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Modern Slavery – An Update

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

26 March 2017 marked two years since the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. As the signature legislation of the then Home Secretary (Theresa May – now Prime Minister), it heralded greater focus on an issue that...more

Draft Financial Choice Act 2.0 Prohibits Universal Proxy and Restricts Shareholder Proposals

The House Financial Services Committee has released a discussion draft of a revised Financial Choice Act. The Committee will hold a hearing on the Act on April 26, 2017....more

President Trump Issues “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order With Significant Federal Procurement Implications

by King & Spalding on

On April 18, 2017, President Donald Trump signed another executive order with potentially significant implications for international trade and U.S. manufacturers. Building on his previous executive orders addressing...more

US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Passes Bankruptcy Reform Bill That Would Amend Title II

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives marked up and passed HR 1667, the Financial Institution Bankruptcy Act of 2017...more

EU Competition Newsletter - April 2017

by Bryan Cave on

The Brexit referendum result in June last year created many uncertainties for the British economy and continues to do so. In this Breakfast Seminar, Robert Bell will focus his remarks on what he sees will be the likely...more

Stamp duty changes for all share transfers - including listed companies?

by Dentons on

On 10 March 2017, an urgent bill was passed, with all three readings done in a single Parliament sitting on the same day. A joint press release (the Press Release) was released on the same day by the Ministry of National...more

Proposals for register of beneficial owners of foreign entities owning UK real estate

by DLA Piper on

On 5 April 2017 the UK Government published a consultation (or "call for evidence") on proposals for a new beneficial ownership register for overseas companies and other legal entities owning UK real estate. The consultation...more

Modernisation of UK limited partnership legislation: private investment funds

by Dentons on

A new form of limited partnership, the private fund limited partnership (PFLP), has been introduced in the UK from 6 April 2017. This follows industry lobbying to modernise UK limited partnership law and preserve the UK...more

Bridging the Week - April 2017 #2

SEC Chairman Nominee Advances: Jay Clayton took another step to becoming chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission when the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs approved his nomination for the...more

SEC Issues Updated Statement on Conflict Minerals Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Friday afternoon, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued an Updated Statement on the Conflict Minerals Rule (the “Rule”). An updated Statement was widely anticipated. Earlier in the week, on April 3rd, the U.S....more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - April 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: an effort by Twitter to enjoin U.S. Government demands for...more

Russia Publishes Draft Procedure for Bilateral APAs

by DLA Piper on

On 17 March 2017 the Ministry of Finance of Russia (MoF) posted a draft order on the procedure for conclusion of bilateral advance pricing agreements (APAs) with the authorised bodies of foreign states. This draft order fills...more

Australia's foreign bribery laws - new offence for Australian companies proposed

by DLA Piper on

The Attorney-General's Department recently published a consultation paper on proposed amendments to Australia's existing laws on foreign bribery. The proposed changes to existing laws, and introduction of a new offence...more

Maybe Next Season? Georgia Tax Bills Collapse in Last Day of Session

Despite a flurry of last-minute activity at the end of Georgia’s 2017 legislative session, the House and Senate failed to reach a consensus in the final hours on much of the major tax legislation considered during the...more

Effective Internal Compliance Programs

by Bryan Cave on

Effective compliance programs continue to gain importance. Across all industries, it is imperative that meaningful compliance programs are in place and that they are regularly assessed to account for new risks and changes in...more

2017 Proposed Legislation Regarding Florida Statutes, Chapter 718

In recent legislation, Senate Bills 1258 and 1682 and House Bills 1001 and 1237 seek to amend Florida Statutes, Chapter 718....more

Trump and the FCPA: Perception Is Not Reality

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Many have questioned whether President Donald Trump, who as a businessman called the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) a "horrible law" in 2012, would seek to change the law, its enforcement or both. However, recent...more

Japan exempts virtual currencies from consumption tax

by DLA Piper on

Japan's Cabinet has approved proposals for the 2017 fiscal year tax reform which include an exemption from consumption tax (the Japanese value added tax) for the transfer of virtual currency (VC-cash exchange). The...more

Singapore Exchange Amends Listing Rules Following Changes to the Companies Act

by Morgan Lewis on

The Singapore Exchange has introduced amendments to the Mainboard and Catalist listing rules—including in relation to the electronic transmission of documents to shareholders, exemptions for insurance coverage and indemnities...more

Beltway Briefing: Special Tax Policy Briefing

by Cozen O'Connor on

Blake Rutherford and Howard Schweitzer of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies analyze the future of tax reform and the implications on the business community. Blake: Today for this special briefing on tax reform, which is...more

Safe harbour: proposed changes to the insolvent trading regime in Australia

by DLA Piper on

The Australian government has released draft legislation which proposes significant legislative change to insolvency laws in Australia. One of the changes proposed, is that directors will not be liable for insolvent trading...more

Brexit and IP: 5 Things Brand Owners Should Do Now

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Following the Prime Minister’s triggering of Article 50 today, 29 March 2017, we have 2 years until the legislative reality of Brexit and its implications will truly impact IP owners. However, there are steps that brand...more

2017 Federal Budget measures affecting the energy industry

by DLA Piper on

There are several measures in this year’s Canadian Federal Budget that directly affect the energy industry. This is a highlight of these proposed changes....more

What’s happening with EB-5 financing for new development projects? Is it still available?

Unless Congress acts in time, a critical part of EB-5 financing will lapse on April 28, 2017 - The Regional Center program was enacted in 1992 as a “pilot project.” Since then, it has been renewed or extended many times...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Spring 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Welcome to the Spring edition of Benefits Litigation Update, brought to you by The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and the law firm Epstein Becker & Green. As a new Congress, and a new executive branch, work on major...more

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