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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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Howard Kennedy, Martineau lead the way in venture capital trusts

Howard Kennedy and Martineau Johnson were the most active venture capital trust advisers during the 2006-07 tax year, each acting on six of the industry’s 26 fundraisings. While the vehicles advised by Martineau collectively attracted £44.3m of a sought £79.7m, the Howard Kennedy-advised products raised £76.6m of a sought £130.4m. Howard Kennedy head of listed […]

Norton Rose to reveal seats of power

Norton Rose‘s 400 lawyers are waiting with bated breath to find out where they will be sitting when the firm moves into its new office next month. The firm will spread its staff over four floors, with each level representing one of Norton Rose’s headline practices – energy and infrastructure, technology, financial institutions and transport. […]

Mcdermott lands bnp paribas CDO work

McDermott Will & Emery won a pitch to advise BNP Paribas on the multi-currency collateralised debt obligation (CDO) of leveraged loans for Pemba Credit Advisers. Partner Steven Black led the team advising the bank as the lead arranger on the ?558m (£379.76m) CDO for Pemba Credit Advisers, a subsidiary of hedge fund manager Man Group. […]

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Government sued over Carter reforms

Black and Asian lawyers have taken legal action against the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) and the Legal Services Commission (LSC) over the legal aid reforms, it was revealed today (25 April). The Society of Asian lawyers and the Black Solicitors Network, which together represent the black, minority ethnic (BME) legal profession, have commenced Judicial […]

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