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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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Le Brasseurs swallows up North & Co

NICHE London NHS casework firm Le Brasseurs J Tickle has widened its commercial business by absorbing its small neighbour North & Co. The merger creates a 57-fee earner practice with a main base in London and another office in Leeds. North & Co’s seven fee earners have moved to Le Brasseurs’ London office in Covent […]

Nurturing a quality IT team

With the IT job market undergoing a period of exceptional buoyancy, Craig Coverman suggests ways of preventing your IT team leaving the fold. If you are a law firm IT director or manager, you face challenging times hanging on to your staff. Keeping quality staff starts with the salary and fringe benefits provided. Salaries have […]

In brief: Biggart Baillie hires Miller Hendry partner

Scottish firm Biggart Baillie has appointed Alan Strain as a litigation partner. Strain has joined from Miller Hendry, where he was a partner and head of litigation in its Dundee office. His appointment is part of Biggart Baillie’s development of a specialist construction law unit.

US firm re-recruits partners to beef up private client practice

US FIRM Bryan Cave’s London office has hired two partners from US firm Brown & Wood to expand its private client base. Bryan Cave re-recruited Richard Cassell and Dyke Davies who have already worked for the firm once before this month as partners to join what partner, Joe Field, claims is the ‘largest US-based private […]

Arbitration court overhauls rules to eliminate delays

The Paris-based International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), has overhauled its rules for the first time in 20 years. Key aims of the changes are to reduce delays, to clear up uncertainties about arbitration procedures and to eliminate holes in the rules revealed by experience of the last two decades. […]

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