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European Court of Justice voids European Commission’s decision to grant state aid authorisation for 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 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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Sympathy rather than punishment

Roger Pearson looks at a decision in which a woman was granted relierf from forfeiture due to the peculiar circumstances of her case. A Court of Appeal decision in July gave new guidance on the law of forfeiture. It indicates that even if a criminal act has been involved there can be relief from forfeiture […]

Watford partner set to become Lord Mayor

Richard Nichols, senior partner at six-partner high street practice Sedgwick Kelly in Watford, has been elected the Lord Mayor of London. His election by the members of the City’s livery companies was unopposed. He will serve a year in office, from his inauguration on 8 November. Lord Mayors must have been previously elected both an […]

A degree to disagree

I read the article regarding the difficulties UK-qualified lawyers had qualifying in New York state when they did not have a law degree (The Lawyer, 16 September). I would like to draw your attention to a similar problem I have encountered with the Law Society here. I have dual French and English nationality, but went […]

Diana's legacy entrusted to safe pair of hands

It may have made top City firms green with envy, but Mishcons was the natural choice to handle Diana’s probate, reports Robert Lindsay. A certain amount of envy was apparent among the City’s top-notch trust and estate lawyers when it became clear that Mishcon de Reya had been instructed on the probate for Princess Diana’s […]

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