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National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Italy

by White & Case LLP on

Deals are generally not blocked by the Italian Government. However, in connection with the clearance process, conditions may be imposed that can have a significant impact on the investment...more

CFPB’s Arbitration Rule Dies at Hands of Senate and President

by Goodwin on

Three months after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on July 25, 2017 to block the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Arbitration Rule, the U.S. Senate followed suit. On October 24, 2017, the Senate passed a...more

Brexit: Advanced Economic Operators (AEO)

by Dechert LLP on

After Brexit, customs declarations to UK Customs are expected to increase five-fold to 255 million annually and the UK companies making declarations to double to over 270,000. But only 0.2% of those traders have AEO status –...more

CrunchedCredit.com’s 8th Annual Golden Turkey Awards

by Dechert LLP on

As we look back each November to bestow the year’s crop of Golden Turkeys to the silliest and most annoying instances of regulatory overreach, legislative inanity, governmental misfeasance or the mere idiotic behavior of...more

Tax Alert Regarding The Impact Of The House And Senate Bills On Financing Transactions

On November 2, 2017, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced a tax bill entitled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and later proposed amendments to the bill on November 3, November 6, and November 9,...more

Fifteen Provisions to Watch in the Tax Reform Proposals

On November 14, 2017, Senate Finance Committee Chairman, Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), released his modified tax reform plan (“Senate Bill”), which adopts some of the House Bill proposals (as amended) (“House Bill”), but also...more

Federal Tax Reform: How the Newly Passed House Bill Compares to the Senate Bill – A Side-by-Side Comparison, Plus the Big Picture

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last updated 11/17/2017 The Senate Finance Committee released a detailed description of the Senate's tax reform bill, titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on November 9. The Committee has not released the text of the bill, and...more

SEC Provides Greater Deference to Public Company Boards

On Nov. 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I(CF), which articulates important interpretive guidance relating to shareholder proposals submitted to public companies for...more

Alberta Introduces New Legislation to Regulate Recreational Cannabis

On November 16, 2017, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 26, An Act to Control and Regulate Cannabis (Bill), which contains the proposed regulatory framework for recreational cannabis sales in Alberta. The Bill seeks...more

EU adopts sanctions against Venezuela

by White & Case LLP on

The EU has adopted a range of targeted sanctions against Venezuela, including an arms embargo and a ban on exports of equipment which could be used for internal repression and surveillance, as well as setting up a legal...more

Maine’s Governor Vetoes Bill to Regulate Commercial Sales of Marijuana

On November 3, 2017, Maine Governor Paul LePage announced that he had vetoed a bill sent to his desk with tepid support that would have taxed and regulated the commercial sale of recreational marijuana. The veto prolongs a...more

U.S. Tax Reform: The Current State of Play

Yesterday the House of Representatives voted on and passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. If passed by the Senate, the Act would significantly change the current federal income tax regime in the United States. ...more

Startups Have Much To Be Thankful For – Senate Amendments to New Tax Bill Remove Deferred Compensation and Stock Options from...

As discussed in our November 14, 2017 blog post, Thanksgiving Tax Frenzy – New Tax Bill Proposes Executive Compensation Changes That Could Derail Deferred Compensation and Stock Options, the evolution of the Tax Cuts and Jobs...more

National Flood Insurance Program Is Relieved Of $16 Billion Debt

by Carlton Fields on

On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump signed H.R. 2266, a disaster relief bill. Pursuant to section 308 of the bill, the Department of the Treasury will forgive $16 billion in debt owed by FEMA under the National Flood...more

State Of Florida Continues To Encounter Delays In Rolling Out Medical Marijuana

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As I posted previously, the State of Florida missed the deadline to issue more licenses for medical marijuana treatment centers. Florida has also encountered serious delays in processing requests for medical marijuana i.d....more

NYC Gets Its Groove Back – Repeals Cabaret Law

by Cole Schotz on

New York City finally got its groove back. After 91 years, the Cabaret Law (New York City Administrative Code § 20-359), a Prohibition-era law that has forbidden dancing at some New York City bars and clubs has been...more

Quebec Introduces New Legislation to Regulate Recreational Cannabis

On November 16, 2017, the Government of Quebec tabled Bill 157, an Act to constitute the Société québécoise du cannabis, to enact the Cannabis Regulation Act and to amend various highway safety-related provisions (Bill),...more

12 O'clock High, a Podcast on Business Leadership-Communication Skills

by Thomas Fox on

In the episode, I consider two different issues around communication skills. The first is communicating across cultural boundaries. The second is the technique of asking questions to boost leadership. One of the things most...more

New Requirements For City Contractors and Subs Under Philadelphia’s Whistleblower Law

by Reed Smith on

On November 13, 2017, Mayor Kenney signed an Executive Order providing additional protections for whistleblowers, as well as specific requirements for city agencies, contractor, and subcontractors in addressing complaints,...more

Comparison of Senate and House Tax Reform Proposals

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On November 2, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, released a proposed bill, titled the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “House bill”), which would make major changes to federal income...more

Thanksgiving Tax Frenzy – New Tax Bill Proposes Executive Compensation Changes That Could Derail Deferred Compensation and Stock...

Congress has been in a frenzy to try and get new tax legislation passed by Thanksgiving, and members of the House and Senate would presumably rather be enjoying a feast rather than drafting and analyzing additional tax...more

OFCCP Files Its First Complaint Against A Federal Contractor During the Trump Administration

On October 10, 2017, the U.S. Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) filed its first Complaint against a federal contractor since President Trump took office. The Complaint alleges that contractor Advance...more

UK Takes Steps to Prepare for Post-Brexit Trade Policy

The government draws closer to establishing the legislation that will be needed after Brexit with the introduction of a new Trade Bill. The Trade Bill has received a first hearing in parliament, but not been debated at...more

The Impact On U.S. Corporations If The House's "Tax Cuts And Jobs Act" Passes

We drafted a tax alert that addresses the impact of the much anticipated "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (H.R. 1) on the taxation of U.S. Corporations. The complete text of the alert is available here. Below is a brief summary of H.R....more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Update: Key Differences Between the House and Senate Bills

by Polsinelli on

The Senate Finance Committee Chairman’s Mark for the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” released Nov. 9, describes in detail the Senate tax bill and is significantly different than the House bill, as it currently stands....more

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