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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

The Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review

During the decade preceding the financial and economic crisis, Austria has developed into a buoyant market for both domestic and international M&A activity, with some of the peak years seeing over 400 deals. Compared to...more

OECD Tour de Table Documents Cover Developments in 2014 and 2015

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has posted two Tour de Table documents. The documents, dated October 26, 2015, cover activities from January to July 2014 and before September 2015...more

BEPS Projects Final Report: Issues for the Investment Funds Sector

We have considered the final reports from the perspective of a typical private investment fund that focuses on illiquid assets such as private equity, infrastructure or real estate. Some of the reports contain proposals that,...more

Abolition of Luxembourg IP Box Regime

On 14 October 2015, the Luxembourg Minister of Finance presented a bill to Parliament on the state budget for 2016. This bill contains several proposals affecting corporate taxpayers. One of the main proposals is the...more

Cross-Border Investigations Update - November 2015

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update takes a close look at recent cases and enforcement trends, including developments in U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement; the introduction of...more

Australian Anti-Bribery & Compliance Trends

Today we welcome Ted Williams, Partner, Piper Alderman. Ted, can you share some of your background and experience? TW: Thank you, Richard, for the opportunity to engage with your community, and it was a pleasure to...more

10 Things to Know About the UK Ratification of the Cape Town Convention

Whether you are an airline, lessor or financier in the aviation sector, the UK ratification of the Cape Town Convention, which entered into force on 1 November 2015, will impact the way in which transactions are carried out...more

Tackling Corruption – Now A Truly Global Initiative?

There continues to be a global drive towards greater transparency and accountability in business. There are a number of factors at play here. ...more

Canada Continues Aggressive CFPOA Enforcement in Battle against Corruption

The first half of 2015 saw Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) continue to employ the stronger enforcement measures and stiffer penalties secured with the 2013 amendments to Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public...more

Snowden is Only Part of the Disclosure Story

Edward Snowden may have brought attention to telephonic (voice and data) intelligence agencies both U.S and others, but I speculate that his revelations most likely have not changed the bulk of non-criminal or terrorist...more

Consumer Trust should be at the heart of the Digital Economy

A recent report summary produced by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (‘OECD’) highlighted that many countries are placing too much emphasis on developing their digital economies and are neglecting the...more

The Cape Town Convention in the UK: Effective 1 November 2015

Following accession to the Cape Town Convention1 by the UK on 27 July 2015, the International Interests in Aircraft Equipment (Cape Town Convention) Regulations 2015 (the “Regulations”) will enter into force on 1 November...more

Managing The Changing Tax Landscape: The OECD’s BEPS Recommendations Will Impact Every Multinational

The global climate for international tax is rapidly changing. The OECD, the EU and tax authorities around the world have focused attention on tax planning implemented by leading multinational companies. The OECD believes that...more

EPA Proposes Revisions to Hazardous Waste Import-Export Rules

On October 19, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed significant modifications to rules governing the export and import of hazardous waste. The proposal would affect transboundary shipments...more

European Commission adopts first two decisions in EU tax probe in push for corporate tax reform

On 21 October, the European Commission (“EC”) adopted its first decisions in its investigation into Member States’ tax rulings. The investigation, which began in June 2013, has also targeted tax rulings given to Apple and...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Latin America Edition, October 2015

This newsletter provides a snapshot of the principal US and selected global governance and securities law developments during the third quarter of 2015 that may be of interest to Latin American corporations and financial...more

OECD Publishes Final BEPS Project Reports

A focus on hybrid arrangements, interest deductions, treaty abuse and permanent establishment structures. On 5 October 2015, the OECD published its highly anticipated final reports in relation to Base Erosion and Profit...more

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