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U.S. Withholding on Synthetic Trades over U.S. Equities—Further Delay of Full Implementation Until 2019 (Notice 2017-42)

In response to perceived abuses in taxpayers’ use of swaps and other derivative transactions (e.g., options, futures or forwards) to avoid withholding tax on U.S. source dividends, Congress added Section 871(m) to the...more

Foreign Investment in the U.S.: How The Trump Presidency Could Change Things

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Twelve years have passed since publication of the article Uncle Sam Watches Nervously: Foreign Investment in U.S. Industries in 2004. That article discussed the review process under the Exon-Florio Amendment delegated to the...more

U.S. Tax Court Ruling Exempts Gain on Foreign Partner's Sale of a Partnership Interest

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Tax Court issued a decision in Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. No. 3, which could have a significant impact on how non-U.S. investors invest in U.S....more

Saudi Council of Ministers Approves 100% Foreign Ownership of Engineering Consultancies

by Jones Day on

Currently, Saudi Arabian law permits foreign direct investment in engineering consultancies operating in the private sector only through a professional company licensed by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry ("MOCI")....more

Developments in the U.S. Tax Treatment of UK Charities

by DLA Piper on

The Internal Revenue Service has revoked the U.S. tax exempt status of 195 prominent UK charities by posting their names on a website. These UK charities will find it harder to attract support from U.S. individuals and...more

Mauritius – the gate for Chinese Investment into Africa

by Dentons on

The data published by the Mauritius central bank and central statistics bureau in April shows that in 2016 China is the second largest foreign investor in (US$70 million, following US$128 million from France) and the largest...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Tanzania

1 .What role does the government of the United Republic of Tanzania play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? The government plays an active role in approving and regulating foreign direct investment....more

Grecian Magnesite Mining v. Commissioner: Foreign Investor Not Subject to US Tax on Sale of Partnership Interest

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In a long-awaited decision, the Tax Court recently held that gain realized by a foreign taxpayer on the sale of a partnership engaged in a US trade or business was a sale of a capital asset not subject to US tax, declining to...more

Chinese buyers act quickly – Parallel UK & EU foreign takeover control systems proposed

by Bryan Cave on

On the 14th August 2017, it was widely reported in the UK press how Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission President, is preparing to unveil EU foreign takeover controls at a keynote speech in September. Such a system...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: South Africa

1 .What role does the government of South Africa play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? South Africa is a constitutional democracy and an active member of the international investment community. It...more

Dana Gas Sukuk: A red herring or cause for concern?

by White & Case LLP on

The recent move by Dana Gas PJSC ("Dana Gas") to declare its approximately US$700 million of outstanding trust certificates unlawful and, accordingly, unenforceable on grounds that, in the company's view and that of its...more

Tanzania Overhauls Mining Laws, Fines Investor US$190 Billion: Is Your Investment Protected?

by Jones Day on

Recently, Tanzania enacted a series of mining laws that significantly erode protection for existing and future investments in the mining industry. As part of these measures, one foreign investor has been assessed a US$190...more

What’s Next in Foreign Direct Investment for the Carolinas?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Forget the “summer slump” – the summer of 2017 has been one for the books when it comes to foreign investment in the Carolinas. At the end of June, South Korean conglomerate Samsung made a monumental decision to locate an...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big news in the streaming world late yesterday, with Disney announcing that was acquiring a 75 percent stake in BamTech and would be pulling all of its content from Netflix in anticipation of launching its own streaming...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Nigeria

1 .What role does the government of nigeria play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? Due to the economic benefits that accompany Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), the Nigerian government strives to...more

China implements new tax and administrative measures to boost foreign investment

by DLA Piper on

The Standing Committee of the China State Council, in their meeting of 28 July, released a strong signal on the encouragement of foreign investment in China. The meeting resulted in several particular measures aiming to...more

German Government Expands Authority Over Takeovers by Investors from Outside the EU

by Jones Day on

On July 18, 2017, the German government enacted changes to the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance ("AWV") that significantly expand the scope of the law....more

Amendments to the Foreign Investments Law: a means to tighten control?

by White & Case LLP on

On 18 July 2017, the Russian President signed Federal Law No. 165-FZ, which contains a package of amendments to Federal Law No. 160-FZ dated 9 July 1999 "On Foreign Investments in the Russian Federation" (the "Foreign...more

Amendment of German Foreign Trade Law – Stricter Regulations for Non-EU Investors?

by Goodwin on

On 12 July 2017, an amendment to the German Foreign Trade Ordinance was resolved, and is expected to come into effect shortly. It is currently being debated in the German and international press whether this can be seen as a...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Kenya

1. What role does the government of Kenya play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? There is no regulation on foreign direct investment in Kenya except in specific sectors where state corporations have a...more

Republic of Guinea Passes Public–Private Partnership Law to Lure Investors

by Jones Day on

Guinea's Urgent Need for Critical Infrastructures - Guinea is a geological goldmine, quite literally, when one considers the high concentration of natural resources in its soil (including diamonds, gold, iron, bauxite,...more

Russia amends foreign investments regulations

by DLA Piper on

In July 2017 Russian legislation regulating foreign investments was modified through two sets of amendments. The first set of amendments relates to limitations of so-called “offshore companies” when investing in Russian...more

Foreign Investment in Australia - Update

by DLA Piper on

Foreign investment is key to Australia’s economic development, and Australia welcomes it. As the fourth largest economy in the dynamic Asia Pacific region, Australia's competitive economy is set for continued expansion -...more

Foreign Investor Surcharges Illustrate Lack of Harmonisation in State Tax Policy

by K&L Gates LLP on

In the 17th century the French politician Jean-Baptise Colbert said "the art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to procure the largest quantity of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing." For the...more

Senate Minority Leader Urges President Trump to Suspend Chinese Acquisitions of U.S. Companies

Recent public reports indicate Senate Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Democratic Leader, has authored a letter to President Trump requesting the President order the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States...more

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