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Tax matters: Digital taxes and trade wars – will the OECD/G20 agreement bring tax peace?

Tax matters: Digital taxes and trade wars – will the OECD/G20 agreement bring tax peace?

November 29, 2021

Following the recent OECD/G20 agreement on the two pillars, the US has agreed with various countries to terminate its trade actions against them in return for the withdrawal of their digital services taxes (DSTs).

In this latest episode of our Tax Matters podcast Joshua Critchlow interviews Lorand BartelsKatharina Kubik and Brin Rajathurai about the implications of these recent agreements and what trade law challenges may remain in relation to DSTs. The team also discuss tax developments on the horizon that will need to be monitored from a trade perspective and explore challenges around getting the OECD agreement implemented in the US. 

Asia Essential Antitrust #5: Update with Gilbert + Tobin on proposals to reform Australia’s merger regime

Asia Essential Antitrust #5: Update with Gilbert + Tobin on proposals to reform Australia’s merger regime

November 26, 2021

This episode features Alastair Mordaunt, partner and co-head of our Asia competition practice and Elizabeth Avery, a senior partner at Australian law firm Gilbert + Tobin and leader of its competition and regulation group.

Merger control and antitrust regulation are on the rise across the region and Australia is high on the list of jurisdictions to watch out for in terms of competition enforcement.

In this episode, our experts will discuss:

  •  An overview of the Australian merger regime as it currently operates today
  • The proposed overhaul of the regime and why the ACCC thinks reforms are necessary
  • Next steps and when we might see reforms come into force
What does BT 21, the EU’s ‘business taxation for the 21st century’ package, mean for US business?

What does BT 21, the EU’s ‘business taxation for the 21st century’ package, mean for US business?

November 11, 2021

The EU has proposed a sweeping set of measures designed to combat corporate tax avoidance, address the challenges of the digital economy and create a more sustainable and greener EU economy. Here, our transatlantic team – Claude Stansbury in Washington, Leza Bieber in New York, Georg Roderburg in Dusseldorf, Bob van Kasteren in Amsterdam and Léa Bareil in Brussels – discuss what the proposals mean for US corporates.

From growth to maturity: what founders and investors need to know about going public

From growth to maturity: what founders and investors need to know about going public

October 29, 2021

From IPOs to direct listings and SPAC mergers, there are more ways than ever for tech founders to take their businesses to the next level. In the latest Freshfields TQ podcast, partners Sarah SolumMark Austin and Stephan Pachinger give a global perspective on the capital markets and discuss what founders and investors need to know at this critical phase of the corporate cycle.

Essential Antitrust #16: Global merger control: the EU and UK take centre stage

Essential Antitrust #16: Global merger control: the EU and UK take centre stage

October 28, 2021

Merger control assessments are becoming less predictable. The European Commission has changed its policy towards Member State referrals. The CMA has been flexing its broad jurisdictional thresholds to call in transactions for review. Driven by a desire not to let any transactions fall through the net, there is a key focus on innovative sectors such as tech and life sciences but the uncertainty extends across industries. Parties must be prepared to deal with the difficulties of navigating this increasingly complex environment.

In this episode, podcast host Jenn Mellott speaks with Alan Ryan, Bertrand Guerin and Megan Yeates to discuss these developments and how merging parties can deal with this increasing uncertainty.  

The keys to successful corporate venture capital investing

The keys to successful corporate venture capital investing

October 26, 2021

Venture investments are an important way for companies to access technology and innovation - and generate financial returns. In the latest episode of the Freshfields TQ podcast, New York Partner Andrea Merediz Basham is joined by senior associates Marcus Wolter (Tokyo) and Saloua Ouchan (Amsterdam) to explore the secrets to successful corporate venture investing – from where the deal team should sit in the business to the structures and processes that are most attractive to founders.

Tax matters: German election – what do the coalition developments mean for global and domestic tax policy?

Tax matters: German election – what do the coalition developments mean for global and domestic tax policy?

October 25, 2021

The German federal election on 26 September 2021 marked the beginning of the end of Angela Merkel’s time as German Chancellor, however, the outcome of the election is still unclear.

No single party has yet been able to claim leadership of the Bundestag – although negotiations have begun between the Social Democrats, the Greens and the Liberals which could result in the so-called “traffic light” coalition.

In our latest podcast, senior knowledge lawyer Alison Dickie speaks to David Issmer, Freshfields’ Head of Public Affairs in Germany, and German tax partners David Beutel, Philipp Redeker and Georg Roderburg to discuss the German election results and what the “traffic light” coalition might mean for both global tax policy and the domestic German tax landscape as well as the potential implications for businesses with presence in Germany.

View from the Valley #7: The future of data privacy in the United States

View from the Valley #7: The future of data privacy in the United States

October 11, 2021

US data privacy law is evolving fast, with a number of states introducing tough new rules and even talk of a federal privacy regime. In a wide-ranging conversation across the data and cyber frontier, Christine Lyon, co-head of Freshfields’ global data privacy group, joins counsel Brock Dahl and Boris Feldman, Freshfields’ head of US tech, to discuss what’s coming down the track, whether tighter restrictions could stifle innovation, why companies should be wary about using 'black box' AI – and how boards can prepare for a data breach.

Essential Antitrust #15: Focus on fintech deals: navigating a tougher regulatory environment

Essential Antitrust #15: Focus on fintech deals: navigating a tougher regulatory environment

September 30, 2021

Fintech M&A is booming, but so is regulatory scrutiny. Competition authorities are increasingly bullish to claim jurisdiction over fintech deals and to pursue novel theories of harm. At the same time, the scope of foreign investment regulation has widened due to the pandemic and ongoing trade tensions, adding yet another piece to the regulatory jigsaw puzzle faced by deal-doers. Getting your fintech deal cleared is no longer a given, and even if you get your merger control and foreign investment clearance, there is still a host of other financial regulation that applies before, throughout and after the deal process. 

In our 15th episode, podcast host Jenn Mellott speaks with Rod Carlton, Christine Laciak and Cyrus Pocha to discuss these developments. 

Asia Essential Antitrust #4: India update with AZB & Partners

Asia Essential Antitrust #4: India update with AZB & Partners

September 23, 2021

This episode features Freshfields partner Alastair Mordaunt and partners from Indian law firm AZB & Partners, Samir Gandhi, Senior Partner and head of the firm's competition practice, and Hemangini Dadwal, who both advise on a broad range of competition and merger control issues in India.

In this session, our experts will discuss:

  • An overview of India’s competition regime, including the latest developments and trends in merger control and antitrust enforcement
  • Recent cases in the tech sector
  • Key tips for merging parties who need to notify their transaction in India
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