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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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Hammonds has advised private equity buy-and-build specialist Sovereign Capital on its acquisition of brain injury care specialist Christchurch Court. Sovereign Capital, which has been supported by Christchuch’s management in the takeover, was advised by Hammonds partner Jonathan Jones, who led a team that included senior associate Jayne Aarons, ­corporate associate Joy ­Irving and banking ­associate Andrew Fordham. […]

Allens Arthur Robinson signs alliance with top Japanese firm

Australian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR) and Japanese firm Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu have entered in to an alliance to serve Japanese clients’ across Asia and Australia. The firms said venture is a response to growing demand for international legal services in the region. The cooperative framework will entail seconding lawyers to each other’s offices […]

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African legal body defies the vultures

In investment circles they are known as distressed debt funds or specialist situation funds – to ­everyone else they are vulture funds. Such vehicles buy up sovereign debt at bargain rates and then sue the debtor for the full amount plus interest charges and legal fees. In 2007, in one of the most high-profile vulture […]

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Paul Weiss chases litigation wave with world’s foremost FCPA expert

Very few pieces of legislation have gained as much traction in recent years as the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The startling statistics are as ­follows: In 2007 the total amount of FCPA-related fines was $155m £98.1m). In the first quarter of 2010 it was $1.45bn. Although the FCPA is just a part of […]

Lambs to the Slaughters?

Unconfirmed reports of porcine aviators over Finsbury Square this morning remain, sadly, unconfirmed. But an even more unlikely event has taken place a matter of yards down the road. For it is there that Slaughter and May, that bastion of old-school firms, has set up its very own outsourcing panel (see story). With LPO until […]

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