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Antitrust and competition enforcement is changing fast: our report for multinationals from 3 global conferences

The world of antitrust/competition enforcement is changing more rapidly than ever. This evolving environment presents new challenges for companies with multinational operations, their executives and their advisers....more

The FIFA Flop: Why Anti-Bribery Training is More Important Than Just Knowing How To Play The Game

Brazil passed their new anti-bribery law back in January. Only a couple of months before the 2014 World Cup was set to start, Brazil, the host country of the famous “football” world championship, offered guidance about their...more

China’s State Secret Laws: Avoiding Liability in Cross Border Litigation and Investigations

When complying with discovery obligations in cross border litigation or responding to document production requests from overseas regulators, multi-nationals operating in China have to comply with China’s state secret laws...more

European Commission Uses EU State Aid Rules Against Aggressive Tax Planning by Multinational Companies

EU Member States are prohibited from granting to companies selective advantages that qualify as State aid within the meaning of Article 107(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) without the prior...more

Is Your Company Prepared For The Potential Impacts Of The Stop Corporate Inversions Act of 2014

As Congress Seeks Additional Funding, Inversion Proposal Emerges - Throughout the past several weeks, Pfizer’s attempt to acquire AstraZeneca has garnered significant congressional and media attention. Pfizer, a U.S....more

Red Notice Newsleter

Welcome to the May 2014 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month, on the anticorruption front, Avon Products, Inc. (“Avon”) agrees to pay USD $135 million to settle a...more

China’s Anti-Graft Campaign: Implications for Multi-Nationals Operating in China

Chinese anti-corruption efforts historically targeted recipients of bribes, particularly government officials. In the past year, however, Chinese authorities have initiated a very public crackdown on bribe payers in the life...more

Delhi High Court upholds Centrica ruling: employee secondment may trigger permanent establishment

Multinationals with operations in India should take note of the Delhi High Court’s recently decision in Centrica India Offshore Pvt Ltd., in which it upheld a ruling of the Authority for Advance Rulings that an employee...more

Global HR Hot Topic: Globally Auditing Human Resources Compliance - May 2014

Globalization pushes multinationals to align more and more aspects of human resources across borders. Multinationals now routinely globalize many of their HR programs, policies, benefits and other "offerings" that, back in...more

New York Court Affirms Separate Entity Ruling on Appeal

On March 11, 2014, a New York state appellate court affirmed an important decision on the “separate entity” rule that is favorable to all multinational banks that maintain a New York branch. New York’s separate entity rule...more

Global HR Hot Topic—March 2014: Global Compensation, Bonus and Benefits Plan Checklist

Business imperatives push multinationals to expand at least some of their pay, bonus and benefits offerings internationally. This is why in recent years we have seen multinationals globalize many compensation and benefits...more

When Family Comes First

Ningbo native Lisa Sun spent two decades at several multi-nationals in China, climbing the ranks in the human resources sector. Three years ago, however, she was forced to make a tough call. Her son, who was in primary school...more

More CNIL Guidance for Multinationals Seeking to Comply with SOX & Dodd-Frank

United States employers operating in France often face a dilemma. While they may be bound by the whistleblowing requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act ("SOX") and its Dodd-Frank amendments,1 they also are bound by the data...more

New PRC Policies on Annual Inspection

On February 19, 2014 the state-level General Administration for Industry and Commerce (the “AIC“) issued a notice to officially cancel the annual inspection for all types of enterprises including domestic entities,...more

Top Legal Issues Facing Suppliers in 2014: Antitrust

High on the Foley & Lardner LLP priority list of top antitrust issues facing automotive suppliers for 2014 was the broad and aggressive criminal antitrust investigation of the auto parts industry by the U.S. Department of...more

Businesses Face More Onerous Transfer Pricing Documentation and Country-by-Country Tax Reporting

The OECD proposes to reform transfer pricing documentation for multinational enterprises and to impose onerous country-by-country (CbC) reporting obligations, including disclosure of taxes paid in each country in which a...more

Credit Suisse Admits Securities Law Violations

Another example of the Commission’s new and evolving ad hoc admissions policy emerged from the settlement of an administrative proceeding with Credit Suisse Group AG. In the Matter of Credit Suisse Group AG, File No. 3-15763...more

Can SOX Go Overseas? The Debate Continues

The continuing controversy over whether retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act ("SOX") cover activities outside the United States continues to play out in the courts and administrative bodies. The two leading cases...more

Cross-Border Employers Must Take Care Before Implementing Drug-and-Alcohol-Testing Policies at Non-U.S. Operations

Many U.S.-based employers perform pre-employment, post-accident, or random drug testing, and with some exceptions, are generally permitted wide latitude in deciding when to conduct such tests. The U.S. attitude toward drug...more

Complaint about Foreign Tax Violations Sunk Under SOX

On February 12, 2014, the Fifth Circuit in Villanueva v. U.S. Department of Labor held that an employee did not engage in protected activity under SOX when he reported alleged violations of Columbian tax laws to U.S....more

Domestic Anti-Treaty-Shopping Proposals and Further Consultation Announced in Canada's Federal Budget 2014

In the Canadian Federal Budget released on February 11, 2014, the Department of Finance signaled its intention to enact a domestic treaty-shopping rule, generally allowing the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to deny treaty...more

How Employers Can Deal with USCIS’s Expanded L-1 Site Visit Program

The L work visa category allows multinational companies to transfer overseas employees to the United States. These employees may be transferred to the United States on an L work visa if the employee has been employed outside...more

The European Commission Unveils its First EU Anti-Corruption Report, Highlighting the Continuing Risk of Corruption in EU Member...

On February 3, 2014, the European Commission published its first Anti-Corruption Report (the “Report”). The Report covers all types of corruption, including political corruption, bribery of public officials, and private or...more

OECD releases new discussion draft on transfer pricing documentation – a template for multinational reporting of global business...

The Committee of Fiscal Affairs of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released its proposed updated guidelines on transfer pricing documentation, including country-by-country reporting (CbC),...more

"Using Chapter 11 to Restructure Non-US and Multinational Companies"

Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code is the most well-developed law of any insolvency regime in the world for helping troubled companies restructure their affairs. Some nations, like Canada and the United Kingdom, also have...more

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