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European M+A News, Winter 2016

Smart Acquisition Structures For Deals In Germany And The UK - What Are the Criteria for Smart Acquisitions via Corporations? - Inbound investment structures seeking to acquire a German or UK corporation should take...more

Supervisory “Concerns” with Shareholder Protection Arrangements

In December 2015 (following years of sporadic and seemingly random criticism) of shareholder protection arrangements, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System issued guidance that the Federal Reserve “may” object...more

Private Equity Fund Managers: Annual Compliance Reminders and New Developments

Summary of private equity firms’ compliance obligations, discussion of notable developments in 2015 and outlook for 2016. US federal laws and regulations, as well as the rules of self-regulatory organizations (SROs),...more

Tax Advantages for Angel Investors

Angel investors should be excited about recent legislative changes that are likely to improve the overall after-tax returns on their investment portfolios. As a result of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (PATH),...more

Draft UK Income-based Carried Interest Legislation Published

Proposed new UK rules will tax carried interest in certain funds as income, with only specified funds entitled to capital gains treatment - The UK government published draft legislation on 9 December 2015 amending the...more

Will 2015 IRS Notice Boost Foundations’ Mission-Related Investing in 2016?

Foundations are effective vehicles for families who want to make a collective philanthropic impact now and for generations to come. Traditionally, foundations have achieved this impact solely through strategic grantmaking. A...more

What is a Section 83(b) election and why is it helpful to entrepreneurs?

Start-up founders, executives and other employees should understand the role that Internal Revenue Code Section 83 plays in effective tax planning when certain equity incentive grants are given in exchange for services....more

The Year in Social Enterprise: 2015 Legislative and Policy Review

The past year proved to be a landmark year in the brief history of the emerging social enterprise sector. Indeed, 2015 witnessed continued legislative efforts and important policy developments that illustrate the increased...more

FIRPTA reform under the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015: key points for non-US investors

Among the reforms and provisions in the Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 are several important changes to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (commonly referred to as FIRPTA) that are...more

BEPS Action 7: how the OECD's proposals to redefine a PE could affect multinationals

The OECD’s final reports on the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project aim to target aggressive tax planning strategies which have the effect of shifting profits from high tax jurisdictions to low tax jurisdictions....more

PATH Act Brings FIRPTA Changes

The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”), signed December 18, 2015, introduces significant changes to the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA), particularly concerning REITs. ...more

Tax Law Changes Favorable to Venture Capital and Private Equity Investors

The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes” (PATH) Act was recently signed into law, and two provisions in particular benefit venture capital, private equity, and other investors owning or planning to purchase a corporation....more

Tax Exclusions for Sale of Stock Issued by Qualified Small Business Corporations Becomes Permanent — At Least Temporarily

Over the past several years, Congress has sought to incentivize investment in small businesses by allowing taxpayers to exclude gains in certain small business stock sales. Gradually, Congress continued to increase these...more

FASB Updates for 2016 Financial Statements Could Impact Permissible Adjustments under Code Section 162(m)

IRC Section 162(m) provides that a public company may not deduct annual compensation paid to a “covered employee” in excess of $1,000,000 per year, other than certain “qualified performance-based compensation.” For these...more

The Built-In Gains Tax - S Corporations Are Gaining Ground

Many business owners are aware that, if a business is operated through a C corporation, the corporation pays tax on the profits and, when the profits are distributed to the shareholders in the form of dividends, the...more

IRS Publishes Guidance for RICs that Receive Foreign Tax Credit Refunds

IRS announces the issuance of new regulations that will provide relief for certain regulated investment companies that receive foreign tax refunds by either netting the refund against foreign taxes paid in the year of the...more

Reminder: Information Statements Due by February 1, 2016, for 2015 Incentive Stock Option and Employee Stock Purchase Plan...

This is a reminder to public and private companies that grant incentive stock options (“ISOs”) or maintain a taxadvantaged employee stock purchase plan (“ESPP”). Under IRS regulations, these companies must provide...more

100 Percent Exclusion for Qualified Small Business Stock Finally Made Permanent

Among the many “tax extenders” in the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH Act, Division Q of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, P.L. 114-113, enacted December 18, 2015) is a permanent extension of...more

Using A Rights Plan to Protect Your NOL Assets

Traditional rights plans are adopted to protect companies against hostile takeover actions. However, in the current distressed environment, where energy stock prices have plunged and many companies have incurred significant...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2016: Audit Committees

Audit Committees - Averaging 8.8 meetings a year, audit continues to be the most time-consuming committee.i Audit committees are burdened not only with overseeing a company’s risks, but also a host of other...more

Deadline Approaching for Reporting 2015 ISO Exercises and ESPP Transfers

Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code requires corporations to provide information statements to employees (including former employees) and information filings to the IRS regarding exercises of incentive stock options...more

Alert: Year-End Reporting for ISOs and ESPPs

This alert serves as a reminder of certain year-end reporting requirements imposed under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, with respect to incentive stock option exercises and transfers of stock...more

Reminder to Perform Annual ISO/ESPP Reporting in January 2016

As discussed in our December 16, 2010 blog article, the IRS issued final regulations in 2009 under Section 6039 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) that require Employers to annually furnish each employee who exercised...more

Alert: PATH Act Gives Tax Benefits to Emerging Growth Companies and Investors

On December 18, 2015, as part of passing an omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2016, President Obama signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the "PATH Act"). The PATH Act extends, in some cases...more

2016 Will be the Year for Business Growth, Start-Ups and Entrepreneurship

A New Year always brings with it the opportunity to wipe the slate clean, reflect back on the past year that was and look forward to the next. Looking back, there have been many seeds sown by the Business Law Section of the...more

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