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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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Deals Summary

Norton Rose (Carol Roberts) is acting for Italian export credit agency Sace on a $1.1bn (£771.4m) recourse financing of Rio Polimeros’ polyethelene plant, which is being constructed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Clifford Chance is advising Rio Polimeros. Chiomenti is advising BNP Paribas, which is leading a syndicate of lenders under the export credit guarantee […]

Trade secrets

The Allied Irish Bank debacle has brought the issue of internal control and risk management to the fore once again. Deborah Talbot reports on what went wrong The publication of a preliminary report into the activities of ‘rogue trader’ John Rusnak and how he was able to incur losses of more than £490m for his […]

Leader

It’s that time of year again. The first rays of sunshine… shop windows laden with chocolate temptation… and the silks list is out.As lists go, it was the equivalent of a six foot-high Easter egg, with nearly 50 per cent more QCs being created than in last year’s list.Over the last couple of years there […]

Cherie defies critics by using No 10 for meetings

Cherie Booth QC is continuing to hold client meetings at 10 Downing Street nearly two years after she was first criticised for using Government premises for her practice.Booth, now at Matrix Chambers, was slammed for seeing clients at Number 10 when working on the BCCI case in 2000 while at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. She […]

DLA, Eversheds and Halliwells on HBOS panel

Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) has set up a formal panel of firms for banking work in the North West. The North West panel is split into three groups: structured finance, corporate banking and business banking. DLA, Eversheds and Halliwell Landau are on all three arms of the panel, while Hammond Suddards Edge and Pannone […]

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