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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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Boom on the horizon

Fred Bartlit is founding partner of US firm Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott. THE BOOMING US economy is being driven largely by dramatic improvements of more than 5 per cent in productivity. The reason for these gains is technology. And the efficiency and productivity gains that computer technology has brought to the general economy […]

Quote of the week

“We were going to put him out of the window sitting on the ledge but we allowed him to take the elevator instead.” – A Mannesman source commenting on how the £64bn offer from Chris Gent, chief executive at Vodafone, was received.

Scuffle of the week

British American Tobacco v the Health Select Committee. BAT’s chairman Martin Broughton accused MPs on the committee of running a ‘kangaroo court’ after they asked him and former Chancellor Kenneth Clarke, the company’s deputy chairman, about allegations regarding smuggling cigarettes into Canada. At the committee, Broughton ripped up an internal memo referring to smuggling and […]

Magic circle firms top charts among leading corporates

Magic circle firms are pulling away from the rest of the pack when it comes to corporate finance work, according to a survey. Slaughter and May, Linklaters, Freshfields, Clifford Chance and Allen & Overy were ranked one to five in the Consensus’ Annual Broker Survey of more than 200 corporate finance clients. The companies surveyed […]

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