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Trends in cross-border real estate investment and the changing tax landscape

by Hogan Lovells on

Real estate markets in both the U.S. and Europe continue to attract significant overseas investment. With interest rates at or near all-time lows, and dwindling returns in other asset classes, real estate has emerged as...more

Inbound and Outbound U.S. Tax Planning - What's Left After the MLI?

On June 7, 2017, the formal signing ceremony of the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (the “Multilateral Instrument” or “MLI”) took place. ...more

Tax Law Changes in Saudi Arabia

by Jones Day on

On June 11, 2017, the Saudi Arabian Excise Tax Law ("Excise Tax Law"), as enacted by Royal Decree No. M/86 and dated 27/8/1438 H / May 23, 2017, came into force in Saudi Arabia. The new law implements the GCC Unified...more

Saudi Arabia Update - June 2017

by Dentons on

Legal Developments - 10 minute SAGIA License - Companies carrying any foreign ownership in Saudi Arabia are required to have a foreign investment license issued by the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA)...more

Tax Round Up - June 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

International Tax Developments - BEPS Multilateral Convention signed - On 7 June, officials from more than 60 jurisdictions signed the BEPS Multilateral Convention which will transplant a number of measures in respect...more

IRS Announces Tax Audit Targets

Over the past several years, IRS has reduced the number of its tax auditors by about 25 percent – from just over 12,000 tax auditors in 2011 to about 9,000 tax auditors in 2015. This staffing reduction has forced IRS to focus...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: June

by K&L Gates LLP on

On May 15, 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) announced it had opened a formal investigation into a global pharmaceutical company for possible abuse of dominant position. The alleged conduct of the company,...more

Tax Reform 2017 - Will it Ever Come?

by Dickinson Wright on

For tax attorneys, tax reform is always a hot topic. President Trump was elected with GOP majorities in both chambers of Congress, which would normally make the forecast for tax reform actually being enacted favorable. ...more

More than 60 countries sign OECD multilateral convention to counter base erosion and profit shifting

by DLA Piper on

This week's signing ceremony for the OECD Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent BEPS marks a new and important milestone in the international tax agenda to tackle perceived abusive...more

US: Amazon wins tax dispute over cross-border IP transfer, but favorable tax treatment may no longer be available

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Earlier this year in Amazon v. Commissioner, 148 T.C. No. 8 (March 23, 2017), the U.S. Tax Court issued a 207-page decision largely upholding Amazon’s tax treatment of an intellectual property transfer in 2005 and 2006 from...more

Bennett Jones Spring 2017 Economic Outlook

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In our Fall 2016 Economic Outlook, we set out at some length our analysis of the main factors which have contributed to the low “new normal” growth rates the world has experienced since 2011. We argued that trend annual...more

UK Criminal Finances Act 2017: A Dechert "Dirty Money" Trilogy

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Part One: "A Fistful of Tax Dollars" - A New Corporate Offence of Failure to Prevent the Facilitation of Tax Evasion.. The Criminal Finances Act 2017 represents a further significant development in the approach to the...more

Manufacturing Matters May 2017

by DLA Piper on

As mentioned in the last issue of Manufacturing Matters, “Smart Manufacturing”, including automation, is gaining momentum. A number of leading global manufacturers have already adopted it, and according to The Annual...more

Law à la Mode: Special Edition - INTA 2017

by DLA Piper on

The Belgian editorial team is delighted to bring you this special edition of Law a` la Mode, marking the 139th INTA Annual Meeting in Barcelona. Just some of the focuses for this special edition include the dangers of...more

Tax administrations prepare for automatic exchange of CbC reports - are you ready? Three takeaways

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OECD announced that another important step has been taken to implement country-by-country (CbC) reporting requirements, as signatories to the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on the Exchange of CbC Reports (the CbC...more

Digital Single Market: the European Commission Takes Stock and Defines Future Priorities

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Commission’s mid-term review assesses the progress of DSM initiatives and sets new goals for on data economy, cybersecurity and online platforms. On 10 May 2017, the European Commission published its mid-term review...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Abril - Información con énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje Internacional

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Durante el mes de abril destacan los siguientes temas: Comercio, Acceso, Propiedad Intelectual, Competencia Económica, Arbitraje...more

French Tax Update - Prior Approval of Cross-Border Reorgs, Abusive Sale and Lease-Back Transaction, Official Guidelines on Foreign...

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The present French Tax Update provides an overview of several significant publications issued between the end of 2016 and the first months of 2017...more

Corporate criminal liability risk increases for financial services

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Criminal Finances Act 2017, which received Royal Assent last week, contains the largest expansion of UK corporate criminal liability since the Bribery Act 2010 and one of the most significant overhauls of money laundering...more

USTR Report Highlights Foreign Barriers to U.S. Exports

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U.S. companies should review a recent USTR (United States Trade Representative) report providing insight into the various country-specific issues that may take center stage in future trade negotiations. Companies should then...more

IRS Targets Globally-Mobile Individuals and Businesses: The Importance of Proactive Planning

IRS targets globally-mobile individuals and businesses through its Global High Wealth Industry Group and its Large Business and International Division. Targeted taxpayers find these audits distracting, taking time from...more

The Cannabis Act: An overview

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On April 13, 2017, Canada’s Liberal government introduced Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act (the “Act”). The tabled legislation provides federal guidelines for legal access to cannabis for non-medical purposes and establishes...more

Tax Court Déjà Vu – IRS Tried, and Failed, to Overturn Veritas

by Alston & Bird on

In a recent decision (Amazon Inc. v. Commissioner, March 23, 2017), the Tax Court handed the IRS an unsurprising loss when it attempted to relitigate many of the same issues it unsuccessfully raised before the Tax Court in...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

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CSSF Press Release 17/06 Dated 13 February 2017 - The CSSF confirmed that it follows ESMA on its opinion in relation to the requirements for UCITS share classes....more

Tax Considerations For The Closely-Held Foreign Investor In U.S. Real Property – Part II

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Aside from planning for the taxation of U.S.-sourced rental income, the foreigner must plan for the disposition of the USRP pursuant to a sale. The taxation of gain realized by a foreigner on the sale of an interest in...more

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