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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

Energy & Environment Update - January 2015

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Environmental...more

The End of an Era and the End of Facilitation Payments?

Two famous New Yorkers died this week. Both spoke to not only to the glamour of the Big Apple, but the city’s once undisputed crown as the cultural mecca of the US. They were Allie Sherman and Bess Myerson....more

The OECD Foreign Bribery Report: 7 Insights to Improve Your Ethics And Compliance Training Program

According to Ernst and Young’s ‘Navigating today’s complex business risks Europe, Middle East, India and Africa Fraud Survey 2013,’ half of workers surveyed across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India believe bribery and...more

Worldwide Exchange of Tax Information: OECD Expands upon FATCA to Add New Requirements

While the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) has focused worldwide attention on U.S. efforts to create a mandatory cross-border exchange of tax information, the enactment of FATCA was not an isolated occurrence. For...more

The OECD Report: Shedding Light on Foreign Bribery

The OECD has been at the forefront of the global battle against corruption. Its recent report, Foreign Bribery Report (available here) the OECD provided important insights into the occurrence of foreign bribery....more

Hybrid Mismatches – UK Proposals for Implementing the BEPS Recommendations

The United Kingdom made its first substantive commitment arising out of the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) initiative on 3 December 2014, with the release of a consultation paper on implementing the agreed G20-...more

The OECD Foreign Bribery Report: ‘Too Big to Debar’

“Your criminal actions raise serious questions as to whether you have the requisite personal integrity and business ethics to be a responsible Government contractor.” That’s me. I was debarred from being a government...more

New OECD Report Provides Insight into Foreign Bribery

According to a recent report issued by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), international efforts to tackle bribery have increased dramatically since the implementation of the Convention on...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Second Circuit took center stage this week, handing down a decision which reversed the insider trading convictions of two remote tippees. The decision circumscribes tippee liability by defining the elements of a claim and...more

Tax Alert: Commissionnaires and Other PE Structures under Scrutiny as Part of BEPS

The OECD has recently published a discussion draft on the portion of its BEPS action plan dealing with permanent establishments and has titled this paper, “Preventing the Artificial Avoidance of PE Status 1 The title itself...more

The Nobel Prize and FCPA Enforcement Going Forward

One hundred and 13 years ago on this date, the first Nobel Prizes were awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. The ceremony came on the fifth anniversary of the...more

DOJ and SEC Officials Focus on Enforcement, Self-Reporting and Compliance at International FCPA Conference

From November 18 to 19, 2014, the American Conference Institute held its annual U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) conference outside of Washington, D.C. Keynote speakers including U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)...more

International Tax News - November 2014

FISCAL STATE AID: ATOMIC ALARM! - Early this month, a group of investigative journalists made public approximately 540 rulings granted by the Luxembourg tax administration to some 340 companies active in a large number...more

OECD proposes curtailing use of commissionaire and other arrangements that aim to avoid PE status

The OECD Focus Group on the Artificial Avoidance of Permanent Establishment (PE) Status recently issued its Proposed Discussion Draft that proposes 14 possible changes to the definition of a PE under Article 5 of the OECD...more

OECD Proposes Changes to the Definition of Permanent Establishment

As previously reported, the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a 15-point Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Action Plan that provided a set of recommendations for a coordinated...more

Base Erosion and Profit Shifting: The Australian Perspective

In July 2013, the G20 Finance Ministers, including Australia, fully endorsed the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) Action Plan. As a result of the Action Plan, the Australian government encouraged a new commitment to...more

Action 5 - Countering Harmful Tax Practices

Action Item 5 of the BEPS Action Plan commits the Forum on Harmful Tax Practices (“FHTP”) to: “revamp the work on harmful tax practices with a priority on improving transparency, including compulsory spontaneous...more

OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project

On September 16, 2014, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) released seven reports addressing certain aspects of the base erosion and profit shifting (“BEPS”) project. The seven BEPS reports...more

Study Shows Only Four Parties to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention Actively Enforce Convention

According to a recent study by Transparency International (TI), only four of the 41 Parties of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Anti-Bribery Convention (the “Convention”) are “active”...more

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