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TiSA and the threat to public banks
The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is an attack on the future publicness of public banking around the world.
Britain puts banks at front of queue for US trade deal
British banks could be able to access the US markets in future as freely as they trade with the EU now, under a trade deal
Australia’s march towards corporatocracy
While consultancies, political donations, secondments and staff movements magnify corporate influence over government, an equally sinister trend is playing out in the world of multinational corporations.
TiSA - draft annex on financial services (Nov 2016)
From November 2016 negotiating round
The ’Canadian model’: why Ceta isn’t a blueprint for Brexit
Aide’s ‘cake and eat it’ note praised the recent trade Canada-EU trade deal but there are few similarities with the UK.
Embedding human rights into corporate tax planning
The exploitation of loopholes has become the favorite play of an organized tax avoidance industry.
We must rethink globalization, or Trumpism will prevail
Rising inequality is largely to blame for this electoral upset. Continuing with business as usual is not an option.
TiSA - draft annex on financial services (27 June 2016)
As leaked by WikiLeaks
"Let’s make them poorer, and we’ll get rich"
Financial companies have figured out how to turn a controversial global legal system to their own very profitable advantage.
Financial services liberalization in jeopardy
There are prominent dangers associated with the negotiation of IA-CEPA, particularly with the financial services liberalization.
Shell takes Malampaya tax dispute vs PH to int’l arbitration body
Shell Philippines Exploration BV has raised its tax dispute with the Philippine government before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
Financial services: the challenge of data flows
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced a proposal to resolve the data localization issue in financial institutions in future trade agreements.
U.S. financial services text to debut at TiSA round
At the 19th round of Trade in Services talks, U.S. negotiators are expected to introduce language aimed at easing industry concerns over the cross-border transfer of financial services data.
Total files arbitration against Algeria on oil tax change
French oil major Total has filed a request for arbitration against Algeria for changing profit-sharing terms on oil and gas contracts in the mid-2000s
Iskandar Safa submits claim against the Hellenic Republic with ICSID
Iskandar Safa, co-owner of the Privinvest Group, a global player in the shipbuilding industry, which took control of Hellenic Shipyards SA, submitted a request for arbitration against the Hellenic Republic at the World Bank’s ICSID.
Emails show TPP ’collusion’ between big banks & Obama administration
Emails obtained through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman discussing TPP with Goldman Sachs lobbyists
TiSA - draft annexes (2015)
As leaked by Wikileaks on 25 May 2016
Financial fissures weaken ASEAN community
The economic gap between high flyers like Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia and laggards like Laos and Myanmar is too wide to be easily bridged.