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Red Notice Newsletter - April 2015

Welcome to the April 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month in anticorruption developments, Canadian transportation giant faces scrutiny for alleged bribery in South...more

Blog: Amnesty International And Global Witness Scold Companies For Poor Performance In Complying With Conflict Minerals Rule

Amnesty International and Global Witness have posted a paper, “Digging for Transparency,” evaluating the performance by 100 public companies in their inaugural season of conflict minerals reporting. The overall reaction:...more

NGO Study Outlines Best Practices for SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Compliance

On April 22, 2015, two human rights non-governmental organizations, Amnesty International and Global Witness, published a report, Digging for Transparency (the “Report”), analyzing compliance by US reporting companies with...more

Beyond the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

When Ethical Boardroom invited me to write this article, I started thinking about issues that go beyond the ‘bolt-on’ model of anti-bribery compliance. For, as Alison Taylor, director of energy and extractives at BSR...more

Investment in real estate: France-German double tax treaty changes

On 31 March 2015, the Governments of France and Germany signed an amendment to the France-German treaty dated (the “Treaty”), which will have an impact in the future for certain investments in real estate. For France, this...more

International Anti-Corruption Enforcement Efforts

While the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is still the most widely recognized and enforcement anti-bribery and anti-corruption law across the globe, there have been a number of initiatives which will lead directly to...more

Switzerland introduces corporate tax reform III aiming to maintain its global competitiveness: 6 key points

Anticipating ongoing pressure from the European Union and the OECD, Switzerland has launched a draft corporate tax reform, called CTR III, focusing on increasing the competitiveness of Switzerland as a global corporate...more

Blog: CFSI posts “Five Practical Steps to Support SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure”

The Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative has posted an updated 2015 version of its practical guidance white paper on conflict minerals specifically for downstream companies, called “Five Practical Steps to Support SEC Conflict...more

Compliance Programs under the Brazilian Clean Companies Act

According to the World Bank, Brazil is the world’s seventh wealthiest economy, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US$ 2.253 trillion in 2012. On the other hand, Brazil is ranked 69th out of 175 countries in Transparency...more

UK budget 2015

Earlier today the UK government delivered its last budget before the UK general election in May. Many of the measures were, as one might expect so close to an election, focused on personal rather than corporate taxation....more

Can you Certify Anti-Corruption Compliance?

Today’s Q & A is with Philippe Montigny, CEO, Ethic-Intelligence - Q: Hello Philippe and thank you for participating in this Q and A. Having been invited to your own “Experts Corner,” it is a pleasure to engage with you...more

Cayman Portal registration deadline extended

An update was released recently by the Cayman Islands Department of International Tax Cooperation in relation to the status of the Cayman Automated Exchange of Information Portal (Portal) and the requirement for Cayman...more

Recent Developments - Australian Transfer Pricing (TP) Rules: Time To Step Up

With the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO) escalating focus on international profit shifting, it is essential for multinational taxpayers (MNEs) to properly understand the new Australian Transfer Pricing (TP) rules, assess...more

Transfer pricing: US readies adoption of OECD's country-by-country reporting requirement – implications for US taxpayers

The US Treasury Department has announced plans to implement a country-by-country (CbC) reporting requirement starting for fiscal years beginning in 2016 as set out in the guidance issued by the Organisation for Economic...more

OECD Slams France for Lacklustre Bribery & Corruption Enforcement

International pressure is mounting for France to boost their anti-bribery and corruption efforts, but French organisations face the most serious risks—and have the greatest need for strong compliance programmes—today....more

CRA Releases Important Transfer Pricing Guidance on Management Fees and Other Intra-Group Services

CRA recently released a new Transfer Pricing Memorandum (TPM-15) giving detailed guidance on CRA’s audit approach to management fees and other charges for intra-group services, including on allocation keys for indirect...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 52 percent. The likelihood that tax reform will happen in 2017 or earlier, according to the tax experts that participated in the Tax Council (TTC) and Ernst & Young (EY) Tax Reform Business Barometer in...more

Global Tax News - January 2015

A SWIFT LOOK AT OECD’S DISCUSSION DRAFTS ON BEPS PLUS ONE CHART SETTING OUT TIMELINES - During the short days before Christmas, when most of us were busy closing transactions or making last-minute year-end reviews to...more

A swift look at the OECD discussion drafts on BEPS plus one chart setting out timelines

During the short days before Christmas, when most of us were busy closing transactions or making last-minute year-end reviews to financials, the OECD released several BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) discussion drafts,...more

Sunlight on Corruption: An Important Strategy in the Global Anti-Corruption Movement

Everyone is against corruption. Everyone knows that corruption can stifle economic development and increase economic disparity and poverty. When government officials take money for their own benefit, they are robbing the...more

OECD Releases Guidance for Digital Consumer Products

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released Consumer Policy Guidance on Intangible Digital Content Products (Guidance) for protecting online consumers of digital content....more

Federal District Court Ruling in Fukushima Daiichi Case Has Implications for Global Nuclear Liability Management

A recent ruling in Cooper v. Tokyo Electric Power Company, No. 12-CV-3032, S.D. Cal., Oct. 28, 2014, one of three lawsuits filed in the United States related to the 2011 incident at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant,...more

OECD Foreign Bribery Report: Leveraging The How, Where And Why Of Bribery To Bolster Your Ethics And Compliance Training Program

In my last blog post, “The OECD Foreign Bribery Report: 7 Insights To Improve Your Ethics And Compliance Training Program,” I identified the seven bribery trends covered in OECD’s Foreign Bribery Report. The report listed...more

FinCrimes Update - December 2014, Volumn 1, Issue 10

In this Issue: BSA/AML & OFAC | Virtual Currency & Payment Systems | FCPA & Anti-Corruption | Criminal Enforcement...more

DOJ, SEC Inquiry into Och-Ziff Capital “Placement Fee” Payment Highlights Continuing FCPA Scrutiny

Och-Ziff Capital Management (Och-Ziff), a publicly traded hedge fund, hasdisclosed that it is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). ...more

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