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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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All’s well that Halliwells

After weeks of negotiations, three firms will carve up the bulk of failed firm Halliwells (see story). The deal went down to the wire with a second potentially client-alienating 10-day period, in which Halliwells had to either do a deal or go into administration, ending yesterday. So that’s good news for the Manchester insurance, corporate, […]

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O’Melveny & Myers secured the prize mandate acting for longstanding client Coller Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in Bank of Scotland’s private equity business. An O’Melveny team led by London investment funds partners John ­Daghlian and James Ford advised Coller on the creation of a new joint venture, Cavendish Partners, which acquired a 40-asset […]

Opinion: A simple mediation clause could avoid costly litigation

When dealing with difficult or ­intransigent disputants, having the ability to use a neutral to facilitate a negotiated settlement can be invaluable. Having in place the mechanism to do this is a wise move. This can be done without price by the inclusion of a simple clause in the ­underlying contract requiring that the parties […]

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BPP becomes UK’s first private university college in three decades

BPP College of Professional Studies has been named as the UK’s first new private sector university college for more than 30 years. The minister of state for universities, science and skills David Willetts announced today that the institution is to become BPP University College with immediate effect. Willetts said: “It’s healthy to have a vibrant […]

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