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IRS Proposes Tax-Free Spin-Off Regulations Interpreting the "Device" and "Active Business" Tests and Addresses Recapitalizations...

On July 14, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations under Section 355 of the Internal Revenue Code that would establish new guidelines under the so-called "device" and "active business" tests....more

Spin-Off Revenue Procedure Removes a No-Rule Area and Provides Safe Harbors for Unwinding High Vote/Low Vote Stock Structures

On July 15th, the IRS released Rev. Proc. 2016-40 (the “Rev. Proc.”) removing a recent “no-rule” area with respect to transactions undertaken in anticipation of a spin-off involving high vote/low vote stock classes for the...more

Section 355 Guidance: More Clarity and New Tests on Device, Active Trade or Business and Distribution of Control

The recent guidance under section 355 is a significant attempt by the IRS to clarify in a formal way what it historically has been able to do on a case-by-case basis through the private letter ruling process....more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 13

On June 23, just hours after we published our last edition, the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union. Brexit, as it has come to be known, immediately raised a number of issues of potentially enormous significance...more

The Luxembourg Reserved Alternative Investment Funds Law Has Arrived

The entry into force of AIFMD in Europe has resulted in a double layer of regulation, as we now have regulation and supervision at the level of the product (regulated investment funds) and supervision at the level of the...more

Reserved Alternative Investment Funds A revolutionary solution for alternative investment funds in Luxembourg

The Luxembourg alternative investment fund environment has been significantly improved on the 14 of July 2016 with the adoption of the law on Reserved Alternative Investment Funds (RAIF)....more

IRS Releases Proposed Regulations To Clarify Section 409A Provisions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued proposed Treasury Regulations that would clarify certain provisions of the final regulations under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”)....more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 2: Taking (and Giving) Stock

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

Changes to Accounting Rules Alter Approach to Share-Based Withholding

Earlier this year the Financial Accounting Standards Board released Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-09 (the “ASU”) to improve the accounting treatment of certain stock-based compensation payments. Among other updates,...more

Proposed Section 409A Regulations Facilitate Common Pay Practices

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed a number of updates to current regulations governing nonqualified deferred compensation under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The proposed updates...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2016: The Société de Libre Partenariat: A New French Fund Alternative

The implementation of the AIFM Directive has afforded the French legislature the opportunity to simplify its range of regulated investment vehicles, with the aim of making France’s financial markets more attractive – both to...more

New Proposed Regulations Issued Under Section 409A

The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued new proposed regulations1 (the Proposed Regulations) under Internal Revenue Code Section 409A, which help clarify certain provisions of—and make...more

High Stakes: Investing in a Legal Marijuana Business

Considering diversifying with a high-risk investment? Heard the lure of the “green rush” toward a possible $100 billion legal marijuana industry? Before you write that check... Please see full Article below for...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

Deferred No Longer: Treasury and IRS Issue Long-Awaited 409A Guidance

On June 21, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed Internal Revenue Code (Code) section 409A regulations, modifying existing proposed and final section 409A regulations regarding...more

Senator Warren Leads Coalition to Expand Scope of Limitations on Executive Compensation Tax Deductions

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code generally limits the deductibility of compensation paid in excess of $1 million to the chief executive officer and the three other highest compensated officers (other than the chief...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

Brussels Tax Alert

A. Beneficial tax regime - Law 89/1967 "On the Establishment in Greece of Foreign Commercial and Industrial Companies" was meant to attract foreign investments in Greece, by providing a wide range of benefits regarding...more

Proposed QI Agreement Addresses Cascading Withholding on Dividend Equivalents

On July 1, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2016-42, which proposes changes to the qualified intermediary (QI) agreement to address cascading U.S. withholding tax on dividends and “dividend equivalents”...more

Proposed Section 409A Deferred Compensation Regulations Offer Helpful Clarifications of Current Rules

Treasury Department and IRS issue proposed regulations to address certain specific provisions of the existing Section 409A regulations. On June 21, 2016, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service...more

IRS Releases Proposed Section 409A Regulations

The Treasury Department last week issued proposed regulations to supplement the existing guidance on the application of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code to nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements. ...more

Small Business Investors Can Save Big with New IRS Code Amendments

Recent amendments to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code) have significantly expanded the opportunity for tax savings under Section 1202. Section 1202, which was originally added to the Code in 1993, provides relief...more

Just How Is Basis Acquired After All?

Dorrance v. U.S., 2015 WL 8241954 (9th Cir. 2015) - This case is the latest in the cases involving tax impact of the sale of stock received by a policy holder from a mutual life insurance company on demutualization, and...more

Modifications to Code Section 409A Regulations

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service published proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 409A, which applies to non-qualified deferred compensation plans and arrangements. The proposed regulations are...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

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