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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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Firm 'hives off' financial arm

London firm Kidd Rapinet has hived off its financial services division to set up a new company, Lewis Chambers. Kidd Rapinet senior partner Andrew Lewis said the firm took the step because of Law Society over-regulation. “The financial services industry is so over-regulated… it becomes impossible to perform a proper service to the client,” he […]

The Spectator hit by libel writ

Eminent consultant microbiologist Professor David Reeves, medical director of Southmead Health Service NHS Trust and honorary professor at the University of Bristol, is fighting The Spectator, claiming it libelled him in July. The article headed “Now then, what seems to be the trouble? Alasdair Palmer reveals how the medical profession is often better looking after […]

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