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Is France going to strengthen its control over foreign direct investments again?

by Bryan Cave on

The current rules in France concerning the control over foreign direct investments arose from the deregulation of international capital flows which occurred worldwide, and especially in the United States and the European...more

Reviewing Canada's Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Regime

by Dentons on

On February 7, 2018, the Department of Finance (the Department) released a consultation paper (Consultation or Paper) as part of its review of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) and...more

President Blocks Hostile Takeover of Qualcomm Upon Recommendation from CFIUS

by Bryan Cave on

On March 12, 2018, President Trump issued an Executive Order blocking the proposed $117 billion hostile takeover of Qualcomm Incorporated by Broadcom Limited following a recommendation from the Committee on Foreign Investment...more

Registered Firms: Annual Compliance Obligations—What You Need To Know

This alert contains a summary of the primary annual and periodic compliance-related obligations that may apply to investment advisers registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) or with a particular...more

Congress Accelerates Toward CFIUS Expansion

For the first time in more than a decade, legislation to expand the scope of business transactions scrutinized by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) is gaining momentum in Congress. Lawmakers on both...more

Key Take-Aways From The South African National Budget Speech 2018

by DLA Piper on

Malusi Gigaba, the current Minister of Finance, had the unenviable task of delivering the National Budget Speech for 2018 today in circumstances where the economy is under severe economic pressure and significant demands are...more

Impact of US Tax Reform on Insurance Companies

On December 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law a budget reconciliation act commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). This sweeping tax bill represents the most comprehensive reform of U.S. tax...more

What Companies Can Learn from the DNC Hack

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In summer 2015, the spies of a foreign country gained access to a private company’s domain name – pick any company you like, or several, since we don’t know which ones or how many. And within those domains, they created false...more

UK House of Lords rejects public beneficial ownership registers for British Overseas Territories

by WilmerHale on

On 17 January 2018, the House of Lords voted against an amendment to the proposed Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill that sought to create a publicly accessible register of the beneficial ownership of companies...more

As President Xi’s Power Grows, So Does China’s Presence on World Stage

In October 2017 at the Chinese Communist Party National Congress, President Xi Jinping consolidated his hold on power and cemented himself as what many commentators are calling the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao...more

Agencies Indicate Efficient, Targeted Enforcement Priorities That Rely on Self-Disclosure

One year into the Trump administration, it remains difficult to forecast what lies ahead with respect to regulatory and white collar enforcement activity. Perhaps most instructive are recent public statements of officials at...more

Sanctions Bill significantly amended by the House of Lords

by DLA Piper on

The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill (the Sanctions Bill), introduced into Parliament on Wednesday 18 October 2017, received its third reading in the House of Lords on Wednesday 24 January. It is expected that the...more

IRS Issues Guidance for New Repatriation Tax

Many U.S. owners of foreign companies are surprised to hear that the new repatriation tax not only applies to “repatriated” foreign earnings, but also to foreign earnings that are not repatriated into the U.S. They are even...more

Disposition of a Partnership Interest Now Subject to Tax Withholding

by K&L Gates LLP on

The new Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) contains a provision that is of great importance to any persons buying or selling an interest in a partnership. New Section 864(c)(8) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (the...more

Sanctions Round Up: Fourth Quarter 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Headlines from the final months of 2017 included the signing of a new executive order with global anti-corruption implications; new guidance on the Trump Administration’s approach to Russia sanctions under CAATSA; tightening...more

New Tax Changes: The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act

by Roetzel & Andress on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“Act”) (P.L. 115-97) signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017 and effective for tax years starting January 1, 2018 reflects a compromise between the House and Senate Bills as...more

Trump Administration Establishes New Sanctions Regime Targeting Human Rights Abusers - Also Expands Existing Sanctions on...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration rounded out the year with two sanctions-related actions: The first involved creating a new program regarding human rights abusers and global corruption; the second involved adding several individuals...more

In 2018 We Are: (a) Doomed, or (b) in the Warm Embrace of Goldilocks

by Dechert LLP on

Around this time of year, we slip on the prognostication goggles and take a look forward into the next year. While there is ample evidence that prognostication is a dodgy exercise, I always tell my folks that the fact that...more

Tax Act: Vote and Value

by Alston & Bird on

Our Federal Tax Group explains the nuances tax reform brings to the definition of a U.S. shareholder, including a surprise for controlled foreign corporations. One of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s changes to Subpart F...more

Australian Government releases hybrid mismatch rules to counteract entities exploiting differences in the taxation treatment of an...

by DLA Piper on

Introduction and overview - The Australian Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, on Friday 24 November, released exposure draft legislation to prevent entities that are liable to Australian income tax from avoiding income...more

Russian Legislation Update: September – December 2017

by White & Case LLP on

Welcome to the most recent issue of our Russian Legislation Update, covering the period of September – December 2017. In this issue: - Civil Law - Banking - Currency Control - Corporate - Mass Media / Foreign...more

New Tax Law Provides Relief for Retailers, Who Successfully Lobbied for Reform

by Bryan Cave on

The new tax law signed by President Trump today is the broadest rewrite of federal tax law in three decades and will have a widespread impact for retailers. The legislation is generally effective for taxable years beginning...more

Trump Administration Announces Sanctions Pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Act

On December 21, 2017, the Trump Administration released a list of foreign nationals it has identified to be sanctioned in accordance with the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2016. In December 2016, we...more

Global Magnitsky Sanctions Target Human Rights Abusers and Government Corruption Around the World

by WilmerHale on

On December 20, 2017, President Trump issued a new Executive Order (EO) targeting corruption and human rights abuses around the world. The EO implements last year's Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (the...more

Congress Passes Tax Reform Legislation, Implementation Imminent

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Final bill retains key aspects of House and Senate proposals with some surprise last-minute modifications. Key Points: ..The bill adopts, with some modifications, earlier US House and Senate tax reform...more

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