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European Court of Justice voids European Commission’s decision to grant state aid authorisation for the UK’s capacity market scheme

By Maria Connolly The ECJ found that the Commission had granted approval in 2014 after just a month long preliminary examination and had failed to take full account of objections raised. The Commission must now undertake a full investigation of the scheme before granting state aid approval.  It may emerge that changes to the scheme […]

Bulgarian pension funds: New opportunities to 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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Nigerian fights deportation

Ben James, a 30-year-old Nigerian-born stockbroker who came to the UK when he was 14 and is fighting moves to deport him, has won the right to mount a second High Court challenge to the Government’s insistence that he returns to Nigeria. James, who ran a u40,000-a-year stockbroking business, was on the verge of being […]

Square Mile

Newcomers to the legal profession will take the need to adapt in their stride but some of us who are already senior practitioners, including members of our judiciary, will not. Experience, one of the hallmarks of a worthwhile senior lawyer, will not be enough in times when the value of familiarity with established procedures is […]

Eversheds loses deputy private head

Eversheds’ Newcastle office has lost the deputy head of its private client department after 23 years at the firm. Kristin Andersen agreed to leave the firm in May but remains as consultant for a one year handover period. Andersen, who is now setting up his own practice, says: “We decided on my leaving by mutual […]

Davis Polk plans London expansion

Davis Polk & Wardwell, one of Wall Street’s largest US firms is expanding its London practice after it moves to new buildings in the City. The firm, which has been based in 1 Frederick’s Place for the last 12 years, will move into 99 Gresham Street in the autumn. Keith Kearney, managing partner of the […]

Law should help personal litigants

As a personal litigant who has been fighting a claim for the last two and a half years I take exception to the tone in the letter “Time to curb the personal litigant” (The Lawyer, 21 June). As an “impecunious, inexperienced amateur”, I have dealt with my claim from the start and been awarded judgment […]

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