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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..

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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 […]

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Birmingham-based Wragge & Co will promote two associates to the partnership this year. Pensions lawyer Paul Feathers and tax lawyer Neil Pearson will take up their new roles on 1 May. Managing partner Quentin Poole said: “Pensions and tax fulfil a dual role. They generate high-quality standalone work and underpin the firm’s wider ability to […]

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