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Update to Bermuda’s economic substance legislation

The month of June 2019 saw a number of important updates to Bermuda’s economic substance regime ahead of the 1 July deadline for compliance for entities in existence when the legislation came into force. This bulletin contains a summary of those developments. Entities Tax Resident Overseas Out Of Scope The Economic Substance Amendment Act 2019 […]

Jersey’s economic substance requirements – identifying holding company business and its implications

This briefing forms part of our series on identifying relevant activity for the purposes of the Taxation (Companies – Economic Substance) (Jersey) Law 2019 (the “ESJL”), in this case holding company business. Identifying Holding Company Business (“HCB”) The ESJL defines HCB as “the business of being a holding company”, which suggests it applies to all […]

Trust Essentials – July 2019

Z trusts judgment: whose rights take priority when a trust is insolvent? Jersey’s Court of Appeal has handed down its long awaited judgment in the Z Trusts case. The decision considers important questions regarding the equitable rights of a former trustee, and whether those rights have priority over the rights of other claimants to the […]

Uzbekistan – Reforms in the provision of tax and customs incentives

In order to further improve the investment climate in Uzbekistan, ensure the implementation of fair competition principles, as well as regulate the practice of granting tax and customs incentives, the Presidential Decree of the Republic of Uzbekistan ‘On measures to further streamline of tax and customs incentives provision’ No. УП- 5755 was adopted on 27 […]

Time is running out! Have you disclosed your nominee agreements to Revenu Quebec?

Effective May 17, 2019, all nominee agreements made as part of a transaction or series of transactions must be disclosed to Revenu Québec (“RQ“) within 90 days of execution, and agreements already in place on May 17, 2019, must be disclosed by September 16, 2019 (“New Disclosure Requirement“). Failure to comply with the New Disclosure […]

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Davis Polk wins mandate for billion dollar RBS deal

Linklaters’ UK client Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has turned to Davis Polk & Wardwell for its surprise £5.8bn acquisition of US retail bank Charter One. Davis Polk is working with Boston-based firm Goodwin Proctor on the transaction which is being conducted through RBS’ wholly owned subsidiary Citizens Financial Group and is expected to be […]

Spanish accountancy firms hit by underwhelming year

Spain’s past and present accountancy-tied law firms have struggled to shrug off the tough economy during 2003, with all recording scant increases in overall gross for the year. Former Andersen-tied giant Garrigues saw yearly revenue edge up by just 2.5 per cent to €164m, according to the latest figures compiled by Spanish newspaper Expansión. Ernst […]

Firm profile: Thomas Cooper & Stibbard

Thomas Cooper & Stibbard, which specialises in shipping, insurance, aviation and banking, defies the generally-held belief that overseas offices are an expensive luxury that small firms can ill afford. Thomas Cooper is relaxed about having offices in all the major time zones. “We follow the clients’ needs,” says senior partner Stephen Swabey. The firm’s Madrid […]

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