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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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International biotechnology giant Amgen has appointed Salans’ Robert Sexton as its new European general counsel. Sexton, currently a partner in Salans’ emerging markets group in Paris, will join Amgen in Zurich in late March. He moves in-house after a 20-year career in private practice, including more than 11 years as a partner at Salans. Although […]

SJ Berwin Paris head leads fight against French tax laws

SJ Berwin’s Paris managing partner George Pinkham is leading a fight to clarify complicated tax laws which could lead to French members of a UK limited liability partnership (LLP) being taxed twice. Although France and the UK signed a new Double Tax Treaty in January 2004, LLPs have been left out of the agreement. According […]

The long arm of the law

With jurisdiction boundaries becoming increasingly blurred, managers have to be extra careful that they don’t fall foul of the law. Arun Srivastava reports Managers of global businesses face an increasingly difficult job managing legal risks arising from business operations carried out across national borders. There has been an increasing trend in legislatures in the UK […]

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Oh the trials and tribulations of making equity. As if the general back-breaking workload and grovelling required to join the exalted few weren’t enough, it appears that the former Pinsents (pre mad merger with Masons) liked to put its high-rollers through a pre-equity pantomime. The story comes from a lawyer now safely ensconced in a […]

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