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Citizenship of Aircraft Owner Trustee Establishes Federal Court Diversity Jurisdiction

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Southern District of New York has confirmed that when the trustee of a non-citizen aircraft trust brings suit in its own name, the citizenship of that trustee may be used to establish diversity jurisdiction in federal...more

Trump Administration's Tax Reform Likely

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Donald J. Trump defied the polls and much of the national media to win the US presidential election on November 8, 2016. President-elect Trump will be sworn in and will take office as the 45th president of the United States...more

Tax Truths: Volume 1, No. 2 – December 2016

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

AN ANALYSIS OF TAX LAW PROPOSALS OF THE PRESIDENT-ELECT AND THE HOUSE - President-elect Trump made tax reform a highlight of his campaign, calling for fewer tax brackets, lower individual rates, and reduced corporate tax...more

A controversy is brewing over whether a Hungarian trust is a true trust, or just a type of contract

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

A controversy is brewing over whether a Hungarian trust is a true trust, or just a type of contract. Istvan Illés and Charles E. Rounds, Jr. conclude that it is not and explain the rationale for their conclusion in a law...more

The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: The New UK Register of Persons With Significant Control

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Depth - From 30 June 2016 all UK companies (other than most listed companies) and LLPs will need to include details of persons with significant control or influence (“PSC”) on their annual confirmation statements...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2016: UK Investment Trust Companies for Credit Portfolios – Their Time Has...

by Dechert LLP on

According to statistics published by the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), the UK trade association for closed-end investment companies, in 2015 net fundraising for closed-end investment companies, including...more

The European Succession Regulation: Important New Estate Planning Risks and Opportunities for Americans Living, Investing or...

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

The European Succession Regulation (the "Regulation"), also known as Brussel IV, enacted on July 4, 2012, became effective on August 17, 2015. The Regulation, which has been adopted by 25 countries throughout the European...more

Is a Hungarian trust a clone of the Anglo-American trust, or just a type of contract?: Parsing the asset-management provisions of...

by Charles E. Rounds, Jr. on

On March 15, 2014, the Hungarian Parliament enacted into law the New Hungarian Civil Code (NHCC). The NHCC creates out of whole cloth a civil law fiduciary asset-management vehicle (FAM) that in form and function bears some...more

Tax Policy Update

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The top estate tax rate under Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ proposal to tax the wealthiest Americans and narrow income inequality in the U.S. The proposal splits the estate tax into four brackets...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Taxation (Updated)

TAXATION - It is not possible to give a complete outline of the scope of the taxation system in this guide. A brief outline of the basic taxation principles and some of the major forms of taxation are discussed...more

Quarterly Investment Update – 1st Quarter 2015

by Perkins Coie on

Stock Market Commentary - Despite the stock market's nearly 6% surge in February following a bumpy January, March brought heightened volatility, which nearly dissolved the year-to-date gains. The S&P 500 finished the...more

"U.S. Estate Tax Returns"

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

US estate tax return filing requirements surprise many Canadian executors. Often, the executor is in the throes of administering the estate when the lawyer or accountant sees a brokerage account statement and notices that the...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2013: Recent Developments in the Hong Kong Funds Industry

by Dechert LLP on

The Hong Kong Government has been keen to demonstrate its willingness to evolve and focus its efforts on the overall growth of the Hong Kong financial services industry. Recent proposals to make fund-friendly changes to Hong...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2013

by King & Spalding on

In This Issue: - New Rule Proposed By OSHA Regarding Silica Exposure Likely To Impact Fracking And Increase Risk Of Litigation - Texas Supreme Court Reaffirms Minerals Estate's Superior Rights -...more

"The Estate Planner" – September/October 2013

In this issue: - The GRAT: A limited time offer? - International relations: Estate planning for noncitizens - Avoid probate to keep your estate private - Estate Planning Red Flag – You Don’t Have...more

International Taxation

by Jackson Walker on

INTRODUCTION - A. Foreign Persons - Doing Business or Investing in the U.S.. Foreign persons who plan to do business in the United States or invest in a new or existing U.S. business entity are faced with a...more

FATCA: Final Regulations Raise Questions for Trust Practitioners

by Butler Snow LLP on

In the wake of a series of scandals involving U.S. taxpayers sheltering their assets from the reach of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Congress enacted the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) on 18 March 2010...more

Practical Tips for U.S. Persons Owning Mexican Property Thru a Fideicomiso

by Snell & Wilmer on

Every time I’m presented with a contract, I’m quickly transported to a small room in which Willy Wonka, played by Gene Wilder, is vehemently scolding the good natured Charlie Bucket and the poor, protective Grandpa...more

U.S. Taxation of Fideicomisos under the FATCA Rules

by Moskowitz LLP on

Overview of Fideicomisos If you own a home or a vacation home in Mexico, chances are that your property is held in a fideicomiso. A fideicomiso is a contractual arrangement that is arguably something in between a trust...more

An Introduction on China’s Senior Pension Mechanism

by Qin Qu on

While China’s aging population rapidly grows in recent years, combining with raising expanse for living, more and more people are concerning about their retirement fund—how they can support themselves on medical expenses and...more

Doing Transactions in Mexico - Conducting Due Diligence

Conducting due diligence is a key aspect of any transaction, international or otherwise. Attorneys working on transactions conducted in Mexico or that involve Mexican entities ought to be aware of registration and...more

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