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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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Capital One UK's new legal chief prepares for overhaul

Capital One UK is to double its in-house team within the next 12 months, according to its new head of legal, former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Nick Carter. Carter has joined the US-based bank as international chief legal counsel. He is responsible for all legal functions outside the US, including the UK, Europe and South […]

Paisner partners take the US dollar

Two top corporate partners are poised to leave Paisner & Co, just a month before the firm merges with Berwin Leighton. Stephen Nelson, who has been a partner at Paisner since 1986, and fellow corporate partner Paul Lewis are in discussions with their firm about the departure. Lewis has been a partner at Paisners since […]

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Billiton agrees on $28bn (£19.57bn) dual-listed company merger with BHP to form BHP Billiton. Billiton advised by Linklaters & Alliance (Charlie Jacobs) and Freehills. BHP advised by Slaughter and May and Allens Arthur Robinson. Vattenfall, the Swedish power company, agrees a three-year contract to handle Electricity Direct’s trading and risk management services with an estimated […]

Gaymer wins senior partner position

Simmons & Simmons has appointed head of employment Janet Gaymer to succeed Bill Knight as the firm’s senior partner. Gaymer emerged as the firm’s most popular candidate in the first ballot, after being opposed by head of corporate finance Stuart Evans and senior commercial partner Edwin Godfrey. She becomes the only female senior partner at […]

Outsourcing teams cash in on BBC and BT property deals

Outsourcing specialists are witnessing a rush of activity as the financial year is coming to an end and as the BBC and British Telecommunications (BT) reach crucial stages in deals that will revolutionise their relationships with their property portfolios. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has enjoyed a double win. Its client Land Securities Trillium was appointed as […]

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