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SMEs And Global Growth: Navigating The Legal And Tax Maze

Even within a free trade zone, exporting can be complicated by varying national regulations and tax regimes; outside of free trade zones, the complexities multiply. American statesman and inventor Benjamin Franklin once famously said that nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. Nowadays, no one is more painfully aware of the certainty of […]

The Evolution of Claims Processing

Technology is evolving daily, and consumers want product and service information in real-time, not weeks, days, or even hours.  Many operational leaders are laden with disparate data, limited tools, and budgets to invest.  In addition, the number of potential solutions in the market is vast and confusing, leaving consumers in a quandary on where to […]

Recent PCAOB Developments in the Broker Dealer World

Another Annual Inspection Report It’s late summer, which means the PCAOB Annual Report on the Interim Inspection Program Related to Audits of Brokers and Dealers (“Sixth”) results are in.  The Sixth brought more information for consideration, but no clarity on the PCAOB’s direction in proposing the final inspection program.  A permanent inspection program was expected […]

FinCEN Warns Financial Institutions to Guard Against Corrupt Venezuelan Money: Key Consideration for Financial Institutions

Financial institutions should have effective Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (“BSA/AML”) and Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) policies and procedures to manage the risks associated with senior political figures, otherwise known as “politically exposed persons (PEPs).” Under the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council’s BSA/AML Examination Manual (“FFIEC Manual”), PEPs include: Any corporation, business, or other […]

What’s Driving Consumer Products Merger & Acquisitions?

During 2017, the Consumer Products industry exploded with significant merger and acquisitions (M&A) totaling approximately $136 billion dollars for the first half of the year. In April 2017, 7-Eleven announced that they will acquire the convenience stores and gasoline stations of Sunoco. During June 2017, Amazon announced that they would acquire Whole Foods, and Walgreens […]

Critical Areas to Achieve Success in Today’s Manufacturing Climate

In May 2017, the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”) held an executive forum on supply chain innovation in Houston, Texas.  The event brought together company leaders to focus on emerging issues and trends, sharing on how to achieve success.  Thought leaders, including  Jay Timmons, CEO and President of NAM, Morgan Swink of Neeley School of […]