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UCITS V - Aligning with AIFMD!

The European Parliament voted to adopt the UCITS V Directive (“UCITS V”) on 15 April 2014, in advance of Parliamentary elections next month. The final vote followed a period of uncertainty where there was potential for the...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Chili

Chile’s business environment is the result of a policy-driven strategy that has focused on building sound macroeconomic fundamentals and strong institutions, promoting competition and international integration, and creating a...more

Focus on Private Equity - April 2014

In This Issue: - Private Equity Firms Face Potential Liability Under Plant Closing Laws - Incentivising Management Across the Pond - Excerpt from Private Equity Firms Face Potential Liability Under Plant...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Brazil

With more than 196 million inhabitants and over 8.5 million square kilometers, Brazil is the largest country and economy in Latin America (its GNP in 2011 was roughly USD2.07 trillion). It is a federative republic, consisting...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Bolivia

Bolivia is a country with amazing natural beauty and a diverse landscape, sheltering a fourth of the world’s greatest biodiversity. Bolivia’s riches also include raw material, industrialized material and of course, tourism....more

OECD Proposes Revisions to Tax Treaties to Prevent “Treaty Abuse”

On March 14, 2014, the OECD released a discussion draft for public consultation, BEPS Action 6: Preventing the Granting of Treaty Benefits in Inappropriate Circumstances (the Discussion Draft), as action item 6 in the OECD’s...more

Your 401(k) Plan and the Shape of the Earth

I used to work with a very smart lawyer who said that he could give a legal opinion that the world was flat if his qualifying language was not limited. In that case, he would have stated something on the order of: this...more

Recent Diversity Mandates Impacting US Financial Regulators and Financial Institutions on Both Sides of the Atlantic

There has been no shortage of press coverage about the lack of employment diversity in the financial services sector. Now, both the US Congress and the European Union have taken action in an attempt to remedy historical...more

The Boricua Option – The Taxation of Incentive Stock Options (ISOs) as a Puerto Rican Resident - Another Good Reason to Move to La...

Overview - Many professional living and working in Silicon Valley over the last twenty years have become very wealthy as a result of their participation in company stock options plans – qualified and non-qualified....more

Subsoil Use: Additional Contributions to Unified Cumulative Pension Fund

A list of the production areas, jobs and employee occupations for which employers are to make occupational pension contributions at their own expense has been approved. As of 1 January 2014, the Law “On Provision of...more

Successful Strategies For Doing Business In Asia: Vietnam

1. What role does the government of Vietnam play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is the central administrative body that oversees all investment...more

Successful Strategies For Doing Business In Asia: Thailand

1. What role does the government of Thailand play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The Thai government regulates foreign direct investment by requiring foreign investors to obtain approval from...more

LIBOR Code of Conduct and Whistleblowing Procedure Released by ICE Benchmark Administration

On February 3, The ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA) revised and published the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) code of conduct for contributing banks and a LIBOR whistleblowing procedure. These documents relate to...more

Successful Strategies For Doing Business In Asia: Taiwan

1. What role does the government of Taiwan play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Three types of Taiwan government approval requirements may be relevant to direct foreign investment in...more

Can You Save Money By De-Risking Your U.S. Defined Benefit Plan?

Do you know how much keeping former employees in your defined benefit plan costs? Mercer’s US Pension Buyout Index for November 2013 reports that as of December 31, 2013, the economic cost of retaining retiree liabilities...more

What’s in the Pensions Pipeline for 2014?

How the time flies. With 2013 having now drawn to a close, the attention of pension trustees and employers has turned to what pensions issues 2014 may bring. We have discussed some of the likely “agenda items” below....more

Successful Strategies For Doing Business In Asia: Japan

1. What role does the government of Japan play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Generally speaking, foreigners can conduct business in Japan on an equal legal footing with Japanese citizens. The...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy Alert - December 11, 2013

In this issue: - Detroit Gets a Fresh Start and Pension Debt is at Risk - UK Supreme Court Finds Certain Pension Liabilities Are Not Entitled to Priority Treatment, in Nortel and Lehman Decisions - Amount of...more

Successful Strategies For Doing Business In Asia: China

1. What role does the government of China play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? In the past, foreign investment in China was highly regulated. However, following China’s entry into WTO a decade...more

Long Arm of ERISA Tags Non-US Parent Company With Pension Liabilities of Its US Subsidiary

A non-United States entity seeking to acquire a United States entity should be aware that the acquisition may expose the non-US entity to any pension plan termination and withdrawal liabilities of the US target entity in...more

Another Participant Challenge to Defined Benefit Plan Investments: Could Your Plan Defend its Investment Program?

The focus of U.S. litigation challenging plan investments has been 401(k) plans, but that may be changing. Defined benefit plan sponsors may have felt that they were immune to these types of claims because the funding rules...more

CIS Legal Update - September 2013: Highlights of the Recently Adopted Amendments to the Georgian Labor Code

Following months of legislative deliberation involving multiple parties, including the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Chamber of Commerce, and other similar international groups, the Parliament of Georgia...more

More Recent Developments Affecting Global Stock Plans – Summer 2013

As the use of equity-based compensation continues to grow around the world, different jurisdictions are striving for the right balance in the regulatory frameworks governing equity-based compensation arrangements. This update...more

New regulation on foreigners' exit and entry administration takes effect on 1 September 2013 in China

After the new PRC exit-entry law has come into force on 1 July 2013, the State Council issued a new regulation on the administration of foreigners' exit and entry (New Regulation) on 12 July 2013 to clarify the rules relating...more

Star Trek Premiers And Hiring Practices Under The FCPA

Today is the 46th anniversary of the premier episode of the most iconic science fiction related television show during my lifetime – Star Trek. I am a self-confessed uber-trekkie and I can still remember watching the first...more

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