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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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Baker & Mckenzie and LSO in harmony

Baker & McKenzie is to give free legal advice to the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), in return for being named as the orchestra’s lawyer in its conference programmes. The firm will provide English law advice on media, copyright, recording contracts and intellectual property issues for free, up to “a ballpark figure” based on the orchestra’s […]

US survey finds gulf in expectations

US law firms expect to receive far more work in the next three years than US in-house counsel expect to send them, a nationwide survey has revealed. While less than 5 per cent of in-house counsel intend to send more corporate work to law firms, 58 per cent of firms expect to get more work, […]

In brief: Denton Hall appoints Kwok for HK office

Denton Hall has appointed Raymond Kwok as managing partner of its Hong Kong office. Kwok is currently head of the property practice in the city. The move follows a restructuring by the firm of its Asian practice. Christopher Clarke stays as senior partner in Asia, with responsibility for the firm’s offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, […]

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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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