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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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CA former general counsel charged in accounting scandal

The former general counsel of US software giant Computer Associates (CA) could face 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to securities fraud. Following a two-year investigation, Steven Woghin is one of three former CA executives facing criminal charges brought by the Department of Justice after a massive accounting fraud was discovered at the software […]

Milbank capture sees MoFo grow in Tokyo

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) is blazing ahead with the expansion of its Tokyo office after scooping a senior finance partner from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy. Tsugumichi Watanabe has worked in both New York and Tokyo and has more than 20 years’ experience of acting on complex financing transactions. MoFo is also taking on an […]

White & Case wins Italian heavyweight for Milan rebirth

White & Case has snared the name partner of Italian independent Morano e Associati and a team of 20 lawyers for the US firm’s Milan practice. As exclusively revealed by The Lawyer (2 August) Alberto Morano, a private equity and acquisition finance specialist, has been in talks with the US firm for some months. On […]

Grupo Torras ruling to decide on Caymans’ link with UK law

A Privy Council hearing next month in the Grupo Torras case – one of history’s longest fraud cases – could result in the UK’s overseas and Commonwealth territories gaining greater independence from UK parliamentary rule. The court will decide whether bankruptcy laws in the Cayman Islands – where the Grupo Torras case is being heard – which […]

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