International

  • July 02, 2024

    Financial Crime Body Updating Risk Assessment Guidance

    An intergovernmental task force announced it is seeking public input on ways it could improve guidance for its process for countries to determine their risks of bad actors using their financial systems for money laundering.

  • July 02, 2024

    Belgium Delays Pillar 2 Reporting For Some Groups

    Belgium's finance ministry on Tuesday pushed back the deadline to Sept. 16 for some entities in scope of its implementation of the OECD's Pillar Two global 15% minimum tax to comply with the country's mandatory notification system.

  • July 02, 2024

    Netherlands Still A Conduit For Tax Evasion, Report Says

    The Netherlands remains a conduit for multinational companies channeling their profits to countries with low tax rates despite some tax measures introduced by the Dutch government, a study sent to Law360 on Tuesday said.

  • July 02, 2024

    Hungary Envoy Praises Its Low Taxes After PM Slams Min. Tax

    Hungary's representative to the European Union said Tuesday that Budapest's low tax rate was instrumental in bolstering the business environment in the country as he responded to a question about his prime minister slamming the global minimum tax.

  • July 02, 2024

    New Dutch Government Sworn In, Plans Tax Reform

    The new four-party conservative Dutch government took office Tuesday on a program that includes tax reform for companies and individuals.

  • July 01, 2024

    Womble Bond Adds Int'l Tax Partner In Houston Office

    Womble Bond Dickinson has added a partner to its corporate and securities group in Houston who will focus on tax law and cross-border transactions, the firm announced.

  • July 01, 2024

    US-Taiwan Biz Groups Push For True Double-Tax Treaty

    Top-ranking Senate members should push for the start of consultations on a bilateral tax treaty to avoid double taxation between the U.S. and Taiwan as opposed to measures already included in a stalled larger bill, two groups focused on business relations between the countries said.

  • July 01, 2024

    Judge Acquits Firm Co-Founder, 27 Others Over Panama Papers

    When authorities raided the now defunct Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca as part of their investigation into the international money laundering case known as the Panama Papers, they didn't follow the chain of custody for evidence they seized, so 28 people accused in the conspiracy must be acquitted, a Panamanian judge has ruled.

  • July 01, 2024

    Nelson Mullins Adds 9-Attorney Tax Team In Houston

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP announced Monday that five partners and four other tax attorneys have joined its new Houston office from Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry, including a former Texas Supreme Court justice.

  • July 01, 2024

    Firm Can't Cast Off $1.5M Tax Levy In Alter Ego Case

    A Baltimore law firm can't stop a $1.5 million tax levy that allowed the IRS to freeze its bank account, a Maryland federal judge ruled, saying the firm failed to prove at this point in its suit that one of its clients lacked an interest in the money.

  • July 01, 2024

    3 More Indicted In €54M VAT Fraud Involving Car Sales

    Authorities indicted three more suspects for their roles in a value-added tax fraud scheme involving the international trade of more than 10,000 cars that caused over €53.7 million ($57.6 million) in VAT losses, the European Public Prosecutor's Office said Monday.

  • July 01, 2024

    OECD Tax Chief Affirms Pillar 1 Progress As Deadline Passes

    Negotiations continue on Pillar One at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development even after a deadline passed to release the final text of a multilateral convention to establish the project's taxing right known as Amount A, the director of the OECD's tax policy office said Monday.

  • July 01, 2024

    New EU Chair Hungary Aims To Discuss VAT At Fall Meeting

    Hungary, the new chair of European Union member states, plans to discuss at a fall meeting a proposed change to value-added tax law that would require platform companies such as Airbnb and Uber to collect VAT for service providers.

  • July 01, 2024

    EU Bans Giving Tax Consulting Services To Belarus

    The European Union has introduced a ban on providing tax consulting and many other professional services to Belarus in a wide-ranging package of measures largely aimed at preventing the circumvention of the bloc's sanctions against Russia, a statement said.

  • June 28, 2024

    Chevron's End Is Just The Start For Energized Agency Foes

    By knocking down a powerful precedent that has towered over administrative law for 40 years, the U.S. Supreme Court's right wing Friday gave a crowning achievement to anti-agency attorneys. But for those attorneys, the achievement is merely a means to an end, and experts expect a litigation blitzkrieg to materialize quickly in the aftermath.

  • June 28, 2024

    In Chevron Case, Justices Trade One Unknown For Another

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overrule a decades-old judicial deference doctrine may cause the "eternal fog of uncertainty" surrounding federal agency actions to dissipate and level the playing field in challenges of government policies, but lawyers warn it raises new questions over what rules courts must follow and how judges will implement them.

  • June 28, 2024

    IRS Finalizes Broker Rules For Digital Asset Sales

    Brokers of digital assets such as cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens will face tax reporting requirements for the first time similar to those for brokers of securities and other financial instruments under final regulations issued Friday by the Internal Revenue Service.

  • June 28, 2024

    UK Appeals Court Rules Businesses Can't Claim Allowances

    Two U.K. businesses may not claim capital allowances from a transaction that was carried out as part of a marketed tax avoidance scheme, a British appeals court ruled Friday, overturning a lower court's decision.

  • June 28, 2024

    Chevron Ruling No Sea Change For Tax Court, Judge Says

    The U.S. Tax Court will continue to rely on the IRS and Treasury's expertise in the tax code following the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision to overturn the 40-year-old Chevron doctrine that directed courts to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous law, a judge said Friday.

  • June 28, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Vinson, Skadden

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, Aareal Bank AG and Advent International sell a property management and maintenance software company, Webtoon Entertainment Inc. and Tamboran Resources Corp. price initial public offerings, SM Energy Company acquires oil and gas assets, and Nokia sells Alcatel Submarine Networks to the French state.

  • June 28, 2024

    Australia Seeks Feedback On Renewable Energy Tax Credits

    Australia's government is looking for public input on plans to offer tax breaks tied to renewable hydrogen and critical mineral production as part of the country's push to boost its green energy industry, the country's Treasury announced Friday.

  • June 28, 2024

    Jamaica, Turkey Taken Off Financial Crime Watch List

    An intergovernmental task force on money laundering and other forms of financial crime said Friday that Jamaica and Turkey have been taken off the list of jurisdictions it monitors for compliance with international security standards.

  • June 28, 2024

    Estate Owes $4.9M For Son-Of-Boss Scheme, US Says

    An estate owes $4.9 million in tax liabilities for a couple's scheme to artificially cancel out their capital gains, the federal government said in a complaint in Michigan federal court, arguing that the Son-of-Boss scheme constitutes fraud and its proceeds aren't entitled to bankruptcy protection.

  • June 28, 2024

    EU Leaders Nominate President Von Der Leyen For 2nd Term

    European Union leaders nominated European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for a second term and named their picks for two other top jobs in the bloc that will steer European policy for the next five years, including tax policy and economic sanctions.

  • June 28, 2024

    Supreme Court Strikes Down Chevron Deference

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned a decades-old precedent that instructed judges about when they could defer to federal agencies' interpretations of law in rulemaking, depriving courts of a commonly used analytic tool and leaving lots of questions about what comes next.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Ways To Motivate Junior Attorneys To Bring Their Best

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    As Gen Z and younger millennial attorneys increasingly express dissatisfaction with their work and head for the exits, the lawyers who manage them must understand and attend to their needs and priorities to boost engagement and increase retention, says Stacey Schwartz at Katten.

  • Former Minn. Chief Justice Instructs On Writing Better Briefs

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    Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea, now at Greenberg Traurig, offers strategies on writing more effective appellate briefs from her time on the bench.

  • Stay Interviews Are Key To Retaining Legal Talent

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    Even as the economy shifts and layoffs continue, law firms still want to retain their top attorneys, and so-called stay interviews — informal conversations with employees to identify potential issues before they lead to turnover — can be a crucial tool for improving retention and morale, say Tina Cohen Nicol and Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

  • Neb. Justices Should Weigh IRC Terms In Dividend Tax Case

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    Nebraska’s highest court, which will hear oral arguments in Precision CastParts v. Department of Revenue on April 1, should recognize that the Internal Revenue Code provides key clues to defining “dividends received or deemed to be received,” and therefore limits Nebraska’s tax on foreign-sourced corporate income, says Joseph Schmidt at Ryan.

  • Judicial Independence Is Imperative This Election Year

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    As the next election nears, the judges involved in the upcoming trials against former President Donald Trump increasingly face political pressures and threats of violence — revealing the urgent need to safeguard judicial independence and uphold the rule of law, says Benes Aldana at the National Judicial College.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • What Recent Study Shows About AI's Promise For Legal Tasks

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    Amid both skepticism and excitement about the promise of generative artificial intelligence in legal contexts, the first randomized controlled trial studying its impact on basic lawyering tasks shows mixed but promising results, and underscores the need for attorneys to proactively engage with AI, says Daniel Schwarcz at University of Minnesota Law School.

  • 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.

  • Litigation Inspiration: 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.

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