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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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Loyens shores up London with partner relocation

Benelux firm Loyens & Loeff has boosted its London office by relocating a second partner to join the office on a full-time basis Corporate partner Bas Vletter has moved from Rotterdam to run the practice with tax consultant Marc Klerks. The office has 14 other fee-earners. Vletter specialises in structured finance and capital markets work […]

New German Takeover Act used by Weil in Texas deal

Weil Gotshal & Manges has advised on one of the first German tender offers since the new German Takeover Act came into effect.A team led by Geza Toth out of the London office and Liza Kroeger out of Frankfurt advised Texas Instruments Incorporated on a voluntary cash tender offer for German company Condat.For the deal […]

Woolf reforms fall short as litigation remains favourite

Arbitration and ADR prove unpopular; cases speeded up but costs remain high The Woolf reforms have not been as successful as was hoped, with many lawyers believing that there have been no significant reductions in time spent on cases, according to the latest research.Litigation remains by far the most popular means of resolving disputes, and […]

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In an unfortunate incident involving children refusing to go to the loo before leaving Pizza Express and needing to run indoors as soon as we got home, I left the car keys in the ignition. Once everyone had calmed down and apologised for knocking each other over in the rush (I’d put money on Deminimus […]

Charles Russell takes on property consultant

Charles Russell has taken the innovative step of hiring a property buying consultant to work in its private property practice, headed by Ian Cooke Richard Crosthwaite has joined from property agent Knight Frank, where he was head of the West End residential office. The hire is aimed at helping high net worth individuals navigate the […]

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