will have a big impact on your region/jurisdiction?
One of the challenges is that taxes that were implemented to attend a specific relevant situation may stay in the country tax system, generating distortion.
A career in tax
What key piece of advice would you give to young attorneys just getting into a firm or entry-level job? Is there something you wish you knew when you were first starting out?
I would tell them that they have the unique opportunity to become business advisors. No project can be made without fiscal evaluation. Project by project, they will become key pieces of our advice to clients.
What does your firm do to nurture and promote talent? Do you think it compares well to others in your market in this area?
We offer a very attractive professional career. We are dedicated to the development of our talent.
If you could introduce one new policy in the legal profession, what would it be?
I would look for equity on each new policy; I would encourage inclusion and no discrimination. I would also promote laws that contemplate sustainability.
What does the tax function of the future look like?
I imagine that technology is going to change our profession but will not replace the role of the tax advisor.
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