Malaysia is Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy and one of the most open economies in the world according to the World Bank. The country has an average growth rate of over 5 percent this decade and is expected to move from an upper middle-income economy to a high income one in just five years. Its government is now actively pursuing foreign direct investment, offering incentives to tech companies and capital investors in an effort to lure them away from the traditional regional hubs of Singapore and Hong Kong.


If you’re a business looking to expand internationally, you’ll need to comply with a host of unfamiliar regulations, from immigration rules to permanent establishment laws to employer obligations. You’ll also face myriad new challenges and unfamiliar requirements specifically related to finance and accounting.


If your organization sends employees abroad, you need to understand what a shadow payroll is and how it works. The basic concept is relatively simple, and shadow payrolls are great for lowering employer and employee risks. Properly establishing and maintaining a shadow payroll is, however, far from simple.


In a global economy characterized by trade wars, data protection regulations and tightening foreign direct investment standards the rules governing M&A deals have changed and continue to evolve. Amid these changes, however, M&A deals continue to be closed at an unprecedented pace.


Multinational corporations need to understand the U.S.’s evolving tax rules within the context of the changing global tax landscape, including new and tighter restrictions on profit-shifting. The combination of these factors seriously affects what multinationals need to consider from a tax perspective, and how frequently they need to review their existing structures. We have gathered some of our top experts to discuss changes to the U.S. corporate and individual tax regime and how they may affect your organization’s expansion plans


The international tax landscape has undergone radical changes in the last half dozen years. Tax authorities across the globe are implementing strict requirements and enhanced enforcement practices that target perceived tax base erosion and profit shifting. Multinationals everywhere are being forced to increase corporate transparency and disclosure. In short, the rules for and risks of minimizing tax are evolving fast. Perhaps no requirements have undergone such widespread changes as those related to transfer pricing — particularly the OECD’s three-tiered approach to multi-jurisdictional transfer pricing documentation, involving a master file, local file and country-by-country reporting (CbCR). Multinational enterprises of all sizes must understand their related obligations in all relevant jurisdictions to avoid potential double-taxation assessments, penalties and reputational damage.


Each country has its own protections related to workplace discrimination, and laws vary by jurisdiction. The US, for example, protects against age discrimination for workers 40 and over, while the UK protects both old and young workers against age discrimination. Despite variations, most developed countries have broadly similar laws prohibiting workplace discrimination. Virtually all multinationals recognize the importance of keeping on the right side of these laws to avoid costly fines and reputational damage. Developing strong internal policies that ensure workplace equality and promote diversity is also critical to attracting and retaining skilled workers, no matter what your countries of operation.


As we look forward to 2019, we’ve been reflecting on the current year. It’s been a busy one for our international expansion and operations experts, who have been helping clients negotiate a multitude of legislative changes and trends around the globe.


The global economy is evolving quickly, and tech and other startups are looking beyond traditional expansion targets like the UK and China. Popular targets now include relatively low cost, talent-rich countries like Israel, Ireland, the Czech Republic and Poland, which recently joined the ranks of FTSE Russell advanced economies, the first country to do so in nearly ten years. Throughout this evolution, many of the basic concepts of international expansion continue to hold true. As enforcement by tax and immigration authorities everywhere tightens, it’s more important than ever for companies considering expansion to understand these concepts so they know the right questions to ask, regardless of target country.


Everyone knows hiring and managing employees abroad is more complex than managing a domestic-only workforce. Global employers must contend with sometimes unfamiliar and changing labor and immigration laws in each country of operation, varying cultural expectations, time-zone differences and much more.
Given widespread global economic growth, tightening immigration rules, changing worker expectations related to flexible hours and employee leave, along with other factors, it’s more challenging than ever to attract and retain quality employees. Multinationals must understand what today’s workers want, and what benefits their competitors are offering, to succeed in today’s global economy.


As emerging technology continues to radically change the global workforce, HR professionals are increasingly relied upon to manage the ever-changing needs of their organizations and employees. While automation and artificial intelligence have the potential to eliminate or ease certain job functions, superior human capital remains at the core of competitive and innovative companies. How can HR leaders leverage new technology to help their businesses run more efficiently while also fostering the soft skills employees need to perform successfully in high-touch environments? This webinar will offer insights into how leading companies are balancing investments in technology with investments in their workforce to thrive in a rapidly changing world.


The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act fundamentally altered the tax environment for U.S. multinational companies (“MNCs”). In addition, the OECD BEPS project, the EU’s Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive and other local country regulations are adding to the complexity that finance and tax executives of MNCs are facing daily. In order to maximize tax benefits and cost savings, companies need to rethink their corporate structure, their financial priorities, and their tax strategy.

Join us for this informative webinar, where our subject matter experts will outline recent and upcoming changes, and provide strategies for navigating the complexities of the new tax landscape both inside and outside the U.S. Our subject matter experts will discuss the current state of U.S. and international regulations, the practical consequences of failing to comply with changing tax laws, and the best approaches your organization can take to be proactive in your tax compliance strategy.