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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

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...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

India publishes new rules for master file and CbC reporting

by DLA Piper on

Acting on its commitment to the OECD BEPS Action Plan, India has published the final guidance in relation to the requirements of multinationals to provide master file and country-by-country (CbC) reporting in India. The...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

CFTC’s Division of Market Oversight Extends Time-Limited No-Action Relief for SEFs from Certain Block Trade Requirements - On November 14, 2017, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's Division ("CFTC") of Market...more

Germany Publishes Report on Relationship of Nanomaterial’s Physical-Chemical Properties and Aquatic Toxicity for the Purpose of...

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) published a November 2017 report entitled Considerations about the relationship of nanomaterial’s physical-chemical properties and aquatic toxicity for the purpose of grouping. The...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, November 2017

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA - EPA Extends Comment Period For Draft Guidance For Pesticide Registrants On Notifications, Non-notifications, And Minor Formulation Amendments: On October 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

OECD Development Assistance Committee Adopts Blended Finance Principles

The Development Assistance Committee (“DAC”) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (“OECD”) has adopted policy guidance on the use of blended finance for development. The guidance includes five...more

Kyiv Tax Newsletter - November 2017 #2

by Dentons on

Increased withholding tax rates in the instances of application of the Convention between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the Avoidance of Double...more

Argentina Passes New Anti-Corruption Statute

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A more robust anti-corruption culture is taking hold in Latin America. In line with this trend, the National Congress of Argentina just last week passed a bill creating a criminal liability regime for legal entities. As the...more

OECD Publishes Analysis of Survey on Consumer and Environmental Exposures to Manufactured Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development published a November 7, 2017, report entitled Consumer and Environmental Exposure to Manufactured Nanomaterials — Information used to characterize exposures: Analysis...more

Brussels Regulatory Brief: October

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 6 September 2017, the Court of Justice, the European Union (“EU”)’s highest court, issued its much awaited decision in a case of abuse of dominance by a US microchip manufacturer using exclusivity or loyalty rebates, i.e....more

Canada Just Outlawed Facilitation Payments. Should You?

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On October 31, 2017, an amendment to the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (“CFPOA”), Canada’s analog to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), made illegal defined ‘facilitation payments.’ The CFPOA now...more

Anti-Corruption Risks: Global Enforcement Means Global Detection

by Michael Volkov on

Over the last year, we have seen the Justice Department and SEC’s international coordination efforts bear fruit. DOJ has expended time and efforts to train prosecutors and law enforcement on anti-corruption investigations and...more

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