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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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Nuts about Brazil

It’s all about Brazil these days, it would seem, as European firms begin to march to the beat of the samba. First DLA Piper’s alliance firm Campos Mello Advogados raids local rival Tozzini Freire Advogados for a 14-lawyer team that includes two partners (see story). And now Garrigues has joined the party after hooking up […]

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Lawyers named in FSA insider dealing case acquitted

The two lawyers accused by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) of insider dealing have been acquitted at Southwark Crown Court. Former Dorsey & Whitney partner Andrew Rimmington and former McDermott Will & Emery partner Michael McFall were in 2006 accused of being passed information about Novartis’ £305m takeover of Neutec by the latter’s finance director […]

TPG turns to Cravath for hire of general counsel

Cravath Swaine & Moore corporate partner Ronald Cami has joined private equity house TPG Capital as general counsel. Cami, who has been with the US firm since 1994 and has been a partner since 2001, is the second Cravath partner to leave for an in-house role this year after Julie Sweet became general counsel at […]

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US firms consider mergers to facilitate global reach

The surprise announcement last week by Sonnenschein and Dentons of their ­proposed merger reinforces a number of trends that we in the US and our strategic alliance partner Jomati Consultants in the UK have seen emerging over the past year. First, US firms are increasingly focusing on international expansion as their client base demands legal […]

CMS partners home in on European strategy

Partners from the nine CMS network firms will ­discuss how they can ­consolidate their position across European markets when they meet for their annual partner conference this month. The event, which takes place in Vienna between 10-12 June, will focus on how the network can increase revenues in Europe against the backdrop of a market […]

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