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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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Shearmans City partner leaves finance group

Shearman & Sterling‘s London office is losing a project finance partner, believed to be the first partner to leave since the firm launched its UK law capability in 1996. Rupert Walker, who was one of the founding lawyers in the UK law practice when he moved to Shearmans from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy in […]

Chiomenti finance head quits

Top Italian firm Chiomenti Studio Legale is losing its head of international finance in Milan to Allen & Overy (A&O). The move comes just weeks after merger talks between Chiomenti and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer took place. Franco Vigliano, who is also the head of the firm’s project finance and infrastructure finance group, is moving along […]

Howard Kennedy pioneers UK software financing structure

Howard Kennedy has acted on what is believed to be the first UK loan facility for the software industry to base its structure on that used for film financing. Howard Kennedy’s client Bank Leumi has provided a £ loan facility to computer games company Infogrames, which will be used to develop two new games. But […]

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