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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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Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has hired the former managing partner of Hogan & Hartson’s Beijing office. Roger Peng joins Paul Hastings’ corporate team as part of ongoing efforts to beef up its China practice. His practice focuses on M&A, private equity, venture capital and commercial transactions, working with clients in the telecoms, media and […]

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Clifford Chance and Weil Gotshal & Manges have taken prime roles on the all-equity sale of Poundland to US-based private equity house Warburg Pincus. Clifford Chance corporate finance partner Spencer Baylin and private equity chief David Walker are leading on the relationship side of the deal for long-term client Warburg Pincus. Fellow private equity partner Amy Mahon […]

Watson Farley & Williams in four-partner hiring spree

Watson Farley & Williams has hired four new partners in its London office, including the head of Charles Russell’s competition and regulatory group. Emanuela Lecchi will head up Watson Farley’s competition and regulatory team when she arrives on June 1. Her departure comes as a further  blow for Charles Russell after it lost its five-strong […]

Senior Clifford Chance partner quits for King & Wood

Clifford Chance partner Rupert Li has left the firm to become international managing partner at King & Wood. The capital markets specialist was also a member of the magic circle firm’s management committee in London. At King & Wood he will split his time between Beijing and Hong Kong offices and has been tasked with […]

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