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

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

Sweeping Changes to the Pennsylvania Tax Code - The Passage of Pa. House Bill 465

House Bill 465, also known as Act 52, was signed into law by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett on July 9, 2013. The Bill makes substantial changes to the Pennsylvania tax code as an integral part of the 2013–2014 budget....more

Energy Newsletter - September 2013

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

Tax Technical Bill Receives Royal Assent

The most significant Canadian tax technical bill in over a decade (Bill C-48) is now law, receiving royal assent on June 26, 2013. The bill included over 900 pages of technical amendments that impact foreign affiliates,...more

International Taxation

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

BVI Trusts: VISTA Trusts

INTRODUCTION The Virgin Islands Special Trusts Act (“VISTA”) came into force on 1 March 2004 and was introduced in order to allow a shareholder to establish a BVI trust over a BVI company which disengages the trustee from...more

FATCA: Final Regulations Raise Questions for Trust Practitioners

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

Commentary on October 24, 2012: Technical Bill

On Wednesday, October 24, 2012 the Canadian Federal Department of Finance tabled in the House of Commons a large detailed Notice of Ways and Means Motion (“NWMM”) to amend the Income Tax Act (Canada) and a variety of other...more

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

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 Joe: ...more

U.S. Taxation of Fideicomisos under the FATCA Rules

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

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

Is Hong Kong Asia's Next Trust Centre?

Originally published in ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS - February 2012. Historically, setting up private trusts offshore has been a preferred vehicle for Asia’s wealthy families and individuals to manage their assets as they crave...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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