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UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #14

Treasury Committee publishes banking IT failure correspondence - The Treasury Committee has published correspondence between Andrew Tyrie, PRA, FCA and between him and RBS, HSBC and Barclays, relating to IT failures at...more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - January 2016

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015—the Year-End Legislation f/k/a Extenders - Just in time for Christmas, Congress passed, with bipartisan support, and the President signed, the “Protecting Americans from...more

Could 2016 Be the Year When Congress Finally Addresses Tax Reform?

Like Vladimir and Estragon waiting for Godot, Washington has been waiting for Congress to tackle tax reform. The reason for the lack of action is a fundamental disagreement between Democrats and Republicans over what reform...more

NJ Senators Hold Press Conference on Combined Reporting

New Jersey Senators Lesniak (D), Greenstein (D), and Sarlo (D) held a press conference today concerning combined-reporting legislation that they are sponsoring....more

How prepared is industry for the possibility of a Brexit?

The next structural issue facing the European Union - White & Case commissioned independent research to capture views on how senior in-house legal decision makers and senior managers viewed the possibility of a Brexit...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

What Implementation of the Iran Nuclear Deal Means for U.S. Companies and Their Subsidiaries Abroad

If you read one thing... - There are far greater opportunities for U.S. companies with respect to Iran, particularly through foreign subsidiaries and in the commercial aviation sector, however, U.S. persons and...more

Tax changes 2016: The reform which didn't take place. To be continued…

Despite expectations, the tax novelties which became effective from 2016 introduce neither drastic nor systematic changes into tax legislation. At that, the result of long lasting discussions between the legislators, experts...more

Spain Sets a New Milestone with its Corporate Compliance Statute

As of July 1 of this year, Spain becomes the latest in a string of nations with a corporate compliance defense. Article 33 of Spain’s criminal code will provide an exemption from corporate criminal liability where the company...more

Blog: CooleyAR’s summer holiday

However, before we pack our bags it is worth reflecting on David Cameron’s recent speech in Singapore where he addressed the threat posed by corruption worldwide. We were particularly interested in his comments on how the UK...more

Blog: House Bill To Require Disclosure Of Efforts To Eliminate Slave Labor From Supply Chains

Yesterday, Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Chris Smith introduced H.R. 3226, the ‘‘Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015.’’ ...more

Tax Policy Update

The number of additional months of funding for transportation projects under a $8 billion bill introduced late last night in the House. Notably — as anyone on Sesame Street could tell you — the number 5 is not the same as the...more

Foreign National Political Contribution Laws Can Cause Confusion, Pain for Unwary

A business executive writes a small check to a neighbor who is running for a seat on the local school board. It sounds harmless, but the executive isn’t a U.S. citizen and by writing that check, she has broken federal...more

2015 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures

On April 21, 2015, the Minister of Finance presented Canada’s long-awaited 2015 Federal Budget (the 2015 Budget). The 2015 Budget includes a number of taxpayer-friendly measures, including limited relief from Canadian source...more

Frequently Asked Questions on the U.S. Government’s National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On February 12, the U.S. Department of State released a set of “Frequently Asked Questions” (“FAQs”) with regard to the U.S. Government’s efforts to develop a National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct. The plan is...more

United States to Develop National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On September 24, at a meeting of the Open Government Partnership at the United Nations, President Obama announced that the U.S. Government would develop a national action plan to promote responsible business conduct. The...more

New Brazilian Legislation Addresses Bribery By Corporate Entities

Bill Provides Important Incentives for Corporate Compliance Programs - The millions of Brazilians protesting in recent weeks in cities and towns across Brazil have brought important and far-reaching corruption reform...more

The Transparency Agenda: Section 1504 and Beyond

A number of significant briefs were filed recently with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in support of Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires oil, gas, and mining issuers to report on their payments...more

Rappelling Down the Fiscal Cliff – Strategies for Cushioning the Fall – Part II

A. Overview - Part I of this series focused on the impact of impending tax increases following the Presidential Election for corporate executives and salaried professionals. Part II of the series will focus on...more

Financier Worldwide: Weighing the Opportunities and Risks of Project Financing in Iraq

Originally published in Financier World Magazine - September 2012. New project financing opportunities are opening up throughout Iraq. As the country’s economy recovers from decades of war, demand is growing for new...more

Responsible Investment in Burma (Myanmar): An Experiment that Cannot Afford to Fail

The U.S. decision to ease financial and investment sanctions on Burma for the first time since 1997 is a landmark – and controversial – moment. It presents Western businesses with an opportunity to enter a largely untapped...more

REGULATORY: Oil & Gas Regulatory, Mining & Natural Resources Oil, Gas, and Mining: Companies Encouraged to Submit Nominations by...

The U.S. Department of the Interior is seeking nominations for the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI) Advisory Committee. The Committee is being established to advise the Department on the...more

Congress Pressures SEC on Two Fronts

Last week, members of Congress sent letters to the Securities and Exchange Commission, encouraging them to reconsider rules related to the initial public offering (IPO) process, and to adopt rules relating to conflict...more

UK Bribery Act – There's a New Constable in Town

Directorship of the UK Serious Fraud Office ("SFO") passed this month to David Green QC. Mr. Green joins the SFO from private practice, where he was a barrister specializing in serious crime. He also previously served as the...more

FCPA Reform: Dead is Dead

The Marx Brothers have always been my favorite. Even today, their movies stand out as the best. One of Groucho’s best lines is particularly apt to FCPA reform. In A Day at the Races (1937), Groucho passed himself off...more

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