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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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Ashursts restructures P&H for MBO

Ashurst Morris Crisp has advised Palmer Harvey McLane (P&H) on various restructuring proposals, which culminated in a management buyout (MBO) offer with Ashursts acting for the management.P&H is the UK’s largest delivery wholesaler, with a turnover in excess of £3bn. The company started out in tobacco wholesaling, but has diversified across food and alcohol, supplying […]

M&A today

After a year of economic turmoil, who managed to hold their own and who suffered the most? Caroline Davies reports on how the top firms performed in 2001’s M&A tables Most investment bankers are desperately trying to erase 2001 from their memories. Unfortunately for them, it is league table time. Bankers cannot help but eye […]

Muggle magic

A quart of Bertie Botts every flavour beans go to muggle solicitors Cobbetts this week, for a rather magical deal.Less than a week after joining the Manchester firm as a corporate partner, Richard ‘Dumbledore’ Hepworth has wizarded his way to selling Moss & Co for an undisclosed sum to the family of Ashok Patel.Moss & […]

Dorsey and Kyo Sogo secure joint venture

Japanese liberalisation sees increased integration with US and UK law firms US firm Dorsey & Whitney has become the latest to secure a Japanese joint venture. The recently finalised agreement with Japanese firm Kyo Sogo Law Offices will provide Dorsey with a Japanese law capacity.Dorsey opened a Japanese office in 1999, but the joint venture […]

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