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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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BLP restructuring head quits, making it three for Jones Day

Ben Larkin, the head of the restructuring practice at Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has become the latest high-profile partner to quit the firm. Larkin, who joined BLP in 2002 from Dechert where he was a partner (5 August 2002), is joining Jones Day as de facto head of the London restructuring practice. He specialises in […]

Financial services lawyer Andrew Henderson joins Eversheds’ London office as partner

Eversheds has appointed financial services lawyer Andrew Henderson as a partner in the London office. He joins the firm from Ropes & Gray, where he has worked since 2011 as counsel. Henderson’s practice involves advising investment advisers, fund managers and broker dealers on all aspects of UK and European financial services regulation as well as […]

DLA Piper advises Laureate Education on purchase of THINK: Education Group

DLA Piper has advised Laureate Education on its recent acquisition of SEEK’s remaining 80 per cent interest in THINK: Education Group and its subsidiaries for AUD112m (£61m). Laureate Education is an international network of institutions of higher education with more than 75 accredited campus-based and online universities offering undergraduate and graduate degree programmes to nearly […]

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Unilever Italy GC Giulia di Tommaso

Giulia di Tommaso at Unilever Italy epitomises the changing face of Continental in-housers, as companies recognise the strategic value that lawyers can bring The development of the in-house market in Europe is lagging behind that of the UK’s. While European general counsel are gradually gaining influence, many do not yet have the clout of their […]

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