Monthly Archives: April 2012

Global Taxation of High-Tech Firms — States, Federal Government and Foreign Countries are Losers.

Apple is the latest high-tech corporation targeted by the press for its aggressive tax strategies that leave states, the federal government and foreign countries with less tax payments than from traditional corporations such as Wal-Mart. Apple routes its transactions trough … Continue reading

Posted in Global Trade Relations | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wal-Mart and Global Corporate Bribery — It’s about Our Values, Economic Development and U.S. Global Leadership.

  Wal-Mart is the latest multinational corporation now facing allegations of  illegal payments to foreign government officials. This raises issues of corporate responsibility, economic growth, our values, and U.S. global leadership. This case involves questionable corporate payments under both U.S. and … Continue reading

Posted in Global Trade Relations | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wal-Mart and Foreign Corruption — Where is the Corporate Responsibility; Where is the Federal Prosecution?

Wal-Mart is the latest multinational corporation now facing allegations of  illegal payments to foreign government officials.  This case involves questionable corporate payments under both U.S. and Mexican law by Wal-Mart to help expand its stores in Mexico.  “Wal-Mart Covered Up Bribery, Report … Continue reading

Posted in Global Trade Relations | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

New Model Bilateral Investment Treaty — Upholding International Law and Good for U.S. Firms.

The USTR released the revised 2012 model of the “Bilateral Investment Treaty.” This is the first revision since 2004 during the Bush administration. It builds on the traditional position of the U.S. toward investment treaties and builds upon it.  It … Continue reading

Posted in Global Trade Relations | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Supreme Court and International Law — An Unclear Future …..

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the “Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991” only applies to individuals and not corporations. (Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority). This was based on the interpretation of the term “individuals.” This was a technical but a … Continue reading

Posted in Global Trade Relations | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Promoting Services and Protecting Intellectual Property Rights — Three Important Developments (TPP, Notorious Markets and ACTA).

The USTR Ron Kirk argues in the Wall Street Journal today that the Obama administration believes the service sector can do more business abroad. He argues that’s why the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations focuses on services and investment as its cornerstones. … Continue reading

Posted in Global Trade Relations | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

U.S. Extraterritoriality and Corporate Governance and Global Transactions — More Aggressive U.S. Action.

Here’s a presentation and a PowerPoint I gave recently concerning the extraterritorial application of U.S. international economic legislation and regulation impacting a wide variety of  U.S. international transactions. Areas concern, foreign corruption, reexport controls, trade sanctions, foreign tax and banking disclosures, … Continue reading

Posted in Global Trade Relations | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment