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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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Links creates first head of Asia competition group

Linklaters has shaken-up its competition and antitrust practice, moving partner Erik Söderlind from Sweden to Hong Kong to become the firm’s first head of competition and anti-trust for Asia. Söderlind will be based in the magic circle firm’s Hong Kong office from 15 September, tasked with helping to implement Linklaters’ strategy once China’s anti-monopoly law […]

Dickinson Dees becomes latest downturn victim with 70 redundancies planned

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Alston & Bird lands IndyMac role

Atlanta-based Alston & Bird is advising on issues surrounding collapsed US bank IndyMac. The California bank is a longstanding client of Alston. Washington DC partner Dwight Smith is leading Alston’s team on a number of issues relating to the bank’s collapse, including the transfer of its assets to the government. Alston is also continuing to […]

Correction

In last week’s issue of The Lawyer (14 July), a feature entitled ‘Closing time’ stated incorrectly that Candu Entertainment is, or was, the operator of the Po Na Na family of bars. As a spokesman for Eclectic Bars pointed out: “Po Na Na and its associated bar brands Bondi, Embargo, Sakura and Fez are all […]

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