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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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Mark Noble of Eversheds acted for Policy Master on its £21m flotation on the Alternative Investment Market. Fabrizio Carpanini and William Sharpe of Berwin Leighton advised shareholder Gresham Trust and Dibb Lupton Alsop advised sponsor Williams de Broe.

Birmingham unfazed by Ansbacher pull-out. edited by Robert Lindsay

Birmingham’s corporate lawyers say the departure of the corporate finance arm of merchant bank Henry Ansbacher from the city is a “sad day for Birmingham”. But they claim not to be worried about loss of work since much of the service merchant banks once provided in the city is now handled by the big five […]

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In the press release announcing EuroDisney as a venue for the Law Society’s Annual Conference 1999, Barbara Cahalane, director of communications, said: “It will enable the Law Society to organise a serious conference which will also be great fun.” This venue may have advantages but there are many disadvantages, Of the four “innovations” by the […]

Rights of audience are a Holy Grail

The Lord Chancellor’s recent consultation paper contemplates all solicitors having full rights of audience on qualification. A death-knell for the Bar? Well, hardly. The realities of training, cost and attitude appear to favour the status quo. According to the rules of professional conduct, solicitors must consider whether they have sufficient experience or competence before appearing […]

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