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Belgian UBO register: complex structures – who is the ultimate beneficial owner?

Belgian UBO register: complex structures – who is the ultimate beneficial owner?

The Belgian Law of 18 September 2017 (the “Law”) implementing the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive of May 2015 (the “4th AML Directive”) has established the Ultimate Beneficial Owners Register (“UBO Register”) in which Belgian companies, non-profit organizations, foundations, trusts and other similar entities have to record their ultimate beneficial owners. ... Read More »

Real estate transactions across Europe

Real estate transactions across Europe

Real Estate owners, investors, Asset and Property Managers today have a global and European focus when it comes to real estate investments. Being confronted with different legal and tax systems a short practical overview can be helpful for those who are trying to find their way in the different European ... Read More »

German Exporters: How To Control US Product Liability Risk

German Exporters: How To Control US Product Liability Risk

We frequently hear about product liability lawsuits before US courts in the media, but only the most bizarre and drastic cases seem to make the headlines. These are cases in which, for instance, plaintiffs claim enormous amounts of damages compensation. What happened? A particularly interesting and recent case is the ... Read More »

Employers Seeing Increased I-9 Audits & Fines Under Trump Administration

Employers Seeing Increased I-9 Audits & Fines Under Trump Administration

Under the current administration, in FY17, businesses were ordered to pay $97.6 million in judicial forfeitures, fines and restitution, and $7.8 million in civil fines, including one company whose financial penalties represented the largest payment ever levied in an immigration case. “Under federal law, employers are required to verify the ... Read More »

What Exactly Is Use in Commerce?

What Exactly Is Use in Commerce?

Many federal trademark applications are filed on an intent-to-use basis, which means that the applicant has not yet begun to use the mark in connection with its business activities to brand, market, and sell its products. However, in order to complete the trademark registration process, it is necessary to demonstrate ... Read More »

New legislation regarding the provision of services in the area of tourism industry in the Czech Republic – part two

New legislation regarding the provision of services in the area of tourism industry in the Czech Republic – part two

Part two of this article is focused on (i) the new legal regulation concerning the consumer protection in the area of tourism industry and on (ii) the most important changes relating to the right to operate a travel agency in the Czech Republic. All these changes were introduced by the ... Read More »

New legislation regarding the provision of services in the area of tourism industry in the Czech Republic – part one

New legislation regarding the provision of services in the area of tourism industry in the Czech Republic – part one

This article is devoted to the new legal regulation regarding the provision of travel and related services in the Czech Republic. As of 1st July 2018 the Amendment of the Czech Act No. 159/1999 Coll., on certain business conditions and performance of certain activities in the area of tourism industry, ... Read More »

CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY GOOD PRACTICES  TAX REDUCTION OR DEDUCTIBLE EXPENSE  CORPORATE INTEREST PHILANTHROPY AND THE ADVENT OF MISSION-LED BUSINESSES

CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY GOOD PRACTICES TAX REDUCTION OR DEDUCTIBLE EXPENSE CORPORATE INTEREST PHILANTHROPY AND THE ADVENT OF MISSION-LED BUSINESSES

Corporate philanthropy is faring well, even though it is still a recent practice compared to philanthropy overall. In France, corporate philanthropy effectively stems from the law on corporate foundations adopted relatively recently, on 4 July 1990[1]. It is in fact quite significant to see how difficult it was for the ... Read More »

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