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California Dividend Statutes Found To Preempt Common Law Claims

Chapter 5 of the California Corporations Code imposes specific limitations on “distributions to shareholders”, a term defined in Corporations Code section 166. Directors who approve the making of any distribution to...more

Term Sheet Math — When Is Your 66 Percent Really 52 Percent?

When negotiating valuation for a financing, an investor may conduct detailed due diligence and present you with a term sheet that reflects multiples, discounts, comparables, and so forth. In the end, you are negotiating for...more

Employee Benefits Developments - June 2014

In This Issue: - Rulings, Opinions, Etc. ..Validating Rollover Contributions: New Guidance - Case ..Stock Drop Case Development: The Supreme Court Rejects The Presumption Of Prudence ..Dividend...more

Retroactive Tax Planning

Converting Subpart F Income into Qualified Dividends - U.S. shareholders of foreign corporations are generally not subject to tax on the earnings of such corporations until the earnings are repatriated to the...more

Spruce Credit: Avoidance transactions and the Duke of Westminster

In Spruce Credit Union v. The Queen (2014 FCA 143) the Federal Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s interpretation and application of the inter-corporate dividend deduction under subsection 112(1) of the Income Tax Act...more

Statutory Exemption from U.S. Withholding Tax on Dividends Remains

Generally, a non-U.S. taxpayer that is not engaged in a U.S. trade or business is taxable in the United States only on U.S.-source “fixed determinable, annual or periodical” income (FDAP)....more

IRS Chief Counsel Shrugs Off Taxpayer’s Section 956 Gambit

In a recently released Chief Counsel Advice Memorandum (the “Memorandum”), the IRS Office of Chief Counsel (International) addressed an interesting and somewhat creative internal financing structure deployed by a taxpayer...more

The Entrepreneurs Report - Q1 2014

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s experience confirms reports that the market remains positive overall, with up rounds comprising more than three-quarters of all venture deals in Q1 2014, the highest proportion in several...more

Belgium: new "fairness tax"

As from assessment year 2014, dividend distributions made by Belgian companies that do not qualify as SMEs may trigger a new tax, dubbed the "fairness tax.” This new fiscal measure is a separate tax (5.15%) aimed at...more

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

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