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Rule changes affecting licence exempt supplies of electricity

By Stuart Urquhart Part 1: Electricity network charges and private wire supplies There has been a raft of recent announcements relating to aspects of energy regulation, many of them not entirely positive for developers of renewable energy projects.  This includes:- Ofgem’s consultation of 28 November proposing the removal of “embedded benefits” relating to balancing services use of system […]

Hungary: Tricks and Traps of Electronic Communication

By Kinga Hetényi, Alexandra Bognár We have seen continuous development over the past few years in the means of communication with the judiciary as well as central and local administrative bodies. But there are pitfalls one should be careful to avoid. The basics of electronic administration Electronic administration allows users to communicate efficiently with courts, authorities and […]

Don’t jump the gun! Mergers may be caught in the Romanian Competition Council’s crossfire

By Mona Banu, Cristiana Manea Gun jumping refers to premature enforcement of a merger before obtaining clearance from the competition authority. While most companies are aware of this interdiction, it can be difficult to balance the scope of the competition standstill obligation during the pre-closing period and the measures taken by the acquiring company to protect the […]

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SJ Berwin bolsters finance with Addleshaws hire

SJ Berwin has beefed up its finance capability with the hire of partner Karl Woolley, one of Addleshaw Goddard’s key Allied Irish Bank (AIB) relationship partners. The hire bolsters SJ Berwin’s pan-European finance department to 13 partners, and is hoped to bring in a swathe of new client relationships. Woolley, who joined Addleshaws as a […]

Regulatory roundup

In an unprecedented move, the Court of First Instance overturned the European Commission’s decision to clear the merger between Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) and Sony Music. The surprise decision, announced in July, was the first time clearance by the Commission has been reversed by the Court of First Instance. The move followed an application by […]

Bakers, CC handed SR technics sale roles

Baker & McKenzie and Clifford Chance acted in the SFr1.6bn (£690m) sale of technical services company SR Technics. A provider of technical services to aircraft, Zurich-based SR Technics was originally a subsidiary of Swissair, but was sold to private equity houses 3i and Star Capital in 2002. In the latest deal 3i and Star Capital […]

Kennedys management clash over Australian strategy

Senior UK management at Kennedys has clashed with its Autralian counterparts over proposals to create a network of offices in Australia. Kennedys launched its first Australian office in Sydney three months ago and have been in talks with Melbourne lawyers about opening another office, according to Asian Legal Business. Sydney managing partner Mark Doepel said: […]

Addleshaws, Trowers in shopping mall coup

Addleshaw Goddard and Trowers & Hamlins advised on the £126.1m sale of the historic Victoria Quarter Arcade in Leeds, the North’s high-end shopping destination. Built in 1898, the marble and mahogany-panelled arcade is home to retailers including Harvey Nichols, Louis Vuitton and Vivien Westwood, and contains the UK’s largest stained-glass window. The seller was property […]

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