• 11Oct

    Taxes and trust management are some of the most difficult issues to handle on a domestic level, but on the international level they become that much more difficult for companies and individuals to handle. Handling a business agreement between a company in Japan and a company in New Zealand is much more complex than dealing with an exchange between two companies located in New Zealand.Despite the challenges inherit within these exchanges, international tax law and trust management firm Cone Marshall has produced a record of excellence in global business affairs. Its founders, Geoffrey Cone and Karen Marshall, combined their expertise to give their clients the ability overcome the issues of international business. Cone uses his background in international taxes to help clients achieve tax transparency, while Marshall uses her experience in trust management to make sure these ventures remain profitable ventures for all parties involved.

    Due to its location in New Zealand, has a strong focus on tax transparency. To avoid problems in international finance such as tax evasion, New Zealand legislators have produced a number of “tax transparency” laws to give light to financial exchanges occurring the country. Keeping exchanges in the light as much as possible ensures a high level of trust within New Zealand’s business deals. Cone Marshall understands these laws and does the work needed to help its clients comply with tax transparency laws.

    Not content with simply offering clients assistance with their tax affairs, the company also offers trust management to its customers. Co-founder Karen Marshall’s experience in trust management enables the firm to provide excellent advice on investment decisions. Marshall understands the financial markets of New Zealand well enough to understand when risks should and should not be taken.

    The challenges international estate firms face are complex and ever growing as markets of the world become more connected. It takes experience understanding the details of international tax laws and the impact investment decisions can make to get the most out of international trade. By combining their services Geoffrey Cone and Karen Marshall offer their clientele the ability to truly understand and succeed in New Zealand.

  • 13Jun

    SEC Whistleblower Advocate is a website devoted to issues related to SEC whistleblowers and their advocates. The website is for the use of attorneys and individuals who suddenly find themselves in the middle of a difficult and highly complex area of law. The “Program Overview” explains the rights of whistleblowers under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. This Act provides employment protection and financial incentives for individuals who report suspected violations of the federal securities laws. The website is published by Labaton Sucharow, LLP, a United States law firm focused entirely on protecting and advocating for SEC whistleblowers.

    The website editor and program leader is Jordan A. Thomas, an attorney who helped to draft the legislation and rules for the Whistleblower Program while he was an Assistant Director and Assistant Chief Litigation Counsel in the SEC Division of Enforcement. The Dodd-Frank Act has three important features: the SEC is required to pay whistleblowers 10-30% of the monetary sanctions collected when sanctions exceed $1 million, plus other awards; retaliation by employers is forbidden when the program rules are followed; and whistleblowers can report anonymously if they are represented by an SEC whistleblower attorney. The Whistleblower Program set out by the Dodd-Frank Act was carefully crafted to encourage compliance with the National Securities Exchange Act of 1934, but the program must be carefully followed for the protections to remain in place.

    The Corporate Ethics section of the website begins with an important discussion: ethics violations occur because corporations do not follow the rules. In this section, videos are provided that discuss ethics questions such as corporate integrity; how far corporations must go to be in compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act; answers to frequently asked questions about the SEC whistleblower program; weighing the dangers and benefits of whistleblowing; “insider tips” for individuals contemplating becoming a whistleblower; and a call to action to promote corporate integrity and follow the requirements of SEC laws and regulations.

    The Resources section of the website contains videos, podcasts, and webinars related to the Whistleblower Program and to Corporate Ethics, and rules and regulations of the SEC related to whistleblowing, including materials created by Labaton Sucharow for whistleblowers. The SEC Sanctions Database is intended to provide information about six of the most common SEC violations. Labaton Sucharow provides detailed analysis of SEC enforcement actions.

    For more information about the website, please go to http://www.secwhistlebloweradvocate.com/program/program-overview



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