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Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Columbia

Colombia is located in the northernmost part of South America. Its population is estimated at over 45 million people, with at least 10 million living in the capital city of Bogotá. Colombia’s main language is...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean Sea about 480 miles south of Miami and 180 miles northwest of Jamaica. Of the three islands, Grand Cayman is the largest with an area of 76 square miles. The islands of...more

A SWISS PRINCIPAL MODEL CASE STUDY: RESTRUCTURING A MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION THROUGH TERRITORIAL OPTIMIZATION

The Swiss Principal model has become an effective means to optimize the structure of multinational companies on a regional basis, maximizing efficiencies by restructuring EMEA-area procurement, distribution and sales...more

Tax Court Provides Color on “For Cause” Termination Under Code Section 83

On December 16, 2013, the Tax Court decided a case that sheds important light on the meaning of the term “substantial risk of forfeiture” under section 83 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). The...more

Important Dates and Reminders for Investment Advisers, Exempt Reporting Advisers, Commodity Trading Advisors and Commodity Pool...

Investment Advisers - Annual Compliance Reviews: All investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) are required to review their compliance policies and procedures at least...more

IRS Issues Favorable Final Section 382 Regulations On Small Shareholders; Might Be Time To Revisit Your 382 Study

The Treasury and IRS issued Final Treasury Regulations to address the treatment of small shareholders under Section 382 on October 21, 2013. These regulations address a number of concerns expressed over the years about the...more

Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Alert: IRS Filing and Reporting Requirements for ISO Exercises and ESPP Stock...

This alert is intended to remind you of certain year-end reporting requirements under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), with respect to stock issued to employees (or former employees)...more

10 MLP Governance Facts

MLPs possess unique governance characteristics as compared to corporations.The number of master limited partnerships (MLPs) has grown significantly over the past five years, increasing from 59 in 2009 to over 100 in 2013. An...more

Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits Alert: Update on California's Additional Tax Relating to Noncompliant Deferred...

On October 4, 2013, California reduced the additional California state income taxes levied on deferred arrangements that violate Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code. For taxable years beginning on January 1, 2013,...more

IRS Relies on Rule from 1800s to Justify Tax Preparer Regulations

IRS Relies on Rule from 1800s to Justify Tax Preparer Regulations by Joseph M. Donegan on October 9, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service is pulling out all the stops to support a set of proposed rules that would allow it...more

Do You Know What Day It Is? The Risks and Benefits of the Animal Spokesperson

Do You Know What Day It Is? The Risks and Benefits of the Animal Spokesperson by Dan Brecher on October 9, 2013 Does Grumpy Cat have more Twitter followers than your business? If so, maybe it’s time for an animal...more

California Tax Relief for Sellers of Qualified Small Business Stock

On Friday October 3, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1412, which provides full relief for individuals affected by the decision in Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board, where the California Court of Appeal held that the...more

IRS Scores $13 Million Victory Against BMC Software

IRS Scores $13 Million Victory Against BMC Software by Frank L. Brunetti on October 2, 2013 The Internal Revenue Service landed a huge victory in U.S. Tax Court recently, and the ruling may have significant implications...more

Negotiating Against Yourself: From Congress to the Courtroom

Negotiating Against Yourself: From Congress to the Courtroom by Dan Brecher on October 1, 2013 For many years, I have been a federal court mediator, a FINRA mediator and arbitrator and, as an attorney, a negotiator in...more

Facebook at 50 (Dollars A Share)

Facebook at 50 (Dollars A Share) by James F. McDonough, Jr. on September 30, 2013 Facebook’s Initial Public Offering (IPO) received a great deal of attention, especially after the price of its stock dropped shortly...more

Corporate & Securities Law Alert: September 2013 - Captive Insurance: A Niche for the Middle Market

With insurance premiums on the rise and the uncertain state of the federal tax system, middle market business owners may be looking for a source of stability that allocates the risks associated with operations. A “small”...more

Lobstermen Fall Victim to Supply and Demand

Lobstermen Fall Victim to Supply and Demand by Dan Brecher on September 13, 2013 Businesses of all sizes and in all industries must contend with the age-old economic principle of supply and demand. Whether your business...more

AIFM Remuneration Code Guidance

Summary - The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) has published draft guidance on the application of rules on remuneration (the “AIFMD Remuneration Rules”) to FCA-authorized firms, once they become authorized as...more

Update on UK Employee Shareholder Provisions

The new provisions are now in force and allow UK employees to give up certain employment rights in return for shares in their employer (or its parent), but important questions remain unanswered. On 1 September, the new...more

So You Want to Start a New York Food Truck Business?

So You Want to Start a New York Food Truck Business? by Gary S. Young on September 2, 2013 Food trucks, a/k/a mini-restaurants on wheels, have become popular business ventures for food service entrepreneurs. However,...more

Beware: Active Participation of Trustee S-Corporation Shareholder is Required – Technical Advice Memorandum 201317010

Differing points of view have arisen regarding determining the active participation of S-Corporation shareholdings held in Trust....more

Setting the Exercise Price of Stock Options

While there are many differences between large and small employers when it comes to executive compensation, one common issue confronted by employers of varying sizes is how to set the exercise price of stock options....more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update -- July 2013

In This Issue: Regulatory Updates - SEC Proposes Money Market Reform; SEC Eases Ban on General Solicitation and General Advertising in Certain Private Placements; SEC and CFTC Adopt Joint Rules to Address...more

IRS Rules That A Partially Tax-Free Transaction Qualifies As ‘Covered Transaction’ For Purposes Of The Transaction Cost...

The Internal Revenue Service (the Service) recently released Priv. Ltr. Rul. 2013-19-009, which interprets the transaction cost regulations of Treas. Reg. §1.263(a)-5....more

When Does Optionee Have A Legally Binding Right To Shares – Vesting Or Exercise?

Congress enacted Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code in 2004. Given the statute’s complexity, the expense associated with compliance and its iron-fisted results, I’ve been amazed that there hasn’t been a greater clamor...more

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