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Washington, D.C. Update – May 2017

by Baker Donelson on

April saw the debate in Congress heat up as Justice Neil Gorsuch was confirmed for a seat on the Supreme Court, House Republicans suspended, restarted and then ultimately succeeded in their effort to repeal and replace the...more

Tackling Tax Reform – Part IV: What Can We Expect To See

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On April 11, 2017, we discussed what constitutes Tax Reform. On April 24, 2017, we explored the process by which Tax Reform will likely be created by lawmakers. In our May 3, 2017 blog post, we focused on the likely timing...more

Viewpoints - Issue 28 - The Board’s Role in Overseeing Innovation

by King & Spalding on

Innovation has become an essential capability for any large public company if it wants to remain competitive. With some studies suggesting that 50% of the companies in the S&P 500 list could be replaced over the next 10...more

Digital Single Market: the European Commission Takes Stock and Defines Future Priorities

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Commission’s mid-term review assesses the progress of DSM initiatives and sets new goals for on data economy, cybersecurity and online platforms. On 10 May 2017, the European Commission published its mid-term review...more

Emmanuel Macron Elected President: French Taxation to Fall in Line with the European Average?

by Dechert LLP on

Following the election of Emmanuel Macron as President of the French Republic, you will find below a few examples of expected tax changes of potential importance to our clients....more

Australian Federal Budget 2017 - 2018

by DLA Piper on

The Australian Government introduces a new major bank levy, increases the costs for foreign owners of Australian real estate and extends Managed Investment Trust concessions to investment in Affordable Housing from 1 July...more

Update on US Federal Tax Reform Proposals

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 26, the Trump Administration made its much-anticipated release of several “core principles” of its tax plan. In doing so, the administration affirmed its desire to enact comprehensive corporate and individual tax...more

Trump releases tax plan: now Congress takes its turn

by DLA Piper on

The release this week of the Trump Administration's tax reform principles, along with the disclosure by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) of a letter from the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation relative to the budgetary...more

Tax Reform – An Update Based on Recent Statements from the Trump Administration

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Trump plan released this week proposes a significant reduction of tax rates applicable to business income (including income earned through pass-through entities) and a territorial system (with a one-time tax on...more

Update on Domicile and Tax of Offshore Trusts

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Implementation of the 6 April 2017 tax changes applicable to non-domiciled individuals, offshore trusts and UK residential property has been delayed because of the forthcoming UK General Election on 8 June 2017. Whilst it is...more

The Cannabis Act: An overview

by Dentons on

On April 13, 2017, Canada’s Liberal government introduced Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act (the “Act”). The tabled legislation provides federal guidelines for legal access to cannabis for non-medical purposes and establishes...more

Trump Tax Reform: Tax Policy Outlook

by Polsinelli on

Comprehensive tax reform that lowers business and individual tax rates, streamlines the tax code, and allows U.S. businesses to become more competitive in the global economy are among the top priorities of the Trump...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

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

by Dentons on

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

Predicting the Unpredictable: Will Tariffs Under President Trump Cause a Trade War With China?

President Trump has stated that he would impose tariffs on imports from China ranging from ten to forty-five percent. Can he do it? And will it cause a trade war? The Effects of Increased Tariffs - In the 18th...more

The U.S. Tax Reform and the Energy Sector

by Hogan Lovells on

President Donald Trump and Republican Congressional leaders have promised a major reform to the U.S. tax code in 2017. This reform, if anything close to these promises, will have significant implications for the energy...more

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

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

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

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

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

President Trump's Address to Congress: The Path Forward for 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On Tuesday evening, President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress to outline the path forward for his 2017 policy agenda. The president’s agenda is ambitious, yet Trump signaled the White House’s desire to work with...more

Is the Border Tax Crossing the Line?

It is far too early to discern the extent of any change to the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico in the face of the oft-repeated insistence of the Trump campaign to “renegotiate” NAFTA, a promise that was reiterated...more

Trump Wants to “Tweak” NAFTA

by Cozen O'Connor on

After meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in early February, President Trump said he plans to “tweak” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada. Before this announcement, it was unclear whether the...more

Who Will Bear the Brunt of a NAFTA Renegotiation?

by Varnum LLP on

President Trump's plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) give rise to a number of questions about the future of trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada. While such a move might...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The first four weeks of the Trump administration have brought a flurry of policy and regulatory activity through Executive Orders (EO), proposed new legislation and review of existing regulation. After eight years of the...more

US: Proposed "Border Adjustment Tax” could kill foreign IP holding companies

by Hogan Lovells on

With President Trump in the White House and a Republican majority in both the House and Senate, tax reform is once again high on the agenda. Several weeks ago, President Trump promised “a tax reform bill that will reduce our...more

Key Takeaways: Inside the White House and Capitol Hill — The Impact of a New Administration on Global Markets

On January 25, 2017, Skadden hosted a panel discussion at the London Stock Exchange on the potential policy direction of the Trump administration. The panel touched on tax reform, trade agreements, inbound and outbound U.S....more

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