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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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DLA opens in Singapore as D&P alliance grows

DLA is making its mark in Singapore, opening a new office in the capital and forming an alliance with Singapore law firm J Koh & Co, which will join its international association of law firms, D&P. J Koh & Co, which has 21 lawyers, specialises in cross-border transactions, project financing, M&A, private equity, structured debt […]

Brockbank and Hiscox unite to cut £20m legal spend at Lloyd’s

Lloyd’s syndicates Brockbank and Hiscox are setting a new precedent in the insurance market by teaming up for the purchasing of legal services. So far the syndicates have cut the number of US and UK law firms they use from 250 to 60, and they intend to have only 50 by November. The partnership began […]

IBA pledges £25,000 to aid war-torn judiciaries

The business law section of the International Bar Association (IBA) has pledged £25,000 to help found a consortium to aid in restructuring legal systems in war-torn countries. The International Legal Assistance Consortium’s (ILAC) aim is to coordinate immediate international assistance to rehabilitate judicial systems and establish accountability, preventing organisations from duplicating each other’s efforts and […]

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Bingham adds to NY capability

Boston firm Bingham Dana is taking on a finance partner from Mayer Brown & Platt to boost its New York practice. Scott Zemser does both banking and finance work, as well as workouts and restructurings. His financial institution clients include Société Generale, DLJ, ING Barings, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, First Union and HSBC. Managing […]

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