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ASX's Recent Changes: Rights Issue, Dividend and Distribution Timetables

From 14 April 2014, the Australia Securities Exchange (ASX) will introduce changes to timetables for rights issues, dividend and distribution reinvestment plans and other corporate actions. ...more

IRS Signals a Potential End to Its Administrative Pursuit of the Separate Account DRD

On February 4, the IRS issued a new revenue ruling – Rev. Rul. 2014-7 – that indicates that the IRS no longer plans to issue formal guidance concerning the treatment of the dividends-received deduction (DRD) with respect to...more

Prop. Regs. Apply ‘Delta’ Approach For Dividend-Equivalent Payments To Foreign Persons

Section 871(m) was enacted in 2010 to curb the perceived abuse of foreign persons using derivatives — primarily notional principal contracts (NPCs) or swaps — to replicate the ownership of an underlying U.S. equity without...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, No. 4 - January 2014

In This Issue: FATCA Developments: Treasury Signs IGAs; IRS Finalizes FFI Agreement; IRS Releases Final and New Proposed “Dividend Equivalent” Regs; IRS Issues Final Swap Assignment Regs; IRS Issues Final “Net...more

Start-Up Raising Capital? Some Common Features of Preferred Shares & Why Some Select Preferred Shares over Convertible Debt

When you start a business and want to attract your first round of financing, Preferred Shares is one product that can be offered to Investors. Many Founders have asked us to explain exactly what Preferred Shares are and...more

Sale of dividend claims to third parties by non-resident taxpayers

Federal Ministry of Finance: If the capital gain is not taxable in Germany, the correspondent dividends are taxed. With its circular letter dated 26 July 2013, the Federal Ministry of Finance comments on the tax...more

IRS Releases Final and New Proposed Regulations That Define “Dividend Equivalent” for U.S. Withholding Tax Purposes

On December 5, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) finalized temporary regulations and issued new proposed regulations under Section 871(m), the Internal Revenue Code provision that treats “dividend equivalents” paid...more

"IRS Releases Final and Proposed Regulations Regarding Dividend Equivalent Payments to Foreigners"

As part of 2010 legislation, Congress enacted section 871(m) of the Internal Revenue Code, which provides that payments made to foreign persons under specified notional principal contracts (“Specified NPCs”), securities...more

Final And Proposed Regulations Address U.S. Withholding Tax On U.S. Equity Derivatives

I. Introduction - On Tuesday, December 4, the IRS and the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations that, if finalized as proposed, would dramatically increase the extent to which U.S. withholding tax is imposed...more

Treasury Delays Implementation of Final Expanded Dividend-Equivalent Regulations By Two Years, Keeps Current Four-Factor Test in...

The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today (available here) that they are delaying the implementation by two years—until January 1, 2016—of final expanded regulations governing the...more

Favorable IRS ruling for US taxpayer on application of US - Cyprus tax treaty

In a recent internal legal memorandum (the ILM), the IRS concluded that a US individual was entitled to treat dividends received from a Cypriot holding company with no Cypriot ownership as qualified dividend income (QDI), and...more

IRS to Resume Work on REIT Conversion Ruling Requests

On November 14, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) contacted at least three companies (Equinix, Iron Mountain and Lamar Advertising) informing them that the IRS would resume working on their ruling requests seeking guidance...more

Silicon Valley Venture Survey - Third Quarter 2013

We analyzed the terms of venture financings for 128 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the third quarter of 2013. Overview of Fenwick & West Results - Valuation results in...more

CIS Legal Update - September 2013: Changes to the Regulatory Framework for Dividend Payments in Russia

Beginning January 1, 2014, the regulatory framework for the payment of dividends in Russia will change considerably, which should result in more efficient and transparent distributions of dividends from Russian companies....more

Checkpoints: The Consequences Of crossing Various Ownership Thresholds When Investing

This memorandum outlines certain considerations associated with the acquisition of different levels of ownership of a U.S. company, including some of the approaches used in determining such “ownership”: - Sections 13...more

Distribution of dividends in kind: a useful way to divest company holdings in favour of shareholders: TCI, EADS, Dassault and Co.

Summary - Like English and U.S. laws, French law allows, under certain conditions, public joint stock companies (“sociétés anonymes”) or simplified joint stock companies (“sociétés par actions simplifiées”) to...more

Tax Newsletter - Second Edition 2013: A Review Of PRC And Hong Kong Tax Developments

In This Issue: *CHINA: - HEADQUARTER AND BRANCHES VAT FILING UNDER THE VAT PILOT PROGRAM - FURTHER CLARIFICATION ON BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF DIVIDENDS UNDER DTA WITH HONG KONG - PE ON SECONDMENT...more

FERC to Review Limitations on Payment of Dividends by Public Utilities from Capital Accounts

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently announced that it intends to review whether to grant blanket relief to certain public utilities from the prohibition in the Federal Power Act against payment of dividends by...more

High Net Worth Family Tax Report, Vol. 8. No. 3 -- September 2013

Supreme Court Holds Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional - On June 27, 2013, in a landmark ruling, the United States Supreme Court held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The...more

Tax Litigation Update: Second Circuit Decision Limits Deductibility of Life Insurance Dividends

A decision by the United StatesCourt of Appeals for the Second Circuit earlier this month strictly interpreted deductibility I.R.C. § 808(c) as it relates to the deductibility of policyholder dividends paid by life insurance...more

Second Circuit Disagrees with Claims Court and Denies Deduction for Contingent Dividend Liability

On August 1, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held in New York Life Ins. Co. v. U.S., that the taxpayer’s liability for policyholder dividends was contingent, and therefore, was not deductible until the...more

Inside M&A - Summer 2013

A Closer Look at Leveraged Dividend Recapitalizations - With merger and acquisition activity down over the course of 2012 into 2013, and a weak market for initial public offerings (IPOs), many private equity firms have...more

FATCA Withholding And Reporting Deferred For Six Months

In response to taxpayer concerns about the practicality of meeting certain FATCA compliance timeline dates, the IRS, in Notice 2013-43 issued today, has extended some of those dates and made certain conforming changes. ...more

No 15% Qualified Dividend Rate For CFC Inclusion

Back in 2011, we reviewed a Tax Court case that determined that income inclusion under the controlled foreign corporation (CFC) rules, while taxed like a dividend at ordinary income rates, could not qualify for the lower 15%...more

Exchangeable Share Structures Revisited

Exchangeable share structures have been a fixture in structuring cross-border share exchange mergers and acquisitions involving Canadian corporations for decades. Although the Canadian government previously announced plans to...more

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