European Union Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

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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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Key issues for asset managers in 2014

In this newsletter - U.S.: - Dodd-Frank Act – Designation of asset managers as systemically important financial institutions - Volcker Rule finalised with a more limited application to covered fund activities...more

U.S. Signs FATCA IGA with Luxembourg

On March 28, 2014, the U.S. signed a FATCA IGA with Luxembourg. Under the IGA, banks and other financial institutions in Luxembourg will report information about eligible U.S. customers’ offshore accounts to the Luxembourg...more

U.S. Signs FATCA IGA with Italy

Tax Analysts’ Tax Notes Today reports that on January 10, 2014, the U.S. signed a FATCA IGA with Italy, which became the 13th country to sign such a deal with the U.S. ...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - December 10, 2013

Council of EU Publishes UK Issues Paper on MLD4 - On November 24, the Council of the European Union published a note (dated November 8, 2013) from the Council Presidency to Council Delegations which includes a UK...more

2013 Year-End Estate Planning Advisory

In this issue - - Federal Estate, GST and Gift Tax Rates - Annual Gift Tax Exclusion - Federal Income Tax Rates - President’s Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2014 - Important Planning...more

U.S. Signs FATCA IGA With France

Bloomberg BNA reports that the Treasury Department announced on November 14, 2013, that the U.S. and France have signed a Model 1 FATCA IGA. In other words, the IGA will require banks in France to report tax information about...more

"G20 Leaders Endorse Greater International Tax Transparency"

At last month’s summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, G20 leaders backed two ambitious proposals issued by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), including the establishment of a global model for the...more

FBAR Non-filers Beware of Global Information Exchange Agreements

At the most recent meeting of the Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors on July 19 & 20, 2013 they said “We are committed to automatic exchange of information as the new, global standard and we fully support the OECD...more

Swiss Parliament Votes to Delay Enforcement of FATCA IGA By Six Months

Bloomberg BNA reports that Switzerland's parliament approved a six-month delay to enforce a bilateral Swiss-U.S. agreement on implementation of the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. The two chambers of the Swiss...more

U.S. Department of Justice & Swiss Federal Department of Finance Enter into Historic Agreement Regarding Tax Evasion...

Continuing its mission to eradicate offshore tax evasion, on August 29, 2013, the United States Department of Justice Tax Division (the “DOJ”) and the Swiss Federal Department of Finance issued a Joint Statement regarding the...more

The Mergers & Acquisitions Review - Seventh Edition: Chapter 16: Cayman Islands

I OVERVIEW OF M&A ACTIVITY - Despite signs of a stabilising economy, the Cayman Islands witnessed a 1 per cent decrease in new company registrations in 2012 compared to 2011; 8,971 new companies were incorporated...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - July 22, 2013

SEC and EU Supervisory Cooperation for Asset Management Industry - On July 19, the SEC announced that it signed various memoranda of understanding with the financial regulators of 25 member states of the EU and 3...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review - July 15, 2013

In This Issue: Financial Industry Developments; Rating Agency Developments; RMBS and Other Securities Litigation; and, European Financial Industry Developments. ...more

The New World Wide Web: FATCA Inspires a Global Effort to Fight Tax Evasion

The rapid evolution of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) from a U.S. driven effort to crack down on U.S. offshore tax evaders into an information reporting mechanism being considered for adoption throughout the...more

Tax Law Updates - June 2013

If you would like copies of an article that is not linked to a PDF file, or if you would like to receive copies of future articles, please contact Rebecca Sprunger at rsprunger@orrick.com. - 03-29-2013 (U.S.) Final...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review - April 2, 2013

In This Issue: *Financial Industry Developments - CFTC No-Action Relief for Commodity Trader Advisor Registration - CFTC Regulations on Associated Persons of Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants -...more

Son of FATCA – Swiss/U.K. Agree on Information Exchange

In what is clearly the first of many to come intergovernmental agreements similar to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Acct (FATCA) adopted by the U.S. in 2010, the governments of Switzerland and the United Kingdom entered...more

Financial Services Tax – UK Update from Dechert’s Tax Group - February 2013: FATCA Update – No Duplicate Reporting for Investment...

Following the execution of an inter-governmental agreement (or “IGA”) with the United States in September 2012 and a consultation exercise which closed in late 2012, HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) recently published draft...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 28, 2013

In This Issue: *Financial Industry Developments - CFPB Rule on Originator Compensation - Treasury and IRS FATCA Regulations - Rating Agency Developments *Recent Orrick Alerts - Derivatives Reform in...more

UK Tax Law Changes May Affect Fund Industry

Recently proposed changes in UK law could affect private investment funds that operate or have partners, employees or investments in the UK. Many of the proposed changes are included in the draft Finance Bill 2013, which was...more

Financial Services – Update on UK and European Regulatory Developments

This update summarises current regulatory developments impacting the asset management sector in the UK and throughout the European Union. In this issue: - Part A – Regulation of Financial Markets - Part B –...more

FATCA – 2013 and Beyond

Tax lawyer Stuart Schabes co-presented “FATCA – 2013 and Beyond” at The Perfect Storm: US Tax Legislation and IRS Compliance 2013, a program hosted by Philip Stein & Associates and ERM. The discussion...more

BVI & Cayman Funds Round-Up: From FATCA to Fund Directors

Legislative Update - In the BVI, the BVI Business Companies Act has been amended to take into account a number of improvements and enhancements and to address a number of proposals that BVI practitioners had...more

FATCA’s Legal Issues

To address concerns that US taxpayers were failing to report income generated in offshore accounts, the US Congress adopted Sections 1471 through 1474 of the Internal Revenue Code, commonly referred to as “FATCA,” in early...more

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