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European Court of Justice voids European Commission’s decision to grant state aid authorisation for the 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 to 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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OSS plan to fine firms is 'pathetic'

Your story about OSS fines for law firms (The Lawyer, 17 November) carries Law Society vice-president Robert Sayer’s statement describing the OSS deposit plan as “unbelievable”, while an unnamed Law Society spokesman thought, au contraire, that it was or should be a good idea. What is truly unbelievable is that such conflicting views should come […]

Police attack dishonest high street lawyers

NCIS detective Simon Goddard also took a swipe at those high street solicitors who fail to report their suspicions about clients. He was angered by the latest NCIS figures which show the number of cases of suspicious financial transactions reported by solicitors to police has dropped from 300 in 1996 to 236 last year. There […]

When size really does not matter

The best way to decide whether a defence case is worthy of a trial is not by the thickness of the affidavit but by the quality of the points made, says Louis Doyle. Louis Doyle is a barrister at 10 Park Square in Leeds. Russell Jones & Walker’s Barry Samuels, in his viewpoint piece (The […]

Govt moves to strengthen offshore rules

A Home Office report on the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man has recommended that local legislatures make disclosure of financial information by companies obligatory. The Edwards Review of Financial Regulation in the Crown Dependencies, released last week, stated that “there is a case for further legislation to prevent potential abuses by settlers and […]

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