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Treasury Department Urges SEC to Act on Life Company Products

by Carlton Fields on

The U.S. Department of the Treasury published an October 2017 report, "A Financial System That Creates Economic Opportunities — Asset Management and Insurance" in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13772 on "Core...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Fourth Quarter 2017: Trump Administration Unveils its Position on Financial Regulation...

by Dechert LLP on

During the Trump Administration’s first year in office, it has implemented major new policy approaches and engaged in significant reversals of Obama Administration policies in many areas. In contrast, the Administration to...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: 2018 Proxy Season Pointers, Disclosing the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” Shareholder...

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The end of a year and beginning of the next generally starts the countdown to the public company proxy season. But before moving into 2018, registrants would be well served by first looking back to the guidance that came out...more

The Dodd-Frank Reform Endgame

by K&L Gates LLP on

Early 2018 will likely see the most significant progress on reforming the Dodd-Frank Act (“DFA”) since its passage in 2010 thanks to four key efforts: the Financial CHOICE Act and activity in the House Financial Services...more

Initial Tax Disclosures Regarding 162(m) in Proxy Statements

Many know that the Section 162(m) deduction limit for performance-based compensation has been repealed by the recent tax legislation together with implementation of other changes, effective for taxable years beginning after...more

Tax Act Hit to U.S. Taxpayers with Equity Ownership (Even Indirect Minority Ownership) in Foreign Entities with Unremitted...

On December 15, 2017, 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, 2017....more

New Deferral Opportunity for Stock Awards

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a new provision that can delay the taxation of compensation paid to employees of “eligible corporations” in the form of “qualified stock” for up to five years. The provision is set forth in...more

The Effects of Tax Reform on Private Equity

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), the most extensive overhaul of the United States tax regime in over thirty years. The new tax law will have a significant impact upon...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

SEC Staff Provides Guidance on the Tax Accounting Implications of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

by Alston & Bird on

Our Securities Group analyzes the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new staff guidance on the accounting impacts U.S. tax reform will have on publicly traded companies and their financial statement disclosures. ...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

SEC Releases Guidance on Near-Term Disclosure Regarding Effects of New Tax Law

The tax reform signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 22 (the Tax Act) presents public companies with several accounting and disclosure challenges. Although companies are still evaluating how they will be affected by the...more

New Tax Act Disclosures, Explanations and Examples

Disclosures regarding the new tax act, often referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act or TCJA, continue to be prominent in SEC filings. Set forth blow is an explanation of the often obscure GAAP accounting driving many of the...more

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Meets Public Company Reporting

by Cohen & Gresser LLP on

Accounting for income taxes can be complex and is seldom exciting. Suspense was added, however, by the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act shortly before year end 2017. Would public companies have enough time to analyze the...more

Draft regulations laying down major rules of the new investment support system in Poland already known

by Dentons on

The Government Legislation Center published on its website draft regulations on the introduction of a new system of investment support in Poland, including a key regulation on state aid to business. Among other things, the...more

SEC Guidance on Accounting for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and Form 8-K Obligations

As Christmas Eve approached with vacations and holiday shopping in full swing, President Trump signed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and the SEC promptly issued guidance to public companies on related accounting matters. Perhaps...more

Blog: A Christmas Gift From The SEC Staff: Guidance On Disclosure Of The Accounting Effect Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act

by Cooley LLP on

On December 22, 2017, the staffs of the Office of Chief Accountant and Corp Fin issued guidance regarding disclosure of the accounting impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, just signed into law on December 22. As discussed in...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

New Tax Bill Unleashes Flood of SEC Disclosures

The new tax bill awaiting President Trump’s signature has unleashed a flood of disclosures in SEC filings. The new bill was unartfully renamed “To provide for reconciliation to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on...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

How are REITs impacted by the Jobs Act?

by Hogan Lovells on

On December 15, 2017, the Conference Committee of the U.S. Congress approved the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Jobs Act”). The Jobs Act is expected to be approved by both Houses of Congress and signed by President Trump. The...more

The Effect of Tax Reform on Michigan Charter Schools

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Many recent press reports have warned of the negative affect tax reform could have on charter schools around the country. These reports focus on the proposed elimination of private activity bonds (“PABs”) under the House tax...more

Top 10 Topics for Directors in 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - 1. Cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity preparedness is essential in 2018 as the risk of, and associated adverse impact of, breaches continue to rise. The past year redefined the upward bounds of the...more

U.S. House of Representatives Acts To Codify Registration Exemption for M&A Brokers

On December 7, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017 (H.R. 477).” The bipartisan bill passed the House by a vote of 426-0....more

New Staff Guidance on Shareholder Proposals

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On November 1, 2017, the Staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance released Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I (“SLB 14I”), which provides new guidance on how the Staff will evaluate arguments for omission of a shareholder...more

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