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Insurance Topics We Will Be Watching in 2018

On its current course, this year could be both the best and the worst of times for insurance. The US economy continues to enjoy steady growth, stock indices continue to reach new highs and tax reform in the US allows both...more

International Taxation in the Digital Era: The Rapidly Evolving European Perspective

Europe’s politicians worry that international tax rules have not kept pace with the digital economy and too easily allow multinationals to organize their global operations to minimize net taxable profits in high-tax European...more

US Tax Reform Enacts the Most Comprehensive Changes in Three Decades

The sweeping tax bill that President Donald Trump signed into law on December 22, 2017, represents the most comprehensive reform of U.S. tax law since 1986. The law makes substantial changes to the taxation of individuals and...more

Bridging the Week - January 2018 #3

SEC Not Feeling Groovy About Cryptocurrencies – Tells Registered Investment Funds: Slow Down, You Move Too Fast: The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management issued a letter to two industry...more

DAMITT 2017 Year in Review – Number of Significant Antitrust Merger Investigations Declines in the US and Europe But...

by Dechert LLP on

Fast Facts - The length of significant U.S. merger investigations climbed to an average of 10.8 months in 2017, a new DAMITT record, despite the number of investigations dropping by more than 20%. There are signs of a...more

2017 Half-year in review - M&A legal and market developments

by White & Case LLP on

We set out below a number of interesting English and European court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical...more

Day 23 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program-Updates and Feedback

by Thomas Fox on

One of the critical elements found in the Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs (Evaluation) is the need to use the information you obtain, whether through risk assessment, root cause analysis, investigation, hotline...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on Broker-Dealer, Derivatives, CFTC and UK/Brexit/EU Developments

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Amendments to FINRA Rule 4521 and New Supplemental Liquidity Schedule On January 8, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) requested comment on proposed...more

IRS Issues Guidance for New Repatriation Tax

Many U.S. owners of foreign companies are surprised to hear that the new repatriation tax not only applies to “repatriated” foreign earnings, but also to foreign earnings that are not repatriated into the U.S. They are even...more

Canada Strengthens Transnational Business and Human Rights Oversight

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Canadian federal government has announced the creation of an Ombudsperson for "responsible enterprise", an office to be housed within Global Affairs Canada. Known formally as the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible...more

Third-Party Risk Management Decisions Need Context to Maximize ROI

by NAVEX Global on

Effective third-party risk management has evolved beyond just identifying red flags. Today, mature programs know how to surface as well as prioritize their risk. Prioritization enables programs to apply resources and due...more

Working Towards GDPR Compliance – Practical Steps for US-Headquartered Life Sciences Companies

by Mintz Levin on

The European Union is replacing its current privacy laws with a new, comprehensive General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect May 25, 2018. The essential principles of the EU’s privacy laws are unchanged,...more

Tax Reform: Key Considerations for M&A, Private Equity & Venture Capital Transactions

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”). The Act was ostensibly promoted as a means to encourage investment and to promote growth in the U.S. economy, while reducing harmful...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 367, Jim Shields on using comedy for compliance training

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Today I visit with James Shields, the Creative Director for Twist and Shout Communications, a UK company which creates training video using comedy as the touchstone. You can check out a selection of the company’s offerings on...more

Day 22 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program- Assessing Compliance Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

In the Evaluation, Under Prong 9 Continuous Improvement, Periodic Testing and Review, it stated "Control Testing - Has the company reviewed and audited its compliance program in the area relating to the misconduct, including...more

Day 21 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program-Continuous Improvement in a Compliance Program

by Thomas Fox on

Under Hallmark Nine of Ten Hallmarks of an Effective Compliance Program as articulated in the 2012 FCPA Guidance, it stated, "Finally, a good compliance program should constantly evolve. A company's business changes over...more

Day 20 of 31 Days to a More Effective Compliance Program-Responding to Investigative Findings

by Thomas Fox on

There is nothing like an internal whistleblower report about a FCPA violation, the finding of such an issue or (even worse) a subpoena from the DOJ to trigger the Board of Directors and senior management attention to the...more

Impact of US Tax Reform on Mergers and Acquisitions: New Opportunities and Pitfalls

On December 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which includes numerous changes that will significantly impact mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Although the TCJA has rightly been...more

Focus on Restructuring Processes: CVAs and Liquidation in the context of Carillion

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In recent months certain restructuring processes have gained quite some notoriety in press headlines in connection with a number of UK businesses. This article provides secured lenders with a brief recap on the key points to...more

Caveat Emptor: Are Lengthier EC Merger Reviews the New Norm?

As merger reviews become more thorough and document-intensive, companies planning to engage in global M&A deals in 2018 should factor potentially lengthier merger reviews by the European Commission (EC) into their deal...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - January 2018

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a lawsuit by the City of New York seeking compensation for the...more

An In-Depth Look at the Impact of US Tax Reform on Mergers and Acquisitions

On December 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which includes numerous changes that will significantly impact mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Although the TCJA has rightly been...more

Disposition of a Partnership Interest Now Subject to Tax Withholding

by K&L Gates LLP on

The new Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) contains a provision that is of great importance to any persons buying or selling an interest in a partnership. New Section 864(c)(8) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (the...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - January 2018 #2

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this week's newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset...more

New Partnership Audit Regulations Released as Permitting Push-Out Election Through Tiered Partnerships

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In a trilogy of releases in the last six weeks, the Department of Treasury (“Treasury”) provided much-needed guidance on the implementation of the partnership audit rules in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (the “BBA...more

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