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Privacy Shield open for self-certification on Aug 1

On August 1 US organisations can finally begin to submit self-certification requests to the Department of Commerce under the new EU-US “Privacy Shield.” This opens a new era for the lawful transfer of personal data from the European Union westward across the Atlantic. The Commerce Department has published a practical guide, “How to Join Privacy Shield: Guide to Self-Certification,” […]

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Tax Issues around Brexit

Our European tax team recentlydelivered a breakfast seminar exploring the tax issues and challenges posed by the result of the EU Referendum. The team covered a range of issues, including: the European framework, including overview of the EU, EEA, Eurozone and other European groupings; the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU; and the […]

India shuts down Mauritius route

Time to rethink investment structures On May 10 the Indian government issued a press release announcing the signing of a protocol to amend the India-Mauritius tax treaty.1 As a result of these amendments, Mauritius tax residents will no longer be exempt from Indian capital gains tax on sales of shares of Indian resident companies that […]

Insurance: new assessment method for GSIIs

The International Association of Insurance Supervisors (“IAIS”) has published its updated assessment methodology for designating global systemically important insurers (“G-SIIs”) (the “Revised Methodology”). As part of the review cycle of the IAIS and following consultations in 2015 the Revised Methodology now comprises five phases and adopts absolute reference values for certain indicators. Additionally, the Revised Methodology incorporates a […]

Outlook in enforcement actions against foreign banks at the new NYDFS

By Matthew L. Biben, Courtney M. Dankworth, Eric R. Dinallo, Mary Beth Hogan, Gregory J. Lyons, David Sarratt, David G. Sewell, Harriet M. Antczak On June 15 Maria Vullo was confirmed as the new Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”), solidifying the first permanent change in leadership at the agency. Since the departure last summer of […]

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Voluntary disclosures program update – The new normal

The Canada Revenue Agency voluntary disclosures program (VDP) has been around for decades. While the VDP has changed periodically, perhaps the most significant change occurred when the new Information Circular IC00-1R6, initially published on December 15, 2017, became effective on 1 March 2018.

Section 160 liability – Damis Properties Inc. v. The Queen

In Damis Properties Inc. v. The Queen, the Tax Court of Canada (TCC) found subsection 160(1) of the Income Tax Act inapplicable because the appellants and their former subsidiaries were dealing at arm’s length at the time of the transfer of the subject property. The TCC further concluded that, even if subsection 160(1) applied, the liability of the appellants under paragraph 160(1)(e) was nil because they gave fair market value consideration.

Private wealth – the potential for impact

“It is good to have money and the things money can buy, but its good too to check up once in a while and make sure you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy.” – George Lorimer

Nitrate neutrality

Developments on hold, trips to the High Court, nutrient credit schemes… Ever since a European Court of Justice ruling in November 2018, being nitrate neutral has caused headaches and blockages for developers and planners.

Bermuda: Three-day registration for special purpose insurers issuing bonds

Bermuda has always provided an efficient process for insurance submissions of all classes, with applications being approved in under two weeks. On 20 August 2021, the Bermuda Monetary Authority issued a notice announcing that enhancements have been made to allow further streamlining of the registration process for Restricted Special Purpose Insurers (“R-SPI”). Now, the licensing and registration processes of R-SPI registrants whose business model is to issue bonds (e.g. catastrophe bonds and mortgage bonds) will be consolidated and registrants can be fully registered within three business days.

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Debevoise & Plimpton has broken through the $1bn revenue barrier for the first time after posting record financial results for 2019. Firm-wide turnover rose by 13 per cent from $929.3m to a new high of $1.05bn in a year that saw all of the key metrics head north. In a year when the firm confirmed […]

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Debevoise and Davis Polk win roles on Warner Music’s IPO

Debevoise & Plimpton and Davis Polk & Wardwell will be advising on the return to the public markets of the recording label Warner Group. The Lawyer understands that Debevoise’s chief financial officer and capital markets partner Matthew Kaplan is advising Warner on the NYSE listing together with corporate partner Eric Juergens, while Davis Polk’s team […]

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Debevoise secures billion-pound settlement for mining company

Debevoise & Plimpton has secured a billion-pound award for a mining company in an arbitration against the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Tethyan Copper Company (TCC), a joint venture between Antofagasta and Barrick Gold Corporation, filed claims against Pakistan for its denial of a mining lease […]

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Debevoise continues London push with three partner promotions in 2019

Debevoise & Plimpton has promoted three lawyers in London to partner out of a total of seven worldwide in its 2019 promotions round, following on from the two it made up in the City last year. Tax lawyer Cécile Beurrier, litigator Christopher Boyne and competition specialist Timothy McIver were the three UK-based lawyers made up. […]

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