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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?

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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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WilmerHale pitch lands firm Optos float on LSE

US firm WilmerHale is building a track record for Scottish technology floats after it advised Dunfermline-based medical technology business Optos on its London Stock Exchange (LSE) IPO. The firm’s team on the £50m listing was led by London-based corporate partner Richard Eaton, with support from Scott Leonard-Morgan and Duncan Milne on corporate matters and Chris […]

2 Harcourt recruits academics to bolster environment team

Public and planning law set 2 Harcourt Buildings is forming a new five-strong academic panel to add extra depth to the services it offers. The panel’s focus is predominantly environmental law. It will comprise Dr Aine Ryall of University College, Cork; Bill Sheate, a Reader in environmental sciences at Imperial College London; Professor Victor Moore, […]

FSA installs two new enforcement bosses

The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has appointed two new heads of department as the authority continues to restructure its enforcement group. The appointments come just weeks after the FSA set up a new unit to ‘stress test’ enforcement cases before they are taken to formal disciplinary review, as first revealed by director of enforcement Margaret […]

Ex-Cadwalader team kicks off solo project

The former projects head of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft Paul Biggs has taken the unusual step of launching a project finance boutique just weeks after he quit the US firm. Biggs has set up Trinity International with other members of Cadwalader’s dissolved projects group. Patrick Leece and Simon Norris, both former associates at Cadwalader, are […]

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