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Baker McKenzie Link offers a range of premium online legal information and compliance training resources helping global organizations manage risk and make better informed business decisions.

The resources are designed for specific customer segments with reflection to their respective practical business needs and associated compliance considerations. As such, the resource support intelligent institutional decision making, thereby minimizing risk and optimizing attribution of legal budgets for high value legal advisory services. 

All content is authored by Baker McKenzie specialist lawyers and select contributing firms across the world, to deliver high quality and relevant content.

Access is granted through tailored subscription packages. Explore more details under the specific sections or reach out to one of our specialists for a free consultation on how we may support your business.

Putting compliance first

Having a solid compliance program in place, including comprehensive training, is an essential part of an organization’s risk management strategy, and is often a requirement to meet regulatory standards.

Baker McKenzie Link has significant experience in working with multinationals to construct and roll out global compliance training programs that ensure awareness of essential compliance regulations as well as influence behavioral change in employees globally.

The flexible training solutions, along with comprehensive testing, certification and reporting options, can be customized to enable organizations to cost-effectively manage global compliance training programs and create a record of consistent, high-quality training.

Baker McKenzie Link stands apart in the quality of its online training content and customer service levels. The impact of the training was quite impressive.
ADAMA Agricultural Solutions

If e-learning content is not masterfully designed, all the rest will be irrelevant. In this respect we at Beckers found an excellent partner who reflected our business needs entirely delivering consistently to meet our expectations.
Beckers Group

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All programs are written and regularly updated by Baker McKenzie lawyers, actively practicing in the specific topic covered. This ensures both quality and relevance of the content, which is made engaging and optimized for learning by a team of dedicated specialists.


Competition & Antitrust Law

Currently available in 23 languages, this program covers global, regional and local competition & antitrust laws. Programs can be generic or industry-specific across 6 different sectors.

 

Anti-Corruption / Anti-Bribery

This program covers a broad range of anti-corruption and anti-bribery issues from global, regional and local perspectives, and is currently available in 11 languages.

 

Code of Conduct / Code of Ethics

Available in 10 languages, this program provides effective training in company ethics and compliant conduct, and may be customized according to specific internal company guidelines.

 

EU / US Export Controls & Sanctions

Each of These two region-specific programs help navigate export control(s) & (trade) sanctions regulations for EU & US, including those with extraterritorial application. EU program is available in 4 languages.

 

Anti-money Laundering

This program covers key anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing issues from global, regional and local perspectives.

 

Intellectual Property

This program covers highly relevant types of intellectual property, including protecting IPRs from infringement and regional or global issues.

How does it work

Together with our specialists, a tailored compliance training program may be configured to fulfill specific compliance objectives. Clients may prefer Baker McKenzie Link handle all aspects of the training, or opt for a content package to manage internally.

To learn more about the many flexible options available, please contact us at: link@bakermckenzie.com

Simplifying a complex world

Rolling out and maintaining employee share plans internationally can be a challenge due to the wide range of complex tax and legal issues that may apply in the various jurisdictions of relevance to a given share plan.

The Global Equity resource from Baker McKenzie Link facilitates an otherwise complicated challenge by providing instant access to regularly updated information on relevant tax and non-tax issues related to global share plan management.

Information is structured in a way that enables a holistic view of a particular share plan scenario, for example by comparison of general legal regulations as well as taxation impact for employees and the company alike.

This ensures compliance in a rapidly changing environment and saves significant time and budget when managing and optimizing share plans across multiple jurisdictions.

The content

The Global Equity resource is authored and regularly updated by specialist Baker McKenzie and contributing firm lawyers active in share plan and employee compensation issues.

The resource examines the range of topics of focus across the covered share plans in more than 60 jurisdictions.

The information is primarily structured as a set of practical checklists, containing Q&A’s designed to summarize tax and other legal and compliance issues in each jurisdiction.

Share plan types currently covered are stock option plans; employee stock purchase plans; and restricted stock / restricted stock unit plans, as well as performance shares, across all Q&A checklists.

Typical questions answered


Employee Taxation

What are the income tax and social insurance consequences for rolling out substantially the same share plan internationally?
How do the tax consequences differ for mobile employees?

 

Employer Taxation

Can corporation tax deductions be maximized, costs be recharged to subsidiaries abroad, and imputed receipts under transfer pricing rules be minimized?

 

Exchange Controls

Are cross-border remittances of funds under the share plan restricted?
Must employees repatriate proceeds from the sale of shares?

 

Securities Laws

Which jurisdictions have registration and/or prospectus requirements?
Are there any exemptions from the registration / prospectus rules?
What is the timing and nature of any necessary filings?

 

Labor Law

Will the share award be considered an entitlement or vested right?
Which discrimination laws affect operation of the share plan?
Is employee consent required when amending or changing the plan?

 

Data Privacy

What measures need to be taken with respect to personal data collected, processed, stored and transferred under the share plan?


How does it work

The best way to explore the options is to arrange for a quick demonstration and trial access of the resources.

To learn more about the many flexible options available, please contact us at link@bakermckenzie.com.


Tax insight for specialists

Baker McKenzie Link offers a selection of specialist tax resources to support specialists in optimizing operations and compliance in the following areas.

  • Value Added Tax (VAT) / Invoicing Requirements
  • Software Tax Characterization

The resources enable businesses to navigate the complex tax regulations and requirements involved with doing business in a rapidly changing global environment.

By being able to directly access and compare key legal information relating to specific transactions, businesses may save significant time and budget while optimizing the foundation for business decisions.

The VAT / Invoicing Requirements resource is aimed at facilitating invoicing compliance and VAT planning for buyers and sellers of goods subject to VAT and other indirect taxes.

The Software Tax Characterization resource optimizes compliance and tax planning related to the international distribution and sale of software.

The content in both resources is authored and regularly updated by specialist Baker McKenzie and contributing firm lawyers who specialize in the subject matters covered.

VAT / Invoicing Requirements

How invoices are prepared and processed can affect a company's ability to avoid the imposition of expensive VAT (compliance) costs such as irrecoverable VAT and / or penalties.

 

Software Tax Characterization

Characterizing foreign source software revenues is a challenge for large and small software firms alike.

An effective understanding of the current rules and practices concerning the various forms of software revenue reduces the risks associated with withholding, including back taxes, penalties and interest, disallowed tax credits, and damaged customer relationships.

Access to this resource supports minimizing mischaracterization risk and optimizes understanding of key software tax characterization issues across more than 40 countries. The resource also highlights the degree of audit activity by country regulators and availability (or not) of tax rulings from country authorities, which is relevant when assessing risk.

The resource helps make a solid foundation for business decisions when;

  • Entering new markets or launching new products;
  • Changing the distribution model in a country;
  • Investigating withholding tax regulations or seeking a refund;
  • Assessing whether a tax ruling can be obtained;
  • Preparing financial budgets and estimate future tax liabilities

How does it work

The best way to explore the options is to arrange for a quick demonstration and trial access of the resources.

To learn more about the many flexible options available, please contact us at link@bakermckenzie.com.


Building cross-border fluency

Increased cross-border transparency and the multi-jurisdictional concerns of today’s wealth holders put new demands on wealth managers. Issues related to compliance, jurisdictional characterization of entities, personal and asset mobility, and taxes are just a few of the things that must be addressed when advising clients with cross-border concerns.

The online legal information and knowledge resources from Baker McKenzie Link enable institutions to deliver more definitive solutions to clients through a better understanding of these key concerns in relevant jurisdictions.

Our team of Baker McKenzie lawyers provides consistent, understandable and reliable coverage of relevant legal, tax and regulatory information. This allows wealth management professionals to cost-effectively increase cross-border fluency, and deliver better service, leading to higher client acquisition and retention.

We think that the resources have the best combination of coverage and quality. The information provided is valuable. This makes it an effective and time-saving tool allowing us to get into client meetings well prepared and armed with the most current tax and legal information relating to carefully selected jurisdictions.
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All content is sourced from specialized Baker McKenzie and select contributing firm lawyers, actively practicing in the specific topics and jurisdictions covered. This ensures both quality and relevance of the content.

Directly accessible online, content may be easily browsed or dynamically filtered per topic and jurisdiction for quick access to relevant information. Content may also be selected for side-by-side comparison across jurisdictions.

Private Banking

Practical tool for optimizing excellence in client wealth planning / relationship management in respect of multi-jurisdictional investment and international succession planning.

 

TEP Optimizer

This resource supports efficient assessment and comparison of the tax implications of individual and indirect investment across a range of asset categories.

 

Wealth Management E-learning

International Succession Principles, Features and Uses of a Trust, International Wealth Planning, Cross-Border (Financial) Conduct, as well as more general programs are available.

 

Financial Products Distribution

Comprehensive and practical cross-border compliance tool, allowing financial institutions to navigate the increasing regulation of cross-border retail financial services marketing and distribution activities.


How does it work

Depending on the specific information needs of the wealth management organization, access may cover one or multiple resources. This may be customized depending on the user and organization.

The best way to explore the options is to arrange for a quick demonstration and trial access of the resources.

To learn more about the many flexible options available, please contact us at link@bakermckenzie.com.