President Trump issued two separate Executive Orders to "address the threat" created by the U.S. operations of two social media applications, TikTok and WeChat. In addition, OFAC designated Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, among other officials, to its Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List.
President Trump's threatened Executive Order "banning" social media application TikTok prompted Microsoft to announce that it would "continue discussions to explore a purchase of TikTok in the United States."
The DOJ filed charges against the owner of two companies in Florida that provide Medicare services for submitting false and fraudulent claims in order to receive (i) reimbursement from Medicare and (ii) loans from the Paycheck Protection Program.
The Treasury Department issued an interim final rule that "establishes a fee for parties filing a formal written notice of a transaction for review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.”
The Congressional Research Service provided an overview of the current authority of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States following the recent implementation of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act.
The IRS issued final regulations removing "minimum documentation requirements that ordinarily must be satisfied in order for certain related-party interests in a corporation to be treated as indebtedness for Federal tax purposes."
Cadwalader attorneys reviewed recently proposed IRS regulations confirming that transitions from LIBOR and other interbank offered rates to alternative reference rates in debt instruments and derivatives will not be taxable events.
The IRS proposal amending certain regulations to address the transition from interbank offered rates to other reference rates for debt instruments and non-debt contracts was published in the Federal Register.
An investment fund challenged an IRS determination that various contracts entered into between the fund and an investment bank resulted in the fund having effective ownership of the positions that were the subject of the contracts.
U.S. Treasury Deputy Secretary Justin Muzinich highlighted developments in housing finance reform, Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States reform, digital taxation, and cryptocurrency policy.