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State Aid in Disguise?—EC Investigates UK Tax Regime

by Jones Day on

The Background: The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into a specific provision of the UK-controlled foreign company rules. The Issue: The Commission will investigate whether the UK's so-called Group...more

EU & Competition Law Update – November 2017

by Bryan Cave on

EU opens investigation into UK tax scheme for multinationals - The EU State aid rules are designed to stop Governments and local authorities giving companies a selective advantage, as doing so would create an unequal...more

European Commission Opens State Aid Investigation Into Finance Company Exemption From UK CFC Rules

On 26 October 2017, the European Commission (the Commission) opened an in-depth investigation into UK statutory rules that exempt certain financing income earned by foreign subsidiaries of UK corporate taxpayers from UK tax....more

Amazon and Apple Issued Rulings from the European Commission

by King & Spalding on

The EC concludes that Luxembourg provided illegal tax benefits to Amazon of €250 million and refers Ireland to the European Court for failure to recover illegal tax benefits from Apple of €13 billion - On 4 October 2017,...more

Competition News - June 2017

by Dentons on

Admissibility before the CJEU of evidence communicated by national authorities during a tax investigation - In a case of unlawful agreement on the banana market, the Court of Justice of European Union (“CJEU”) had the...more

Digital Single Market: the European Commission Takes Stock and Defines Future Priorities

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Commission’s mid-term review assesses the progress of DSM initiatives and sets new goals for on data economy, cybersecurity and online platforms. On 10 May 2017, the European Commission published its mid-term review...more

Key Takeaways: Inside the White House and Capitol Hill — The Impact of a New Administration on Global Markets

On January 25, 2017, Skadden hosted a panel discussion at the London Stock Exchange on the potential policy direction of the Trump administration. The panel touched on tax reform, trade agreements, inbound and outbound U.S....more

Doing Business in the UAE

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Country Background - Formed on 2 December 1971, the UAE is a federal state of seven emirates comprising Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm Al Quwain. The UAE federal constitution...more

Dawn raids: How to prepare for, manage, and mitigate the increasing risk to multinational tech companies

by White & Case LLP on

Dawn raids and enforcement actions throughout Europe are becoming more and more prevalent. And increasingly, the targets of these raids are multinational tech companies with foreign headquarters, which through their global...more

Threatened US trade action targeting global imports could significantly disrupt the US steel market

by Dentons on

By many accounts, the US steel industry is in a significant downturn, which by some measures is nearly as bad as that suffered during the last recession. In response to this downturn, the US steel industry has filed a series...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2016

by King & Spalding on

USTR Issues Report on China’s Implementation of WTO Agreements - The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently issued an annual report on China’s implementation of its obligations under the World...more

Tax State Aid: The European Commission concludes Belgian ‘excess profit’ rulings illegal

by King & Spalding on

On January 11 2016, the European Commission (the Commission) again used Tax State Aid arguments to combat tax planning by multinationals when it announced its final decision in the formal state aid investigation into the...more

Tax Update: Tax Ruling Transparency in the EU - What You Need to Know

by DLA Piper on

In the wake of the final OECD BEPS reports issued in October, the European Council adopted amendments to Directive 2011/16/EU providing for the automatic exchange of information concerning advance cross border rulings (ACBR)...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – November 2015

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A company that helps with or facilitates a cartel is at just as much risk of sanctions and penalties as are the actual cartelists. This was confirmed by the EU’s highest court (the European Court of Justice (ECJ)) on 22...more

US China Trade War — TPP, Three False Trade Arguments, China President Trip, Trade, Customs, IP/Patent Securities

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As indicated in more detail below, the Import Alliance will have meetings on November 17th and 18th in Washington DC. On the afternoon of November 17th, we will meet in our Washington DC office and then on November 18th meet...more

European Commission adopts first two decisions in EU tax probe in push for corporate tax reform

by White & Case LLP on

On 21 October, the European Commission (“EC”) adopted its first decisions in its investigation into Member States’ tax rulings. The investigation, which began in June 2013, has also targeted tax rulings given to Apple and...more

The European Commission’s New Pandora’s Box – Reopening Final Tax Rulings as a Form of “State Aid”

In Short - The European Commission (Commission) has adopted a decision on 21 October 2015 on the tax rulings – also referred to as “comfort letters” – granted by Luxembourg to Fiat Finance and Trade (FFT) and by The...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – July 2015

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On 24 June 2015, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was defeated in its first attempt at convincing a jury to convict individuals for the UK criminal “cartel offence”. The jury was not persuaded that the two...more

The Netherlands: resistance against different gambling taxes; complaint EC lodged

by DLA Piper on

Yesterday, Dutch media reported that the proposed Remote Gambling Act (“RGA”) is subject to a complaint filed with the European Commission. The sector organization of slot machines, VAN, submitted the complaint stating that...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – April 2015

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On 19 March 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) handed down a significant judgment on the application of EU competition law to information exchange between competitors. ...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – March 2015

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A recent European Commission (EC) fining decision against UK-based broker ICAP confirms that companies which merely facilitate a cartel will be tarred with the same brush as those which actually engage in the cartel. The...more

New Joint Protocol of the Italian Competition Authority and the Italian Tax Police

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Italian Competition Authority and the Italian Tax Police (Guardia di Finanza) signed a new Joint Protocol, which provides increased mutual exchange of information and closer cooperation in the context of investigations...more

EU patent box regimes - The way ahead

by DLA Piper on

EU WITHDRAWS INVESTIGATION - Many countries in Europe, including the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, France and Hungary have special tax regimes for profits derived from specific types of intellectual...more

European Commission extends State aid probe into Belgian tax scheme

by White & Case LLP on

The European Commission (“Commission”) has opened a fifth formal State aid investigation into national tax rulings. This investigation concerns the Belgian “excess profit” provision, which allows multinational groups to...more

Seventh Circuit to Motorola: No Rehearing En Banc

On December 1, 2014, we wrote about the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Motorola Mobility LLC v. AU Optronics Corp., which affirmed dismissal of the vast majority of Motorola’s claims regarding LCD panels....more

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