The UK has introduced rules to eliminate the advantages of owning UK property through an offshore investment vehicle such as a company or trust. The process is known as "enveloping," and as a result of the new rules, many shareholders of UK companies are considering "de-enveloping" their properties by transferring them to personal ownership.
There are few global industries hotter than co-working, or the practice of renting shared office space to freelancers, startups and other companies. The rise of co-working recently prompted Beijing authorities to add new business-registration requirements, which may be a sign of global regulatory changes to come.
The UK’s Autumn Budget leaves in place the UK’s low 19 percent corporate tax while vowing to tighten tax rules and crack down on online sales. This post addresses the main points of interest for corporations.
For years, China’s government encouraged privately-owned companies to engage in cross-border acquisitions, and enabled them with cheap debt. This led to the rise of “gray rhinos,” free-spending companies that have dramatically changed the global M&A landscape. Beijing is now looking to rein them in.
In 2009, Greece was sucked into a vortex of mounting public debt, austerity measures, workers’ strikes, referendums and bailouts that’s still spinning. Last week, Greece and its creditors announced an agreement for more Greek austerity measures in exchange for more bailout funds.