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Trade and Manufacturing Alert - November 2017

by King & Spalding on

KORUS Renegotiation Update - As we have reported previously, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer formally notified Korea in July that the U.S. requested a special Joint Committee meeting under the...more

Tax Reform Proposals Would Have Significant Consequences for Foreign Multinationals Doing Business Through Affiliates in the...

by White & Case LLP on

Both the House and the Senate tax reform proposals were designed to move the United States toward a territorial tax regime and both proposals contain base erosion protections intended to prevent otherwise taxable income from...more

Brexit: IoT to the rescue?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

For retailers, speed and efficiency in supply chains are paramount. With the possibility of a "hard" or "no deal" Brexit, retailers must adapt to a new operating environment. The UK government is exploring the potential for...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Canada

by White & Case LLP on

While few deals are challenged in Canada, national security reviews are becoming more common and complex - The Investment Review Division (IRD), which is part of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic...more

Proposed CFIUS Overhaul Focuses on Cybersecurity and High-Tech Sectors

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Recently proposed legislation would substantially overhaul current law governing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) by dramatically expanding CFIUS’ authorities and calling for CFIUS to take...more

FIRRMA: Proposed CFIUS Legislation Would Bring Significant Changes

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Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Representative Robert Pittenger (R-NC) have introduced parallel legislation that, if passed, would implement significant changes to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States...more

Congress to Consider a Broad Overhaul of CFIUS

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On November 8, 2017, bipartisan coalitions in both the House and the Senate announced new legislation that would substantially overhaul current law governing the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)...more

The Impact of the Paradise Papers on Compliance

by Thomas Fox on

What will be the impact of the Paradise Papers on compliance? In this video, I explore the question with Jonathan Armstrong from Cordery Compliance. We consider possible compliance contagion and how much does your compliance...more

House of Representatives Releases First Draft of Tax Reform Bill

by Jones Day on

The Situation: On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee released its first draft of much-anticipated comprehensive U.S. tax reform legislation as the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act." Chairman Brady’s markup of the bill...more

CFTC Order Extends Application of Current De Minimis Threshold Until December 2019

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Last week the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued an order (the “De Minimis Order”) that pushes back by one year the date on which the CFTC may lower its swap dealer de minimis threshold, the amount of swap...more

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

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Today, the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives released their long-anticipated tax reform bill, entitled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”. While there have been multiple statements from the Republican majority in the...more

Colorado Court of Appeals Rules Out-of-State Holding Company Cannot Be Forcibly Included in a Colorado Combined Return

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The Colorado Court of Appeals, affirming a decision of the Denver District Court, has held that the Colorado Department of Revenue cannot forcibly combine a corporation’s subsidiary, a holding company that derived its income...more

MoForward 2018

On Thursday, October 26th, Morrison Foerster’s Government Contracts Group held its inaugural MoForward Event at the Tysons Corner Ritz Carlton. The event was a rousing success, reflecting the unique interaction between our...more

Integrity: Doing the right thing, even when no one is watching

With thanks to the ICC Netherlands for sharing this video: We live in a world where ‘the goal justifies the means’ has become an acceptable school of thought for far too many. A world where integrity isn’t talked about...more

Japan: De-Regulation, The Japan Fair Trade Commission and Take or Pay Disputes

by King & Spalding on

1. INTRODUCTION - Historically, the Japanese gas and electricity markets could best be described as a collection of regional monopolies, each with its own energy champion (the “Japanese Incumbents”). In more recent...more

GDPR Compliance Task Force

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

7 Months To Go - The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect on May 25, 2018. GDPR replaces the EU Data Protection Directive. GDPR can apply to US-based businesses even if they do not have offices or...more

Facilitation Payments Declared Illegal Under Canadian International Corruption Law

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The government of Canada announced on October 30 that the exception allowing for facilitation payments under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) will be eliminated effective October 31, 2017....more

The Financial Report, Vol. 6, No. 20

by DLA Piper on

Last week the SEC announced that Brett Redfearn has been named Director of the Division of Trading and Markets. The Division oversees all aspects of the securities markets, including the various marketplaces such as the New...more

Vietnam Directs Divestment of State-Owned Enterprises

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Vietnam, like other developing countries, is challenged by the prominence of state-owned enterprises throughout its economy. The Development: The Vietnamese government has directed that state ownership in a...more

Beware of “Gun Jumping”: EU Court Upholds EUR 20 Million Fine Imposed On Norwegian Seafood Company

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Between 2012 and 2013, Marine Harvest ASA (“Marine Harvest”), a Norwegian seafood company, acquired Morpol ASA (“Morpol”), a Norwegian producer and processor of salmon. Marine Harvest notified the transaction to the European...more

Alternatives to prosecution in an age of global enforcement - Global alternatives to prosecution when a corporate is facing a...

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Businesses are increasingly becoming global, and so are enforcement actions in response to alleged corporate wrongdoing around the world. The harsh reality is that wherever there is potential corporate criminal wrongdoing,...more

Compliance Report-International Edition, Doreen Edelman on Current State of NAFTA Negotiations

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Doreen Edelman, a partner at Baker Donelson. We discuss the current state of NAFTA negotiations and some of the key issues....more

The Treasury Report’s Recommendations for Derivatives Regulation

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In a previous client alert we provided an overview of the recent report, the second of four, issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”) and titled “A Financial System that Creates Economic Opportunities,...more

Senate Bill Proposes New Review of Certain Foreign Investments’ Effects on US Economy

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The recently introduced legislation would establish a new US Department of Commerce review of foreign investment transactions to determine their effect on US economic interests and domestic industry, giving Commerce the...more

New Obligations for German Transparency Register Now in Force

by McDermott Will & Emery on

A core element of the new German Anti-Money Laundering Act (Geldwäschegesetz), which came into force on 26 June 2017, is the implementation of a transparency register in which beneficial owners of almost all companies, trusts...more

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