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House Passes Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act

On Monday, the House of Representatives passed the Creating Financial Prosperity for Businesses and Investors Act (H.R. 6427) (the “Act”) by a vote of 398 to 2. The Act is actually a compilation of six measures that were...more

Government's latest plans to reform the Corporate Insolvency Framework: what's hot and what's not?

On 23 September the Insolvency Service published responses to its "Review of the Corporate Insolvency Framework consultation" which in May had suggested four key changes to the UK’s corporate insolvency regime...more

Inbound M&A deals: Adrift for now?

As noted in our previous report, "2016's Thriving M&A Market," this year has seen a continuation of the historically high trend of inbound M&A activity in the US. This is largely due to foreign investors' interest in a market...more

How Trump’s Presidency Could Impact the Commercial Real Estate Market

Many economists believe that the Donald Trump presidency will bring with it an era of higher interest rates, inflationary policies, tax cuts and infrastructure spending. Such an environment would have mixed consequences for...more

Change and Continuity in Securities Regulation

The election of Donald Trump as the next President and the continued Republican control of Congress raise questions as to what changes may be expected at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) and what may...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - December 2016

EMPHASIS ON DIRECTOR EDUCATION - The board development committee may wish to reconsider its director education program for 2017 following two recent and unrelated developments. The first is a greater articulation of...more

ISS Corporate Governance and Compensation Voting Policies for 2017

ISS has announced its policy updates for 2017 shareholder meetings. Significant corporate governance policy changes include negative voting recommendations for companies that restrict shareholders’ ability to amend the...more

Major changes in the Polish VAT regulations as of 1 January 2017

On 16 November 2016 the Sejm (lower chamber of the Parliament) adopted a bill to amend the VAT Act and certain other statutory laws, calling for numerous changes in the VAT Act and the Criminal Fiscal Code, among other laws....more

ISS and Glass Lewis Update Their Proxy Voting Guidelines for 2017

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”) and Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC (“Glass Lewis”) recently updated the guidelines they will use to inform their voting recommendations for the 2017 proxy season. The updates address...more

U.K. Autumn Statement 2016: Key Implications for Investment Funds

On Wednesday 23 November 2016, Philip Hammond delivered the U.K. Autumn Statement, which included a number of announcements of relevance to the financial services industry. While relatively few new tax measures were...more

UK Autumn Statement 2016: corporate

The Government has recommitted to the following reforms previously trailed in the March 2016 Budget: The Government also announced the following new initiatives...more

US Securities Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White Announces Departure at End of Obama Administration

SEC Chair Mary Jo White announced that she will leave the SEC at the end of President Obama’s term...more

UK Autumn Statement 2016: real estate

Interest relief restrictions - The adoption of the interest deductibility restrictions from April 2017 onwards will continue. The basic elements of the rules will remain as previously announced - a cap on deductions at...more

Saudi Arabia Update - November 2016

Special Labor Courts Launching Soon - The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and the Supreme Judicial Council have finally stepped forward with launching the special labor courts in Saudi Arabia, which are expected to begin...more

EU Reaches Final Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation – An Overview

On November 22, the EU Council, Commission and Parliament reached an informal final agreement on a conflict minerals regulation. Last week’s agreement builds upon the “political agreement” reached during June....more

A Comparison of Trump and House GOP Tax Reform Proposals

With Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives and the White House starting in 2017, the federal government is now better positioned to move forward on comprehensive tax reform, with...more

Potential US Tax Reform Could Fundamentally Change the Structure of the US Tax System

With the election of Donald Trump, who pledged during the campaign to usher in fundamental tax reform (including major tax cuts), the Republican majorities in Congress have begun planning major tax changes to the Internal...more

The Times They Are a-Changin’ – Potential U.S. Tax Reform Implications of the 2016 Elections

As a result of the United States federal elections on November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump is the president-elect, and the House of Representatives and Senate both will consist of Republican majorities. As a result, it is...more

What Proposed Tax Plans by Trump Administration and House Republicans Mean for Personal Planning

The election of Donald Trump and Republican majorities in U.S. Congress make the future of the federal transfer tax system (gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes) uncertain. President-elect Trump and...more

Reduced ACE benefits with 2017 Budget Law

With art. 1 of Decree Law n. 201/2011, the Italian government introduced the so-called ACE benefit, acronym for "Aiuto per la Crescita Economica" (Aid for Economic Growth), a specific measure aiming to boost Italy's economic...more

Rebuilding Trust in Business

Our research is based on interviews with elite respondents in business, politics and the media. it therefore provides insights into how the elite views the problem of declining public trust in business, and provides a forum...more

Proxy Advisory Firms Issue 2017 Voting Guidelines

Proxy advisory firms Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) recently issued updated proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2017 proxy season. Notable updates were issued by one or...more

ISS Updates 2017 Voting Policies, Including Adoption of Policy to Recommend Against NCG Committee Members of Companies that...

On November 21, 2016, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) released final changes to its voting policies for 2017. One of ISS’s changes is the adoption of a new policy to recommend against the election of Nominating &...more

New Year, New Tax Laws? Tax Reform Proposals Under Trump and the House “Blueprint”

On November 8, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th U.S. President. Trump is scheduled to take office on January 20, 2017, and he has announced tax reform as a top legislative item on his 100-day action plan. Given the strong...more

"Reminder: Maryland Pay-to-Play Report Due November 30"

We wish to remind you that companies with one or more Maryland state or local government contracts worth at least $200,000 are required to file semiannual pay-to-play reports with the Maryland State Board of Elections by May...more

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