Profile - Miguel Vasquez - M. Hamel-Smith & Co.
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Miguel Vasquez

Senior Associate

Miguel Vasquez, Associate at M. Hamel-Smith & Co.
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Phone: 868 299 0981
Mobile: 868 355 1183

Bar Admissions

2016: Trinidad & Tobago

Areas of Practice

  • Tax Litigation and Appeals
  • Corporate Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Tax and Legal Planning and Establishment of Operations
  • Commercial Immigration

Profile

Miguel joined the Firm in June 2016 as an In-service Trainee, and was appointed as an Associate in November 2016. Miguel was a member of the Tax Practice Group and was promoted to Senior Associate on November 1, 2021 within the Dispute & Risk Management Department.

Current Involvement

  • Litigation of complex issues in international tax law before the Court of Appeal and Privy Council involving double taxation treaties, including access to relief for dividend payments to companies in a group chain, beneficial ownership, conduit companies, treaty override, and general anti-avoidance rules.
  • Representation of numerous multinational companies in tax appeals regarding the tax authority’s attempt to limit or deny double taxation treaty relief.
  • Negotiation of settlements with tax authority on behalf of a significant number of taxpayers including multinational companies. Value of settlements have ranged from US$1 million to US$100 million.
  • Representation of numerous clients in regional advice and litigation on CARICOM Community rights on a plethora of issues including the Common External Tariff, free movement of persons, freedom of establishment, and free movement of capital.
  • Advice on cryptocurrency and digital economy issues in Trinidad and Tobago.

Professional Memberships

The Law Association of Trinidad & Tobago

Education

2016: L.E.C. Hugh Wooding Law School

2014: LL.B (Hons.) University of the West Indies

Publications

Author: “From Free Zones to Special Economic Zones: One step closer to international tax compliance” published in the T&T Guardian newspaper on June 19, 2022

Author: “Guyana’s Local Content Policy: A cause for Caricom concern?” published in the T&T Guardian newspaper on March 13, 2022

Author: “Withholding tax in cross-border contracts” published in the T&T Guardian newspaper on January 9, 2022

Author: “Property Tax: What to know” published in the T&T Guardian newspaper on October 10, 2021

Author: “The regulation of the casino industry in T&T” published in the T&T Guardian newspaper on September 12, 2021

Author: “A Unified Caribbean Region – What are your rights?” published in the T&T Guardian newspaper on August 29, 2021

Author: “Code Red: Climate change and renewables” published in the T&T Guardian newspaper on August 15, 2021

Co-Author: “NFT’s: Beyond cryptocurrency and regulation” published in the T&T Guardian newspaper on April 11, 2021

Author: “Tax Audits: What to expect?” published in the T&T Guardian newspaper on November 22, 2020

Author: “Covid-19 and the tax residency implications of running a business remotely”; T&T Guardian newspaper September 27, 2020

Co-Author: “Stop Holding Me Back! Exposure to Withholding Tax in Cross-Border Contracts” Hamel-Smith Forum, Vol. 10 Issue 5, November 2018

Co-Author: Transfer Pricing-A Diamond in the Rough, Special Edition Forum, June 2018;