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The Year in Bankruptcy: 2017

by Jones Day on

The initial year of the Trump administration colored much of the political, business, and financial headlines of 2017, both in the U.S. and abroad. Key administration-related developments in 2017 included U.S. withdrawal from...more

U.S. 10% Shareholder Taxpayers have a new Mandatory “Transition Tax”

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the “Act") has a provision requiring U.S. Shareholder Taxpayers that own 10% or more of a Controlled Foreign Corporation (CFC) and other “Specified Foreign Corporations” to pay a “transition tax”....more

As President Xi’s Power Grows, So Does China’s Presence on World Stage

In October 2017 at the Chinese Communist Party National Congress, President Xi Jinping consolidated his hold on power and cemented himself as what many commentators are calling the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao...more

Agencies Indicate Efficient, Targeted Enforcement Priorities That Rely on Self-Disclosure

One year into the Trump administration, it remains difficult to forecast what lies ahead with respect to regulatory and white collar enforcement activity. Perhaps most instructive are recent public statements of officials at...more

OFAC Warns that Venezuela’s Proposed Digital Currency May Violate U.S. Sanctions

by Perkins Coie on

On January 19, 2018, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), in response to a question, warned that a U.S. person’s acquisition of, or dealing in, a cryptocurrency that Venezuela intends to issue in the future may...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

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

How Tax Reform Could Trigger Significant Taxes For Unwary Stockholders (And Funds) In Foreign Companies

Summary: - On December 15, Congress released its final version of Tax Reform – the Conference Report Bill (the Bill). - Statutory language of the Bill may cause an unexpected tax hit on unwary U.S. stockholders who...more

Red Notice Newsletter - November 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – SBM Offshore N.V. Agrees to Pay $238 Million to Resolve DOJ FCPA Enforcement Action - On November 29, 2017, SBM Offshore N.V. (SBM), a Netherlands based company specializing in the...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

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

Changes Possibly Coming to CFIUS

by Bryan Cave on

Change may be coming to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), but any changes to the jurisdiction or process used by the multi-agency committee that reviews foreign investments in U.S. business for...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

Congress Introduces Bill to Expand CFIUS’s Review Authority

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced identical bills in the House and Senate on Wednesday to broaden the authority of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS” or the “Committee”), an...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

Washington Seeks New Regulation of Technology Investments: What You Need to Know Now About the Proposed CFIUS Legislation

On November 8, 2017, a bipartisan coalition in Congress introduced the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), which would greatly expand the reach and consequence of the Committee on Foreign Investment in...more

President Trump Blocks Sale of U.S. Company to Chinese Buyers Under CFIUS

by Williams Mullen on

On September 13, 2017 President Trump ordered that the acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation by Chinese purchasers be “prohibited” under CFIUS. While this is the first publically announced blocking of an...more

Red Notice Newsletter - October 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS – Global Compliance Overhaul for SAP as DOJ and SEC Investigate Payments Allegedly Related to South African Government Contracts – On October 26, 2017, German software company SAP SE...more

EU to Establish a Framework for Screening Foreign Direct Investment

by WilmerHale on

On September 13, 2017, the European Commission issued a proposal for a Regulation establishing a framework for screening foreign direct investment (“FDI”) in the European Union (the “Proposal” or “Proposed Regulation”). The...more

Political Crisis in Spain

Following the 1 October referendum on the independence of Catalonia and the national police’s actions to prevent the referendum—which many viewed as both disproportionate and ineffective—the president of the Generalitat of...more

Potential regulatory and transactional impacts for financial institutions

by Dentons on

On 29 March 2017 the UK Government triggered Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, giving notice to European Council of the EU of its intention to leave the EU and triggering a two year period of withdrawal...more

CFIUS Continues to Present an Obstacle to Chinese Acquisitions

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On September 13, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order blocking investment firm, Canyon Bridge Capital Partners Inc. (“Canyon”), from acquiring Lattice Semiconductor Corporation (“Lattice”). President Trump’s...more

President Prohibits Chinese Investment in U.S. Semiconductor Company Following Recommendation from CFIUS

by Bryan Cave on

On September 13, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order citing unresolved national security concerns in prohibiting the $1.3 billion acquisition of a publicly traded semiconductor manufacturer by a group of investors...more

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