Webinars

10/24/2019

Global M&A volume reached over $3 trillion in 2018, approaching 2015’s record totals. Given diminishing public markets and other factors, the enormous popularity of M&A deals is likely to continue. The relatively high failure rate of M&A deals is well-known, however, and private equity firms and companies alike must properly vet each deal to grasp its risks and opportunities. Unfortunately, many small to medium-sized organizations simply don’t have the resources to conduct due diligence. This can be particularly worrisome in the complex area of cross-border M&A taxation.

10/17/2019

Canada is one of the world’s most attractive destination markets for companies looking to expand internationally. It boasts an affluent consumer base, highly educated workforce, stable political environment and trade agreements with the U.S. and the EU. It also has more than its share of tech hubs, including not only Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, but the emerging markets of Halifax, Calgary and Quebec City. Perhaps most impressive, Canada is ranked third globally for starting a business, according to the World Bank’s most recent data.

9/26/2019

Brexit will have profound effects on businesses exporting from the UK and those with UK-based customers, regardless of where those businesses are located. Affected businesses will face new challenges related to data protection, supply chains, immigration and more. The precise nature of many of these challenges remains uncertain, and the hard truth is that many Brexit-related uncertainties will persist long after the UK leaves the EU.

9/12/2019

Brazil is one of the world’s most important emerging economies and a key contributor to global growth. While the country has endured political and economic instability in recent years, it remains the largest economy in South America and boasts a population of over 200 million. It also benefits from a high degree of economic diversification, a large and well-educated workforce, and a welcoming culture. In short, Brazil is an extremely attractive destination for foreign investors.

8/20/2019

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.

8/13/2019

Whether you’re thinking about international expansion for the first time or are experienced at maintaining operations in multiple countries, there’s a strong chance you’ll benefit from this comprehensive review of cross-border considerations.

7/30/2019

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

7/9/2019

Keeping track of your employees’ international business trips is a critical, often overlooked component of operating a multinational organization. The size of your business doesn’t matter: to minimize risk, you need to understand and record where your employees are traveling and for how long. Business trips — also known as short-term expat assignments — pose a particular problem. They are often wrongly dismissed as low- or no-risk, which can prove costly. Many companies, for example, unknowingly trigger a taxable presence in another country by sending an employee on multiple business trips there, which can lead to fines and reputational damage.

6/27/2019

In an effort to address concerns about transparency and improve tax governance globally, European Union member states have produced a Code of Conduct for Business Taxation as well as a blacklist of non-cooperative jurisdictions in relation to harmful tax practices. Appearing on the list has the potential to significantly hurt a country’s reputation and limit its ability to engage in financial transactions with EU member states and beyond.

6/25/2019

Many workers, perhaps especially those raised in the U.S., would balk at the idea of taking compulsory medical exams as a condition of work. U.S. employers are not even permitted to ask a job applicant to answer medical questions or take a medical exam before making a job offer. Outside the U.S., however, employers are often required to give their employees medical exams. For example, Japan requires employers to give their workers a medical exam upon employment, and then to require additional exams at least once a year.

6/18/2019

The list of countries implementing BEPS-related guidance now tops 125 and is growing. The hard truth is that virtually any business with cross-border activities — including those that engage in cross-border digital commerce — must throw away outmoded notions of creating local taxable presences solely through physical presences and of easily and legally moving profits to low-tax jurisdictions.

6/11/2019

Few laws have had greater reach than the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which went into effect last May. Any business that collects the data of EU citizens must comply, and in today’s digital world that includes virtually any multinational organisation, whether or not it has a physical presence in an EU country.