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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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Siemens snubs CC as Cleary wins Alstom deal

Cleary Gottlieb has elbowed aside Clifford Chance Pünder to advise Siemens on its E1.1bn (£767.9m) acquisition of Alstom’s industrial turbine business. This is the first corporate deal in which Cleary Gottlieb has advised Siemens, having previously advised it on antitrust issues. A Clifford Chance partner shrugged off the snub by such an important client, saying […]

Kellerman to lead Morgan Lewis Palo Alto push

Brobeck Hale & Dorr’s former managing partner has resurfaced at Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Tom Kellerman stepped down as managing partner of Brobeck Hale & Dorr, the European joint venture between Brobeck Phleger & Harrison and Boston-based Hale & Dorr, in February shortly after the collapse of the West Coast firm. Shortly before his decision […]

Addleshaws partners to retire later post merger

Legacy Addleshaw Booth & Co partners now have to work for an extra two years before retirement, as the firm has raised its retirement age to match that of its merger partner Theodore Goddard.

Curtis Davis Garrard scoops Sembawang Shipyard arbitration from Norton Rose

Norton Rose has been taken off London’s largest ever arbitration, on behalf of Sembawang Shipyard, and has been replaced by six-partner niche shipping firm Curtis Davis Garrard. The scale of the case, named Solitaire after the bulk carrier vessel at the centre of it, has been a thorn in the side of the parties concerned, […]

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