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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

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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

The Australian Government significantly expands ATO powers to fight multinational tax avoidance: Legislation introduced for 40 per...

by DLA Piper on

Introduction and overview - The Australian Government introduced legislation (DPT legislation) into Parliament on 9 February 2017 to implement a further component (second limb) of the United Kingdom–style diverted...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XII, Issue 6

SEC/CORPORATE - Acting SEC Chair Directs Staff to Reconsider Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule - On February 6, the acting Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman, Michael Piwowar, issued a statement soliciting public...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

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Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. State’s Highest Court to Consider Solemn Occasion Request - Last week the Senate asked the...more

Night Note: The 1st 100 Days

by Alston & Bird on

President Trump and the Republican Congress have consistently raised the notion of a “border tax” to address trade imbalances. While the President has advocated a border tax of 20% on imports from Mexico, congressional...more

House Proposal for Border Adjustability and Relevant WTO Rules

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 24, 2016, on behalf of the House Republican Caucus, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R -Wis., and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R -Tx., proposed sweeping reforms of the U .S. income and corporate taxes. The...more

The (Border) Adjustment Bureau: Hold On to Your (Imported) Hats

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Retailers would be wise to pay close attention to the upcoming tax-plan deliberations of the 115th U.S. Congress. A proposal currently being considered would adjust the U.S. corporate tax by making imports a non-deductible...more

Key Trade Appointees and President Trump’s Approach to International Trade Policy

by Perkins Coie on

President Trump has now appointed the senior members of his administration (some of whom remain subject to U.S. Senate confirmation) who will help him develop, coordinate and enforce U.S. trade policy. Examining the...more

Nowa Administracja Prezydenta-Elekta Trumpa, a plany dotyczace korekty „podatku granicznego” (Polish)

by Miller Canfield on

Przedsiebiorstwa importujace produkty do USA powinny zwrócic uwage na obecnie toczaca sie w Waszyngtonie dyskusje dotyczaca rozwazanej reformy federalnego systemu podatku dochodowego od osób prawnych i objecia nim tzw....more

Nueva Administración de Trump Considera un “Impuesto De Ajuste Fronterizo” (Spanish)

by Miller Canfield on

Las empresas que importan bienes a los Estados Unidos deben prestar mucha atención a las serias discusiones que se están llevando a cabo actualmente en Washington, DC con respecto a una importante reestructuración fiscal la...more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter (Ukrainian)

by Dentons on

Subsistence minimum and minimum wage - On 21 December 2016 the Parliament of Ukraine adopted the Law “On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2017” No.1801-VIII (hereinafter, "the Law on State Budget"). The Law on State...more

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