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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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Ward Hadaway hire secures schools project

Ward Hadaway partner Karen Andrews has helped secure a mandate advising on a £350m schools project two months after arriving at the firm. The firm has been selected by Bedford Borough Council to provide all legal advice on its multimillion-pound Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, which will see the creation of seven ­secondary […]

City quartet grab a share of £800m Phoenix Group float

Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hogan Lovells and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have snared top roles on the ­proposed £800m flotation of zombie life assurance fund Phoenix Group. Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hogan Lovells and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have snared top roles on the ­proposed £800m flotation of zombie life assurance fund Phoenix […]

Freshfields pinpoints referral firms ahead of upturn

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has started informal talks with ’two or three’ national firms about establishing a referral framework to improve efficiency ahead of an uptick in dealflow. Discussions are already believed to be underway with Bristol firm TLT Solicitors, while the magic circle firm also confirmed that it would not enter into relationships with more […]

TPG turns to Cravath for hire of general counsel

Cravath Swaine & Moore corporate partner Ronald Cami has joined private equity house TPG Capital as general counsel. Cami, who has been with the US firm since 1994 and has been a partner since 2001, is the second Cravath partner to leave for an in-house role this year after Julie Sweet became general counsel at […]

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