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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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Stephensons secures Charlemagne AIM listing Stephenson Harwood has advised fund manager Charlemagne Capital on its £300m AIM flotation – the second-largest AIM listing this year. Stephensons senior partner Andrew Sutch led the team advising on the listing. UBS acted as financial adviser and broker to Charlemagne, while Numis Securities acted as joint lead manager. Linklaters […]

Partnership promotions attain new heights at CC

Corporate and finance were the big winners as Clifford Chance announced its biggest round of partnership promotions in four years. Thirty-seven lawyers make it into the Clifford Chance partnership. The new partners include 13 in London, with corporate and finance both gaining three apiece. Overall, corporate gained 12 new partners and finance made up nine. […]

Linklaters hires two to bolster Paris restructuring practice

Linklaters’ French restructuring practice has been given a boost by the appointment of two new partners from French firm Sonier Poulain & Associés. Linklaters‘ French restructuring practice has been given a boost by the appointment of two new partners from French firm Sonier Poulain & Associés. Aymar de Mauléon de Bruyères and Cécile Dupoux join the […]

Irwin Mitchell launches London family team with Kingsley hire

Irwin Mitchell is growing its family law team with the hire of Kingsley Napley partner Elizabeth Hicks. Hicks joins Irwin Mitchell at the start of May and will head up the firm’s London family practice, expanding it from its current presence in Leeds, Sheffield and Birmingham. She will be the firm’s fourth dedicated family law […]

Travers leads Macquarie through Compass buy

Travers Smith has advised Macquarie Bank on a successful £1.82bn consortium bid for the travel concessions business of the world’s largest contract catering group Compass. Macquarie and Swedish private equity firm EQT Partners, represented by Linklaters, led two consortia on the purchase of Select Service Partner (SSP). Travers corporate partner Richard Spedding and corporate finance […]

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