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U.S. Tax Competitiveness is Abysmal (and Economic Freedom is Trending Downward)

Capital, and all the benefits it provides (investment, innovation, jobs, creation of wealth), flows to where it is treated best. An important element of treatment is how it is taxed. So how does U.S. tax competitiveness...more

G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan 2017-2018 Published

The G20 published its Anti-Corruption Action Plan for 2017-2018 and called on countries to implement the United Nations Convention against Corruption. The G20 established the Anti-Corruption Working Group in 2010, a body...more

Ethiopia introduces new transfer pricing directive

Ethiopia recently adopted new transfer pricing rules in the form of Directive 43/2015 ("the Directive") issued by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development. The Directive provides detailed guidance as to the...more

Proposed New UK Penalties Regime Precipitated by CRS

Many people will be familiar with the information gathering and reporting requirements the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”) places on financial institutions. The first exchanges of information between tax authorities...more

A New “Global Forum” to Address Global Steel Overcapacity

Earlier this month, leaders at the G-20 Summit in Hangzhou, China announced the need for a “collective response” to the problem of global steel overcapacity. To that end, the G-20 members agreed to the creation of a Global...more

Brexit: An Opportunity to Readjust UK Tax Policy?

The U.K. government mantra has for a number of years been: "Britain is open for business." This has been reflected in a number of areas relevant to U.K. domestic and foreign tax policy, including in a gradual reduction of the...more

The New FCPA Cooperation Plan - Revitalized program or regurgitation of existing policy?

On April 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an Enforcement and Guidance Plan (Plan) concerning the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). While the new Plan could be interpreted as a novel departure from past...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, September 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Extends Comment Period On PIPs: On August 17, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) extended the comment period on its White Paper describing how EPA intends to modify its...more

Making it big in Asia

Entrepreneurs dreaming of success in Asia-Pacific have several reasons to be optimistic that their hopes may one day translate into reality. Asia is seeing rapid growth in both output and consumption—creating a promising...more

State aid – the European Commission charges forward

This note provides an update on the EU state aid decisions and aims to put recent developments in context. We review the current state of the state aid investigations, provide some political context, touch on the US...more

Australian Companies Face Greater Scrutiny With New Foreign Bribery Investigations Team

On 5 September 2016, the Commonwealth Government announced the establishment of a Perth-based specialised fraud and anti-corruption team that will focus on foreign bribery investigations. Justice Minister Michael Keenan has...more

Blog: GAO Issues Second Annual Conflict Minerals Report

The GAO has issued its annual conflict minerals report to Congress, entitled “Companies Face Continuing Challenges in Determining Whether Their Conflict Minerals Benefit Armed Groups.” The GAO is required to report annually...more

Japan Bar Association Issues New Anticorruption Compliance Guidelines

On July 15, 2016, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) issued new guidance for companies on complying with Japanese and other foreign anti-bribery laws (the “Guidance”). The Guidance comes on the heels of and...more

Singapore Legal Update - August 2016

MAS Proposes Enhancements to the Regulatory Requirements on Protection of Customer’s Moneys and Assets - The MAS Consultation Paper on Enhancements to the Regulatory Requirements on Protection of Customer’s Moneys and...more

Hallmark 1 – Commitment from Senior Management and a Clearly Articulated Policy Against Corruption

Over the next two weeks I will be revisiting the Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance program, as laid out in the 2012 A Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ( FCPA Guidance) authored by the Criminal...more

Privacy Shield's Day After

Every generation eventually reaches a point (some might call it “early middle age”) where its formative years become the focus of widespread nostalgia. As indicated by the success of the recent Star Wars sequel and numerous...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, August 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Releases TRI Preliminary Dataset For Calendar Year 2015: On July 20, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: August 2016

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring....more

Financial Stability Board Launches Thematic Peer Review on Corporate Governance

The Financial Stability Board launched its thematic peer review regarding the implementation of the G20/Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) Principles of Corporate Governance...more

Medicaid Coverage of Social Interventions: A Roadmap for States

Editor's Note: Faced with mounting evidence about the impact of social factors—such as income, access to food and housing, and employment status—on health outcomes, Medicaid agencies are looking for ways to integrate social...more

A View from the Front-Lines of Compliance in Mexico

Today, I am pleased to welcome back Patrick Henz as a guest contributor. I welcome Patrick’s perspective, as he shares his real-world approach and experience with respect to anti-corruption compliance in Mexico. The...more

French legislation requires medium and large companies to implement anti-corruption compliance programs

French legislation known as the Sapin II bill will change the legal framework for prevention and prosecution of corruption in France after its anticipated adoption by the end of the year. The final text has not yet been...more

OECD BEPS Working Groups issue three discussion drafts

The Committee of Fiscal Affairs of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released three documents: its proposed updated guidelines on the application of the transactional profit split, draft...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for June 2016

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

Further down the rabbit hole we go: Additional guidance released by OECD on the attribution of profits to permanent establishments

Action 7 of the BEPS Action Plan1 tackles the definition of permanent establishment (PE) in order to prevent the artificial avoidance of a PE status through the use of commissionaire arrangements and the specific activity...more

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