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The Australian Government increases pressure on multinational tax avoidance: Diverted Profits Tax introduced

INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW - The Australian Government released draft legislation on 29 November 2016 to implement a UK-style DPT with effect from 1 July 2017. The DPT targets 'significant global entities' (those...more

Russia: Possible Foreign Ownership Restrictions on Online Video Services

Russia is considering new restrictions on foreign ownership and control of online video services, similar to the rules recently imposed on “mass media” such as television, radio, and publications....more

1,000 Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Petitions Filed And Counting: Filing Window Closes at 5:15 p.m. on December 12

More than 1,000 petitions seeking temporary duty suspensions and reductions pursuant to the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (the Act) have been filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). As...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume XI, Issue 46

ISS Releases 2017 Proxy Voting Guideline Updates - On November 21, ISS published its 2017 Proxy Voting Guideline Updates, which will be in effect for meetings held on or after February 1, 2017. The US 2017 updates cover...more

International News: Focus on International Dispute Resolution

Overview of the Proposed Reforms of the EU Merger Control Regime - In October 2016, the European Commission launched a public consultation to continue the process of identifying possible areas of the EU Merger Regulation...more

The Trump Administration’s International Trade and Economic Policy: Available Options and Possible Implications for Industry

During the recent campaign and the transition, President-elect Donald Trump generally has advocated a more aggressive U.S. international trade and economic policy as part of his plan to generate economic growth and retain and...more

To the attention of foreign TV and radio broadcasters: register a representative office by January 1, 2017

According to one of the recent changes in the RK legislation on broadcasting, owners of foreign television and radio companies retransmitting TV and radio channels in Kazakhstan are required to register a representative...more

Amgen and Allergan Submit European Application for Avastin® Biosimilar

We recently reported that Amgen and Allergan had submitted an abbreviated Biologics License Application to the FDA for ABP 215, a biosimilar to Avastin® (bevacizumab). Today, the companies announced that they have also...more

The future of fintech M&A: Not just a ripple

Challenges may lie ahead, but nothing can stop the inevitable march of fintech dealmaking. Fintech has already proven its value and will play an undeniably large role in the provision of financial services in the future....more

"Non-Cleared Swap Variation Margin Requirements to Spark Credit Support Annex Amendments for Financial End Users"

On March 1, 2017, new rules adopted by U.S. Prudential Regulators and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) will require registered swap dealers to post and collect daily variation margin for over-the-counter,...more

2016: A Full Bouquet of Wine Fraud

The rapid growth of the international wine market has given rise to a simultaneous growth in wine fraud. The burgeoning demand, especially in China, has exposed all players—collectors, investors, vineyards, distributors, and...more

The Bribery Act: To Disclose or Not To Disclose? [Video]

In this video interview, Barry Vitou (www.thebriberyact.com), Partner, Pinsent Masons, and head of their Global Corporate Crime Team, addresses: • His initial interest in global anti-corruption issues. • The role and...more

Proposed Legislation Could Extend Geoblocking Restrictions to Traders’ Unilateral Conduct

On 28 November, the Council of the EU (‘Council’) reached an agreement (‘Common Position’) on the draft Regulation intended to ban “unjustified” geo-blocking and other discriminatory practices that prevent end user customers...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

EMIR – European Commission adopts revised rules for reporting to trade repositories under EMIR - The European Commission adopted revised rules for reporting to trade repositories under EMIR on 26 October 2016. The...more

Answers to Ten Key Questions about the New Form I-9

USCIS has released a new version of the Form I-9, which all employers must use beginning no later than 1/22/17. We’ve closely tracked its release. Here are answers to 10 key questions about the new Form I-9....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Federal regulators are on the verge of creating a brand new type of banking license specifically for fintech. Called “special purpose national bank charters,” the licenses are intended to enable fintech companies that accept...more

Italian NPL Market: The Tightrope Walker and the Seagull!

During the summer I wrote about the marvels of the Italian tightrope trick (The NPL Circus: the Italian Tightrope) and remarked on the massive feat of the Italian legislature in making the seemingly impossible, possible with...more

“Sorry, Santa, the Kids’ Data Is Stuck In Russia!” ~ Plus LinkedIn Not Feeling the Love from Russia

LinkedIn has become the first major company to have access to its website in Russia blocked by the Russian Data Protection Authority, Roskomnadzor, following earlier Moscow Court decisions on 4 August and 10...more

Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: Russia

1 Policy and law - What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector? Policy The Russian power sector underwent a programme of fundamental reform in the early 2000s involving the break-up...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

FCA Publishes Final Rules Removing Certain Ineffective Disclosure Requirements - The FCA published a policy statement on 11 October 2016, removing certain ineffective disclosure requirements from the FCA Handbook...more

Extradition Article - Procedures

Procedures of the UAE to deliver a suspect of Extradition - If there is a convention between UAE and another country for extradition, this will take priority to the UAE International Judicial Corporation Law, where...more

The Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act: Sanctions Tool for Promoting U.S. Human Rights Agenda

Overview - After months of closed-door discussions, Congress this week released the text of the negotiated National Defense Reauthorization Act (“NDAA”) for appropriating defense funds in fiscal year 2017. Tucked deep...more

Dollar Financial UK Ltd v HMRC: When Must a Financial Intermediary Charge VAT?

Executive Summary - The decision in Dollar Financial UK Ltd v HMRC [2016] UKFTT 598 will likely be of interest to a range of participants in the lending market, and the financial services sector more generally, because...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: new reports on the corporate responsibility to respect human...more

Anti-bribery compliance in India: Both sword and shield

In recent years, both the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have stepped up their enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), including to address...more

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