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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..

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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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The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Europe’s seventeenth annual conference was held in Vienna last week – and it rained. A lot. But even on the few occasions when the downpours gave way to ­sunshine, a faint gloom seemed to hang around. Said gloom was cast by the opinion of EU Advocate General Juliane Kokott given […]

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Firm leaders evenly split over ABS issue

Almost half the managing partners who attended a high-level private summit held by banking group Investec are committed to investigating the use of alternative business structures (ABSs) in their businesses. Investec handpicked a selection of the heads of leading UK law firms to the meeting, which was held under Chatham House rules, to discuss ways […]

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