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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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Linklaters finds new guardian in Angel

Linklaters’ management board has selected 45-year-old head of tax Tony Angel as its new managing partner to replace Terence Kyle. Angel emerged as the favoured candidate over the other front-runner – litigation partner Diana Good – after the management board took partnership soundings last week. There was no vote. His appointment is a vote of […]

Hambro captures conveyancing

New figures obtained by The Lawyer show that estate agency Hambro Countrywide is now the largest conveyancer in England and Wales. Hambro Countrywide Conveyancing (HCC) dealt with 15,000 instructions from clients from January to September this year and aims to be dealing with around 30,000 in 1999. “I would be extremely surprised if any other […]

Legal Aid – Franchise hopefuls' time runs short

Firms that want a legal aid franchise have only three months to prepare. Peter Warner warns what is involved. The recent announcement by the Legal Aid Board (LAB) of the timetable detailing the dates by which they expect to move towards exclusive contracts has dismayed many practices. The last date to make an application for […]

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John Cleland of Pinsent Curtis advised Sunderland Football Club on the provision of a £7m finance facility from Lombard North Central to refinance debt incurred building the “Stadium of Light

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