2013: the year of panel reviews

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Implementation of EU anti-tax avoidance directive

The bill of law to implement the provisions of the EU Directive 2016/1164 on anti-tax avoidance (ATAD) in Luxembourg law was made available on 20 June 2018. Subject to parliamentary approval, Luxembourg will introduce controlled foreign corporation (CFC), interest deduction limitation and anti-hybrid rules. It will also modify its existing general anti-abuse rule..

Portugal: Competition and the right to compensation for damages

Act 23/2018, establishing the legal framework on the right to compensation for damages from infringements of competition law, was published on 5 June 2018. This legislative act transposes into Portuguese law the Directive 2014/104/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 26 November 2014, which established common rules to all Member States on […]

Pimlico Plumbers: the self-employed v brand debate

By Paula Rome The widely reported decision in Pimlico Plumbers emphasises the risks of retaining control over staff. However, such control can be key to protecting an organisations’ brand and reputation in the marketplace. Where does this leave us? What does control mean?

What do employers need to know about whistleblowing policies?

By Antonia Blackwell In this instalment of our ‘Breaking Down the Handbook’ series, we look at whistleblowing policies, why they are needed, what they should contain and what traps employers need to avoid. What does whistleblowing mean?

I’m divorced, that’s it, right?

By Miranda Nairn There is a common misconception that once in possession of a decree absolute (the final decree dissolving a marriage), your divorce is done and dusted and you and your ex-spouse can walk off into the sunset, in opposite directions, never to see or hear from each other again. In fact, unless you […]

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Property update — November–December 2013: planning

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A fracking disaster or a load of hot air?

With the chancellor’s Autumn Statement confirming plans that some say will make the UK tax regime for shale gas the most competitive in Europe, the spotlight is again on this hotly debated and fiercely disputed topic. Hydrochloric fracturing, or fracking, is the process by which shale gas is extracted from the ground by drilling bore […]

A little More London for St Martins

Think you’ve spent a fortune on your Christmas shopping? Perhaps spare a thought for Kuwaiti property company St Martins. Last week it was announced that the business had been on quite a spree, popping City law and finance hub More London into its festive shopping bag. The London Bridge development, home to Ernst & Young, […]

Luxembourg legal update — December 2013

Arendt & Medernach has released its Luxembourg legal update for December 2013.  Contents Update of the CSSF’s FAQ on securitisation — AIFM Law and securitisation vehicles Civil proceedings in Luxembourg more expedient EMIR — a labyrinth of new requirements not only for financial counterparties Reporting obligations under Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) Proposal for […]

Saving defective notices: when a non-specific letter can be a termination notice

Paul Scott In Vivergo Fuels Ltd v Redhall Engineering Solutions Ltd, the Technology and Construction Court found that a letter could constitute a valid notice notifying a breach even if it did not expressly refer to the relevant contractual provisions. It is a generally accepted principle that minor defects in a notice will not necessarily […]

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