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Bulgaria: CPC deems minimum hotel accommodation prices anti-competitive

The Ministry of Tourism recently proposed the introduction of minimum prices for sites categorised as ‘accommodation places’. In Decision 529/10.05.2018, the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) opined on the proposal’s compliance with competition rules. The CPC held that setting minimum prices for accommodation places would limit price competition between hotels. Minimum prices cannot guarantee…

Social housing monthly law update – June 2018

This month’s TLT’s law update on all things affecting social housing includes: Automatic disqualification rule changes: Charity Commission declarations GDPR enforcement and penalties: What you need to know Dress codes in the workplace: New government guidance Government announces it will fully fund unsafe cladding removal in social housing Viability argument for 10% affordable housing fails…

From footfall to clicks – experts talk retail risk

By Gary Assim and Sarah Teal Poundworld has entered administration, and just before that it was announced that House of Fraser would be closing 31 stores, many of which are in some of the UK’s largest cities. It is no secret that many retailers have been adversely affected by the shopping habits of consumers, ever […]

Austria: The time has come – Federal Procurement Act 2018 just around the corner

More than four years after the entry into force of the new EU Public Procurement Directive (2014/24/EU), more than two years after the deadline for transposition and more than one year after publication of the first transposition draft, the time has come. Following the respective resolutions of the Council of Ministers and the Federal Council […]

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Latham & Watkins (Tracy Edmonson) acted for Owens-Brockway Glass Container in the sale of $450m (£278.6m) of its 7.75 per cent senior secured notes, due 2011, and $450m of its 8.25 per cent senior notes, due 2013, in a private offering. The initial purchasers were Deutsche Bank Securities, Bank of America and Citigroup, represented by […]

DLA storms ahead in Asia with J Koh takeover

DLA is continuing its drive into Asia after striking a deal to take over Singapore firm J Koh & Co.The corporate and commercial practice, which has been part of the DLA Group, an exclusive association of law firms, since 2000, will see its seven Singapore-based lawyers transfer to DLA’s local office. In Thailand the Bangkok […]

Wilmer Cutler hires ex-government star

Wilmer Cutler & Pick-ering has taken on former Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick as a partner in its litigation practice. The US firm has several ex-government stars in its litigation and regulatory practice, but Gorelick is a particularly high-profile appointment. Gorelick joins directly from the US’s biggest mortgage provider Fannie Mae, where she has been […]

YSG faces crisis as Law Society reviews funding

Fears for the future of the Young Solicitors Group have been raised after it emerged that the Law Society is planning to slash its annual grant from £40,000 to around £30,000. Under the terms of the Recognised Group Agreement, which was drafted in December but is currently under proposal, funding levels across all Law Society […]

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