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The Great Brexit Debate - Belgium - View from other parts of the World

What does the business community in Brussels think about the UK's EU referendum? Mixed feelings. One the one hand, many believe that the very idea of this referendum is a wake up call for Brussels bureaucracy and its...more

"Maryland Again Proposes Regulations Regarding Its Pay-to-Play"

The Maryland State Board of Elections recently proposed new regulations regarding its pay-to-play reporting law. The public comment period closes on May 30, 2016. Below is a summary of the key provisions contained in the...more

Early Stage Investment Tax Incentives Bill Introduced

As an update to our Legal Insight of December 2015 'New Tax Incentives for Early Stage Investment', on 16 March 2016 the Turnbull Government introduced legislation providing significant tax incentives to promote local and...more

New Partnership Tax Audit Rules

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 establishes new rules (the “New Partnership Audit Rules”) for the conduct of federal income tax audits of partnerships and the assessment and collection of income taxes resulting from such...more

Please Read the Fine Print About Doing Business in Cuba

I am here to encourage newly authorized trade to and from Cuba. However, my job is also to ensure that exporters have all of the information they need to make informed business decisions and remain compliant with U.S. trade...more

Two Bills Aimed at Broadening Access to Capital Markets Reported out of House Financial Services Committee

Earlier this month, on March 2, 2016, the House Financial Services Committee reported favorably on two bills that propose changes to the federal securities laws: the Main Street Growth Act (H.R. 4638) and the Fostering...more

South Dakota Takes NCSL Challenge, Enacts Sales Tax Nexus Law

In February, we discussed how the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) circulated a letter to all the states encouraging them to enact laws to challenge the physical-presence standard for sales tax nexus...more

How the Change in IRS Partnership Audit Rules will Impact Partnerships and LLCs

With the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, H.R. 1314 (the “Act”), enacted on November 2, 2015, Congress has introduced some major changes affecting partnerships (including LLCs taxed as partnerships), replacing the current Tax...more

Recent Changes to the Tax Matters Partner Designation May Prove Costly to the Unwary

One choice all joint venture devotees face in negotiating each new venture is who to designate as the tax matters partner. Recent changes to the law make this decision much more important and may prove costly to those who are...more

House Committee on Financial Services Approves Bill Exempting Smaller Reporting Companies from Filing Financial Data in XBRL

On January 28, 2016, the House Committee on Financial Services reported favorably on the Small Company Disclosure Simplification Act. The bill has been scheduled for consideration by the full U.S. House of Representatives. ...more

The Delaware Competes Act Signed Into Law

This week, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law HB 235, otherwise known as the Delaware Competes Act of 2016. HB 235 was passed by the Delaware State House of Representatives on January 14, 2016 and the Delaware...more

Washington’s New Limited Liability Company Act –What to Know

Washington’s new Limited Liability Company Act became effective on January 1, 2016. The new Act introduces several changes to the previous laws that LLC managers and members should be aware of as we begin 2016. This update...more

New Partnership Audit Rules Impact Both Existing and New Partnership and LLC Operating Agreements

On November 2, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the Act) into law, instituting for tax years commencing after 2017 significant changes to the rules governing federal tax audits of...more

California Amends LLC Law, Eases Lender Obligations

Why it matters - Earlier this month, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 506, a measure that amended the state's Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act, making it easier for lenders to make...more

Partnership-Level Tax Under New Audit Rules

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, signed into law on November 2, 2015, has significantly changed the partnership tax audit rules, effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. Under the current partnership...more

House Passes Disclosure Modification and “4(a)(1)(1/2)” Bills

On October 6, the US House of Representatives passed the Disclosure Modification and Simplification Act of 2015 (H.R. 1525), which, if enacted, would require the Securities and Exchange Commission to (1) revise Regulation S-K...more

Blog: It’s Deja Vu All Over Again: House Bill To Repeal Pay-Ratio Provision

On September 30, the House Financial Services Committee approved, by a vote of 32 to 25, H.R. 414, the Burdensome Data Collection Act, following committee consideration and a mark-up session. Given that the bill is only one...more

Business Incentive Changes in Recent North Carolina Legislation

The North Carolina General Assembly passed two significant pieces of legislation affecting corporate activity, expansion and new investment in North Carolina. First, the General Assembly passed the state budget...more

SEC Settles FCPA Action With Hitachi

The SEC filed a settled FCPA books and records and internal controls action centered on a firm which used a subsidiary partially owned by a foreign political party to influence the award of government contracts. Specifically,...more

Special Session Ends with Handful of Noteworthy Tax Bills, Predictions for Next Special Session

The first Special Session of 2015 ended on Tuesday, August 11, without accomplishing the primary objective of passing a General Fund budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The Governor’s “call” for the special session included...more

Senate Appropriations Committee Is Next Stop For California Finders Bill

AB 667 (Wagner) continues to wend its way through the California legislature.  The bill, which was sponsored by the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar, defines a finder as a natural...more

Delaware Corporation Law Now Prohibits “Fee-Shifting,” Allows Limited “Forum Selection”

On June 24, 2015, the Delaware State Legislature enacted various amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “DGCL”), which resolved two increasingly controversial issues of corporate governance....more

Delaware Legislature Rejects Fee-Shifting Bylaws for Stock Corporations

On June 24, Delaware’s Governor signed Senate Bill No. 75 into law and closed the door on the tantalizing prospect of fee shifting (“loser pays”) bylaws for Delaware stock corporations. The full text of the bill can be read...more

Delaware House of Representatives Bars Fee-Shifting Provisions but Approves Forum-Selection

There has been considerable interest over the last year about whether a fee-shifting provision in the charter or bylaws of a Delaware corporation is enforceable. On Thursday, June 11, 2015, the Delaware House of...more

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch: Conflict of Interest and Ethics Tips

Recent developments suggest that businesses looking to fill tables to charitable or other functions should take caution when inviting public office holders. This month, Ontario’s Office of the Integrity Commissioner...more

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