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Cayman Islands: Directors' Duties

The Cayman Law Reform Commission has issued a consultation paper on proposed legislative changes that could see a codification of directors’ duties, as is now the case in the UK. While recognizing the existing common law...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Columbia

Colombia is located in the northernmost part of South America. Its population is estimated at over 45 million people, with at least 10 million living in the capital city of Bogotá. Colombia’s main language is...more

Hong King: Companies Ordinance 2014 and Directors' Duties

A new Companies Ordinance (CO) came into effect in Hong Kong on 3 March 2014, which introduced a number of changes to the law on directors’ duties. ...more

EU Commission Proposes Further Harmonisation of Single-Member Companies

The proposed directive seeks to coordinate national requirements concerning the formation, registration, and operation of single-member companies. On 9 April, the European Commission published a provisional draft of a...more

Delaware Chancery Court Clarifies Delaware Boards’ Fiduciary Oversight Duties as to Corporate Operations Abroad

In 2013, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued three decisions in which it denied motions to dismiss claims for breach of the duty of oversight (i.e., Caremark claims) asserted against directors of Delaware corporations...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are located in the western Caribbean Sea about 480 miles south of Miami and 180 miles northwest of Jamaica. Of the three islands, Grand Cayman is the largest with an area of 76 square miles. The islands of...more

Cartel Fines: Liability of Private Equity Funds

The European Commission has held Goldman Sachs jointly and severally liable for a cartel infringement committed by Prysmian, an Italian cable maker formerly owned by Goldman Sachs’ private equity arm. The decision is a stark...more

A SWISS PRINCIPAL MODEL CASE STUDY: RESTRUCTURING A MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION THROUGH TERRITORIAL OPTIMIZATION

The Swiss Principal model has become an effective means to optimize the structure of multinational companies on a regional basis, maximizing efficiencies by restructuring EMEA-area procurement, distribution and sales...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: The Bahamas

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas is an archipelago spanning 100,000 square miles extending southeast from Florida to northern Hispaniola. The Bahamas has an estimated land area of 5,382 square miles made up of 700 islands ...more

Miners Triumph And Opinion Release 14-01

On this date in 1966, the Texas Western University (now UTEP) Miners won the NCAA Basketball Championship, beating the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Now the first round has not even started by March 19, but it is not the...more

New York Court Affirms Separate Entity Ruling on Appeal

On March 11, 2014, a New York state appellate court affirmed an important decision on the “separate entity” rule that is favorable to all multinational banks that maintain a New York branch. New York’s separate entity rule...more

Further Steps Under The PRC Company Registration Reform

Since October 2013, the PRC government has been rolling out a series of company registration reform in an attempt to set up a more transparent and efficient registration regime. As the first big step, the National People's...more

Canada's Ambitious Free Trade Agenda: The Recently Concluded Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

On March 11, 2014, the Canadian government announced that it had concluded a new free trade agreement with South Korea following negotiations that have lasted for over nine years. This agreement is stated to be part of the...more

The Ides Of March And Evaluation Of Compliance Risk

Tomorrow, March 15 is enshrined as one of the most famous days of all-time, the “Ides of March”. On this day in 44 BC, the “Dictator for Life” Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of Roman nobleman who did not want...more

PRC Company Law Amendment

China recently adopted new amendments to the PRC Company Law. They took effect on March 1, 2014. The amendments eliminate the minimum capital requirements and ease statutory procedures for company establishment. How the...more

Board Reform: Real Leadership Requires Robust Information Sharing

Corporate boards have to be more involved and informed. I know this sounds like a profound grasp of the obvious but corporate governance needs to move forward. This is not rocket science – we have all faced difficult issues...more

M&A Update: Treasury Department Proposes To Expand Anti-Inversion Rules

The Treasury Department, in its Fiscal Year 2015 Revenue Proposals (the “Green Book”), has proposed to significantly tighten Section 7874 of the Internal Revenue Code, effective January 1, 2015, reducing the ability of a U.S....more

Ex-Im Bank President Sees Opportunities For Small Businesses

The Senate Committee On Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs recently conducted a hearing regarding the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank). Fred Hochberg, Chairman and President of the...more

Shifting Sands In Canadian Anti-Bribery And Trade Control Laws Raise The Stakes In M&A Due Diligence

Recent developments in Canadian anti-corruption, economic sanctions, and export control laws are having a significant impact on the due diligence that should be conducted on potential targets in the context of mergers and...more

Mood In The Middle Versus Tone At The Top

If you want to do the right thing in the ethics and compliance world, follow Donna Boehme (on Twitter), in her regular columns in Corporate Counsel and other publications, and at her website....more

Private Equity Newsletter - Winter Edition 2014: Limited Partner Co-investment Heats Up

It seems that co-investment by limited partners is more popular than ever. According to a recent study by Preqin, 43% of Limited Partners tracked by Preqin are actively seeking co-investment opportunities and 11% more are...more

Board Of Directors Reform: Adopting A New Model For Board Members

It is easy to tie FCPA violations to corporate governance performance. Sometimes the tie is strong – sometimes a little more attenuated. The BIzJet case from last year underscored the importance of proper board...more

New PRC Policies on Annual Inspection

On February 19, 2014 the state-level General Administration for Industry and Commerce (the “AIC“) issued a notice to officially cancel the annual inspection for all types of enterprises including domestic entities,...more

The 3 Most Significant Tax Matters for Multinationals in 2014

What is the most significant tax consideration facing multinationals in 2014? That’s the question we recently put to leading tax advisors, asking for their quick take on the matter as we launch our new 'Need to Know' series....more

Where O’ Where Is The Board Of Directors?

If you trace the path of an FCPA violation inside an organization, at a minimum, you will see a path of lost opportunities, oversights and omissions. If you see anything different, you may be looking at a deliberate scheme...more

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