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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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Carol Mulcahy suggests ways of beating court delays

Carol Mulcahy A frequently expressed concern of litigators is the shortage of judges and the time it takes to get a case heard. Despite recent improvements in the lists, what is also frustrating is the delay experienced in obtaining an appointment for an interlocutory application before a Queen’s Bench Master. A carefully formuIated “offensive” strategy […]

Lenders threaten to keep work in-house

MORTGAGE lenders have revealed their plans for the future of conveyancing in advance of the results of the Law Society’s review. If the society opts for separate representation nearly half of lenders will consider bringing the work in-house. And even if separate representation is not introduced, more than 90 per cent of lenders will restrict […]

New faces in marketing

FOUR leading law firms have re-shuffled their marketing departments after a series of departures. Clifford Chance media relations’ manager Carolyn Griffiths leaves this week after four years at the firm to train as a barrister. She read law at university and says her ambition was always to practice. She will not be immediately replaced. Linklaters […]

Bryan Cave in Far East moves

US FIRM Bryan Cave is to open offices in Hong Kong and Beijing in a bid to break into the Far East. The firm has also announced the election of Walter Metcalfe as the firm’s new chairman and Mark Hillis as managing partner. The appointments are effective immediately. Partners Peabody Hutton and Michael Morgan will […]

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