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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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Singapore faces legal crisis as lawyer numbers slump

Singapore could suffer from a dearth of practising lawyers as the country witnesses its first drop in numbers for five years. Figures released by the Law Society of Singapore show a 0.4 per cent decrease in the number of lawyers seeking to renew their practising certificates. This year 3,524 lawyers renewed their certificates compared with […]

Ashursts seals first deal for Cinven in two years

Ashurst Morris Crisp has done its first buyout for private equity house Cinven since 1999, advising on the £204m acquisition of two Burmah Castrol chemical divisions.Ashursts corporate partner Bruce Hanton was called up to do the deal when Cinven decided to bid for the metallurgical and releasants chemicals divisions.Cinven’s two main corporate firms are Ashursts […]

Smooth operators

The telecoms sector may have experienced a knockdown, but it's not out for the count. Gareth Chadwick reports on ten major deals and proves that talk is in no way cheap

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