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U.S. Tax Reform in Final Stretch

by Hogan Lovells on

This past week, on 1 December, the Senate voted 51-49 to advance its version of U.S. tax reform legislation. This sets the stage for a conference committee process to occur over the next two weeks, in which the Senate and...more

Federal Tax Reform: An Analysis of the House and Senate Bills

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we are sure you know, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have passed their own versions of tax legislation, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The two different bills will be reconciled in a conference...more

Federal Tax Reform: Side-by-Side Comparison of the Senate and House Approved Bills, Plus the Big Picture

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Last updated December 5 - 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,...more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 10 – NAFTA Renegotiation Part 4: Negotiations without Trade Ministers

by Benesch on

This publication is our tenth installment in a series designed to provide our clients in the manufacturing, transportation and logistics, and related industries with monthly updates on any action taken by the Trump...more

Foreign Agents Registration Act Enforcement

by Michael Volkov on

One consequence of the ongoing Russia investigation against the current administration is increased focus and probable enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). For Washington insiders, FARA was a known...more

Revised U.S. Regulations Support Cuba's Private Sector, but Travel Restrictions Remain

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Regulations implementing tightened U.S. policy towards engagement with Cuba have rolled back a number of Obama-era initiatives and are effective immediately. The Result: Provisions that encourage Cuban...more

In Directional Shift, US Implements New Restrictions on Cuba

On November 8, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the U.S. Department of State announced...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Finland

by White & Case LLP on

Deals are generally not blocked in Finland - The Finnish government views foreign ownership positively as a catalyst for increasing internationalization and competitiveness. Deals are only restricted when they meet very...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — United States

by White & Case LLP on

Deals are generally approved, but reviews are often taking longer and transactions are being scrutinized rigorously - The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which is led by the US Department of...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Russian Federation

by White & Case LLP on

2017 amendments to Russian foreign investment laws potentially require approval of any transaction by any foreign investor regarding any Russian company to ensure national defense and state security...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — France

by White & Case LLP on

Following the Montebourg Decree in 2014, the scope of activities covered by national security reviews has been significantly extended to several key industries...more

The Delta Report: Brexit update

by White & Case LLP on

In the July 2017 edition of the Delta Report, we provided a snapshot update on Brexit and set out some of the key issues that were beginning to emerge as relating to the regulatory framework for the derivatives market once...more

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

Brexit: Authorised 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

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

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

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

CFIUS: New Teeth, Bigger Bite?

The United States governmental committee charged with reviewing foreign mergers and acquisitions with U.S.-based companies or affiliates for potential national security concerns may soon be getting a new set of teeth. The...more

The International Tax Impact Of The 2017 Tax Cuts And Jobs Act

We drafted a tax alert that addresses the impact of the much anticipated "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (H.R. 1) on the international corporate tax landscape. ...more

Sudan Now Open For Business, But Risks Remain

On October 12, 2017, the United States made permanent its lifting of a longtime general embargo on trade and investment with Sudan. As a result, U.S. individuals and companies are now generally free to engage in transactions...more

House Tax Reform Bill Released: Would Cause Major Changes to US Tax System

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. House of Representatives GOP conference released its long-awaited tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “House Bill”), on Thursday, November 2, 2017. ...more

A Summary Of The Tax Cut And Jobs Act

On November 2nd, the House Ways and Means Committee released the much anticipated "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (H.R. 1). If passed, this initial pass at widespread tax reform would trigger the most sweeping changes to the U.S. tax...more

Legislation Proposes Sweeping New Foreign Investment Review Authorities

On November 8, 2017, a bipartisan group of legislators led by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., alongside co-sponsors including U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., introduced parallel...more

Venezuela Restructuring: A Long Road Ahead?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Venezuela’s initiative is unlikely to set the stage for a restructuring of international obligations in the face of US sanctions. Key Points: - US sanctions will prohibit US persons from engaging in a restructuring of...more

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