International

  • April 16, 2024

    McDermott Hires 2 Partners For Global Tax Practice In Paris

    McDermott Will & Emery is expanding its global tax practice group with two partners in Paris who have a track record of advising on cross-border mergers and acquisitions and tax controversies before France's tax authority, the firm announced. 

  • April 16, 2024

    Finland's Boost In Financial Crimes Led To $156M In Damage

    A record nearly 2,400 financial crimes reported to Finland's authorities in 2023 — with 54% of them debtor crimes and tax and accounting crimes — resulted in €147 million ($156 million) in criminal damage, the Finnish Tax Administration said Tuesday.

  • April 16, 2024

    Global Economic Growth To Remain Slow, Steady, IMF Says

    The global economy has been "surprisingly resilient" in its bounce back from widespread troubles, leading to projections of a slow but steady 3.2% growth continuing through this year and the next, the International Monetary Fund said in its annual report Tuesday.

  • April 16, 2024

    Treasury Gains £12B Fiscal Headroom In New Tax Year

    HM Treasury may have an extra £12 billion ($14.9 billion) to spend this financial year started April 6 thanks to the government's fiscal rule to cut national debt by 2029, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said in a report Tuesday.

  • April 16, 2024

    Taylor Wessing Launches Ireland Tax Practice With New Hire

    Taylor Wessing LLP has recruited its first tax partner in Ireland from Simmons & Simmons LLP to launch a new tax group in the country, continuing its expansion after initially setting up shop in Dublin three years ago.

  • April 16, 2024

    EU Leaders Expected To Clash Over Corp. Tax Harmonization

    European Union leaders are expected to clash at their summit Wednesday and Thursday over whether national corporate taxes should be harmonized to promote equity investments, an official from the bloc said Tuesday.

  • April 15, 2024

    Exxon Seeks $1.8B Tax Refund As Qatar Deal Trial Opens

    Exxon Mobil Corp. argued Monday in Texas federal court that its deal with Qatar to extract natural gas from the country's coast was a partnership, rather than a lease agreement, saying at the start of a trial that it's entitled to get $1.8 billion in tax benefits back from the IRS.

  • April 15, 2024

    House OKs Ending Exemption For Terrorist-Supporting Orgs

    The House passed legislation Monday that would authorize the Internal Revenue Service to suspend the tax-exempt status of any nonprofit organization found by the U.S. Treasury secretary to support foreign terrorism.

  • April 15, 2024

    8th Circ. Urged To Revive IRS' Pricing For Medtronic

    The U.S. government urged the Eighth Circuit on Monday to side with the IRS' method for pricing the intangible property that medical device maker Medtronic licensed to a Puerto Rican affiliate, arguing it's the only way to determine arm's-length royalty rates.

  • April 15, 2024

    EU Seeking Input On Tax Cooperation Program's Progress

    The European Commission is looking for input from the tax administrations of the European Union and cooperating countries on the efficacy of a program meant to aid in the fight against tax fraud, tax evasion and aggressive tax planning, it said Monday.

  • April 15, 2024

    Accounting Ethics Board Issues Int'l Tax Planning Standards

    A global accounting ethics board issued Monday what it says is the first comprehensive suite of global standards on ethical considerations in tax planning and related services in hopes of restoring public trust in accounting firms and corporations.

  • April 15, 2024

    HMRC Maintaining VAT Policies After EU Law Decoupling

    The interpretation of the U.K.'s value-added tax and excise tax regimes have remained the same despite the removal of the supremacy of the European Union's laws at the beginning of the year, HM Revenue & Customs said Monday.

  • April 15, 2024

    More EU Cooperation Needed Against VAT Fraud, Official Says

    The €11 billion ($11.7 billion) in value-added tax fraud uncovered in 2023 by the European Union's prosecution office is probably "only the tip of an iceberg" and should prompt countries to intensify joint cooperation, the office's top official said.

  • April 12, 2024

    FedEx Not Entitled To $84.6M In Tax Credit Dispute, US Says

    FedEx is not entitled to a judgment of nearly $84.6 million that the company requested in March for its foreign tax credit dispute, the federal government said Friday in a Tennessee federal court filing.

  • April 12, 2024

    Adviser Urges ECJ To Toss Ad Co.'s State Aid Appeal

    An outdoor furniture and advertising company shouldn't be allowed to challenge a finding from the European Union's General Court that it should have paid rent and taxes for ads in Brussels that stayed up after its contract with the city ended, an adviser to the bloc's highest court has said.

  • April 12, 2024

    4 Takeaways From Tax Court Nix Of Easement Perpetuity Rule

    The U.S. Tax Court's scrapping of an IRS rule on the perpetuity requirements for conservation easements could draw yet more judicial scrutiny to the agency's rulemaking and shift the focus of easement disputes to how the transactions are valued. Here, Law360 examines four key takeaways from the decision.

  • April 12, 2024

    Australia Issues Outsourced IT Tax Credit Guidance

    The Australian Taxation Office provided guidance for how those making reduced input tax credit claims for complex information technology outsourcing agreements can adequately support such claims.

  • April 12, 2024

    Panama Papers Attys Deny Money Laundering At Trial

    Two attorneys who ran the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama, at the center of a 2016 leak that produced multiple convictions for tax evasion, pled not guilty with 27 others to money-laundering charges as a trial began in Panama, according to prosecutors.

  • April 12, 2024

    OECD Base Erosion Project Still Percolating, Think Tank Says

    Policymakers should recognize that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's tax project from roughly a decade ago to reduce base erosion and profit shifting may still be affecting companies' behavior, according to a publication released Friday from the fiscally conservative-leaning Tax Foundation.

  • April 12, 2024

    Final 'Look-Through' Rules Coming Soon, IRS Official Says

    The IRS is about to release final regulations that would, in a manner of speaking, look through the corporate owners of real estate investment entities to determine whether they are domestically controlled, an agency official said Friday.

  • April 12, 2024

    Co. Suspected Of Laundering AU$1B To Enable Tax Fraud

    Australian authorities seized AU$500,000 ($323,000) from an operation in Sydney suspected of laundering over AU$1 billion to facilitate tax fraud schemes, the authorities announced.

  • April 12, 2024

    4 Arrested In France In €60M VAT Fraud Probe

    European Union prosecutors arrested four people in western France suspected of a €60 million ($63.6 million) value-added fraud scheme involving the transfer of goods and money between several countries inside and outside the bloc, the European Public Prosecutor's Office said Friday.

  • April 12, 2024

    Denmark's £1.4B Tax Fraud Trial Heads For 'Uncharted Waters'

    Denmark will open its £1.4 billion ($1.7 billion) dividend fraud case in London on Monday, beginning a yearlong trial that will have wide implications for other disputes arising out of the cum-ex trading scandal that has swept Europe.

  • April 12, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Freshfields, Kirkland & Ellis

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, eBay acquires Collectors' Goldin auction house, Vertex Pharmaceuticals buys Alpine Immune Sciences, Vista Equity Partners purchases Model N and Tradeweb Markets buys Institutional Cash Distributors.

  • April 12, 2024

    Countries Late On Pillar 2 Need To Catch Up, EU Official Says

    Countries within the European Union that are late implementing the global minimum tax rules need to do so soon, an official with the European Commission said Friday, adding that countries failing to do so could face fines.

Expert Analysis

  • How FinCEN Proposal Expands RE Transaction Obligations

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    Against a regulatory backdrop foreshadowing anti-money laundering efforts in the real estate sector, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's proposed rule significantly expands reporting requirements for certain nonfinanced residential real estate transfers and necessitates careful review, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Business Litigators Have A Source Of Untapped Fulfillment

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    As increasing numbers of attorneys struggle with stress and mental health issues, business litigators can find protection against burnout by remembering their important role in society — because fulfillment in one’s work isn’t just reserved for public interest lawyers, say Bennett Rawicki and Peter Bigelow at Hilgers Graben.

  • Unpacking FinCEN's Proposed Real Estate Transaction Rule

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    Phil Jelsma and Ulrick Matsunaga at Crosbie Gliner take a close look at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's recently proposed rulemaking — which mandates new disclosures for professionals involved in all-cash real estate deals — and discuss best next steps for the broad range of businesses that could be affected.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Forget Everything You Know About IRAC

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    The mode of legal reasoning most students learn in law school, often called “Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion,” or IRAC, erroneously frames analysis as a separate, discrete step, resulting in disorganized briefs and untold obfuscation — but the fix is pretty simple, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • How New EU Tax And Transfer Pricing Rules May Affect M&A

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    Companies involved in mergers and acquisitions may need to adjust fiscal due diligence procedures to ensure they consider potential far-reaching effects of newly implemented transfer pricing measures, such as newly implemented global minimum tax and European Union anti-tax avoidance directives and proposals, says Patrick Tijhuis at BDO.

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • US-Chile Tax Treaty May Encourage Cross-Border Investment

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    Provisions in the recently effective U.S.-Chile bilateral income tax treaty should encourage business between the two countries, as they reduce U.S. withholding tax on investment income for Chilean taxpayers, exempt certain U.S. taxpayers from Chilean capital gains tax, and clarify U.S. foreign tax credit rules, say attorneys at Kramer Levin.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Cayman Islands Off AML Risk Lists, Signaling Robust Controls

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    As a world-leading jurisdiction for securitization special purpose entities, the removal of the Cayman Islands from increased anti-money laundering monitoring lists is a significant milestone that will benefit new and existing financial services customers conducting business in the territory, say lawyers at Walkers Global.

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