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European Court of Justice voids European Commission’s decision to grant state aid authorisation for UK’s capacity market scheme

By Maria Connolly The ECJ found that the Commission had granted approval in 2014 after just a month long preliminary examination and had failed to take full account of objections raised. The Commission must now undertake a full investigation of the scheme before granting state aid approval.  It may emerge that changes to the scheme […]

Bulgarian pension funds: New opportunities for banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives

By Tsvetan Krumov The amendments provide new business opportunities to banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives with Bulgarian pension funds. There are various types of private social security funds under Bulgarian law depending on the social security risks they cover. However, as the regime for derivatives and repo transactions is identical for all […]

Amsterdam District Court: Museum Map Foundation must provide data to tax authorities on museum visits

By Anke Holtland Yesterday, the Amsterdam District Court ruled in summary proceedings that the Museum Map Foundation must provide data to the tax authorities on museum visits by one specific museum card holder. What was going on? The Tax and Customs Administration demanded the information about museum visits from one specific museum card holder for the period 2014 to […]

Rules and weightings for 4th Dutch Offshore Wind tender (HKZ III&IV)

By Roland de Vlam, Redmar Damsma With the tender for the Hollandse Kust Zuid III & IV offshore wind sites in Q1 2019 rapidly approaching, potential contesters and other interested parties are awaiting the publication of the definitive version of the Ministerial Regulation holding the rules and weightings related to the tender procedure and criteria […]

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Gibson Dunn hires Travers tax partner

The London office of Los Angeles firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has taken on a tax partner from Travers Smith Braithwaite. UK-qualified Nicholas Aleksander will assist US, UK and French tax partner Wendy Singer and US-qualified Anthony Bonanno in the corporate tax department Gibson Dunn’s global managing partner Wesley Howell says: “We are extremely excited […]

Savage's pressure group to attack UK law degrees

Nigel Savage, chief executive of the College of Law, is assembling a group of law firms and LPC providers in an all-out assault on undergraduate legal education. The group is planning to put pressure on the regulators – the Law Society and the Bar Council – to bring about changes in law degrees. Savage says: […]

Blackstone Chambers hires EU expert

Nicholas Khan joins the set next week after 11 years at the European Commission. His remit as a member of the Legal Service included advising the Commission on EU and national law, reviewing draft legislation and representing the Commission before the European Court of Justice and the court of First Instance. He is a specialist […]

Striking out

In moving from Simmons to take up an in-house position with tabacco comapny Gallaher, Tom Keevil’s dispute resolution skills will be fully put to the test. Dearbail Jordan reports Simmons & Simmons litigation partner Tom Keevil is horrified at the suggestion that he might enjoy a few freebies when he takes up his post as […]

CRP and Barclays Bank

The traditional North West triumvirate – Eversheds, DLA and Addleshaws – all secured places on the CRP deal. Eversheds and DLA reversed their roles following HSBC’s initial investment in CRP in September 1998, when Barclays Bank also injected an amount of debt into the company. Last time, it was Eversheds’ turn to advise HSBC after […]

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