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Russian Lawmakers Move to Be Able to Ban Use of VPNs and Similar Access Tools

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Russia has adopted a new law further toughening the country’s Internet-blocking regime and introducing a number of restrictive measures applicable to intermediaries providing access to blocked websites, IT networks, and...more

UK publishes paper on Brexit and medicines regulation

by Hogan Lovells on

On the same day as the European Council voted to move the European Medicines Agency (EMA) from London to Amsterdam, the UK Parliament issued a briefing paper on Brexit and medicines regulation. ...more

Proposed Legislation Would Expand CFIUS Jurisdiction Over Foreign Investment

by Reed Smith on

Recently introduced, bipartisan legislation to reform the process and jurisdiction of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) promises the most meaningful change to CFIUS in over a decade. The...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — France

by White & Case LLP on

Following the Montebourg Decree in 2014, the scope of activities covered by national security reviews has been significantly extended to several key industries...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

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – First Impressions Regarding International Tax Reform

by Alston & Bird on

Comprehensive tax reform is moving rapidly, and both the House and the Senate have proposed their own versions of tax reform. Our International Tax and Tax Policy & Regulation Groups investigate the differences between the...more

The Path to Tax Reform 2017: Pass-through Entities

by BakerHostetler on

On Nov. 16, 2017, the House passed its tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“House Bill”). The bill materially changes taxation of pass-through income from partnerships, LLCs taxed as partnerships and S corporations....more

FARA and the First Amendment: How will the United States Calibrate its Response to Foreign Propaganda?

Remember how we talked about bipartisan legislation introduced in March 2017 (which seems like a million years ago) to investigate the Russian media outlet RT for spreading propaganda without registering as a foreign agent?...more

The Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill

by DLA Piper on

On Wednesday 18 October 2017, the UK Government introduced the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill (the "Sanctions Bill") into Parliament. The Sanctions Bill received its second reading in the House of Lords on 1...more

National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Italy

by White & Case LLP on

Deals are generally not blocked by the Italian Government. However, in connection with the clearance process, conditions may be imposed that can have a significant impact on the investment...more

Retrenchment on Cuban Sanctions; The Search for a Middle Ground

The Trump Administration has made good on its promise to cut back on the liberalized Cuban policy implemented by the Obama Administration with a new regime that introduces new travel restrictions as well as broad prohibitions...more

House Passes Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: How the Senate Proposal Compares

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 2, 2017, the House Ways and Means Committee (the “House Committee”) released its plan for comprehensive tax reform: the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” (H.R. 1) (the “House Bill”). Following a week of hearings,...more

Brexit: Authorised Economic Operators (AEO)

by Dechert LLP on

After Brexit, customs declarations to UK Customs are expected to increase five-fold to 255 million annually and the UK companies making declarations to double to over 270,000. But only 0.2% of those traders have AEO status –...more

CrunchedCredit.com’s 8th Annual Golden Turkey Awards

by Dechert LLP on

As we look back each November to bestow the year’s crop of Golden Turkeys to the silliest and most annoying instances of regulatory overreach, legislative inanity, governmental misfeasance or the mere idiotic behavior of...more

Three Key Aspects of the Proposed Reform to the CFIUS Process

On November 8, 2017, members of the U.S. House and Senate introduced companion legislation that would update the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (“CFIUS”) and the national security review process. The bill,...more

EU adopts sanctions against Venezuela

by White & Case LLP on

The EU has adopted a range of targeted sanctions against Venezuela, including an arms embargo and a ban on exports of equipment which could be used for internal repression and surveillance, as well as setting up a legal...more

Latest tax legislation makes for interesting reading

by DLA Piper on

The final Taxation Laws Amendment Bill 2017 (the TLAB) was introduced in the National Assembly on 25 October 2017 for ratification and signature by the President which is expected by early January 2018....more

US Office of Foreign Assets Control Amends Cuba Sanctions Program, Implementing Trump Directive

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The Office of Foreign Assets Control has amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations to implement changes to the Cuba sanctions program announced by President Trump in June of this year, which aimed to reinforce certain...more

The US Revises Commercial and Travel Sanctions Against Cuba

by WilmerHale on

On November 9, 2017, the US Departments of the Treasury and Commerce implemented President Trump's June 2017 National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM) that was designed to tighten restrictions on individual travel to...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

How US Tax Reform Proposals Will Affect Private Investment Funds and Asset Managers

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Aspects of the current proposals could significantly alter the US taxation of investment funds, sponsors, and investors. Key Points: ..Major changes to US tax laws on business tax rates, interest deductibility, and...more

Do You Need a Risk Factor for Proposed U.S. Federal Income Tax Reform?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Tax reform efforts by Congress are ongoing, and the substance of the tax bills remains fluid. However, for foreign corporations with U.S. operations, there are some specific potential risks to consider, such as additional...more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter (Ukrainian) - November 2017 #2

by Dentons on

On 9 October 2017, the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland signed the Protocol for introduction of amendments into the Convention between the Government of...more

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