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Stay Ahead Of The Curve When Choosing Desired Tax Treatment

A foreigner starting business in the U.S. usually hires attorneys for visas, leases and licenses. The tax advisor comes later, when returns loom. This tendency is unfortunate because entering the U.S. starts the clock for...more

Hong King: Companies Ordinance 2014 and Directors' Duties

A new Companies Ordinance (CO) came into effect in Hong Kong on 3 March 2014, which introduced a number of changes to the law on directors’ duties. ...more

Delaware Chancery Court Clarifies Delaware Boards’ Fiduciary Oversight Duties as to Corporate Operations Abroad

In 2013, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued three decisions in which it denied motions to dismiss claims for breach of the duty of oversight (i.e., Caremark claims) asserted against directors of Delaware corporations...more

New York Court Affirms Separate Entity Ruling on Appeal

On March 11, 2014, a New York state appellate court affirmed an important decision on the “separate entity” rule that is favorable to all multinational banks that maintain a New York branch. New York’s separate entity rule...more

Yaiguaje v. Chevron: Blurring the Lines between Parents and Subsidiaries in Ontario

A recent ruling by Ontario’s highest court clarifying the law governing the enforcement of foreign judgments may turn Canada’s most populous province into an attractive forum for plaintiffs seeking to collect on judgments...more

Further Cause for Alarm for Canadian Corporations with Foreign Operations

We last wrote in July 2013 about Choc v Hudbay Minerals Inc., 2013 ONSC 1414, a decision which seemed to signal an increased willingness by an Ontario court to assume jurisdiction in a case of alleged wrongdoing by a foreign...more

The Supreme Court Curtails General Personal Jurisdiction Over Foreign Parent Corporations: Daimler AG v. Bauman

On January 14, 2014, the Supreme Court decided Daimler AG v. Bauman, No. 11-965—a closely watched personal jurisdiction case. In an opinion authored by Justice Ginsburg for eight Justices, the Court reversed the Ninth...more

"Inside the Courts: Daimler AG v. Bauman: US Supreme Court Rejects Broad ‘Agency Theory’ of General Jurisdiction"

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States held in Daimler AG v. Bauman, et al. that due process prevents a court from applying an "agency" theory to exercise general personal jurisdiction over a foreign corporation based...more

Multiple Derivative Actions in the BVI: Tried but not tested?

On 8 August 2013, the Court of Appeal issued its ruling in the case of Microsoft Corporation v Vadem Ltd . The judgment at first blush appears quite definitive, that “BVI law does not permit double derivative...more

PBGC Finds Deep Pocket in Japan: U.S. Court Finds Parent Liable for Termination Underfunding

As the U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) faces increasing strain on the pension insurance program it runs, it has become more aggressive in pursuing deep pockets after underfunded defined benefit plans are...more

More Than Another Alien Tort Statute Case: The Supreme Court May Limit Personal Jurisdiction

On October 15, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the first of two significant personal jurisdiction cases on the docket: DaimlerChrysler AG v. Bauman, No. 11-965 (cert. granted Apr. 22, 2013). At first glance,...more

The 3M Case: Can the IRS Overrule the Supreme Court?

3M Company’s challenge to the validity of Treas. Reg. § 1.482-1(h)(2), if successful, could result in refunds for taxpayers that previously followed the Internal Revenue Service’s regulatory guidance purporting to overrule...more

ITC: Protecting Intellectual Property in the US – Interview with Joe Hameline, Member, Mintz Levin [Video]

Attorney Joe Hameline, Chair of Mintz Levin's Litigation Practice, talks about the increasing role of the US International Trade Commission in protecting intellectual property in the United States....more

Massachusetts Rules Against Taxpayer on Treatment of Intercompany Debt—Again

In what is becoming a trend, the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board (the "ATB") has issued yet another decision denying true debt treatment for an intercompany obligation. In National Grid Holdings, the ATB upheld assessments...more

Storm Cloud for Insolvency Practitioners?

Cloud and Insolvency - With the increasing popularity of cloud computing, more companies are taking advantage of cheap, efficient and globally available data storage options....more

German insolvency reforms (part III): Insolvency of group companies

In January 2012 the first step of the reform plans for German insolvency law came into effect, remodeling the restructuring opportunities for companies in insolvency proceedings and increasing the influence of creditors. The...more

Canadian (and U.S.) Investment Funds Face New Risk of Pension Liability – What’s Keeping Fund Sponsors up at Night

The Issue: Commonly controlled trades or businesses are jointly and severally liable for pension liabilities under the U.S. Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)....more

ATS of the North? Canadian Court Allows Suit to Continue for Human Rights Abuses Committed Abroad

The Superior Court of Justice of Ontario’s recent ruling in the matters of Choc v. Hudbay Minerals Inc., Caal Caal v. Hudbay Minerals Inc., and German Chub Choc v. Hudbay Minerals has signaled a willingness by Canadian courts...more

July 2013: Russia Litigation Update - Case Study: Russian Courts Adopt Practical, Less Formalistic Analysis of Activities of...

In two recent cases, the Presidium of the Supreme Arbitrazh Court of the Russian Federation (the “Presidium”) addressed important issues concerning activities of representative offices of foreign companies in Russia and...more

Special Alert: The SCC Resolution on offshore entities' disclosure of beneficial owners

In a special alert circulated in April this year, we provided an overview of a ruling of the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation (“SCC”) dated 9 January 2013 No. 14828/12 on case No. A40-82045/11 (the “Ruling”)...more

A Warning for Canadian Corporations with Foreign Subsidiaries

On July 22, 2013, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice handed down its highly anticipated decision in Choc v Hudbay Minerals Inc., 2013 ONSC 1414. Hudbay serves as a significant warning for Canadian corporations operating in...more

NC Business Court Dismisses All Of Brazilian Plaintiff's Claims

The Plaintiff in Martinez v. Reynders had all of her claims dismissed last week in an Opinion from the Business Court. The case illustrates why you might want to think twice about incorporating a business in Brazil, and how...more

Courts Continue Literal Interpretation of Subpart F Rules on Income Inclusion

Consistent with prior judicial precedent, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently applied a literal interpretation of the Subpart F inclusion rules based on the plain meaning of Sections 951 and 956....more

New York Appeals Court Issues Important Rule B And Maritime Corporate Veil-Piercing Decision; Lenient U.S. Maritime Law...

For the past sixty years, and until January 11, 2013, U.S. federal courts routinely have applied the comparatively expansive (and potentially creditor-friendly) "maritime law of veil piercing" when examining veil-piercing...more

Alter Ego – “Easy To State But Difficult To Apply”

Yesterday, the California Court of Appeal found substantial evidence in the record to uphold a trial court’s decision to add an affiliated corporation as a judgment debtor under the “single enterprise” theory. Toho-Towa Co.,...more

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