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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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Allen & Overy (A&O), Linklaters and SJ Berwin have bagged the key mandates on the Central Bank of Iceland’s (CBI) purchase of e938m (£808.44m) in bonds issued by Dutch company Avens in a bid to reduce the country’s external debt. SJ Berwin structured finance partner Vanessa Therrode, who took over as head of the team last year following the departure of […]

City quartet grab a share of £800m Phoenix Group float

Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hogan Lovells and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have snared top roles on the ­proposed £800m flotation of zombie life assurance fund Phoenix Group. Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hogan Lovells and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have snared top roles on the ­proposed £800m flotation of zombie life assurance fund Phoenix […]

Big thinkers: Stephen Ross and Jasveer Singh, Man Investment

Man Investment is poised to go up a league in the fund management stakes. Gavriel Hollander meets the men running the legal team, Stephen Ross and Jasveer Singh Man Investment general counsel Stephen Ross is understandably happy about the role his lawyers have played in the recent expansion of the business. Ross oversees a team of […]

TW fills gap with new head of telecoms

Taylor Wessing has named Alcatel-Lucent corporate counsel Patrick Clark as its new head of telecoms, replacing Ted Mercer who joined Edwin Coe earlier this year. Clark is rejoining the City firm following a five-year hiatus at the French ­telecoms giant. He trained at the firm before moving up to senior associate over the course of a 10-year career. Clark, who […]

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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 […]

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