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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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EU-wide family law gets cautious welcome

THE EUROPEAN Commission’s proposed legislation establishing standardised matrimonial law across the European Union could impose rigid and binding decisions in family law cases, says a senior UK family practitioner. Jane Keir of Kingsley Napley warns that the commission’s proposals may put some UK procedures under pressure. “The way in which courts come to decisions about […]

Channel Island firms offer one-stop shop

Jersey’s Bedell Cristin and Guernsey’s Babbe Le Poidevin Allez have formed an alliance to provide one-stop legal advice in the Channel Islands. The news marks the second such link-up in three months. In September The Lawyer (20 September) revealed that Jersey’s Olsen Backhurst & Dorey and Guernsey’s Ferbrache Morgan had formed an alliance with a […]

In brief: Paul Shrubsall

Paul Shrubsall, senior clerk at premier commercial set One Essex Court, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list. The award goes to Shrubsall for his “services to the barristers’ clerks profession”. Shrubsall, who has been at One Essex Court for almost 10 years, is a former chair of the Institute of […]

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CMS Cameron McKenna’s European strategy has suffered a setback after the withdrawal of Swedish member firm Tisell & Co. Tisell was a founder member of CMS. But it now intends to join the legal and consulting arm of Ernst & Young. The 13-partner firm plans to merge with Ernst &Young’s Swedish legal, tax and consulting […]

Morgan Cole takes on Saga lawyer to boost energy unit

Morgan Cole is taking on a leading in-house energy lawyer to boost its practice. Geoff Hewitt joined Morgan Cole last week in a whirlwind move, say sources in the energy department. Hewitt was formerly director and legal manager at Saga Petroleum UK. His expertise lies in “upstream” energy law – the production end of the […]

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