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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (Micheal Wolfson) and Danish firm Bech-Brunn (Soren Meisling, Philip Risbjorn) are advising the Apax-led consortium that won the TDC auction. Danish telecoms operator TDC accepted a €10.2bn (£6.9bn) bid on 29 November from Nordic Telephone Company (NTC), the bidding vehicle established by a consortium comprising Apax, Blackstone, Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts, Permira and Providence.

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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?

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