White Collar Crime
Ashok is Attorney having more than 43 years of experience. He has unique advantage of working on both sides of table. Ashok has worked for more than 22 ½ years with Indian Customs including Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI); and over 20 years with Big4 Consulting firms like Arthur Andersen which merged with Ernst & Young in India, KPMG and law firms Khaitan & Co. and J. Sagar Associates (JSA) before setting up Ashok Dhingra Associates (ADA) in 2014.
Ashok has assisted clients in conducting audits and investigations under FCPA and Prevention of Corruption Act, investigations of wrong doing or fraud or ethical violations by management or employees of Multinational Companies. He also assisted clients in options to deal with non-compliances and making self-disclosure to the authorities.
He advises clients in relation to data security, privacy, retention, encryption and movement across jurisdictions.
Ashok has assisted clients in investigation and adjudication under Prevention of Money Laundering Act and Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act. He also regularly advises clients in raid or investigations by Customs, Tax, Trade and Regulatory authorities, undertakes briefing and debriefing of employees and assistance in taking position on key issues of investigations by authorities to close cases.
Ashok also advises clients on key issues of exchange controls under Foreign Exchange Management Act and assists in compounding of offences by making an application to Reserve Bank of India and arguing at the time of hearing.
He assists clients in Customs and Trade laws; Goods and Service Tax (GST) & erstwhile Indirect Tax Laws including investigation by Special Valuation Branch (SVB) of Customs to determine arms’ length price in case of transactions with Associated Enterprises; classification and rate of Duty under the Customs Tariff and GST; valuation of local supply of goods and services; availability of input tax credit; applicability of exemption notifications; export of services; etc.
Ashok advises clients on Export/ Import Policy and Sanctions under Foreign Trade Policy. He has extensive experience and regularly advises clients on Export/ Import Controls of restricted goods and technologies and dual use items under the SCOMET List. He also advises clients on supply chain for sourcing and distribution of goods in a Tax efficient and compliant manner. Ashok advises clients on safety and compliance requirements for movement of hazardous and notified goods.
He assists clients in taking approval for setting up and exit of units under 100% Export Oriented Scheme, Special Economic Zones and Free Trade Warehousing Zones Scheme.
He regularly appears before departmental adjudication and appellate authorities; Appellate Tribunals; High Courts and Supreme Court in Tax and Trade matters as arguing council.
Ashok assists clients before Director General of Trade Remedies during investigation, mid-term review and sun-set review for levy of Anti-Dumping Duty, Safeguard Duty and Countervailing Duty. In case of an adverse order he assists clients in filing appeal before Appellate Tribunal at first stage and before Supreme Court at second stage.
He has written several articles on key issues under Tax, Foreign Trade Policy, GST, Ease of Doing Business and regulatory environment in India, which have been well appreciated. Ashok is also a regular speaker in national and international conferences in practice areas of ADA.
Ashok Dhingra Associates (ADA) is a professional services firm offering wide range of services under Goods and Services Tax (GST); erstwhile Indirect Taxes; Customs and Trade including Export Controls and Sanctions; and Regulatory Laws. ADA also provides advisory, training and investigation services under Anti-Corruption Laws and White-Collar Crimes to corporates.
ADA’s objective is to enhance value for clients by focusing on solutions that are innovative, yet practical that can be implemented. ADA aims to deliver services through highly qualified and trained professionals who blend their expertise with needs of clients and maintain uncompromising focus on highest quality and ethical practice. ADA follows no relative policy to attract best talent.