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Cassation instance supports tax authorities in Oriflame case

On June 11, 2015, Moscow District Arbitration Court handed down its ruling in the controversial Oriflame case. In the case, the tax authorities challenged the lawfulness of a Russian organization deducting VAT and expenses...more

ECHA Asks Registrants to Consider New OECD Data on Nanomaterials

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued a June 9, 2015, press release reminding registrants to consider the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) dissemination of hazard information on the...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 15. The number of member nations now under increased scrutiny from European Union regulators who are aggressively hunting for violations of the EU’s “state aid” rules. The possible violations arise from...more

What Happened In Oslo Shouldn’t Stay In Oslo

Last week I had the pleasure and honor of participating in the Oslo, 2015 Anti-Corruption Conference, at the invitation of Helge Kvamme, Partner, Investigations and Compliance, Selmer Law Firm, Norway, and a member of the...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 61. The number of countries that have signed on to implement the OECD’s multilateral agreement for the automatic exchange of tax information, in conjunction with the ongoing Base Erosion and Profit...more

OECD Finds Standard Test Guidelines for Normal Chemical Substances Are in Most Part Suitable for Nanomaterials

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued a June 9, 2015, press release entitled “OECD chemical studies show way forward for nanomaterial safety.” The press release states...more

Two Sides of A Global Corruption Investigation at Anti-Corruption Oslo

This is the second part of my interview with Robert (“Bob”) Appleton, which is timely given our question and answer session at the upcoming Anti-Corruption Conference, Oslo, where we will engage in an interview titled...more

Robert Appleton: It’s FCPA Compliance or Vegas

Today is the first of a two part interview with Robert “Bob” Appleton and is an edited version of the entire interview which will be available for download when part II is published next week....more

Global Tax Enforcement in 2015: What You Need to Know

Tax fraud occurs on a considerable scale that can exceed law enforcement’s ability to detect and punish the conduct. This is true at both the federal and state levels. As of 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and the...more

Insights for Improving Conflict Minerals Compliance

As the annual May 31 deadline falls on a Sunday this year, companies must file their Conflict Minerals disclosures under Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act with the U.S....more

OECD Discussion Draft on Cost Contribution Arrangements vs. US tax rules on Cost Sharing Arrangements: key comparisons

The OECD has released a Discussion Draft on Cost Contribution Arrangements (CCAs) as part of its ongoing activities related to eliminating Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) by multinational enterprises. This...more

Diverted Profits Tax: counterbalancing the UK's "open for business" agenda?

The UK’s introduction of the diverted profits tax (DPT) has dismayed tax practitioners and their multinational clients. Rushed through parliament (ahead of its dissolution before the general election) and in effect as of...more

Preventing the Worst: Stopping Obvious and Bold FCPA Violations by Executives

Last year, a number of corruption cases, both individual prosecutions and suits against companies, revolved around the behavior of senior executives. While third parties can often be the vehicle companies use to funnel bribe...more

International Tax Grows Up: The Tax Section at 75, Subpart F at 53, and the Foreign Tax Credit at 97

As the Tax Section celebrates its 75th anniversary, I was asked to reflect on the Section’s contribution in the international tax arena and on how the Section’s international community has grown. I started by recognizing the...more

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

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