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An overview of the OECD's Phase 4 Report on the UK's implementation of the Anti-Bribery Convention

by WilmerHale on

“The UK has made significant improvements to its ability to detect foreign bribery, but could still do more by reforming out-of-date legislation and better utilizing existing resources.” On 23 March 2017, the...more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - April 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Impact of Country-By-Country Reporting on Multinational Enterprises - Perhaps the most challenging component of the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) initiative adopted by the OECD and G20 countries, Action 13...more

China updates special tax adjustment measures: new rules go into effect May 1

by DLA Piper on

China's State Administration of Taxation (SAT) has released the Administrative Measures on Special Tax Investigation Adjustments and Mutual Agreement Procedures in the Public Notice [2017] No. 6 (Bulletin 6). Bulletin...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for March 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

Italy: Antitrust Infringements as a Ground for Exclusion From Participation in Public Procurement Procedures

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On 19 April 2016, legislative decree n. 50/2016 containing the new Italian Public Procurement Code (PPC) entered into force. The PPC aims to implement, among others, Directive 2014/24/EU which sets out, at Article 57, a...more

International Companies beware – New Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations applicable in the UK

by King & Spalding on

The new Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations require employers in the U.K. to report on the pay gap between men and women in their organisation with the aim of reducing the gender pay gap in the U.K. workforce. The...more

Singapore Strengthens Tax Cooperation with Other Countries

by Morgan Lewis on

One year after the ratification of the OECD Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, Singapore has entered into automatic exchange of information agreements....more

Fighting fraud and corruption: increasing the government’s powers of detection

by Dentons on

On 30 March 2017, the Australian Parliament introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2017 into the Legislative Assembly. The Bill aims to provide a range of amendments to improve...more

OPBAS: An AML “Super” Supervisor?

by WilmerHale on

On 15 March 2017, the Government announced its plans to launch a new anti-money laundering (“AML”) watchdog, the Office for Professional Body AML Supervision (“OPBAS”). OPBAS is intended to complement the soon-to-be updated...more

Belgium: IP tax incentive - implementing the nexus approach and broadening the scope of application

by DLA Piper on

In 2007, Belgium introduced a patent income deduction (PID) for Belgian companies (and permanent establishments of foreign companies) that derive income from or by means of patents and supplementary protection certificates....more

The MHRA issues new guidance concerning common issues in clinical trial applications

by Hogan Lovells on

On 22nd March 2017, the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) published a guidance (“Guidance“) identifying the most common issues that the Agency has encountered during the validation and review of...more

New rules on conflict minerals for EU importers

by DLA Piper on

The European Union is bringing forward new rules on the sourcing and import of conflict minerals. The European Parliament approved the draft conflict minerals regulation (the Regulation) on 16 March 2017 by a large...more

HMRC publishes responses to the consultation on Partnership taxation

by Goodwin on

The result of the HM Revenue & Custom's consultation on UK partnership taxation was released on 20 March, this is important for both fund partnerships and fund managers structured as LLPs which file UK tax returns. Although...more

Sustainable Commodities: EU Conflict Minerals Regulation

by Reed Smith on

Earlier this month, the European Parliament voted to adopt the final text of an EU Conflict Minerals Regulation (the “Regulation”), which will require smelters, refiners and importers into the EU of tin, tantalum, tungsten,...more

Tightening the Tax Screws on International IP Structures

by Carlton Fields on

For many years prudent international tax planning for multinational enterprises has included structures designed to minimize global taxes by developing or holding intangible property (IP) in foreign subsidiaries located in...more

Blog: European Parliament approves conflict minerals rules for the EU

by Cooley LLP on

Last week, the European Parliament approved, by a vote of 558 to 17 with 45 abstentions, new rules on conflict minerals, 3TG—tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold. Proceeds from the sale of conflict minerals, which are used in...more

IRS Issues Draft Form and Instructions for Country-by-Country Reports

by Alston & Bird on

Country-by-Country (CbC) reporting is now generally required for the ultimate parent of a U.S. multinational enterprise (MNE) for tax years that begin on or after June 30, 2016. On January 11, 2017, the IRS released a draft...more

DOJ Issues New Guidance on the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs in Federal Fraud Investigations

On February 8th, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) quietly issued new guidance on how the agency evaluates corporate compliance programs during fraud investigations. The guidance, published on the agency’s website as the...more

Report Claims OECD Dossiers on Nanomaterials Are of “Little to No Value”

On February 23, 2017, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) issued a press release announcing a new report, commissioned by CIEL, the European Environmental Citizens’ Organization for Standardization (ECOS),...more

Department of Justice Fraud Section Provides Guidance on Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs

by Jones Day on

On February 8, 2017, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") Fraud Section published a blueprint for assessing corporate compliance efforts, titled "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs" ("Guidance"). It...more

Insight from the DOJ Fraud Section

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Without fanfare, on February 8 the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice (DOJ) published new corporate compliance guidance on its public website. The guidance is presented as a set of topics and questions, entitled...more

Justice Department Sets Standards for Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs

by BakerHostetler on

Since the Department of Justice’s (“DOJ”) announcement of its new compliance counsel expert in November 2015, many have been waiting patiently for additional insight into the DOJ’s emphasis on corporate compliance programs....more

BEPS – are you affected?

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Over 100 countries and jurisdictions are collaborating through the OECD to implement measures to tackle base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). The OECD have set out 15 actions points that aim to equip governments with the...more

OECD: Italy Should Approve its Proposed Competition Legislation ‘Swiftly’, Including the Reform of the National Merger Filing...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 15 February 2017, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (“OECD”) published its economic survey of Italy. Among other things, the 156 page report recommends that Italy passes its proposed competition...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, February 2017

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA/NTP - EPA Proposes Regulation Of TCE Use In Vapor Degreasing Under TSCA Section 6(a): On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rule under Section 6(a) of the...more

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