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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..

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Berwin Leighton Paisner (Simon Pollock) acted for the Numerica Group on its £30m acquisition of the non-audit business of Leicester-based accountants Pole Arnold. Pole Arnold represented by Eversheds’ Nottingham office. Field Fisher Waterhouse (Nicholas Thompsell) advised the Hearts of Oak Insurance Group on the disposal of its administration and investment operations to the Liverpool Victoria […]

Real Estate

Jerry Springer, Days of Our Lives, high-yield bonds… For better or for worse, our trends have a habit of coming from the US.Title insurance is eager to join the list. Our friends across the pond wouldn’t dream of touching a property deal without it. Law firms in the US don’t want to do title work […]

Freshfields axed after France Telecom/MobilCom conflict

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been removed from its role as adviser to high-profile clients France Telecom and German mobile operator MobilCom on a joint venture set up between the two telecoms companies In the original transaction, which saw France Telecom take a 28.5 per cent stake in MobilCom, the French company was advised by German […]

Buchanan London suffers new losses as US partner duo quits

The London office of US firm Buchanan Ingersoll has lost its permanent resident US partners Jerome Mansmann and John Muolo have left the embattled London office for Reed Smith Warner Cranston. Pittsburgh rival Reed Smith has also scooped Buchanan’s Dublin-based administrator Noel Daly to set up an Irish presence for the firm.Mansmann will split his […]

Camerons issues Euro fees guide

CMS Cameron McKenna used Mipim as a platform to launch a new guide to real estate transaction costs and taxes in Europe The client guide covers the costs of due diligence before contract and the costs of contract and registering title, including notary fees on the Continent and lawyers’ fees based on CMS rates.The guide […]

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