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Treasury Department Urges SEC to Act on Life Company Products

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury published an October 2017 report, "A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities — Asset Management and Insurance" in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13772 on "Core...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: 2018 Proxy Season Pointers, Disclosing the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” Shareholder...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The end of a year and beginning of the next generally starts the countdown to the public company proxy season. But before moving into 2018, registrants would be well served by first looking back to the guidance that came out...more

More On Status Of FinCEN’s Marijuana Banking Guidance

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As a follow-up to yesterday’s post regarding the status of FinCEN’s 2014 marijuana banking guidance in light of the Attorney General’s policy reversal on marijuana enforcement at the federal level, we have received written...more

Tax Bill Means Changes to Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law a tax bill reconciling both the House and Senate versions of the so-called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Act’s major provisions are lowering the corporate tax rate to 21%...more

U.S. Attorney General Reverses Policy on Legal Marijuana

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On January 4, 2018, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded, effective immediately, previous enforcement priorities of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on marijuana, including the Cole Memo. The move creates uncertainty...more

Tax Reform Results in Only Minor Changes for Retirement Plans

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made significant changes to the tax code and will have a significant impact on businesses and individual taxpayers. However, although initial proposals included potentially significant changes to...more

New Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affects Employee Benefit Plans and Executive Compensation Arrangements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump shortly before Christmas, is the most significant tax reform legislation in more than 30 years. ...more

How Tax Reform Will Affect Employee Benefit Plans

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On December 22, President Donald Trump signed into law H.R. 1 (the Act), which makes widespread changes to the Internal Revenue Code. The Act makes several changes to the rules governing retirement plans, welfare plans and...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017: Year- End Planning for Individuals

by Perkins Coie on

On December 22, 2017, the tax reform bill, commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the Act), was signed into law, bringing sweeping changes to the U.S. Tax Code. The Act takes effect on January 1, 2018....more

Impact of 2017 Tax Reform Bill on Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits

by Reed Smith on

The Senate and House approved, and the President of the United States is expected to sign into law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Tax Reform Bill”). Despite the media’s predominant focus on the sweeping reforms to...more

The Impact of the 2017 Tax Reforms on Employment-Based Benefits and Tax-Favored Compensation

by BakerHostetler on

Whenever the United States Congress takes up “tax reform,” there always is a danger that the Congress will pay for such tax reform, in part, by eliminating many of the tax incentives that enable employers to provide...more

Treasury, State and Commerce Implement Regulations Pursuant to the Trump Administration’s Cuba Policy

• On November 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) took coordinated...more

OHADA's 17 African States Adopt the Uniform Act on Mediation

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In November 2017, 17 states of sub-Saharan Africa adopted the Uniform Act on Mediation. The Result: The practice of mediation, although it already has legislative support in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and...more

Belgium Launches Consultation Process on EU Prospectus Regulation

by Jones Day on

The Situation: EU Member States must make key choices under the new EU Prospectus Regulation, which provides a new regime of prospectus requirements when securities are offered to the public or admitted to trading on a...more

The Limitations on Interest Deductibility in the New Tax Law

On Dec. 20, 2017, the House of Representatives by a vote of 224 to 201 passed the most significant tax legislation in more than three decades. The Senate passed the same legislation earlier in the day....more

Senate And House Reconcile Their Versions Of Tax Reform

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the fourth issue in a planned series of alerts designed to provide an in-depth analysis on topics related to tax reform. This Tax Reform Management Alert issue focuses on executive compensation and employee benefits...more

House of Representatives and Senate Conferees Reach Agreement on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1): Description of the Conference...

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

On Friday, December 15, the U.S. House of Representative and Senate conferees reached agreement on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) (the “Final Bill”), and released legislative text, an explanation, and the Joint Committee...more

CFIUS at a Crossroads: Congress Considers Significant CFIUS Reform on Heels of CFIUS Annual Report and Blocked Chinese...

by Dechert LLP on

After a summer of discussion surrounding the U.S. government’s ability to control Chinese investment in U.S. companies, members of the House and Senate have introduced new legislation that seeks to improve the government’s...more

Brexit Negotiations: As the First Phase Draws to a Close, the Next Phase Awaits

The UK and the EU have published a joint report at the conclusion of the first phase of the UK’s Article 50 withdrawal negotiations. Agreement has been reached in principle on three key issues: the rights of EU citizens in...more

The Future of CFIUS: Perhaps Not So Happy a New Year

‘Tis the season to wonder, what will 2018 bring? We may speculate on things like a private company making a moon landing or a peace accord with North Korea. We may be certain of things like well-intentioned gym memberships...more

U.S. Senate Passes Its Version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1); Descriptions of the Bills Passed in the House and Senate and...

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the U.S. Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) (the “Senate bill”), just over two weeks after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its own version of the same legislation...more

Tax Reform Passes The Next Hurdle -- The Senate

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

This is the second issue in a planned series of alerts for employers on selected topics on tax reform. The series of Tax Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of executive compensation and...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The UK and EU made a significant breakthrough early this morning to “unlock” Brexit divorce negotiations. The still-rough agreement would see Britain repaying $53 billion and addressed in at least vague terms thorny issues...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

Trump Administration Issues Guidance on Asset Management and Insurance Regulation

On Oct. 26, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department (Treasury) released the latest installment in a series of reports on financial regulation required by the president’s Feb. 3 executive order on the financial system....more

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