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Successful Strategies for Doing Business in Asia: Philippines

WHAT ROLE WILL THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PHILIPPINES PLAY IN APPROVING AND REGULATING FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT? The following Philippine government agencies are involved in approving and/or regulating foreign direct...more

Cassation instance supports tax authorities in Oriflame case

On June 11, 2015, Moscow District Arbitration Court handed down its ruling in the controversial Oriflame case. In the case, the tax authorities challenged the lawfulness of a Russian organization deducting VAT and expenses...more

Treasury Releases Select Draft Provisions for Next U.S. Model Income Tax Treaty

The Treasury Department announced draft changes for the U.S. Model Income Tax Treaty — the baseline text used by the Treasury Department when it negotiates tax treaties. The current U.S. Model was last updated in 2006. The...more

60 Crummey Withdrawal Beneficiaries Allowed

For many years, courts have recognized that gifts to a trust can qualify for the gift tax annual exclusion as “present interest” gifts if withdrawal powers are granted to beneficiaries.The IRS is hostile to persons being...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $23 Billion. The total revenue generated by the additional Medicare tax and the net investment income tax used to pay for the Affordable Care Act. The total exceeds the Joint Committee on Taxation’s 2010...more

Accountant and Attorney Liability Newsbrief - Winter 2015

In This Issue: - The Affordable Care Act and CPAs: It Takes a Village - U.S. District Court for District of Massachusetts Holds Testator’s Attorney Can Be Held Liable to A Beneficiary - New Jersey...more

Auto Notes - December 2014

In This Issue: - Retail Vehicle Installment Sale Contracts Now Regulated under PA Consumer Credit Code’s Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Provisions - Arbitration Clauses Referencing American Arbitration...more

A Snapshot Of The Investor-State Dispute Settlement Framework In Australia's Asian Free Trade Agreement Trifecta

On 17 November 2014, Australia and China concluded negotiations over the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the text of the agreement to be finalised in 2015. Our previous article flagged that the change of...more

Foreign Investor Protection v. National Sovereignty: The Pros and Cons of Investor-State Arbitration

United States companies investing abroad stand to gain additional legal protections in the near future from two international treaties currently under negotiation intended to safeguard investments of United States investors...more

September 2014: International Arbitration Update

Avoiding Litigation in the Host State’s Courts in Investor-State Disputes After the Urbaser and Teinver Decisions. Previously, foreign investors whose investments have been damaged by governmental measures of the host...more

ICSID tribunal refuses to allow state to recommence criminal investigation that would disrupt arbitration proceedings

In Lao Holdings NV v The Lao People's Democratic Republic, an ICSID tribunal (constituted to resolve Holdings' bilateral investment treaty (BIT) claim against Laos) recently dismissed an application by Laos to modify a...more

Massachusetts Early Mediation Program Changing the Tax Appeals Landscape

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s new Early Mediation Program (EMP) is off to a very promising start. The EMP expedites the normal appeals process and offers hope to taxpayers that desire to resolve tax disputes...more

Italian Government Cuts Incentives for Photovoltaic Plants

The final wording is not yet official, and there may still be some last minute changes before its publication in the Official Gazette, but the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Finance felt certain...more

Massachusetts Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (4th Quarter 2013)

Welcome to the latest Reed Smith Massachusetts State Tax Quarterly Update. In this update, we’ll take a look back to the developments from the last quarter of 2013, and look ahead to some percolating issues at the Appellate...more

Commissioner Amy Pitter Announces Impressive Mediation Goal: One-Third of All Disputes Involving $250,000 or More To Be Mediated

Boston, February 10, 2014 - In her remarks before the Annual State Tax Conference of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs at the Sheraton Framingham on Thursday, January 23, 2014, Commissioner Pitter announced an impressive goal...more

IRS Announces Expansion of Fast Track Settlement Program for Businesses Nationwide

On November 6, 2013, the IRS announced the nationwide expansion of the Fast Track Settlement (FTS) program to small businesses and self-employed individuals. Prior to this announcement, FTS was only available to large and...more

Energy Newsletter - August 2013

In This Issue: - Why Where Matters: The Seat of Arbitration in International Energy Contracts - Global Warming Litigation Goes Cold - Russian Offshore: Addressing the Risk - The UK Government unveils proposals...more

Spotlight On Belgium: Trends in the Legal Landscape - Issue 2, 2013

We are delighted to present you the second edition of Spotlight on Belgium, DLA Piper Belgium’s quarterly newsletter which aims to inform you about current legal developments that could affect your business. As the...more

Insurance And Reinsurance Newsletter - Italy


Massachusetts Department of Revenue and Appellate Tax Board Look to Expand Tax Dispute Mediation Programs

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has indicated it is looking to expand taxpayer eligibility for its early mediation program for expedited settlement of tax disputes by including taxpayers with smaller proposed tax...more

2013 Amendments to United States and Japan Income Tax Treaty

On January 24, 2013, the United States and Japan signed a proposed protocol to amend the existing tax treaty between the two countries, which was entered into in 2003. The amendments, which will take effect when ratified by...more

Reed Smith Massachusetts Quarterly Update - 4th Quarter 2012

Welcome to the first of a new series of quarterly updates from Reed Smith on state tax developments in Massachusetts. Every three months we will be updating you on the key cases and administrative releases, as well as...more

Going International? Go Safely with Portugal (II)

We continue our series on how to use Portugal as an advantageous platform from which to invest in other Portuguese speaking countries such as Brazil, Angola or Mozambique. This time we take a closer look at the available...more


As we begin 2012, Luce Forward's Real Estate Group would like to highlight a number of new developments in California law affecting residential and commercial developers, real estate professionals and others in the real...more

JAMS Dispute Resolution Alert - Summer 2011

In This Issue: FEATURE ARTICLES: In Depth: The Uniform Mediation Act Turns 10. ADR Conversations: Tax Mistakes Attorneys Make When Negotiating Settlements. International Focus: JAMS International Opens...more

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