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Germany's Foreign Anti-Corruption Efforts: Second-Tier No More

A March 2011 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) Working Group on Bribery characterized Germany as assuming a “leading position” in the investigation and prosecution of foreign...more

The OECD’s BEPS Project – A UK update (Part I)

As part of the 2014 UK Budget, HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs published a position paper on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project. The...more

Monthly Update for March 2014

EPA's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program Updates EDSP Comprehensive Management Plan: On February 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP)...more

"OECD Draft Report: The Digital Economy and Its Tax Challenges"

On March 24, 2014, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a discussion draft report on the tax challenges facing the digital economy (the DE Report). This draft report is issued in...more

OECD Releases Discussion Draft on Tax Challenges of the Digital Economy

On March 24, 2014, the OECD released a discussion draft identifying the major tax challenges raised by the rapidly developing digital economy and summarizing several possible options to address these challenges. Comments on...more

OECD Releases Discussion Drafts on Hybrid Mismatch Arrangements

In July 2013, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (the BEPS Action Plan). The BEPS Action Plan identified hybrid mismatch arrangements...more

"OECD Outlines Plans to Prevent Double-Tax Treaty Abuse"

On March 14, 2014, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a discussion draft report on preventing double-tax treaty abuse (the Treaty Report). The OECD supplemented this release on March...more

OECD Proposes Revisions to Tax Treaties to Prevent “Treaty Abuse”

On March 14, 2014, the OECD released a discussion draft for public consultation, BEPS Action 6: Preventing the Granting of Treaty Benefits in Inappropriate Circumstances (the Discussion Draft), as action item 6 in the OECD’s...more

As Swiss Banking Becomes More Transparent, Americans with Undeclared Swiss Accounts Are Warned

In a move that was likely celebrated by United States governmental officials, Swiss banking secrecy eroded even further on Thursday, March 6, 2014. This is the day that parliament voted to provide foreign tax authorities with...more

On The Horizon - Renewable Energy in Asia: Korea

1. What are the driving factors for increasing renewable energy production in Korea? On 15 August 2008, President Lee Myung-Bak declared “Low-Carbon, Green Growth” as the new 60-year national vision for Korea,...more

Businesses Face More Onerous Transfer Pricing Documentation and Country-by-Country Tax Reporting

The OECD proposes to reform transfer pricing documentation for multinational enterprises and to impose onerous country-by-country (CbC) reporting obligations, including disclosure of taxes paid in each country in which a...more

Australia’s new transfer pricing laws overlap the thin cap rules: new challenges for taxpayers

The overlap of Australia's new transfer pricing laws with the thin capitalization rules is causing challenges and likely duplication of analysis for taxpayers - particularly for the arm's length amount-of-debt...more

International Disclosure Obligations: "Beyond FATCA" - Further Developments in the Laws On Automatic Information Exchange and...

The U.S. information reporting and withholding tax regime known as "FATCA"[1] was signed into law on March 18, 2010. In the nearly four years since, the attention of international financial institutions of every variety,...more

"OECD Releases Global Standard for Automatic Exchange of FATCA-Type Information"

As part of a push for greater transparency, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released on February 13, 2014, a Common Reporting Standard (CRS) for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account...more

OECD Publishes Standard for International Automatic Tax Information Exchange

On February 13, 2014, the OECD published a standard for the automatic exchange of tax information among governments, intended to help fight cross-border tax evasion. Under the standard, governments would collect information...more

The European Commission Unveils its First EU Anti-Corruption Report, Highlighting the Continuing Risk of Corruption in EU Member...

On February 3, 2014, the European Commission published its first Anti-Corruption Report (the “Report”). The Report covers all types of corruption, including political corruption, bribery of public officials, and private or...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 12, Issue 1 (Winter 2014): Evolving Data Protection...

The worldwide expansion of data privacy laws and regulations has impacts that are being felt with increasing regularity in the litigation arena. Whenever data collections occur within foreign corporations or foreign...more

OECD releases new discussion draft on transfer pricing documentation – a template for multinational reporting of global business...

The Committee of Fiscal Affairs of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released its proposed updated guidelines on transfer pricing documentation, including country-by-country reporting (CbC),...more

"Base Erosion and Profit Shifting: Key UK Issues"

Six months have elapsed since the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its 15-point action plan to address Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). During this time, OECD has been working...more

Canada Is Aboard the Anti-Corruption Express

For many years, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) considered Canada a laggard when it came to anti-corruption enforcement. However, in a recent speech, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John...more

Federal Ministry of Finance publishes model for future double tax treaties

Germany provides insight into its tax treaty negotiation policy. The German Federal Ministry of Finance has followed the lead of the United States, Austria and Belgium and has published a model double tax treaty for...more

2014 Trends: #1 Third party risk – still the ethics and compliance ‘Achilles heel’

As we embark on 2014, we’ve pulled together key ethics and compliance industry trends with an eye towards planning for the year ahead. To help, we’ve asked industry experts, our colleagues at NAVEX Global and ethics...more

2014 Transfer Pricing Resolutions

Happy New Year! It’s time to make your 2014 transfer pricing resolutions: read a good book, learn a new language and, of course, exercise, exercise, exercise. 2013 was a very active year from a transfer pricing...more

Brazilian Anti-Corruption Law: 7 Implications and Challenges for Companies Doing Business in Brazil

Brazil’s impending enforcement of its new global anti-corruption law underscores the importance of internal anti-corruption compliance programs. Brazil’s landmark anti-corruption statute will take effect 29 January...more

January 2014 Recent Trends and Patterns in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) - Enforcement report only

In this issue: - Enforcement Actions and Strategies - Perennial Statutory Issues - Unusual Developments - Compliance Guidance - Private Litigation - Enforcement in the United...more

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