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IRS Updates Ruling Policy on Corporate Business Purpose and Device Requirements under Section 355

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Revenue Procedure 2016-45 (the “Revenue Procedure”) on August 26, 2016, permitting taxpayers once again to seek private letter rulings on issues of “corporate business...more

Blog: Court Gives Energy Transfer the Right to Walk Based on its Counsel’s Inability to Deliver the Required Tax Opinion

In a rare decision involving unusual facts, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a buyer (Energy Transfer Equity, L.P.) had the right to terminate a signed merger agreement with its target (The Williams Companies, Inc.)...more

OECD BEPS Working Groups issue three discussion drafts

The Committee of Fiscal Affairs of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released three documents: its proposed updated guidelines on the application of the transactional profit split, draft...more

"IRS Offers Limited Safe Harbors for Recapitalizations Before Spin-Offs"

On July 15, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released a new revenue procedure, Rev. Proc. 2016-40, providing safe harbors for transactions in which a corporation (Distributing) obtains the requisite control of a...more

Tax Court Allows Deduction for Advisory Fees in M&A Transaction

The Tax Court of Canada has recognized in a recent case that “oversight expenses” – notably investment banking and other professional advisory fees for services rendered to boards of directors in their discharge of oversight...more

Safe Harbor Acquisition of Control for Spin-Offs

Code Section 355, and related Code provisions, when applicable, will allow a corporation to spin-off or split-off a subsidiary corporation to its shareholders without triggering gain to the corporation or its stockholders....more

Proposed Regulations Would Block Some Spinoffs

Proposed regulations issued on July 14, 2016 generally would prevent tax-free spinoffs involving companies with less than 5% active business assets and spinoffs where one company holds a substantial amount of nonbusiness...more

A Blueprint for Maintaining an Individually Designed Qualified Plan after the IRS’s Determination Letter Program Cutback

In Depth - On June 29, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officially sounded the death knell for the five-year remedial amendment cycle with its release of Revenue Procedure 2016-37. Effective January 1, 2017,...more

Revised listings due diligence guidelines issued by the Association of Banks in Singapore

The Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) introduced its revised due diligence guidelines (Enhanced Guidelines) in respect of listings on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST) on 13 May 2016. These...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Summer 2016 Edition: LBO & Management Packages In France: Are Recent Developments In The...

The management packages offered to managers in LBOs can sometimes be differentiating factors for financial sponsors enabling them to win a competitive process for the acquisition of a target company. However, although...more

"Proposed Treasury Regulations Revolutionize Tax Rules Governing Intercompany Financing Transactions"

Recently proposed Treasury regulations, which will likely be finalized this year, promise to alter the tax treatment of a wide range of intercompany financing transactions dramatically, upending nearly a century of law...more

Deductibility of Transaction Costs for a Target Company: No Safe Harbor in Deemed Asset Deals

On June 10, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released a Chief Counsel Memorandum dated July 8, 2015, addressing the issue of whether a target S-corporation, which participated in a transaction in which the parties made a...more

Taking the LLC or Partnership Public [Video]

In this short video, Pepper partner Howard Goldberg discusses a tax-advantaged structure for taking an LLC or partnership public, the "Up-C" structure. ...more

A Guide to Doing Business in Italy

Italy is renowned for its rich art, cuisine, history, fashion, and culture; its beautiful coastline and beaches; its mountains; and priceless ancient monuments. In fact, Italy is a top tourist destination and has more World...more

"IRS Expands REIT Spin-Off Restrictions, Extends REIT Built-in Gains Period to 10 Years"

On June 7, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department issued new temporary regulations that have dramatic implications for all merger-and-acquisition activity by C corporations and real estate investment...more

The Mergers and Acquisitions Incentive Scheme for Singapore companies

The mergers and acquisitions (M&A) allowance and stamp duty relief schemes together form the M&A Scheme. This scheme was first introduced in Budget 2010 to encourage companies in Singapore to grow their businesses through...more

Saving Time and Money when Selling a Small Business

Advance planning is crucial when you decide to sell your small business. You need to be at the center of that planning. Don’t abdicate your responsibility for selling your business to your lawyer, your accountant or your...more

MIDCO Transactions and the Expanding Universe of Transferee Liability

On April 20, 2016, partner Lawrence Hill (New York-Tax) presented a paper (co-authored with counsel Richard Nessler (New York-Tax)) titled “MIDCO Transactions and the Expanding Universe of Transferee Liability” to The Tax...more

PowerPoint Slides: Webinar on Recent Trends and Developments Affecting the IT Services and E-Commerce Sector Between the U.S. and...

Leading law firms Pepper Hamilton and Khaitan & Co. joined together on this webinar to discuss: • Start-Up India - India’s newly adopted regime for start-ups and what it means for foreign investors and IT and e-commerce...more

Video: Webinar on Recent Trends and Developments Affecting the IT Services and E-Commerce Sector Between the U.S. and India [Video]

Leading law firms Pepper Hamilton and Khaitan & Co. joined together on this webinar to discuss: • Start-Up India - India’s newly adopted regime for start-ups and what it means for foreign investors and IT and e-commerce...more

The Pepper Minute: Buying and Selling the S Corporation [Video]

There are significant tax aspects involved in buying and selling an S corporation. In this short video, Pepper partner Howard Goldberg takes a few minutes to discuss various forms of buying and selling an S corporation’s...more

US Internal Revenue Service and US Treasury Department Issue Anti-Inversion Regulations

The US Internal Revenue Service issued a proposal under Section 385 of the Internal Revenue Code with respect to the treatment of instruments issued by corporations in related-party transactions as debt or equity for federal...more

International Tax Advisory: New Temporary Regulations Continue the Fight Against Inversions

On April 4, the Treasury released temporary regulations to attack (and prevent) inversions. Aimed at transactions designed to avoid the purposes of Sections 7874 and 367 and certain post-inversion avoidance transactions, the...more

Alert: Treasury Department Expands Anti-Inversion Rules, Earnings Stripping Rules

On April 4, 2016, the United States Department of the Treasury issued temporary regulations that expand the scope of transactions subject to the rules designed to eliminate the US tax benefits of "inversions." The temporary...more

Treasury Department Issues Temporary and Proposed Regulations to Curb Inversions and Earnings Stripping

On April 4, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department issued temporary and proposed regulations formalizing rules contained in Notices 2014-52 and 2015-79 limiting corporate tax inversions, as well as...more

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