Every February, gaming aficionados from all over the world gather in San Francisco for GDC (the Gaming Developers Conference). The interesting thing about gaming, especially online and mobile gaming, is that users from all over the world can play with and against each other without ever actually meeting; cultural differences, language barriers and distance become irrelevant. Behind the scenes, however, game developers and gaming companies are increasingly aware of the challenges involved in deploying a game across borders. Regulation in the EU can be particularly onerous, and can vary between countries within the EU. With GDC 2017 fast approaching, we take a look at some of the new obligations for interactive media companies as they operate across Europe. Read more >
During the past year, we’ve seen several significant developments in furtherance of the Base Erosion and Profit-Shifting (BEPS) agenda promulgated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the G20. There’s a common misconception that BEPS only applies to large multinational corporations; however, the reality is that middle market companies that operate internationally will feel the impacts of BEPS just as much as (and in some cases more than) large multinationals. As we head into 2017, middle market companies need to be aware of these impacts, and, more importantly, they need to be proactive in evaluating their transfer pricing practices in order to establish compliance with these new rules.
Each year the BABC Transatlantic Conference works on promoting a robust dialogue between the United States and the United Kingdom, drawing upon the thought leadership of Senior Executives from over 2,000 member companies. Following on from successful conferences in New York and London, this year’s Transatlantic Conference will take place in Chicago May 10-11.
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