Mukesh Butani is the managing partner of BMR Legal Advocates. Specialising in corporate international tax and transfer pricing, he has significant experience in advising Fortune 500 multinationals and large Indian business houses on a wide range of matters relating to FDI policy, business reorganisations, cross-border tax structuring, tax controversy and regulatory policy across a range of sectors.
Mukesh participated in the Kelkar task force (2002) tax reforms and was a member of the Indian Ministry of Finance (MoF) committee (2000) on e-commerce taxation. He is presently representing the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris (ICC) on the MoF Standing Committee on TDS and Foreign Tax Credit.
Mukesh has served as a member of the expert task force on international tax and transfer pricing set up by the MoF in July 2012. He was a member of the tax bureau of OECD-BIAC and the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association (IFA) (2012– 2016) and he is vice chairman of the Taxation Commission of the ICC in Paris (as of 2011).
He served as a member of a focus group on administrative practices on tax disputes under the Tax Administration Reform Commission (TARC) of the MoF. He is also a founder member (2015) of ITRAF, a think tank carrying out research and analysis on international taxation to ensure superior tax policy and effective tax administration in India, and chairman of the India Branch of the IFA.
Mukesh is a commerce graduate from the University of Mumbai and also holds a bachelor’s degree in law. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1985 and enrolled as an advocate in 2010. He is a member of the Bar Council of Delhi and practises in various tribunals, high courts and the Supreme Court of India.
Mukesh is a trustee at the Foundation of International Tax, and Joint Conference Director with IBFD for its annual conference, which is in its 25th year. He is part of the visiting faculty for the LLM in international tax and the advanced transfer pricing programme at the WU Transfer Pricing Center, Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, Vienna University of Economics and Business, and ADIT committee member at the UK Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is also part of the visiting Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration’s Tax Policy Center, University of Lausanne, where he is also pursuing his PhD.