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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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Irvine pledges to go all the way with audience rights “There are no “no go’ areas in the Government’s determination to modernise our country,” proclaims the Lord Chancellor’s consultation paper on rights of audience and rights to conduct litigation. Noting that the 1990 Courts and Legal Services Act has led to only 624 solicitor-advocates in […]

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Herbert Smith, which has advised on six public deals together worth nearly £984m and come top of a new The Lawyer weekly deals league table. (see City page 12). The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, who gave a smooth performance on The Today Programme last week defending his decision to appoint the first ever blind magistrates. […]

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