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BEPS Action 7: how the OECD's proposals to redefine a PE could affect multinationals

The OECD’s final reports on the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Project aim to target aggressive tax planning strategies which have the effect of shifting profits from high tax jurisdictions to low tax jurisdictions....more

Strengthened Blacklist System For Enterprises Operating in China

China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) recently issued the Interim Measures for the Administration of the List of Dishonest Enterprises Committing Serious Violation of Laws (the “Interim Measures”),...more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - January 2016

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015—the Year-End Legislation f/k/a Extenders - Just in time for Christmas, Congress passed, with bipartisan support, and the President signed, the “Protecting Americans from...more

What Good Compliance Looks Like: Part II

In a prior post, I shared the view of a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, who launched his talk at a compliance event by asking “what does good look like?” In that post, I concluded with how “I spent the better part of my career...more

Top Compliance Issues Facing Manufacturers in 2016

In the last several years, the U.S. has been aggressively enforcing laws governing exports and international conduct. This is amply illustrated by the continuing imposition of large penalties on multinational companies for...more

Tax State Aid: The European Commission concludes Belgian ‘excess profit’ rulings illegal

On January 11 2016, the European Commission (the Commission) again used Tax State Aid arguments to combat tax planning by multinationals when it announced its final decision in the formal state aid investigation into the...more

Employers Can Read Employees’ Private Messages

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled in favor of the employer in a case concerning a Romanian sales engineer whose employment was terminated following discovery by his employer that he was sending private...more

[Webinar] White Collar Crimes in Indo-U.S. context: Do’s and Don’ts - Meritas Capability Webinar - Feb. 3rd, 10:00am EST

While emerging markets represent untapped growth potential and investment opportunities, there is often a sharp contrast between global best practices and compliance requirements and accepted business practices prevalent in...more

Second Circuit Panel Declines to Abandon Rule on Corporate Liability Under Alien Tort Statute

On December 8, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (“Second Circuit”) issued its decision in In re Arab Bank, PLC Alien Tort Statute Litigation, which involved claims brought against Arab Bank, PLC (“Arab...more

Tax Update: European Commission Decides Belgian Excess Profit Tax Rulings are Illegal State Aid - Granted to at Least 35...

On 11 January 2016, the European Commission decided that the tax adjustments granted under the Belgian tax scheme introduced in 2004 by Article 185 §2 of the Corporate Income Tax Code on excess profits within multinational...more

Legal Trends: Tax

Elected in October 2015, Canada’s new Liberal government has proposed a tax platform featuring significant changes, including a four per cent increase (to 33 per cent) in the federal tax rate for individuals on income over...more

What US Companies Need to Know About New EU Data Protection Rules

On December 15, the European Commission put forward the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which—subject to formal adoption by the European Parliament in 2016—will replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive, the...more

The EU General Data Protection Regulation

On December 15, 2015, European Union (“EU”) politicians and officials reached a political agreement on a new EU-wide legal framework to govern data sharing and collection and related consumer privacy rights. It is called the...more

China's New Rules on Donations to Healthcare Entities - Implications for Multinational Companies

In August 2015, the PRC Health and Family Planning Commission (the "NHFPC"), the agency responsible for regulating the Chinese healthcare industry, issued the Administrative Measures on the Acceptance of Public Welfare...more

UK Prosecutor Secures First Deferred Prosecution Agreement for Bribery

We consider the implications for corporations under UK and US law, and the future of global criminal and civil investigations. On November 26, 2015, the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) secured its first Deferred...more

IRS Continues Focus on Corporate Inversions

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues its focus on perceived abuses in corporate inversion transactions. On November 19, the IRS released Notice 2015-79, which places new limitations on the ability of a U.S....more

Interview: Third Party Risk Management on the Front-Line

In an interview with Leas Bachatene, CEO at ethiXbase, Richard Bistrong, CEO at Front-Line Anti-Bribery LLC, shares his views on front-line third party risk management in today’s business environment. Originally...more

International Business Attitudes to Corruption: Past & Present

The following interview is with John Bray, Director (Analysis), Control Risks. RB: John, thank you for joining me for this interview. As the main author of the Control Risks “International Business Attitudes to...more

Global Trends in Anti-Corruption Legislation: Mexico to Ramp up Enforcement Activity

U.S. federal prosecutors recently investigated Wal-Mart de Mexico, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s largest foreign subsidiary, for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The FCPA is a U.S. criminal statute...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News: Standing strong: understanding Japan’s patent system

The scenario is familiar. Your company is expanding product sales worldwide or restructuring to form subsidiaries outside the US. New entities – whether third parties or corporate affiliates – need patent rights. Your company...more

Intellectual Property & Technology News: US companies: EU data regulation means new oversight

The proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation will cover entities regardless of their physical presence or scope of operations within the EU even if all they do is sell products in the EU. This means that many US...more

Weltimmo v. Hungarian Data Protection Authority: EU Rules on What It Means To Be “Established” in a Jurisdiction

While the Schrems decision invalidating the US-EU Safe Harbor Program is rightly attracting a great deal of attention (as well as blogging and webinars) – and leaving many wondering what to do in the absence of the US-EU Safe...more

China Regulatory Enforcement Quarterly - Q3 2015

On August 12, a series of explosions in the northern port-city of Tianjin killed over one hundred people and injured hundreds of others. The explosions were allegedly caused by hazardous chemical materials in shipping...more

Avoiding Non-Enforcement of Non-Competes

The use of non-competition agreements to protect a company’s relationships and sensitive information is a relatively common practice. What can be less common, however, is careful use of non-competition agreements, with the...more

An Easing of Brazil’s Restrictive Labor Laws? Only Time Will Tell

Brazil’s troubled economy has been making global headlines for the past few months. After five years of growth, understood now to have largely been fueled by China’s seemingly insatiable hunger for commodities, the economy...more

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