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Japan Releases Draft ‘Principles for Customer-Oriented Business Conduct’

LawFlash February 17, 2017 Financial Services Agency of Japan proposes seven principles aimed at creating a customer-oriented financial services culture. On January 19, the Financial Services Agency of Japan (JFSA) released a...more

German Supreme Tax Court Confirms Capital Income Qualification Under Management Equity Programs – Close to a Breakthrough, But…

The German Supreme Tax Court has confirmed that a close to “market standard” Management Equity Program will be taxed on capital income principles. The decision (court number IX R 43/15) provides comfort with respect to most...more

Tax Reform in 2017? What is in Store for U.S. Businesses

With Republicans in control of the White House and Congress, one of the top priorities is tax reform. President Trump’s tax reform proposal and the House Republicans’ tax reform “Blueprint” suggest many changes to business...more

Blog: 2017 M&A Trends Series: The Trump Effect

So far this year, deal parties are approaching M&A with cautious optimism. This series of Cooley M&A blog posts include some brief observations that offer some M&A highlights over the past year and our thoughts for the year...more

Day 13 of One Month to a Better Board-Board Failures in Compliance [Video]

The failure of a Board of Directors to engage in its duties and obligations around the compliance function can be devastating. Today I consider cases where Boards failed in those duties. ...more

What 2017 May Bring for the Restructuring Community

We asked some of our financial advisor colleagues to give us brief read outs on what they felt 2017 has in store for us now that we have gotten beyond the inauguration and into the first weeks of the Trump administration. ...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition - February 2017

This newsletter provides a snapshot of the principal US and selected international governance and securities law developments during the fourth quarter of 2016 that may be of interest to Latin American corporations and...more

Investment Promotional Agencies in South Africa

Since 1994 there has been a focus on economic growth and transformation in South Africa. In terms of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, the South African government is required to promote social and...more

Day 12 of One Month to a Better Board-What Leads to a Successful Board Investigation [Video]

What are metrics for a Board around compliance? Former Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell laid out some that the Justice Department would consider in a review of compliance programs. These metrics are: ¥ Does the...more

Section 721(c) Partnership Regulations Arrive Just in Time

On January 18, 2017, the IRS issued temporary and proposed regulations (T.D. 9814) under Section 721(c) to address transfers of appreciated property by U.S. persons to partnerships with related foreign partners. With some...more

The Financial Report, Volume 6, Number 3

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is poised to rule on, with respect to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on immigration, the question of how much power a president has to issue executive...more

The IRS Targets Thirteen Issues in Its New Compliance Campaigns

On Tuesday, January 31, the IRS announced the rollout of thirteen initial compliance campaigns that will be undertaken by its Large Business and International Division (“LB&I”). These campaigns are part of a broader IRS...more

Everything Compliance-Episode 7 [Video]

This episode is dedicated to the chaotic (at best) first three weeks of the Trump administration. Jonathan Armstrong leads a discussion of the Trump administrations devolution towards Privacy Shield and what it may portend...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 28 [Video]

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive into the new Microsoft security analysis tool, Secure Score which will rate a company’s IT and data security protocols. We use his blog post on the topic, “Microsoft...more

The UK Modern Slavery Act – A Compliance Primer for Fund Managers

Starting this year, a significant number of fund managers based all over the world will be among the approximately 12,000 companies that will be required to publish an annual statement under the transparency provisions of the...more

Bermuda – Proactively Seeking to Grow its Influence as an Off-Shore Investment Jurisdiction

Bermuda has long been a favorite jurisdiction of captive insurance companies and insurance-linked investment funds. More than 70% of the $25 billion in global insurance-linked securities (ILS) volume is listed on the Bermuda...more

Day 11 of One Month to a Better Board-What Leads to a Successful Board Investigation [Video]

What are seven factors which can lead to a successful investigation commissioned and led by a Board of Directors. In this episode, I discuss an article in the Corporate Board magazine, entitled “Successful Board...more

Biogen to Pay Forward $1.25 Billion in Settlement

Forward Pharma A/S (“Forward”) recently announced that a necessary super majority of its shareholders have approved a settlement of various patent disputes with two wholly-owned subsidiaries of Biogen Inc. (“Biogen”) in which...more

Investment Treaty Arbitration: How Multinationals Can Structure Their Investments to Obtain Treaty Protection

In a previous article, we explained how a U.S.-based company that had established a subsidiary abroad could benefit from protections against unfair conduct of a foreign State that are found in most bilateral investment...more

Bridging the Week - February 2017 #2

Retail Foreign Exchange Dealer Agrees With CFTC and NFA to Cease Doing Business for Concealing Relationship With Closely Tied Market Maker - Forex Capital Markets, LLC, a retail foreign exchange dealer, and two of its...more

Reporting A Closely Held U.S. Corporation’s Overseas Activities

We have heard a lot about large, publicly-traded U.S. corporations that have parked trillions of dollars overseas to avoid the payment of U.S. income tax. We have heard how the tax system must be seriously broken to have so...more

Effective Ethics and Compliance Training

In a recent Slate article, entitled “Ethics Trainings Are Even Dumber Than You Think”, author L.V. Anderson railed against what she termed box-checking training where companies put on training not to actually train employees...more

Part 2 - ASEAN Capital Markets: A Round-Up of Developments in 2016

2016 was a somewhat muted year for the world’s capital markets and this story was mirrored across ASEAN. Spread across two client alerts we take a brief look at the capital markets of each of the ASEAN members, how they fared...more

Another Reason To Always Run Compliance Screenings Even If You Are A Non-U.S. Party – OFAC Is Targeting Foreign Companies

If you are a foreign company that wants access to the U.S. financial markets, make sure you understand the U.S. Iran Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (ITSR). Administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of...more

Day 10 of One Month to a Better Board-What is Your Board's Investigation Protocol [Video]

Many companies have an investigation protocol in place when a potential Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA) or other legal issue arises? However, many Boards of Directors do not have the same rigor when it comes to an...more

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