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Goods and Services Tax in Australia to Apply to Offshore Digital Supplies (and More)

Draft Goods and Services Tax (GST) legislation has been released which seeks to level the playing field by ensuring that digital products and services provided to Australian consumers are subject to GST, whether provided by...more

"Restructuring Offshore PRC Debt"

As the growth of the Chinese economy (and the real estate sector in particular) slows, we are seeing stress in an increasing number of issuers of offshore noninvestment-grade People’s Republic of China (PRC) bonds. It seems...more

Shareholder Disputes: When is Just and Equitable Liquidation Appropriate?

Unfair prejudice claims are commonplace in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) following the introduction of bespoke provisions in the BVI Business Companies Act 2004 and have all but replaced old fashioned just and equitable...more

Deadline for Filing BE-10 Approaches for Private Funds and Private Fund Managers

Most private funds or their managers will be required to file a BE-10 with the US Department of Commerce by May 29th. This year marks the return of the BE-10, the five-year benchmark survey of US direct investment...more

Privy Council Clarifies When Innocent Third Parties are Liable to Victims of Fraud

To what extent must a bank make inquiries as to the commercial purpose of a transaction, particularly a transaction involving an offshore structure? And when is a bank liable to compensate a victim of theft for receiving...more

Corporate Alert: China’s New Tax Regulation on Indirect Disposals Complicates Certain Offshore M&A Deals

In 2009, China’s State Administration of Taxation (SAT) promulgated Circular 698 to empower PRC tax authorities to re-characterize transfers by non-PRC residents of shares in offshore companies that hold equity interests in...more

Banker Settles with SEC for Role in Olympus Scandal

The Securities and Exchange Commission agreed to a settlement with Hajime Sagawa related to his alleged role as the principal and minority owner of a broker-dealer that assisted Japan based Olympus Corporation in its...more

Reducing the risk for Property Professionals of money laundering in UK real estate

Scale of money laundering in UK real estate - Transparency International UK, the anti-corruption organisation, highlighted the risk of money laundering in the high-end UK real estate market in its report published last...more

Weavering: Appeal court judgment clears directors of wilful default

On 12 February 2015 the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal handed down its long-awaited judgment in Weavering Macro Fixed Income Fund Ltd v Peterson and Ekstrom. The case, which measured the liability of directors, sent...more

IRS Hammers Offshore Lending and Underwriting Structure

In a recent Chief Counsel Advice, in an extended analysis the IRS determined that an offshore partnership with a U.S. manager that was engaged in the finance transactions was determined to be engaged in a U.S. trade or...more

The Mergers & Acquisitions Review: Eight Edition: Chapter 13: Cayman Islands

OVERVIEW OF M&A ACTIVITY - The Cayman Islands experienced a significant increase in new company registrations in 2013 compared to 2012; 9,433 new companies were incorporated compared with 8,971 a year earlier. As of 31...more

What Financial Advisers and Accountants Should Know About Expanded IRS Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures for U.S. Taxpayers...

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced “major changes” to its offshore compliance programs, including the Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures (Streamlined Procedures), the delinquent international...more

FATCA Violation Underlies Latest US Tax and Securities Fraud Charges

Indictment demonstrates the strength of US law enforcement efforts to combat offshore fraud and is the first to charge a FATCA violation. On September 9, 2014, in US v. Robert Bandfield, et al., federal prosecutors in...more

An Appreciation for Hedging Your Bets on Deferred Compensation

Under Section 457A of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the “Code”), certain offshore and other entities are limited in their ability to provide tax-effective deferred compensation to providers of services to those...more

The Inversion Craze: Will Today's Routine Tax Planning Be Retroactively Outlawed?

Alongside the more typical summer fare, such as coverage of the best beach reading and the latest action movie blockbuster, this summer the media have been abuzz with seemingly daily reports on the latest so-called...more

SEC Efforts To Compel SIPIC Coverage For Stanford Victims Rejected

The D.C. Circuit rejected efforts by the SEC to compel the Securities Investor Protection Corporation to liquidate a broker-dealer that was part of the Stanford Ponzi scheme empire. The investors had purchased CDs from an...more

A Guide to the Cyprus Holding Company Regime

Why set up a holding company? In essence, holding companies are set up as an effective means of consolidating ownership of operating subsidiaries. Deciding where to set up a holding company is not always a tax driven...more

Export Controls in UK Offshore Centers

Many private equity and investment funds are organized as limited partnerships or companies of offshore entities. Similarly, companies may structure mergers and acquisitions by utilizing offshore holding entities. The British...more

IRS Pursues 409A Audits, Issues Ruling on Certain Options/SARs under 457A

IRS audits signal focus on Section 409A compliance; Revenue Ruling makes certain nonqualified options and stock appreciation rights more attractive for offshore entities. The IRS has begun its limited audit initiative...more

Cayman Liquidation Committees – What Prospective Members Need to Know

In this guide Harneys considers the role and function of a liquidation committee appointed under the Cayman Islands’ Companies Winding Up Rules. A vital component in the liquidation of a Cayman Islands company is the...more

DOJ Waging War Against Offshore Shell Companies

A Florida doctor was recently sentenced to multiple years in prison for income tax evasion. The taxpayer hid income and assets through the use of offshore bank accounts concealed by the use of offshore shell companies. This...more

Focus On The British Virgin Islands

Philip Graham, Of Harneys Talks To HFMweek About The Trends And Developments Of The Hedge Fund Sector On The British Virgin Islands - HFMWEEK (HFM): WHAT ARE THE MAIN TRENDS SPECIFIC TO THE FUNDS INDUSTRY IN THE...more

Information Letter: Update on legislative developments in Russia. Governmental De-offshoring initiatives. Proposed new CFC and...

When it was first revealed by President Vladimir Putin a few years ago that the offshore-backed modus operandi for the Russian economy could no longer be tolerated, very few could have predicted that the Government would be...more

Judge Finds Illinois Insurance Department's Policy Prohibiting Offshoring To Be Improper Rulemaking

On November 27, 2013, the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois issued an Order in a lawsuit filed by the American Council of Life Insurers, Inc. ("ACLI") v Andrew Boron, Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance and...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Big Time Lawyers Pricing Themselves Out [Video]

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Two significant Chapter 11 reorganizations in the Southern U.S. may be signs that lawyers in New York and Delaware are starting to price themselves out of the market, as Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and...more

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