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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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US firms merge in Euro strategy

Two US firms are to merge and combine their London offices in a bid to expand into Europe. Boston-based firm Bingham Dana LLP and Hebb & Gitlin, based in Connecticut, will merge on 1 July. Jay Zimmerman, managing partner of 325-lawyer firm Bingham Dana, says investment opportunities in Europe prompted the merger, which is part […]

Privatisation full of Eastern promise

Oil prices may be down but firms are increasingly looking to the Middle East as work in power projects and privatisations surges. “Law firms are extremely focused on what is going on in the Middle East and Africa,” says Peter Taylor, projects partner at Clifford Chance. “The Middle East is more immediate than Africa, which […]

St Philip's adds top QC and four juniors to its growing portfolio

The biggest chambers in the UK, St Philip’s Chambers in Birmingham, is continuing its rapid expansion by poaching five barristers from rival sets. The influx is being led by commercial and family silk, Heather Swindells QC, who joins from leading London set 36 Bedford Row. Swindells, a recorder, is founder and chairman of both the […]

…as court rules on regional fees

MANCHESTER law firms were given a boost in the Court of Appeal after judges declared that claimants should use local firms and not London firms in Manchester-based cases. The ruling throws into doubt the ability of London firms to charge London rates in provincial court cases. The court decided that a judge assessing costs in […]

Change of climate

Rumours that the Bar is in crisis are spreading like wildfire. Matheu Swallow looks beyond the gloomy forecasts. By Matheu Swallow Crisis, what crisis? That, at least, is the public response of many barristers practising at the commercial bar. However, statistics from the Commercial Court, gloomy prophecies from the solicitor’s side of the profession and […]

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