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EU Tax Haven Blacklist Update

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The unveiling of the EU tax haven blacklist was covered in our Alert dated 12 December, 2017. While the consequences of a jurisdiction being on the blacklist remain largely unclear, clients may wish to review whether they...more

European Court of Justice: Intercompany Pricing Cannot Be Used For EU Import/Customs Purposes If Subject to Adjustments

• A recent judgment of the European Court of Justice for bars the use of intercompany transfer prices for EU imports and EU customs duty purposes if (as is commonly the case) these are subject to retroactive adjustments. ...more

EIA report projects fossil and nuclear fuels will provide 83% of total global energy in 2040.

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

EIA’s International Energy Outlook 2017 projects that world energy consumption will increase by 28% from 2015 through 2040.  The report provides energy consumption projections for 16 world regions, divided according to...more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter (Ukrainian) - January 2018

by Dentons on

On 11 December 2017, the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine introduced its Road Map for the implementation of international standards of transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes....more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter - January 2018

by Dentons on

The Ministry of Finance of Ukraine elaborated its Road Map for the implementation of international standards of transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes - On 11 December 2017, the Ministry of Finance of...more

Australian Government releases hybrid mismatch rules to counteract entities exploiting differences in the taxation treatment of an...

by DLA Piper on

Introduction and overview - The Australian Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, on Friday 24 November, released exposure draft legislation to prevent entities that are liable to Australian income tax from avoiding income...more

UK Tax Round Up - December 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Finance (No. 2) Bill 2017-19 - The first version of the Finance (No. 2) Bill 2017-19 was published on 1 December 2017. The majority of the Bill's content had been previously announced at the Autumn 2017 Budget (see...more

Lunione europea ha pubblicato la black list dei paradisi fiscali

Il Consiglio Europeo dei ministri dell'economia ha approvato e pubblicato una lista di 17 Paesi considerati paradisi fiscali (c.d. "Black List") e una lista di 47 Paesi che si sono impegnati ad allinearsi e rispettare i...more

"Absolute Liability" for a Failure to Prevent Foreign Bribery: Significant Change Ahead in Australia?

by Jones Day on

On 6 December 2017, Australia's Federal Government tabled the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2017 ("Bill"), which contains various amendments to Australia's foreign bribery regime, including...more

2017 in review and what to watch for in 2018

by DLA Piper on

2017 has been a year in which the new Financial Markets Conduct Act (FMCA) regime has started to bed in, following the rush to transition by 1 December 2016. The industry is coming to grips with a "new normal" of statutory...more

China to Encourage Even More Steel Exports

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Late last week, the Government of China announced that it would be removing export taxes on many steel products, including wire, rods, bars, billets, and stainless steel plate, as of January 1, 2018. The move is part of a...more

The Securitisation Regulation – the final text

by Dentons on

On 26 October 2017, the European Parliament approved the Securitisation Regulation, which contains significant changes to the current securitisation regulatory framework....more

EU Blacklisting of Tax Havens

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

After months of screening global tax policies by the European Council’s Code of Conduct Group, the EU has finalised its tax-haven blacklist – a list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, which currently comprises...more

What Multinational Companies in Argentina Need to Know About Anti-Corruption Now

by Kobre & Kim on

Underscored by the recent contentious presidential and congressional elections, during which corruption was — as it is throughout the region — a hot-button issue, anti-corruption enforcement in Argentina is on the rise....more

Bonn Climate Talks Discuss Litigation Trend Linking Climate Change and Human Rights

by King & Spalding on

Climate change has been in the news recently in the wake of the Bonn Climate Talks, which took place between November 6 and 17, 2017. One key take away from the Talks: energy companies must seriously consider potential...more

Global Legal Insights: Bribery & Corruption, 2018 - China

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

China has had strong anti-corruption laws for many years. On 1 January 1980, the Criminal Law of the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC Criminal Law”), containing the criminal offences of bribery and corruption, came into...more

Global Legal Insights: Bribery & Corruption, 2018 - Japan

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Japan is widely perceived to be one of the least corrupt countries in the world. Transparency International ranked Japan as the 20th least corrupt country out of 176 in the most recent Corruption Perceptions Index. The World...more

Significant Reform Signalled for Australia's Foreign Bribery Regime

by Jones Day on

On 6 December 2017, the Commonwealth Government announced its intention to significantly reform Australia's existing anti-foreign bribery regime. The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2017, now...more

UBA Report Summarizes Work to Develop New OECD Test Guideline on Dispersion Stability of Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

In December 2017, Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) published a report entitled Clarification of methodical questions regarding the investigation of nanomaterials in the environment: Development of a decision...more

Recent Developments in Transfer Pricing and the Taxation of Multinational Companies in Australia

by Jones Day on

As part of a wide-ranging crackdown on multinational tax avoidance, the Australian Federal Government and the Australian Tax Office have introduced significant reforms to the country’s transfer pricing regulations. The...more

eDiscovery and the GDPR: Ready or Not, Here it Comes: eDiscovery Best Practices

by CloudNine on

...Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to take effect in less than 200 days. It is important to understand the changes this new set of regulations will impose, but it is also important to understand that...more

Tax Residency - Place of Effective Management in South Africa

by Dentons on

The concept of residency is a crucial determinant in establishing a person’s tax obligations in South Africa. Generally, a resident is liable to pay tax on taxable income derived from South Africa and globally, while...more

Australian Tax Update

by DLA Piper on

Introduction and overview The Australian Treasurer, The Hon Scott Morrison MP, on Friday 24 November 2017, released exposure draft legislation to prevent entities that are liable to Australian income tax from avoiding...more

Paradise Papers: The Latest Offshore Leak

by Jones Day on

Hackers leaked approximately 13.4 million confidential client documents from Appleby, Estera, and Asiaciti Trust to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists....more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for October 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In order to provide an overview for busy in-house counsel and compliance professionals, we summarize below some of the most important international anti-corruption developments from the past month, with links to primary...more

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