Key trends likely to make 2017 another strong year for dealmaking

Growth will remain top of mind for executives in 2017 as turbo-charged changes in the business world outweigh concerns around ongoing geopolitical uncertainty. Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are now a cornerstone of today’s corporate strategy — alongside joint ventures, alliances and partnerships — as the quickest route to growth. Despite heightened uncertainty throughout the year, … More Key trends likely to make 2017 another strong year for dealmaking

The latest on countries’ responses to the OECD’s BEPS recommendations

First published to ey.com as a Global Tax Alert. OECD On 5 January 2016, the OECD updated the list of BEPS members to include Bermuda, Côte d’Ivoire and Kazakhstan, bringing the total Members in the inclusive framework to 94. As BEPS Members, these countries have committed to comply with the BEPS minimum standards contained in … More The latest on countries’ responses to the OECD’s BEPS recommendations

UK Prime Minister outlines position in Brexit negotiations

In a much anticipated speech on 17 January 2017, the Prime Minister, Mrs. May, announced the UK’s 12 priorities for Brexit negotiations. The resolution of the tension between maintaining access to the single market and controlling immigration had been a key unresolved political issue, as had the continuing membership of the Customs Union. The Prime … More UK Prime Minister outlines position in Brexit negotiations

EY Global Information Security Survey 2016-17: cyber resilience – regulatory and legal considerations

Excerpt taken from EY’s 19th Global Information Security Survey 2016-17, Path to cyber resilience: Sense, resist, react. Threats of all kinds continue to evolve, and today’s organizations find that the threat landscape changes and presents new challenges every day. Organizations have learned over decades to defend themselves and respond better, moving from very basic level … More EY Global Information Security Survey 2016-17: cyber resilience – regulatory and legal considerations

Blockchain: five profound legal impacts

By Cornelius Grossmann, EY Global Law Leader The advent of blockchain technology not only has the potential to disrupt entire industries, but raises legal questions that present both risks and opportunities. The pace of disruption and advent of innovative technologies is accelerating and has already triggered a seismic shift across industries. Responding to this disruption … More Blockchain: five profound legal impacts

Accelerating the 3D printing journey: quality and IP considerations

The following excerpt is taken from EY report: If 3D printing has changed the industries of tomorrow, how can your organization get ready today? The trends, sector use cases and steps to accelerate your 3D printing journey. With current laws clearly out of sync with the rapidly emerging technology behind 3D printing (3DP), there are … More Accelerating the 3D printing journey: quality and IP considerations

When is privacy not something to keep quiet about? New EU privacy rules are on the way

Technology advancements have fundamentally altered how organizations collect, use and manage data. In light of this, in 2012 the European Commission embarked on a process to both update, simplify and bolster privacy regulations, and allow EU residents to resume control over their personal data. The culmination of these efforts is the General Data Protection Regulation … More When is privacy not something to keep quiet about? New EU privacy rules are on the way

Working by the rules: can gig economy companies thrive under regulation?

The rapid rise of the gig economy is not only relegating the 9-to-5 office worker to a smaller portion of the working population, it’s redefining the very nature of work and creating an ever-evolving regulatory paradigm. According to the World Bank, 40% of US employees will be in non-traditional jobs (part-time, freelance or contractor) in … More Working by the rules: can gig economy companies thrive under regulation?

Countries continue to legislate in response to the OECD’s BEPS

EY’s “Latest on BEPS” covers the most recent legislative responses to the OECD’s BEPS project across the globe: Austria On 1 August 2016, the European Union (EU) Tax Amendment Act 2016, including among other provisions, the new Austrian Transfer Pricing Documentation Law (TPDL) was authenticated by the Federal President and published in the Federal Law … More Countries continue to legislate in response to the OECD’s BEPS

Navigating Brexit: Tax and legal implications for life sciences

The historic decision by the voters of the UK to leave the EU marks a significant change for the UK and EU and will impact other trading partners such as the US. However, all EU directives and regulations, as well as the treaties themselves, remain in force in respect of the UK until it formally … More Navigating Brexit: Tax and legal implications for life sciences