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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 […]

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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?

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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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Covington & Burling’s London office has bolstered its life sciences practice by recruiting a regulatory specialist from Lovells.Gabrielle Turner joins Covington as special counsel, becoming part of its eight-strong team in London, which is headed up by Richard Kingham, who splits his time between the UK and Washington. There are around 40 lawyers dedicated to […]

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Lovells against pro-consumer product liability directive

Lovells has completed a ground-breaking study of product liability law for the European Commission. The City firm has recommended that the commission drops plans laid out in its 1999 green paper for radical reform of the product liability directive. Under pressure from the pro-consumer European Parliament, the commission released a green paper that suggested the […]

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