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Bulgaria: CPC deems minimum hotel accommodation prices anti-competitive

The Ministry of Tourism recently proposed the introduction of minimum prices for sites categorised as ‘accommodation places’. In Decision 529/10.05.2018, the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) opined on the proposal’s compliance with competition rules. The CPC held that setting minimum prices for accommodation places would limit price competition between hotels. Minimum prices cannot guarantee…

Social housing monthly law update – June 2018

This month’s TLT’s law update on all things affecting social housing includes: Automatic disqualification rule changes: Charity Commission declarations GDPR enforcement and penalties: What you need to know Dress codes in the workplace: New government guidance Government announces it will fully fund unsafe cladding removal in social housing Viability argument for 10% affordable housing fails…

From footfall to clicks – experts talk retail risk

By Gary Assim and Sarah Teal Poundworld has entered administration, and just before that it was announced that House of Fraser would be closing 31 stores, many of which are in some of the UK’s largest cities. It is no secret that many retailers have been adversely affected by the shopping habits of consumers, ever […]

Austria: The time has come – Federal Procurement Act 2018 just around the corner

More than four years after the entry into force of the new EU Public Procurement Directive (2014/24/EU), more than two years after the deadline for transposition and more than one year after publication of the first transposition draft, the time has come. Following the respective resolutions of the Council of Ministers and the Federal Council […]

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BLP’s corporate ambitions still burn, but the hunt for a rainmaker goes on

Trophy clients are vital if the firm is to compete with Ashurst and Herbert Smith. Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), which built its reputation as a real estate firm, is trying to branch out into the corporate arena. Don’t be surprised if this ­statement sounds familiar. Managing partner Neville Eisenberg has been coveting a slice of […]

SJ Berwin helps Noho Sq developer swap way out

SJ Berwin has advised Christian Candy’s CPC Group on a swap with ­Icelandic bank Kaupthing, allowing the property developer to exit Noho Square in Fitzrovia, London. CPC has transferred its equity and shares in the scheme to Kaupthing Bank, which now owns 100 per cent of the project, and in return has acquired 100 per […]

Simmons in Wachovia, Links raids for China duo

Simmons & Simmons has hired a senior legal counsel from Wachovia Bank to expand its China financial markets group. Sau-Wing Mak, who was also a senior vice-president at Wachovia and was previously a Linklaters solicitor, joins Simmons as a partner. She will be joined in Hong Kong by Linklaters managing associate Kevin Tong, who joins […]

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New regulations mean that private trust companies no longer need to obtain a trust licence to act as trustees, allowing the Cayman Islands to maintain its competitive edge, reports Sara Collins The highly anticipated Private Trust Companies Regulations 2008 have now been enacted in the Cayman Islands, a development that has been greeted with enthusiasm […]

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