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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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Norton Rose agrees 2007 move-in date for HQ

Norton Rose has finalised a deal that will see the firm move into new Foster and Partners-designed headquarters in 2007. The building is to be built by developers More London, and Norton Rose has agreed bespoke elements, including layout, with Foster and Partners. It will be situated near City Hall on the south bank of […]

Trio of tie-ups boosts global arbitration

SJ Berwin has ramped up its new standalone international arbitration practice by entering into formal agreements with special counsel in India, China and Austria. The firm has struck non-exclusive memorandums of understanding with George Q Fu of Chinese law firm Watson & Band in Shanghai, Dharmendra Rautray from Indian firm Kachwaha & Partners and Susanne […]

Forshbach completes first deal at Latham

French private equity star Thomas Forschbach has completed his first deal since moving from Ashurst to Latham & Watkins in September. The deal was for longstanding private equity client Sagard, one of many Ashurst clients who are expected to continue instructing him at Latham. Forschbach advised Sagard on its joint acquisition with the Faiveley Group of Sab […]

Lovells hires two for Spanish tax offering

Lovells has launched a standalone tax practice in Spain with the appointments of the former Spanish director general of taxation Miguel Ángel Sánchez (left) and former deputy director general of tax policy Alfonso Padilla. Sánchez, who will be based in Madrid from 2 November, joins as a partner with former colleague Padilla. The hires are […]

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