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New Staff Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the Staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance released Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (“SLB 14I”), which provides new guidance on how the Staff will evaluate arguments for omission of a shareholder...more

Sleeper Issue? Deferred Tax Assets under a Trump Administration

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Update as of December 6, 2017: Congress and the President are nearing the finish line for significant tax reform with the likelihood of passing by the end of the year. Since it has the potential to significantly change the...more

Significant Regulatory Innovations for REITs in Belgium

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Belgium's Law of October 22, 2017, modifies the REIT Regime by broadening the scope of REIT activities and relaxing the country's existing regulatory framework for REITs. The Result: The real estate sector...more

“Philanthro-sales”: How the Tax-Bill Exception Could Provide a New Venue for Private Foundations

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Outside-the-box-thinking could give private foundations a reason to be excited about an obscure provision in the tax bills passed by the House and currently pending in the Senate....more

Comparison of the Executive Compensation Provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

On November 20, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee released legislative text of its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which contains proposals modifying certain executive compensation provisions of the Internal Revenue...more

Proposed tax legislation affecting private equity

by Dentons on

As you may be aware, on November 2 the House of Representatives introduced a comprehensive tax reform bill that could affect private equity sponsors, investors and portfolio companies. On November 9, the Senate Finance...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - November 2017

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Proposed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Issues No-Action Letters to Facilitate Cross-Border Compliance with the Research “Unbundling” Provisions of the European...more

ISS Issues 2018 Voting Policies Update

by King & Spalding on

On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) issued its updated proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2018 proxy season. Notable updates applicable to U.S. companies include new or revised policies:...more

Summary of ISS 2018 Americas Proxy Voting Guidelines Specific to US Public Companies

by Morgan Lewis on

The updated ISS guidelines are effective for meetings on or after February 1, 2018. On November 16, 2017, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) published its 2018 Americas Proxy Voting Guidelines Updates. The following...more

Preparing for Tax Reform: The Current State of Play on Proposed Changes to Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits

On November 16, 2017, the House of Representatives voted to approve its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate is expected to vote on its version of the bill following the Thanksgiving break, which would require a...more

U.S. Congress Introduces Legislation to Change Foreign Direct Investment Review

by Jones Day on

Congress recently introduced two pieces of legislation that could significantly change foreign direct investment review in the United States. The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017 ("FIRRMA") seeks to...more

The Senate Finance Committee’s proposal for tax reform, and how it compares with the bill passed by the House Committee on Ways &...

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

UPDATE: The Senate Finance Committee last night released a revised version of the Chairman’s Mark of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. We are reviewing these changes and will release an update soon... On Thursday, November 9, the...more

The Impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Executive Compensation

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 9, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee approved the House’s version of the tax reform bill (the “House Bill”) and voted to report it to the House floor for a full House vote. On the same day, the Senate...more

Tax Reform: Hedge Funds/Commodity Funds/Fund Managers

House Republicans released their draft tax bill on November 2, representing their opening bid in the drive to reach agreement on a comprehensive tax reform bill that can be presented to the House for a vote before the...more

Potential Elimination of Future Private Activity Bonds (including Qualified 501(c)3 Bonds), Advance Refundings, Tax Credit Bonds,...

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On November 2, 2017, the House Committee on Ways and Means released a draft of its Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Bill”). The Tax Bill proposes to eliminate the federal tax exemption of interest income from all private...more

Tax Reform Bill Released

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Republican leaders yesterday released their comprehensive tax reform bill, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” Although there has been a great deal of high-level discussion over the past few months regarding various tax reform...more

Federal Tax Reform: Initial Steps Toward Changes to Gift, Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

House Republicans unveiled the full text yesterday of their proposed tax legislation—titled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—which includes dramatic changes to the gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax. ...more

U.S. House Bill Aims to Curtail SEC Staff’s Ability to Obtain Algorithmic Trading Source Code

On October 4, 2017, U.S. Representative Sean P. Duffy [R-WI-7] introduced U.S. House of Representatives Bill H.R.3948 entitled the “Protection of Source Code Act.” If enacted, the Bill would amend the Securities Act, the...more

The Waiting Game

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The Trump administration and Congress have begun consideration of “tax reform” or, as many pundits have declared, “tax cuts”. Now, the “waiting game” begins to see just what form this consideration of revisions to the...more

President Trump Signs Bill Directing SEC to Expand Safe Harbor for Certain Investment Fund Research Reports

by Dechert LLP on

President Trump signed into law on October 6, 2017 the Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017. The Act directs the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to amend Rule 139 under the Securities Act of 1933 (1933...more

Section 2704 Regulations to be Withdrawn

by Williams Mullen on

On August 2, 2016, the Treasury Department issued proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 2704. The proposed regulations, through a web of dense rules and definitions, would have narrowed longstanding...more

Amendments to the Real Estate Specified Joint Enterprise Act of Japan

by DLA Piper on

The Real Estate Specified Joint Enterprise Act of Japan (Act No. 77 of 1994, as amended, the Act) regulates fund investments in real estate using partnerships and other vehicles. If a person or entity (i) receives investments...more

Lawmakers May Not Spend Political Capital on Stand-Alone EB-5 Bill

The chances of a stand-alone EB-5 bill gaining consensus with lawmakers on Capitol Hill are low. With the GOP failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers may be spending time readjusting priorities in unexpected ways...more

The Corporate Transparency Act: A Proposal to Expand Beneficial Ownership Reporting for Legal Entities, Corporate Formation...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In late June, Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Peter King of New York introduced The Corporate Transparency Act of 2017 (the “Act”). In August, Senators Ron Wyden and Marco Rubio introduced companion legislation in the...more

It’s the Taxes, Stupid

by Dechert LLP on

In this commentary we have talked about a lot of challenges facing commercial real estate finance and other capital market activities over the years. With more or less “pants on fire” anxiety, we’ve talked about Dodd-Frank’s...more

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