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Potential Changes Coming for Japanese CFC Rules

by DLA Piper on

Japan's tax commission under the Cabinet Office has announced its intention to amend the tax rules regulating CFCs (controlled foreign corporations), which are also known as the Anti-Tax Haven Rules. These CFC rules are...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

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Central Bank launches ORION II platform to authorise all QIAIFs applications - All QIAIFs applications (including ICAVs) will be processed via the CBI’s ORION platform allowing consistency with other legal structures and...more

Global Tax News: Brazil amends lists of tax havens and tax privileged regimes, clarifies "substantial economic activity"

by DLA Piper on

Earlier this month, Brazil’s Federal Revenue (RFB) released Normative Instruction RFB No. 1,658, which amended Normative Instruction RFB No. 1,037/2010 to...more

Customer Due Diligence in the Post-Panama Papers Era

by Michael Volkov on

Sometimes it takes a scandal to advance a policy or law enforcement cause. The Panama Papers scandal has given new life to financial regulators around the world who seek to impose customer due diligence requirements on banks...more

Will the Panama Papers Lead to Criminal Charges Against U.S. Taxpayers?

by Perkins Coie on

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), collaborating with German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, in spring 2016 began leaking approximately 11 million internal documents obtained without permission...more

CRA Provides OTIP Update

by Dentons on

The CRA’s Offshore Tax Informant Program (OTIP) was launched in January 2014. From the CRA’s webpage describing the program: Launched as part of the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) efforts to fight international tax...more

Government Investigations: Use of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and Virtual Currency

by Moskowitz LLP on

Since 2009, the US Department of Justice has implemented an aggressive anti-tax evasion strategy that has changed by targeting tax havens that host financial intermediaries (i.e., banks) to the financial intermediaries...more

NJ Combined Reporting Update–Bill Continues Through Senate

by Reed Smith on

Combined-reporting legislation continues to make its way through New Jersey’s Senate. Taxpayers should closely follow developments concerning this legislation to determine the impact on their companies. In January, we...more

Panama Papers Fallout: A Push for Transparency and Regulatory Reform - Sanctions Also Levied Against Several Panama-Based...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In the wake of the "Panama Papers" – the unprecedented leak of 11.5 million files from a Panamanian law firm that revealed thousands of names and addresses linked to offshore companies – the White House has announced several...more

In Wake of the Panama Papers, Treasury Proposes New Reporting Requirements for Foreign-Owned Legal Entities

On May 10, 2016, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations that, if approved, will require business entities formed in the United States that are owned by a single foreign person to obtain an employer identification...more

In Wake of Panama Papers Scandal Obama Calls for Stricter Bank Regulations, Tax Rules

In a news conference May 6, President Obama addressed recently announced rules and proposed regulations intended to help the U.S. fight tax evasion and other crimes connected to anonymous offshore companies and accounts. The...more

FinCEN Issues Final Rules for Customer Due Diligence Requirements

On May 11, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued the final version of its long-awaited “Customer Due Diligence Rules” under the Bank Secrecy Act. The final rules impose a new requirement on...more

FinCEN Unveils “Fifth Pillar” of Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

by Carlton Fields on

The idea that a “fifth pillar” of Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) compliance – customer due diligence requiring U.S. banks, broker-dealers, mutual funds, commodity futures merchants, and introducing brokers (“covered financial...more

The Legacy of Michigan Senator Levin and Offshore Taxation Issues

by Michael Volkov on

When Senator Levin, the Democrat from Michigan, announced his retirement from the Senate in 2014, you could hear a collective sigh of relief from the corporate business community. Senator Levin had dedicated himself to...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.10.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Big news out of the online lending space, as Lending Club’s chair and CEO—Renaud Laplanche—has resigned after an internal review “showed a violation of the company’s business practices” related to sales of $22 million in...more

Panama Papers: Prosecutors Launch Investigations

by Michael Volkov on

When a scandal hits the media like the Panama Papers leak of 11.5 million confidential legal records, we all know what to expect. Criminal investigations, regulatory responses, and of course, congressional hearings of some...more

In Wake of Panama Papers Scandal Obama Calls for Stricter Bank Regulations, Tax Rules

In a recent news conference President Obama addressed rules and proposed regulations announced Thursday intended to help the U.S. fight tax evasion and other crimes connected to anonymous offshore companies and accounts. The...more

Recent Connecticut Tax Law Developments

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Coming off what was a relatively quiet year in 2014, the year 2015 was a tumultuous year for Connecticut tax law changes. The changes enacted during 2015 will impact virtually all taxpayers in the state (both individuals and...more

Panama Papers To Be Released May 9, 2016. Why Does It Matter?

by Sanford Millar on

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) will release perhaps the largest database of private offshore companies and their ultimate owner ever made public. According to the ICIJ...more

Update on The Panama Papers

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) announced that on May 9, it will release selected data purported to be leaked or stolen from the internal records of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca....more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 4.21.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Dealbook’s White Collar Watch gives us a legal take on the many challenges, regulatory and otherwise, facing Elizabeth Holmes’ Theranos – NYTimes... The international financial scandal du jour (the Panama Papers) is...more

The Panama Papers: Taking a New Look at an Old Problem

by Alston & Bird on

On April 3, 2016, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (“ICIJ”) published more than 11.5 million documents connected to Mossack Fonseca, a Panama law firm that helped establish offshore financial...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - April 2016 #13

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FCA finalises guidance on sharing SME credit information - FCA has published its finalised guidance on Small and Medium Sized Business (Credit Information) Regulations. This follows Treasury’s designation of the banks...more

Panama Papers: Looking Below the Headlines

by Michael Volkov on

The media loves a scandal. In the banking and compliance world, the latest scandal to hit the media was the Panama Papers. The Panama Papers is surprising in scope – Panama has become the favorite financial haven for money...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Senators Introduce SAFE Lending Act - On April 7, 2016, several Democratic Senators introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, SAFE 2016, which is designed to change the manner in which...more

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