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European Commission Proposes an Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive

The proposed Council Directive marks another, significant, though likely problematic, step towards tackling tax avoidance across Member States. Background - The European Commission (the Commission) has been moving...more

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

OECD Publishes Reports Concerning Nanomaterials

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has posted the following reports concerning nanomaterials: - Considerations for Using Dissolution as a Function of Surface Chemistry to Evaluate...more

European Commission releases anti-tax-avoidance package – practical takeaways

The European Commission has released its highly anticipated anti-tax-avoidance (ATA) package. The package, released January 28, 2016, contains proposed rules and recommendations to avoid aggressive tax planning within...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

EU Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive Published: Implications For Corporate Taxpayers In Belgium

On 28 January 2016 the EC published the proposal for a so-called Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive. It applies to all taxpayers which are subject to corporate tax in an EU Member State, including corporate taxpayers without...more

French Finance Act for 2016 and Amending Finance Act for 2015: The Most Important Changes Affecting Businesses

The French Finance Act for 2016 and Amending Finance Act for 2015 were enacted on December 30, 2015 (the “Acts”). Under the new legislation, the neutralization of the 5% add-backs on dividends within tax-consolidated groups...more

Human Rights Expectations for the Banking Sector: A New Report from Foley Hoag and UNEP FI

Attorneys in Foley Hoag’s Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) practice and the U.N. Environment Programme Finance Initiative (“UNEP FI”) recently collaborated on a report analyzing the implications of the U.N. Guiding...more

International Tax Advisory: New Law Brings Some Welcome FIRPTA Changes

On December 18, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (the “PATH Act”). Despite the new law’s name, a number of its provisions affect foreign investors. The PATH Act introduces several...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

Common Reporting Standards Come Into Effect For Many Offshore Funds on January 1, 2016

On January 1, 2016, the new standard for automatic exchange of information between tax authorities developed by the OECD (the “Common Reporting Standard”) becomes effective in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the British Virgin...more

2015 UK Autumn Statement – business tax update

This year’s Autumn Statement proved to be rather quiet on the corporate tax front, contrasting with the recent OECD/BEPS led activity in the international arena. Perhaps this was in part due to the relatively recent Summer...more

Tax Update: Tax Ruling Transparency in the EU - What You Need to Know

In the wake of the final OECD BEPS reports issued in October, the European Council adopted amendments to Directive 2011/16/EU providing for the automatic exchange of information concerning advance cross border rulings (ACBR)...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, December 2015.

EPA Issues Final Rule Adding 1-Bromopropane To EPCRA Section 313 List: On November 23, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule adding 1-bromopropane to the list of toxic chemicals subject to...more

International News: Focus on Tax - Issue 3, 2015

The breadth of the articles contained in our Focus on Tax this issue demonstrates the perennial importance of this topic to global businesses and international high net worth individuals. We examine topics ranging from...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

Central Bank Management Feedback Statement and Guidance (CP86) - The Central Bank published its feedback statement on CP86: Fund Management Company Boards (the “Feedback Statement”) and related Guidance on Fund...more

UK Autumn Statement 2015 – Key Tax Measures

The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his budgetary Autumn Statement on 25 November 2015. In this Client and Friends Alert we have outlined the key tax measures that we expect to be of interest to Cadwalader’s clients...more

OECD Working Party on Resource Productivity and Waste Posts Documents Concerning Nanomaterials

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently posted four reflection papers that discuss the possible release of nanomaterials from waste treatment operations and a literature review on four...more

Should the Definition of “Foreign Official” Matter?

FCPA practitioners are familiar with the term “public international organization” as included in the definition of “foreign official” for FCPA liability purposes but do we really know what the term means? Recent activity...more

Global Tax News - November 2015

HANDS OFF DIGITAL CURRENCIES! CANADA’S SENATE CALLS FOR A LIGHT REGULATORY APPROACH Formerly considered a gimmick for geeks and gamers, digital currencies, such as Bitcoin, have grown into a worldwide phenomenon...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, November 2015

EPA Extends Public Comment Period On Three Flame Retardant Clusters: On August 13, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment three Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan...more

Luxembourg rated as "Largely Compliant" by the OECD Global Forum

On 30 October 2015, the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes published a supplementary peer review report for Luxembourg....more

South Korea: Building for the future

Rising to the challenge - South Korea is one of Asia’s powerhouses, and its strong exports sector and willingness to adapt its economy make it highly attractive to investors. South Korea’s economic development has...more

The Common Reporting Standards - New Global Tax Information Exchange Regime Begins January 2016

The Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”) will impose new investor due diligence and reporting obligations on funds and other financial institutions based in “early adopter” participating jurisdictions, with effect from January...more

OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project — Final Reports Released

On October 5, 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) published final reports outlining the “actions” to be undertaken by OECD members as part of the base erosion and profit shifting (“BEPS”)...more

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