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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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Human rights take a beating as Egyptian president flaunts law

Despite promises of reform, the rule of law in Egypt is far from guaranteed. President Hosni Mubarak continues to suppress political opposition as he has for many years, and his opponents face intimidation and arrest. However, recent demonstrations in support of two judges whose calls for judicial independence and corruption-free elections have angered the government […]

Email regale

If you look hard enough, mild comedy can be found anywhere. Tulkinghorn is not above finding a giggle in the email addresses of law firms, with Bird & Bird‘s ‘Twobirds’ a constant source of amusement over the years (and one that received a new lease of life when the firm’s building was invaded by a […]

RB raids Hammonds disputes team

Hammonds has lost a dispute resolution team to Richards Butler. Commercial disputes partner Paul Dillon and senior associate Lisa Mason will join Richards Butler later this summer. Richards Butler hopes Dillon’s experience and background in energy and commodity related dispute resolution will complement the firm’s international trade and commodities group. Kyri Evagora, head of Richards […]

DLA Piper lands Barclays’ £138m Tragus refinance

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has acted for longstanding client Barclays Leveraged Fina-nce on a £138m refinancing for Tragus Holdings that is set to return £27m to its investors. Banking and finance partner John Cutler led the advisory team on the new funding package after its work for the bank on the original deal in […]

Kirkland hit by exit of restructuring star Sprayregen

US firm Kirkland & Ellis has been rocked by the departure of Chicago-based superstar and head of bankruptcy and restructuring James Sprayregen. Sprayregen, who has been with the US firm for 16 years, will leave the firm early next month (July) to join Goldman Sachs in a non-legal role. He will help lead the bank’s […]

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