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Arendt & Medernach | June 2021

In it the CSSF clarified its interpretation of the concept of lending to the “public”, an information relevant for the non-bank lending industry and, in particular, for private debt funds with a loan origination activity. Background In general terms, the granting of loans to the public on a professional basis is a regulated activity which is subject to authorisation by the CSSF under Article 28-4 of the law of 5 April 1993 on the financial sector ...

Arendt & Medernach | June 2021

POLITICAL AGREEMENT WITH THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ON THE PROPOSED DIRECTIVE ON THE DISCLOSURE OF INCOME TAX INFORMATION BY CERTAIN UNDERTAKINGS AND BRANCHES _____________________________________ On 1 June 2021, the Council of the European Union (the “Council”) reached a political agreement with the European Parliament on the proposed directive on the disclosure of income tax information by certain undertakings and branches, commonly referred to as the public country-by-count

Arendt & Medernach | May 2021

 On 29 April 2021, following the release of the widely commented European Commission Guidance on Art. 22 of the EU Merger Regulation (EUMR), the Luxembourg Competition Council published a statement on the recent policy change ...

Arendt & Medernach | April 2021

In a recent article published in écho, WSG Member Astrid Wagner, Partner, IP Communication & Technology at Arendt & Medernach, provides insight on the growing risk of damage to information systems in cyber attacks and what cyber protection measures should be taken ...

Arendt & Medernach | March 2021

On 14 March 2021, the law of 5 March 2021 on certain rules for the implementation of Regulation (EU) No 2019/1150 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on promoting fairness and transparency for business users of online intermediation services (the “P2B Regulation”) (hereinafter the “Law”) entered into force ...

Arendt & Medernach | March 2021

LAW OF 26 FEBRUARY 2021 AMENDING THE LAW OF 27 JULY 1991 ON ELECTRONIC MEDIA AND IMPLEMENTING DIRECTIVE (EU) 2018/1808 (THE "AUDIOVISUAL MEDIA SERVICES DIRECTIVE") The law of 26 February 2021 amending the law of 27 July 1991 on electronic media (the “Electronic Media Law”) and implementing the Audiovisual Media Services Directive was adopted on 26 February 2021 to implement (faithfully) the so-called Audiovisual Media Services Directive ...

Arendt & Medernach | January 2021

Minimum Wage Increase The Act of 15 December 2020 amending article L.222-9 of the Labor Code comes into force on 1 January 2021.The new legal provisions increase the minimum wage by 2.8%: raising unskilled employees' minimum monthly wages from EUR 2,141.99 gross to EUR 2,201.93 gross; and raising qualified employees' minimum monthly wages from EUR 2,570.39 gross to EUR 2,642.32 gross. The index applicable to employees' wages (834,76) remains however unchanged ...

Arendt & Medernach | January 2021

December 23, 2020 the Luxembourg legislator has published the law of 19 December 2020 implementing financial restrictive measures (“law of 19 December 2020”). This law has repealed the law of 27 October 2010 enhancing the anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing legal framework ...

Arendt & Medernach | December 2020

It is clear that government restrictions and trading difficulties have created an environment in which existing transfer pricing policies will not always be appropriate. The OECD has done well to reach rapid consensus among its members on four key transfer pricing topics, namely: comparability analysis, losses and the allocation of COVID-19-specific costs, government assistance programmes and advance pricing agreements (APAs) ...

Arendt & Medernach | December 2020

Back to 2020 - Forward to 2021 2020 was a busy year – and a uniquely challenging one to say the least. Legal and regulatory changes, many of them linked to the COVID-19 crisis, have impacted your business and will continue to impact it in the new year. That is why we are pleased to provide you with an overview of the major recent legal and regulatory developments that have taken place under Luxembourg and EU law ...

Arendt & Medernach | November 2020

On 18 November 2020, the Luxembourg Competition Council issued decisions against German biscuit manufacturer Bahlsen, as well as against the Luxembourg supermarket outlet Cactus and the internationally active Auchan and Delhaize groups for engaging in resale price maintenance agreements and distorting competition on the Luxembourg market. The decisions impose fines of in total EUR 3,3 million and mark the end of a five year long investigation process.Legal FrameworkArt ...

Arendt & Medernach | October 2020

The Arendt Weekly Update is a newsletter designed to give you the insight you need without overloading your mailbox. It lists the latest news, topical webinars, training courses and more. NEWSFLASHES   Budget 2021: various tax measures to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and support a sustainable recovery On 14 October 2020, the Luxembourg government filed the budget bill 7666 with the Luxembourg parliament ...

Arendt & Medernach | October 2020

 The Arendt Weekly Update is a newsletter designed to give you the insight you need without overloading your mailbox. It lists the latest news, topical webinars, training courses and more ...

Arendt & Medernach | September 2020

THE LAW OF 23 SEPTEMBER 2020 REGARDING MEASURES GOVERNING HOW COMPANIES AND OTHER LEGAL ENTITIES ARE PERMITTED TO HOLD MEETINGS HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE LUXEMBOURG OFFICIAL JOURNAL. This law enables companies and other legal entities (such as ASBLs) to hold general meetings and other meetings of the company’s corporate bodies without the need for physical attendance, even where this is not provided for in the company’s articles of association ...

Arendt & Medernach | June 2020

“At a time when the flow of information is always expanding, this app is a smart alternative for users to stay informed about these topics without a flood of emails.”(Jean-Marc Ueberecken, Managing Partner). The CoVid-19 crisis as a trigger Arendt Insights is the only app dedicated to Covid-19 crisis management in Luxembourg.   The first version of the app has been designed to give insight from Arendt experts, using the Covid-19 Solutions platform ...

Arendt & Medernach | April 2020

The government announced that as of 20th April 2020, masks (or alternative face protections) are mandatory when going outside (for authorised reasons only) when the required interpersonal minimum distance of 2 meters cannot be guaranteed. This measure is also applicable in the work environment. On 17th April 2020, a new grand-ducal regulation introducing a series of health and safety measures to fight against Covid-19 entered into force ...

Arendt & Medernach | April 2020

The government announced that as of 20th April 2020, masks (or alternative face protections) are mandatory when going outside (for authorised reasons only) when the required interpersonal minimum distance of 2 meters cannot be guaranteed. This measure is also applicable in the work environment. On 17th April 2020, a new grand-ducal regulation introducing a series of health and safety measures to fight against Covid-19 entered into force ...

Arendt & Medernach | March 2020

A dynamic platform, gathering answers to your most frequently asked questions in relation to the ongoing crisis. The content of this page will be continuously updated based on the latest news. Click here to access the Arendt Covid-19 Solutions Platform ...

Arendt & Medernach | March 2020

On Saturday 21 March 2020, the Luxembourg Parliament passed a law implementing Council Directive (EU) 2018/822 of 25 May 2018 amending Directive 2011/16/EU as regards mandatory automatic exchange of information in the field of taxation in relation to reportable cross-border arrangements ...

Arendt & Medernach | March 2019

Today, on the 27th March 2019, the bill of law 7399 amending articles L. 232-2 and L. 233-4 of the Labour Code as well as article 28-1 of the amended law of 16th April 1979 establishing the general status of public servants (hereinafter the "Law") was passed by the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies. The leitmotif underpinning the Law is the same as that for the parental leave reform in 2016, namely enabling employees to achieve a greater balance between their private and professional lives ...

Arendt & Medernach | March 2019

We would like to kindly remind you that from 7 January 2019 to 28 March 2019, the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") online system ‘Connect’ is open for EEA-based firms and fund managers of EEA-domiciled investment funds (UCITS and AIF) currently passported into the UK to notify the FCA about their intention to participate in the temporary permissions regime (“TPR”) ...

Arendt & Medernach | March 2019

The most important corporate tax measures concern the reduction of the maximum corporate income tax (“CIT”) rate and the introduction of the option provided by the anti-tax avoidance directive (“ATAD”)[1]. This allows for the application of the interest limitation rules at the level of a fiscal unity: For the time being CIT is levied at a rate of (i) 15% in case the net profits do notexceed EUR 25,000 and (ii) 18% in case the net profits exceed EUR 30,000 ...

Arendt & Medernach | February 2019

In this context, the judgements provide useful guidance on the concepts of abuse and beneficial ownership. Abuse concept According to the CJEU, it is settled case-law that there is, in EU law, a general legal principle that EU law cannot be relied on for abusive or fraudulent ends ...

Arendt & Medernach | December 2018

In December of 2018, the coalition partners finalised their governing plan for the next 5 years in a coalition agreement (“Coalition Agreement”) which was signed the same day. The Coalition Agreement confirms the ambition, amongst others, to pursue a responsible, sustainable and innovative financial policy based on sound public finances ...

Arendt & Medernach | December 2018

In December of 2018, EU Court of Justice Advocate General Campos Sánchez-Bordona concluded that the United Kingdom may unilaterally withdraw its intention to leave the European Union before 29 March 2019 and therefore remain in the EU. This is so long as the revocation notice is made before the formal conclusion of a withdrawal agreement and it respects the UK’s constitutional requirements ...

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