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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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Ashurst advises competitors on Saga auction

Ashurst landed pole position on the hotly contested auction of Saga, the financial services and travel provider for the over 50s, by advising competing consortia. The City firm advised both Bank of Scotland and Lehman Brothers, which are providing financing to Platinum 400, the winning acquisition vehicle of the management team, which is supported by […]

Ashurst’s Paris office rallies in wake of Forschbach departure

Ashurst’s Paris office rallies in wake of Forschbach departure” />Ashurst has fought back in Paris following the departures of Thomas Forschbach and his team, tying down finance partner Laurent Mabilat, who was at one stage set to join the rainmaker at Latham & Watkins. The City firm will also send London private equity partner Simon […]

Latham bags double Russian listings in New York, London

Latham & Watkins has cemented its place at the pinnacle of Russia’s nascent equity capital markets after scoring the lead roles on the $1bn (£557.9m) London Stock Exchange (LSE) IPO of Sistema and on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listing of steel company Mechel. The Sistema appointment sparked a scrum between the leading UK firms in […]

Penningtons hires Laytons partner

South East firm Penningtons has bolstered its dispute resolution practice with the appointment of a partner from Laytons. Simon Emmerson, a specialist in handling contractual and regulatory disputes for technology, property and general corporate clients, joins Penningtons’ Basingstoke office as a partner in the dispute resolution department. Emmerson was previously based in the Guildford office […]

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Stockbroker Collins Stewart has set its Schillings ‘Rottweilers’ onto the FT, claiming £230m in lost future earnings. But is it just using scare tactics? By Jon Robins So you want to be a record-breaker? That is a rough précis of the legal argument deployed by Desmond Browne QC, acting for the Financial Times (FT) earlier […]

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