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FinCEN Deputy Director: Industry Collaboration Key to Finalizing Customer Due Diligence Rule

On May 16, FinCEN Deputy Director Jamal El-Hindi delivered remarks at the Institute of International Bankers (IIB) Annual Anti-Money Laundering Seminar in New York. The focal point of El-Hindi’s remarks was recent Treasury...more

FinCEN Issues New Beneficial Ownership Regulations

Under the dark cover of the Panama Papers scandal, FinCEN moved quickly to issue its beneficial; ownership regulations. For all of the US regulatory and financial industry bluster, it is about time. The United States stands...more

Investing in India? Take a Look at the Amended India-Mauritius Tax Treaty Before You Do

On May 10, 2016, India and Mauritius signed a protocol amending the India-Mauritius double income tax treaty that would, among other things, permit India to tax a Mauritian resident on capital gains arising from the sale of...more

Four Things You Need to Know About the Mauritius-India Protocol

International investors have frequently used Mauritius holding companies for their Indian investments, seeking to take advantage of the exemption under the India-Mauritius income tax treaty (the “Mauritius Treaty”) from...more

Panama Papers Fallout: A Push for Transparency and Regulatory Reform - Sanctions Also Levied Against Several Panama-Based...

In the wake of the "Panama Papers" – the unprecedented leak of 11.5 million files from a Panamanian law firm that revealed thousands of names and addresses linked to offshore companies – the White House has announced several...more

In Wake of the Panama Papers, Treasury Proposes New Reporting Requirements for Foreign-Owned Legal Entities

On May 10, 2016, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations that, if approved, will require business entities formed in the United States that are owned by a single foreign person to obtain an employer identification...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #9

Chancellor responds on tax deductibility of regulatory fines - The Chancellor has responded to a letter from Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Committee, to confirm that payments made by banks to regulators are...more

New Public Country-by-Country Reporting of Financial Information Proposed by European Commission

Country-by-country reporting (“CBCR”) is one of the OECD BEPS deliverables (under Action 13). It is expected to be a significant tool used by tax authorities’ auditors in evaluating a multinational group’s transfer pricing...more

Potential tax consequences of Brexit from a German perspective

On 23 June, the UK is holding a referendum to decide whether it should leave or remain in the European Union. A vote to leave the EU (the so-called Brexit) would not only have repercussions from a tax perspective for the UK....more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #8

FCA announces insider dealing convictions - FCA has announced two convictions in the case it brought as part of Operation Tabernula. Martyn Dodgson, an investment banker, and Andrew Hind, a property developer and...more

U.S. Tax Structures Utilized In Connection With Foreign Investment In U.S. Real Estate

U.S. real estate is expected to attract a record amount of foreign investment in 2016. The U.S. real estate market is perceived as a safe haven in light of economic uncertainty in China, the refugee crisis in Europe and the...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations That Would Recast Certain Debt Instruments as Equity

On April 4, 2016, the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department, in connection with a package of anti-inversion regulations prompted by news of the recent spate of corporate inversions (particularly the $160 billion Pfizer-Allergan...more

Attention Taxpayers: New IRS Rules May Deem Debt to Be Stock

In April, the IRS proposed rules that would treat debt between related corporations as stock for U.S. tax purposes. These rules would apply to all corporations (including regular C corporations, S corporations, foreign...more

US Treasury Announces Measures to Enhance Anti-Money Laundering, Bank Secrecy Act Compliance and Tax Evasion Rule Compliance

The US Treasury Department put forth several measures to combat money laundering, corruption and tax evasion, in the wake of the so-called “Panama Papers” document leak. First, the US Treasury issued a final Customer Due...more

In Wake of Panama Papers Scandal Obama Calls for Stricter Bank Regulations, Tax Rules

In a news conference May 6, President Obama addressed recently announced rules and proposed regulations intended to help the U.S. fight tax evasion and other crimes connected to anonymous offshore companies and accounts. The...more

FinCEN Issues Final Rules for Customer Due Diligence Requirements

On May 11, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued the final version of its long-awaited “Customer Due Diligence Rules” under the Bank Secrecy Act. The final rules impose a new requirement on...more

You Skipped OVDP, now the IRS has initiated an Audit

Since 2009, the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) has been available to Taxpayers who have foreign assets, foreign financial accounts, and foreign source income unreported for U.S. Income Tax and Bank Secrecy Act...more

LLCs May Be Right Unless They’re Wrong

As I’ve posted before, I usually advise non-US companies to form a corporation when expanding to the United States. Every now and then, I get some pushback because the non-US company has heard about ‘limited liability...more

The Legacy of Michigan Senator Levin and Offshore Taxation Issues

When Senator Levin, the Democrat from Michigan, announced his retirement from the Senate in 2014, you could hear a collective sigh of relief from the corporate business community. Senator Levin had dedicated himself to...more

New "Inversion" Proposed Regulations Inspired By The Pfizer/Allergan Deal May Impact Corporate Tax Planning Strategies

The Treasury Department has recently promulgated proposed regulations dealing with so-called inversion transactions. Inversion transactions are ones in which a U.S. corporation changes its domicile to a nation with a more...more

FinCEN Finalizes Beneficial Ownership Identification Rules

As part of the U.S. Treasury Department's ongoing efforts to prevent bad actors from using U.S. companies to conceal money laundering, tax evasion, and other illicit financial activities, the Financial Crimes Enforcement...more

NCA and HMRC to Lead Taskforce to Investigate the Panama Papers

From early 2015, 11.5 million documents belonging to a Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, were provided to a German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, who shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.10.16

Big news out of the online lending space, as Lending Club’s chair and CEO—Renaud Laplanche—has resigned after an internal review “showed a violation of the company’s business practices” related to sales of $22 million in...more

Today’s Panama Papers Release May Require Immediate Action to Mitigate Risk of Criminal Prosecution

Action Item: Today at 2:00 p.m. (EDT), a massive database of information from the leaked “Panama Papers” files will be made public for the first time, identifying the real owners behind over 200,000 offshore companies set up...more

"Key Takeaways: Changes Will Impact Investment in US Real Estate"

On May 4, 2016, Skadden presented the seminar “How FIRPTA and REIT Changes Will Impact Investment in US Real Estate.” Congressman Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., gave the introductory remarks, and panelists included Jeffrey DeBoer,...more

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