Putin’s Junior Partner Speaks Out on Russian Business

President Dmitry Medvedev ordered prosecutors to investigate Russia’s state corporations on Friday, questioning the need for the powerful institutions championed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.  The way forward for these state enterprises, is to remove the super-protection and…

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Harper says foreign asset sale will be examined, but Tories won’t support increased protectionism

Prime Minister Harper endorses a review of the controversial $1.13 billion (U.S.) deal that will see Ericsson gain control of some of Nortel’s highly valued, next-generation wireless technology, but makes it clear that he does not support increased…

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Amendment to the UAE Company Law

Dubai: The business community on Monday hailed an amendment to the UAE Company Law that eliminates the minimum capital requirement, allowing partners in limited liability companies (LLC) to decide how much capital is required to achieve their purposes. Amendment to…

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Obama Says Buy American Stimulus Rule Doesn’t Hurt Canada Trade

“Buy American” rules that Congress included in the U.S. economic stimulus package don’t endanger free trade with Canada, President Barack Obama said after meeting with the leaders of Canada and Mexico. Obama: Buy US does not hurt Canada

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Canada inks Panama free-trade deal

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will sign a free-trade agreement with Panama on Tuesday morning, giving Canadian business greater access to the small but fast-growing Central American economy. story.html?id=1881037

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Business Taxation in Western Canada: Settling for a Personal Best? The Western Canadian Economy in the International Arena

This paper examines the competitiveness of the business tax regimes in Canada’s four western provinces. The discussion focuses on the tax burden imposed on investment, as measured by the marginal effective tax rate (METR) on capital. business_taxation_western_can.pdf

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Controlled Foreign Company – Taxation Regimes in Selected Countries

A very thorough comparitive analysis of the Controlled Foreign Company taxation regimes of: Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States See Report – F34-3-5-2009E.pdf

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Christopher H. Hanna (SMU) has published The Real Value of Tax Deferral, 61 Fla. L. Rev. 203 (2009). Here is the abstract:

A leading law professor [William D. Andrews] wrote a quarter-century ago that deferral of gain “is not as serious as outright exemption, but it is the next best thing.” Few tax law academics would disagree. But how important…

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Facebook violates Canadian privacy law

TORONTO — Canada’s privacy commissioner accused Facebook on Thursday of breaching Canadian law by keeping users’ personal information indefinitely after members close their accounts. Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart released a report that also accuses Facebook of disclosing personal…

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