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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?

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I’m divorced, that’s it, right?

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A&O partner defects to US firm to set up property unit

Allen & Overy property partner Rupert Jones is joining Chicago firm Sonnenschein’s London office to help it develop an English law property department. Jones, who has just advised Morgan Stanley on a £550m securitisation of Canary Wharf, said: “I want to run my own practice in a way that I can’t do in a substantial […]

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US firm Coudert Brothers has taken the City by surprise by taking over specialist London commercial property firm Debenham & Co this week and revealing that it is seeking a merger with a “top-tier” UK practice. Couderts has struggled to make an impact on the City since it became the first US firm to establish […]

Taxing time for the Inland Revenue

Karen Methold questions whether the Inland Revenue should take a more conventional approach to constitutional matters by letting Parliament decide when we pay our taxes. Karen Methold is a partner at Rooks Rider. The House of Lords judgment in the case of Commissioners of Inland Revenue v Willoughby last month was excellent news for tax […]

Dentons look east

Denton Hall has been awarded two major contracts in Central and Eastern Europe. It has been selected to advise the Tallin Stock Exchange and the Estonian Ministry of Finance on reforming Estonia’s securities law in a project sponsored by the British government’s Know-How Fund. It has also been chosen to assist in the reform of […]

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