Webinars

12/17/2019

Startups and other early-stage companies may have world-changing ideas, but they often need help with the day-to-day aspects of running a growing business, from incorporating an entity to registering a payroll to fulfilling reporting and other compliance obligations. Many startup founders don’t know the full extent of their obligations, and may not have the time and inclination for getting and staying compliant. Those are just domestic concerns. These days, startups are expanding internationally much earlier in their lifecycles, sometimes from day one. Unfortunately, the challenges of expanding and operating abroad can be quite different domestic considerations. Failing to understand and comply with the laws of target countries can be every bit as damaging to a company’s bottom line and reputation as falling afoul of domestic legislation.

11/19/2019

The OECD and IMF have reported recently that global economic momentum has faltered and is likely to remain slow. Inhibiting factors include trade tensions, corporate and government debt, disruptive technologies and more. Corporate leaders are well aware of the trend. As one Harvard Business Review article puts it, “Many C-suite executives are already anticipating recession in the next few years and quietly gearing up for it.”

11/14/2019

As a multinational business expands it becomes more complex and difficult to manage. Whether your organization has grown organically and/or through acquisition, just keeping track of your legal entities can become challenging, to say nothing of understanding why they were established and if you still need them. Just as important is understanding and fulfilling your compliance obligations in all your countries of operation. Each entity will have its own set of local corporate filing deadlines, director requirements, bank account considerations and more. Even if you eventually get control over these obligations, one or more of your countries of operation will change an existing regulation or add a new one, leaving you scrambling to comply.

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.