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Brexit: Impact of 'No Deal' on Manufacturers and Importers

by Dechert LLP on

The European Commission has issued a Notice drawing attention to the legal ramifications of Brexit for industrial products placed on the EU-27 market in the event of no alternative arrangements being agreed for a transition...more

Commerce Submits Steel Section 232 Report to the President

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On Thursday, January 11, the U.S. Department of Commerce formally submitted to the President the results of its investigation into the effect of steel mill product imports on U.S. National Security. The President now has 90...more

Eurasia Group’s Top Risks 2018: Impacts for Canadian Business

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Eurasia Group has released its annual forecast of the political risks that are most likely to play out over the course of 2018. As a Senior Advisor with Eurasia Group, I’m pleased to share the risks that have the greatest...more

Obscure Provision of New Tax Act Complicates Testamentary Tax Planning for Nonresidents with U.S. Beneficiaries

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Nonresidents with a significant portfolio of U.S. stocks typically use a non-U.S. corporation to hold their portfolio. This is because U.S. stocks are generally subject to U.S. estate taxes at the death of their owner, and...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - January 2018 - Issue 2

Ohio Supreme Court Joins Texas and Oklahoma in Holding the State Does Not Recognize a Separate Implied Covenant to Explore Further - "We conclude that Ohio does not recognize an 'implied covenant to explore further'...more

Tough NAFTA Negotiations Continue

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In October, at the fourth round of the NAFTA renegotiations in Washington, several U.S. proposals caused major problems for both Canada and Mexico—and many interested parties in the United States... Originally published...more

Sanctions Round Up: Fourth Quarter 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Headlines from the final months of 2017 included the signing of a new executive order with global anti-corruption implications; new guidance on the Trump Administration’s approach to Russia sanctions under CAATSA; tightening...more

Review/Summary of International Provisions of the New Tax Act

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

On December 20, 2017, Congress passed H.R.1, known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (referred to in this letter as the “Act”), which was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act makes widespread...more

Analysis of Key Provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we are sure you know, H.R. 1, informally known as the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, became law on December 22, 2017. This new law will impact almost all taxpayers. Ballard Spahr's Tax Group has prepared a detailed summary of...more

A Concise Summary of the New Tax Law

by Fenwick & West LLP on

This summary describes some of the more significant changes made to U.S. federal tax laws by H.R. 1, the bill signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017. Except where otherwise noted, the changes take effect in...more

NAFTA Renegotiations Create Uncertainty for Automakers

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The promise to renegotiate or else withdraw from NAFTA was one of the central points of the Trump campaign that helped him win states like Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. In keeping with his campaign promises, the Trump...more

Trump Administration Establishes New Sanctions Regime Targeting Human Rights Abusers - Also Expands Existing Sanctions on...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration rounded out the year with two sanctions-related actions: The first involved creating a new program regarding human rights abusers and global corruption; the second involved adding several individuals...more

Main Effects of U.S. Tax Reform on Foreign Taxpayers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump signed the U.S. tax reform bill previously entitled the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law on December 22, 2017, enacting comprehensive U.S. tax reform with most provisions becoming effective starting on...more

Impacts on Foreign Operations That Affects Wholly-Owned and Majority Subsidiaries, And Potentially Minority Owned Stakes As Well

Summary: - On December 15, Congress released its final version of Tax Reform – the Conference Report Bill (the Bill). The Bill was signed into law by President Trump on December 22. ...more

NAFTA Watch Newsletter Vol. 11 – NAFTA Renegotiation Part 5: The Year Ends Without Any Major Agreements

by Benesch on

This publication is our eleventh 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

Tax Reform

On Dec. 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law tax reform legislation (“the Act”) that will have wide-reaching impact across all sectors of the economy. This Client Alert summarizes the following changes to the Internal...more

International Provisions in U.S. Tax Reform - A Closer Look

On December 15, the U.S. Congress issued its final version of tax reform via the Conference Report Bill (the “Bill”), which was passed by both Houses of Congress. The Bill represents a compromise of two prior tax reform ...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: A Summary of Key Components

by Polsinelli on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law what’s known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Act, also sometimes referred to as H.R. 1, contains massive changes to existing tax law the likes of which have not been...more

Impact Of The Tax Bill On International Taxation

The recently issued Conference Bill - the final version of Tax Reform - was approved by Congress on December 20, 2017 and signed into law by President Trump. The brief summary below outlines the sweeping changes in...more

Early Signing of Tax Bill Has Financial Reporting Implications

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Last week, President Trump signed H.R. 1 (New Act), the new tax bill amending the Internal Revenue Code to reduce tax rates, modify policies, credits, and deductions for individuals and businesses “to provide for...more

Sweeping U.S. Tax Bill Signed Into Law

by Hogan Lovells on

The provisions of the new tax law – almost all of which go into effect on January 1, 2018 – represent the most significant revisions to the U.S. tax code that have occurred in 30 years. The Act makes sweeping and major...more

New Tax Law Provides Relief for Retailers, Who Successfully Lobbied for Reform

by Bryan Cave on

The new tax law signed by President Trump today is the broadest rewrite of federal tax law in three decades and will have a widespread impact for retailers. The legislation is generally effective for taxable years beginning...more

Trump Administration Announces Sanctions Pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Act

On December 21, 2017, the Trump Administration released a list of foreign nationals it has identified to be sanctioned in accordance with the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2016. In December 2016, we...more

Global Magnitsky Sanctions Target Human Rights Abusers and Government Corruption Around the World

by WilmerHale on

On December 20, 2017, President Trump issued a new Executive Order (EO) targeting corruption and human rights abuses around the world. The EO implements last year's Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (the...more

Tax Overhaul Draws New Boundaries Around International Business

by Baker Donelson on

The newly passed tax legislation significantly alters the landscape for international business. The final Republican tax cut bill moves the U.S. from a so-called "global taxation regime" to a territorial taxation regime in...more

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