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SEC Chair Nominee Testifies at Confirmation Hearing

On Thursday, March 23, Jay Clayton, President Trump’s nominee for Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, testified before the Senate Banking committee at his confirmation hearing. In both his prepared statement...more

Ukraine ratifies the Double Tax Treaty with Luxembourg and a Free Trade Zone Agreement with Canada

On 14 March 2017 the Ukrainian Parliament passed two laws for ratification of two important international treaties...more

Update on 2704 Proposed Regulations and Impact on 2016 Gift Tax Reporting

Following the December 1, 2016 public hearing, the IRS reportedly began working on revisions to and clarifications of the new 2704 proposed regulations. While the uproar from the estate planning and accounting communities...more

Senate Banking Committee Focused on Deregulation

On March 9, 2017, the Senate Banking Committee passed a series of four bills focused on deregulation, including one that would make it easier for privately held companies to issue stock awards through equity compensation...more

Review of UK agencies responsible for tackling economic crime

On Monday 13 March the Financial Times, in an article titled ‘UK economic crime agencies given fitness test’, reported on comments made by the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, alluding to a review of the agencies tasked with...more

Lawmaker Seeks CFPB Fair Lending Investigation of Fintech Small Business Lenders

A Democratic congressman has raised concerns about potentially discriminatory lending practices used by financial technology (fintech) companies that extend credit to small businesses, calling on the Consumer Financial...more

Is it Time to Streamline Financial Regulation?

A March 13, 2017 presidential order requiring a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch could be the first step toward streamlining the financial regulatory structure. The Executive Order requires the...more

Southeast State & Local Tax: Important Developments - March 2017

This legislative roundup summarizes important state and local tax developments enacted by the 2017 General Assembly, Regular Session. ...more

Update: Upheaval in the German Restructuring Market: Need-to-Know Facts, Alternative Tools and New Draft Law

To date, a debt waiver has been frequently used as a tool to successfully restructure German-based companies in financial difficulties. A decision of the German Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof) published on...more

NDRC’s Briefing Meeting on Increased Openness to Foreign Investment

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) hosted a meeting on March 13, 2017, with the Foreign Investment Department of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Deputy Director General LIU Hongkuan (Mr. Liu) and...more

New obligations for jewelry companies - Rosfinmonitoring has developed a draft law setting up a legal mechanism to combat the...

Public discussion started on 20 February 2017 of a draft federal law on amendments to Federal Law No. 115-FZ on Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism of 7 August 2001 (the "Draft Law"). The Draft Law was...more

Temple-Inland Decision Leads to Proposed Delaware Escheat Reform Legislation: Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 2

The proposed reforms are a welcome change, specifically as they relate to lookback periods, electronic filing and limited compliance reviews. As a result of what some might view as a scathing decision by the U.S....more

How the Trump Presidency May Affect Commercial Real Estate Investment in Mexico

As the United States’ neighbor and second-largest trading partner, no country has followed President Trump’s rhetoric quite like Mexico. While sometimes it seems that even soothsayers cannot predict what the President will...more

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

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: new reports on the U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible...more

House Blueprint’s Destination-Based Cash Flow Tax: A Primer

The election of Donald Trump in November has substantially increased the likelihood of major tax reform in the near future. While it is uncertain what shape such reform will take, there has been renewed interest in the...more

UK Must Get to Grips with Brexit and MiFID II

Asset Managers Face Some Difficult Decisions - 2017 is proving to be a stressful and costly year for asset managers. The terms of the UK’s exit from the EU will continue to be the subject of extensive debate, both...more

House Discusses How to Tax Small Businesses

A proposal presently being discussed before the House Ways and Means Committee (where tax laws begin) addresses how small business income will be taxed. President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress both desire...more

Recent Regulatory Developments and the New US Presidential Administration's Actions Affecting Public Companies

There have been several recent developments and proposed initiatives related to deregulation impacting US public companies and foreign private issuers ("FPIs"). Below is a brief summary of regulatory changes that have been...more

United States Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Ad Disclosure Requirement

In its recent four-word decision (“The judgment is affirmed.”) Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a campaign finance law requirement that donors backing certain campaign ads...more

Charities Participating in Policy and Protest: 2017 and Beyond

Recent demonstrations highlight a significant passion for expressing dissent and opposition to the Trump administration and its public policy positions. Given the dramatic increase in queries we have received from our clients...more

The flood of inbound M&A and outlook for 2017

Despite its political turbulence, 2016 was a blockbuster year for inbound mergers and acquisitions in the US. According to Bloomberg, US inbound M&A hit an all-time peak of $586.7 billion, a 35.15 percent hike from 2015. In...more

The Future Of Proposed IRS § 2704 Modifications Is Uncertain

Proposed changes to Internal Revenue Code (IRC) § 2704, which would impact the valuation of transfers of family business interests at death, come at an interesting time politically given the Trump Administration’s desire to...more

Questions & Answers on State and Local Variations on the SEC Pay-to-Play Rule

Many states and municipalities have adopted laws and regulations that affect how investment managers may solicit investment advisory business, including investment in sponsored public and private funds, from the state...more

Private Equity and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

The election of President Trump contained more than a few positive signs for Private Equity (PE) firms. Promises of a lower corporate tax environment, a ten-percent tax holiday for funds parked overseas, large infrastructure...more

US Tax Reform: Strategies for Executing Transactions in the Face of Uncertainty

Tax reform plans would fundamentally alter the landscape for key business decisions, impacting a business’ legal, finance, corporate development and other divisions, as well as tax groups. Key Points: ..Tax reform...more

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