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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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Shearman & Sterling and Weil Gotshal & Manges have taken the lead roles on Germany’s largest-ever media deal. In a transaction worth around €2.5bn (£1.73bn), publishing company Axel Springer has bought a majority stake in television broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media. Shearman advised longstanding client Axel Springer on its acquisition of the broadcasting group from the existing […]

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Dubai-based lawyers cast doubt over firms’ gold rush

“We’ve heard the talk – but we’ve yet to see the action.” So says one veteran member of Dubai’s expat legal community in response to reports in The Lawyer last week of the start of a scramble on the part of UK law firms wanting to open up shop in the key financial centre of […]

Revealed: the US firms set to assault the City

Cooley, Goodwin Procter, Heller Ehrman, Nixon Peabody, Ropes & Gray battle it out for UK merger A new wave of US firms is preparing to storm London in the hope of tracking down those elusive UK merger partners. The Lawyer can reveal that Cooley Godward, Goodwin Procter, Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, Nixon Peabody, Proskauer […]

Foley & Lardner bolsters Chicago litigation group

US law firm Foley & Lardner has bolstered its litigation practice group with the hire of Byron Gregory following a raid on McDermott Will & Emery. Gregory joins the firm’s Chicago office as a partner within the litigation practice. He was previously a partner at McDermott Will & Emery, where he spent 37 years developing […]

Herbies leads ABN’s, ING’s restructuring of TNK

Herbert Smith’s Moscow team has won a role on the largest Russian debt restructuring of 2005 on behalf of ABN Amro and ING. The investment banks restructured $1.4bn (£780,000) of OAO TNK’s secured debt in the second-largest transaction of its kind in Russia. The debt reorganisation was completed in preparation for the corporate restructuring of TNK […]

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