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Base erosion and profit shifting - new regulations

International tax issues have never been more prevalent than in today's integrated economic environment and international markets. As the world becomes increasingly globalised and cross-border activities become the norm, the...more

The U.S. Issues a National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct

On December 16, 2016, the United States launched a National Action Plan (the “U.S. NAP”) on Responsible Business Conduct. The U.S. NAP seeks to operationalize the government’s role in encouraging responsible business conduct...more

Transfer of French export credit activities from Coface to Bpifrance Assurance Export S.A.S.

France's export credit agency Coface transferred its export credit activities to Bpifrance Assurance Export S.A.S. on 31 December 2016. The transfer is a "fundamental change" in the French export credit support system....more

Recent major amendments to the antimonopoly legislation

On 1 January 2017, the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Competition and State Support to Housing Development” (the Law) came into effect. The...more

FCPA Enforcement Under Trump: Don’t Call Off the Cavalry Just Yet

Despite President-elect Donald Trump’s past negative comments about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), companies should continue to take FCPA compliance seriously and employ best practices. Indeed, ethical business...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2016: UK Autumn Statement 2016: Tax-Related Impact for the Financial Services...

In his first (and last) Autumn Statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, announced a number of tax measures affecting the financial services industry, although many of these changes had been the subject of...more

German tax law changes and their impact on multinationals

On 2 December 2016, the Act for the implementation of the amendments of the EU Administrative Cooperation Directive and of further measures to counter base erosion and profit shifting - having been approved by the Lower House...more

World Bank publishes Transfer Pricing Handbook for developing countries

On 23 December 2016, the World Bank Group published a transfer pricing handbook "Transfer Pricing and Developing Economies: A Handbook for Policy Makers and Practitioners". The Handbook, which comprises eight chapters...more

Tax break for infrastructure projects

To implement the G20/OECD base erosion and profit shifting project, the 2016 Budget announced measures limiting tax deductions that companies can claim from their interest expenses (read DLA Piper's earlier client alert on...more

Country by Country: Spain

The new Spanish Corporate Income tax Regulations were approved on 11 July 2015 through the Royal Decree 634/2015, which complement the provisions included in the Spanish Corporate Income Tax Law (Law 27/2014) that entered in...more

Country by Country: United Kingdom

Introduction - The UK CbC reporting regulations ("The Taxes (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) (Country-by-Country Reporting) Regulations 2016") were made on 26 February 2016....more

Country by Country: Germany

In Germany, CbC reporting has not yet been incorporated into domestic laws. However, draft legislation is currently being processed by the legislative bodies (Bundestag and Bundesrat) and is likely to be enacted this year....more

Country by Country: Portugal

The Portuguese CbC reporting rules were approved in March of 2016 by the Portuguese Budget Law for 2016 (“PBL”). The PBL included a provision (article 121.º-A) in the Portuguese Corporate Income Tax Code foreseeing new...more

Country by Country: France

CbC reporting was introduced into French legislation by the Finance Bill 2016. The new provisions, set forth under article 223 quinquies C of the French tax code, are effective for fiscal year ("FY") beginning on or after 1...more

Base erosion and profit shifting: Brazil proposes CbC reporting for multinationals - top points

The Brazilian Federal Revenue (RFB) has released the draft of a proposed Normative Rule (Public Consultation RFB No. 11/2016) regulating the implementation of country-by-country reporting via a CbC Report. The proposed draft...more

Brazil and Switzerland agree to automatic exchange of financial account information in tax matters

The Governments of Brazil and Switzerland have released a joint declaration expressing their intent to introduce, on a reciprocal basis, an automatic exchange of financial account information in tax matters based on the OECD...more

Update on amendments to FX transactions and market

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has made a further step towards liberalising the currency regime for ECA supported lending. These amendments became effective on 30 November 2016. Pursuant to them Ukrainian borrowers and...more

BEPS: OECD Releases Multilateral Tax Treaty Convention

The Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (the “Convention”) was released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) on...more

The Australian Government increases pressure on multinational tax avoidance: Diverted Profits Tax introduced

INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW - The Australian Government released draft legislation on 29 November 2016 to implement a UK-style DPT with effect from 1 July 2017. The DPT targets 'significant global entities' (those...more

Anti-Corruption Enforcement Has Gone International

Matt Stephenson, myself and others have engaged in a dialogue about where Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement may be headed under the incoming administration. I have tried to focus on why compliance with...more

Key Points Regarding the New European Union Conflict Minerals Agreement

On November 22, the Presidency of the European Council and the European Parliament announced agreement on the text of a new conflict minerals regulation. The agreement is based on the “political understanding” that was...more

EU Reaches Final Agreement on Conflict Minerals Regulation – An Overview

On November 22, the EU Council, Commission and Parliament reached an informal final agreement on a conflict minerals regulation. Last week’s agreement builds upon the “political agreement” reached during June....more

Globally Taxing Issues for Private Equity

Tax has, in recent months, become a frontpage issue with reaction to businesses not “paying their fair share” sitting alongside pressure on government finances and an uncertain political environment. In our view, the...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for October 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

Recent Developments in Japanese Enforcement of Foreign Bribery Laws

In recent years, Japan has been under increasing scrutiny and pressure from the international community regarding its enforcement of its anti-corruption laws. A signatory to the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, Japan enacted an...more

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