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As you will see, the second half of 2018 was a busy time for legislators and regulators around the world.  In terms of hot topics, we saw data privacy legislation introduced in India and New Zealand and companies continuing to deal with the challenges of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation that went effective May 25, 2018. In 2019, we expect all eyes to be on the United Kingdom ("UK") as the terms of its pending exit from the European Union are still unclear.  Please stay in touch with your Global Equity Services attorney and watch for our publications as we approach the scheduled departure date of March 29, 2019, as there may be implications for (among others) the data privacy regime and securities law requirements for companies offering employee share plans in the UK

In this issue :


  • Proposed Changes to Securities Law Exemptions for Private Companies 


  •  Further Information on Income Tax Withholding and Reporting Obligations for Equity Awards


  •  Significant Amendment of Individual Income Tax Law 


  •  Additional Information on Stock Option Act Changes 

European Union

  • Update on EUR 5 Million Exclusion from Prospectus Requirement


  •  Proposed Data Privacy Law Changes 


  • Notice from Tax Authority to Certain Companies Asking for Restated Tax Returns 
  • Tax Circular Impacting Capital Gains Track Trustee Awards with Certain Vesting Criteria


  • Changes to Ex-Pat Tax-Favored Regime

New Zealand

  • Proposed Data Privacy Law Changes 
  • Change to Local Tax Deduction Requirements 

Puerto Rico

  • Change in Securities Law Exemption Requirements 

United States

  • Change to 401(k) Rules Alters Six-Month Suspension under ESPP 
  • SS Updated Equity Compensation Plan and Compensation Policies for 2019
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