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"UK Serves Notice of Withdrawal From the EU, Triggering Two-Year Negotiation Period"

UK Prime Minister Theresa May today served formal notification of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the European Union (EU) pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon. This action commences a period of up to two years...more

"Business Tax Reform All but Certain in US, Europe"

United States - The prospects for business tax reform in the United States were greatly enhanced by the 2016 election results. Reform under Republicans, who control both the White House and Congress, could dramatically...more

"UK Prime Minister Outlines Objectives for Exiting the EU"

On January 17, 2017, UK Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a speech in London outlining the government’s objectives for exiting the European Union (EU). She set out a “Plan for Britain”, including 12 priorities for the...more

"Insights: Brexit"

On June 23, the UK electorate took the historic decision to leave the European Union, a process that has never been undertaken by any member state. While the vote itself does not trigger the process of exit from a legal...more

"No Gains, Just Pain: Increasingly Uncomfortable Taxation Environment for Private Equity Executives’ Compensation"

Arguing that their compensation should count as capital gains — since it derives from the appreciation in value of portfolio companies — private equity executives in Europe generally have been taxed under the more favorable...more

"EU Banker Bonuses: Collision Avoided?"

On November 12, 2015, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published a follow-up report on the treatment of role-based allowances (Allowances) paid by banks to their staff. The EBA’s original, October 2014 report and opinion...more

"Banker Bonuses: UK and EU Remain on Collision Course"

Since 1 January 2014, the EU’s Capital Requirements Directive (CRD)1 has required EU-regulated banks (EU Banks) to limit variable compensation paid to key bank staff to 100 percent of their fixed compensation (or 200 percent...more

"EU Debate on Enforcement of the 'Banker Bonus Cap' Approaches End Game"

Michel Barnier, vice president of the European Commission, recently wrote to the chairman of the European Banking Authority (the EBA), asking the EBA to report by the end of this month on whether allowances paid by EU banks...more

9/15/2014  /  Banks , Bonuses , EU , European Commission

"UCITS V Gets EU Political Backing, Foreshadowing New Limitations on Manager Remuneration"

European lawmakers have reached agreement on amendments to the Undertakings for the Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) Directive, which regulates the management and marketing of EU mutual funds. These...more

"Taxpayer Naming – The Future of UK Tax Compliance?"

As part of Autumn Statement 2013, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has today publicly named the banks that have newly adopted or readopted the Code of Practice on Taxation for Banks (the Code)....more

12/5/2013  /  Banks , EU , HMRC , UK

"European Union Banking Reform Update"

By the end of this year, the European Commission will present its legislative proposals for EU banking structural reform. Once the proposals are implemented, EU banks will have to separate their “investment” business from...more

"European Council’s Lawyers Opine That Proposed EU Financial Transaction Tax Is Unlawful"

The European Council Legal Service has issued an opinion that seriously questions the legal validity of the European Commission’s proposals for a financial transaction tax (FTT). The opinion finds that the extraterritorial...more

"UK Provides Marketing Grace Period for Alternative Fund Managers"

The U.K. Treasury recently published its response to its January 2013 consultation on transposing the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). A revised draft version of the Alternative Investment Fund...more

"HMRC Turns Up the Pressure on UK LLPs"

Following the announcement in Budget 2013, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) issued a consultation document on May 20, 2013 that focuses on two areas of partnership taxation where HMRC perceive “unintended inconsistencies”...more

"Shares for Rights: Over-Sold or Under-Appreciated?"

In this article we consider some alternative approaches to the proposed U.K. status of “employee shareholders,” who receive capital gains tax-exempt shares in their employer (or its parent) in return for waiving certain...more

"UK Supreme Court: Legal Advice Privilege Relates to Lawyers’ Advice Only"

Summary - In an eagerly awaited decision of the U.K. Supreme Court in the case of R (on the Application of Prudential plc and Another) v. Special Commissioner of Income Tax and Another, [2013] UKSC 1, legal advice...more

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