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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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A&O gives leg up to NY M&A capability

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) New York senior partner Dan Cunningham has ramped up the office with the hire of a top-rate M&A team. Cunningham, who joined the firm in April from Cravath Swaine & Moore, has raided White & Case, Vinson & Elkins and Unilever to add a team of four partners. All four previously […]

Freshfields follows A&O lead with new US assault

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is the second magic circle firm this month to announce US lateral hires as it takes on two finance partners in its New York and Washington DC offices. The move coincides with the announcement that Allen & Overy (A&O) in New York is taking on four partners to launch its US M&A […]

White & Case targets high-yield work with New York partner hire

White & Case is launching a major push on high-yield work with the appointment of its first full-time New York partner in the practice. Jonathan Cahn trained at New York’s high-yield powerhouse Cahill Gordon & Reindel before departing 18 months ago for King & Spalding.Now he is joining White & Case to spearhead the firm’s […]

Manhattan transference

In an effort to confuse UK lawyers, some US lawyers sabotaged last week’s feature (‘Manhattan Transfers’) so it showed an inverted picture of New York, thus confusing anyone trying to find new clients there. That’s one view – another would be that Tulkinghorn assumed responsibility for pictures (one likes to try one’s hand at everything […]

Lovells sets up cross-border IP service

Lovells has launched an intellectual property (IP) initiative to ensure a seamless-service pan-Euro-Asian capability. This is intended to integrate Lovells’ IP practices across the two continents with those of merger partners Siméon & Associés, Ekelmans Den Hollander and Boesebeck Droste.In a new international role, Stephen Hayward, co-head of the firm’s Asian IP and technology group, […]

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