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The European Union is an economic and political partnership comprised of 27 nations within the Eurozone. The EU was established in 1948 to promote stability and cooperation among member states in the aftermath of WWII. The EU maintains a common currency as well as several intranational institutions, including the European Parliament and the European Commission. less -
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U.S. Treasury Department Takes Action to Slow (But Not Stop) Corporate Inversions: A Summary for Executives

What is an inversion? An inversion is a transaction that results in an existing U.S. company becoming a foreign company or becoming a subsidiary of a foreign parent. Historically, inversions involved U.S. companies...more

EU court validates Danish online gaming regime

The EU General Court upheld the Danish gambling regime providing for a different tax treatment between online gaming and land based gaming putting an end to a long legal battle that had side effects also in other...more

Decree “Sblocca Italia”: News On The Matter Of Lease

Following its publication in the Official Gazette on September 13, 2014, the Law Decree September 12, 2014 no. 133 “Urgent actions for the opening of construction sites, the realization of public infrastructures, the digital...more

United States to Develop National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On September 24, at a meeting of the Open Government Partnership at the United Nations, President Obama announced that the U.S. Government would develop a national action plan to promote responsible business conduct. The...more

Netherlands: Games of Chance Authority prepares a directive on promotional games of chance

Recently, the Dutch Games of Chance Authority (“KSA”) approached several parties to provide input for the identification of existing uncertainties in the Code of Conduct for Promotional Games of Chance (“Code”). In reply to...more

Procurement Pulse - September 2014

For some time now, Procurement Pulse has been tracking the development of the 2014 EU procurement directives. They came into force on 17 April 2014, and EU member states have until 17 April 2016 to implement them into...more

How EU data protection laws impact cross-border FCPA investigations

EU data protection laws apply to "personal data" in the broadest sense. For instance, a business email sent by an employee from the office constitutes "personal data" as long as the email directly or indirectly identifies an...more

VAT Alert: Cross-Border Supplies Of Services Made To VAT Grouped Branches: Skandia America Corp. (USA), filial Sverige (C-7/13)

For VAT purposes, a supply of services from the headquarters of a company to its branch is generally not subject to VAT. This is well-established, and was confirmed in the Court of Justice of the European Union (the "Court of...more

Italian online gaming licenses – Updated FAQs!

Online gaming has considerably changed during the last 3 years and therefore I decided to publish an updated version of the FAQs on the regime applicable to Italian online gaming licenses. ...more

VAT Alert: K Oy (C-219/13)

Under EU VAT law, EU Member States may, at their discretion, apply a reduced rate of VAT to books produced on "…all physical means of support". The term "all physical means of support" has generally been interpreted to...more

Council of EU Presidency Compromise Proposal on Benchmark Regulation

On September 10, the Presidency of the Council of the EU published its first compromise proposal (dated September 9, 2014) relating to the European Commission’s proposed Regulation on indices used as benchmarks in financial...more

BCBS Report on Basel III Monitoring Exercise

On September 11, the BCBS issued a report and an accompanying press release, which summarized the aggregate results of the latest Basel III monitoring exercise, using data as of December 31, 2013. The report covers analysis...more

Toward the enforceability of the “right to be forgotten” in Europe

The European Court of Justice, in a decision rendered on May 13, 2014, held that search engines are considered data controllers under the Directive of October 24, 1995 on data protection, and as such they must provide data...more

Skandia: Intra-Company Supplies Treated as Taxable Transactions for VAT Purposes by the Court of Justice of the European Union

On 17 September 2104, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) gave its preliminary ruling in the case of Skandia America Corporation USA, Sweden Branch v Skatterverket (C-7/13) (“Skandia”). The decision of...more

Internet of Things reviewed by data protection regulators

The growth of the Internet of Things brought the attention of the European data protection regulators that through the European data protection advisory body, the Article 29 Working Party, issued an opinion on the Internet of...more

US, EU Regulators Voice Hopes for Deal on Clearinghouse Oversight

Top US and EU regulators have indicated in the last week a shared desire to agree on a framework for the trans-Atlantic supervision of clearinghouses. ...more

Inovia Releases 2014 Report on Global Patent Trends

Patent services provider inovia has released its fifth annual report on global patent and IP trends. In compiling "The 2014 U.S. Global Patent & IP Trends Indicator," inovia, which produces products for PCT national phase...more

Internet of Things: European privacy recommendations

Call it a coincidence or not: exactly one week after the Apple Watch was officially introduced by Apple CEO Tim Cook on 9 September 2014, the European data protection advisory body – Article 29 Data Protection Working Party...more

France, Luxembourg amend tax treaty, affecting investment structures of Luxembourg vehicles holding French real estate

The French and Luxembourg governments have signed a new amendment to the French-Luxembourg tax treaty that will significantly impact the investment structures involving Luxembourg vehicles holding French real estate assets....more

Monitoring recent Swiss tax developments: key takeaways

In the realm of multinational corporate tax planning, Switzerland has long been a key jurisdiction due to its generally attractive business attributes (solid infrastructure and multilingual, skilled workforce) and competitive...more

EU Cookie Sweep Initiative

As part of the continued effort to protect online privacy, European Union Data Protection Authorities have swept websites and mobile apps to ensure compliance with Directive 2009/136/EC, otherwise known as the EU Cookie...more

Revised Netherlands arbitration act: ready for 2015 and beyond – 4 essential changes

Last year, we reported on the forthcoming update to the Netherlands arbitration act as proposed in an April 2013 bill for the modernisation of Netherlands arbitration law. The bill (with a number of amendments) passed both...more

Think High Stakes Whistleblowing is Just a U.S. Phenomenon? Think Again.

Today the SEC announced that it will pay $30 million to a whistleblower in the largest award ever doled out by the agency. This news is monumental and will send shock waves around the financial world—along with gut...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 37

In this issue: - Council of Institutional Investors Issues Report on Board Evaluation Disclosure - FINRA Revises Proposal to Adopt Consolidated FINRA Rule 2231 - IRS Considers Whether Management Fees of...more

A new round of EU sanctions against Russia

On Friday 12 September 2014, an additional set of EU sanctions measures entered into force against the Russian Federation. Background - On 31 July 2014, the European Union adopted Regulation 833/2014, imposing...more

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