Financial Regulatory Forum

Tax treaty with U.S. may hinge on UBS deal – Swiss minister

By Reuters Staff
July 8, 2009

   By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss and Steven C. Johnson
   NEW YORK, July 8 (Reuters) – The Swiss Parliament may not approve a double taxation treaty between Switzerland and the United States if the legal action against Swiss bank UBS is not resolved, Swiss minister of economic affairs Doris Leuthard said on Wednesday. (more…)

UK, France seek ways to curb oil price volatility, end tax havens

July 6, 2009

  By Estelle Shirbon 
  EVIAN, France, July 6 (Reuters) – France and Britain called for action to curtail oil price volatility on Monday as part of a move towards tougher global governance to prevent a return to economic problems that existed before the financial crisis.   Speaking at a Franco-British summit ahead of a meeting of G8 leaders in Italy this week, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown also said that tax havens should accelerate their reforms towards greater transparency for the good of the world economy. (more…)

Sarkozy says no to “crazy pay” by banks

By Reuters Staff
July 6, 2009

 EVIAN, France, July 6 (Reuters) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy warned against a return to the “crazy” pay practices that were current in banks before the financial crisis. “These crazy remuneration levels — the more you speculated, the more you were paid…we won’t accept it,” Sarkozy said in a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. (more…)